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09/26/14

Colleges and beer have a long shared history. A university in Michigan is taking that partnership to a new level with the creation of a program to train and certify experts in "fermentation science."

09/24/14

In an audacious move, Donna Covrett and Courtney Tsitouris sparked the gathering of more than 90 local and national chefs, writers, winemakers, brewers, cocktail experts and television celebrities. Food and wine were front and center, but just as importantly, quality programming led by top culinary talent gave the event depth and distinction

09/24/14

The entire wine grape crop was destroyed in Ashtabula, Lake and Geauga counties. There was no yield at all this year for the area's wine industry. Losses of millions of dollars are predicted.

09/22/14

... using sheep to eat weeds around his vines and chickens to eat bugs

09/17/14

Tony Ciccone, co-owner of Ciccone Vineyard and Winery, talks with Greening of the Great Lakes host, Kirk Heinze, about the challenges faced by the wine industry and its impact on Michigan's economy.

09/16/14

"Usually, there are about 2,000 pounds per 100 vines, and this year's production is probably down to 1,500 pounds. So it's down a couple hundred pounds from previous years."

09/16/14

The Columbus winery is buying Rockside Vineyards LLC in Lancaster for an undisclosed sum in a deal expected to close this month

09/09/14

"We've got good crop on the majority of our (grapes this year), but select varieties got damaged severely," Oxley said. "That's always a hit, anytime you lose some of those vines it takes a couple years to recuperate."

09/09/14

Monarch Beverage Co., the state's largest beer distributor, has filed documents seeking a liquor wholesaler's permit for a separate corporate entity. The state Alcohol and Tobacco Commission has already notified the company it intends to deny the request

09/04/14

Bruce Rauner, the Republican gubernatorial candidate for Illinois, has come under fire after admitting he is a member of a wine club which costs $US100,000 (£60,000) to join.

09/04/14

The gubernatorial candidate outed himself as a member of a six-figure wine club. But by the standards of elite Napa vineyards, Napa Valley Reserve is a bargain

08/29/14

Huffman's has been the only state liquor store in the city for all but nine of the 28 years it has anchored Tremont Center. That has helped the independent market stand out and survive

08/28/14

MyNorth's Sig Steiger talked to Shady Lane Cellars general manager and winemaker Adam Satchwell to pick his brain about the new outdoor tasting room, as well as learn about Shady Lanes' latest awards and upcoming events.

08/28/14

Bonobo Winery is among three local businesses to receive USDA grants to reimburse production expenses. The grant from the USDA's Value-Added Producer program will reimburse the winery up to $200,000 for costs related to making, packaging, selling or marketing the wine.

08/27/14

The future of local vineyards could rely more on airborne cameras than boots on the ground, at least when it comes to planning for planting, spraying and harvest schedules

08/27/14

Participate in a fungicide-resistance survey for Botrytis in grapes.

08/26/14

With another frigid winter in the forecast for 2015-2016, a one-day conference with a focus on climate change and impacts of the 2014 Polar Vortex on grapes in the Great Lakes Region is quite timely. The conference will be held Sept. 5 at the Hagerty Center at Northwestern Michigan College - Great Lakes Campus in Traverse City, MI.

08/22/14

He travels Wisconsin's wine regions, which stretch all the way from the Mississippi River to Lake Michigan, "helping people turn those grapes into wine."

08/22/14

Nobody wants to lie awake at night worrying about profits going down the drain. And that's where Brookfield-based winemaking expert Piero Spada comes in. With a degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's from Cornell University's department of viticulture and enology, the 32-year Spada is one of a handful of independent wine consultants in the state.

08/22/14

few tips compiled by La Crema's winemaker Elizabeth Grant-Douglas

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