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10/17/14

"People are looking at Michigan wines in a different way," said Coenraad Sassen, winemaker for Brys Estate Vinyard & Winery owned by Fraser native Walter Brys. "They've started to compete with certain varieties from warmer climates around the country."

10/16/14

OpenTable, the online restaurant reservation source, announced this year's 2014 Diners' Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Wine Lists in America. Naturally, the overall winner was America's largest wine-producing region, California, with 16 awards. What is surprising is this year's strong showing from Midwestern and Southern states, where wine does not grow in abundance. This year's second place ranking goes to Ohio with a total of 12 restaurant awards. Maryland follows closely behind with a total of eight award-winning restaurants.

10/16/14

"People are looking at Michigan wines in a different way," said Coenraad Sassen, winemaker for Brys Estate Vinyard & Winery owned by Fraser native Walter Brys. "They've started to compete with certain varieties from warmer climates around the country."

10/15/14

The College of Agricultural & Life Sciences at UW-Madison has received funding to hire a specialist who will help operators of wineries and cider companies with microbial, cleaning and sanitation issues. The position, expected to be filled by January, will aid in protocol and equipment issues, train winemakers in how to detect off-flavors and give the industry access to labs and experts at UW-Madison.

10/13/14

No question about it: Last winter's extremely cold temperatures and the late arrival of spring have had a major impact on the quantity and quality of the wine grape harvest across the East, from Michigan to Pennsylvania. That said, as always, the specific details depend on location, cultivars planted and past practices by growers.

10/10/14

Benavides helps produce wine for Acquaviva Winery, 47W614 Illinois 38, Maple Park. Last year, they produced close to 13,000 gallons of wine. In 2012, they produced about 12,000 gallons. This year, winery officials expect to produce between 11,000 and 12,000 gallons.

10/08/14

This past winter proved too harsh for most local grape crops. Several southwest Michigan wineries say this year brought along the worst harvest they've ever seen.

10/02/14

Severe cold events from January through March resulted in damage to grapevines that reduced fruitfulness for many of the more cold-tender varieties used for wine production in Michigan.

10/02/14

Last winter's harsh weather has cut the state's wine grape crop in half, the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council said Wednesday.

10/01/14

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant expects to hire 180 full and part-time workers for an outlet in White Oaks Mall, the company announced Tuesday.

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.

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