I’m a Midwesterner. I’ve traveled the world to visit wine regions, but have always had respect for the people that make wine in places where the climate or culture isn’t always a natural fit. The Midwestern United States seems to fall into this category.
Despite that, the wine industry thrives in many parts of the region. My home state of Illinois is home to 150 wineries and 100+ miles of wine trails. I’ve served a judge for the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Alliance 2020 wine competition and Illinois Signature Rosé 2020 competition, and have discovered (after blind tasting hundreds of wines) some favorites from around the state.
The Midwest stretches far beyond the borders of the Land of Lincoln, and so does the wine landscape. Want to know more? Join the Wine Pairing Weekend writers as we discover the viticultural products of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Wine Pairing Weekend
Interested in hearing more? Join our Wine Pairing Weekend group on Twitter at 10am central on July 10, 2021. Just follow the hashtag #WinePW. Don’t hesitate to speak up and tell us you are there.
Meanwhile, here’s what the group has planned:
- A Taste of Michigan: Pasties, Black Star Farms, and a Generous Foodie Friend by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Exploring Vitis Vinifera at Vermilion Valley Vineyards by Food Wine Click!
- Get Over Your Skepticism about Illinois Wines at August Hill Winery by What’s in that Bottle?
- Indiana’s Oliver’s Surprising Fruit Wines Paired with Roasted Peach Salad, Berry Galette by Wine Predator
- Missouri’s Traminette Wine and Crab Rangoon Burgers for #WinePW by Our Good Life;
- Scottish Smoked Salmon Pate Paired with Midwestern Wines by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Set Up Summer with Illinois Signature Rosé by L’Occasion