11 episodes

Curious about wine? Interested in emerging wine grape varieties and regions? Wine is about more than just what’s on the label. We talk about the diverse world of wine and have conversations with wine industry members to highlight unique things they are doing. Join Anne and Randall as they take wine drinkers on a journey to discover more about wine and uncover some hidden gems.

Unwrapping Wine Randall Vos and Anne Zwink

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Curious about wine? Interested in emerging wine grape varieties and regions? Wine is about more than just what’s on the label. We talk about the diverse world of wine and have conversations with wine industry members to highlight unique things they are doing. Join Anne and Randall as they take wine drinkers on a journey to discover more about wine and uncover some hidden gems.

    Rosé and Illinois

    Rosé and Illinois

    Many states have selected a state grape to promote, but Illinois has taken a different approach to that.  Given the wide north to south geographic range, there isn’t one grape cultivar that is grown throughout the state.  Due to this Illinois has focused on a wine style to promote, dry rosé.
    In this episode we speak with 3 members of the Illinois wine industry to chat about the Illinois Signature Rosé series of wines.
    Lisa Ellis, Executive Director of the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Alliance Peggy Harmston, Massbach Ridge Winery of Elizabeth, Illinois Scott Albert, Kite Hill Vineyards and The Holotype Wine Co, Shawnee Hills AVA, Illinois Episode Notes
    4:05 Illinois rosé in blind tastings with Whispering Angel 10:06 Background of the Illinois rosé project 15:18 Kite Hill Vineyards and The Holotype Wine Co. participation in the Illinois rosé project, making a name for Illinois wine, and friendly competition, varieties being used at rosé 19:53 How white Zinfandel has impacted the perception of rosé 23:00 Coroner elections in Illinois 26:50 How Massbach Ridge Winery began in NW Illinois 29:13 How rosé can be done successfully in variable weather, and it has a diversity of consumers 35:41 More talk about county coroner elections 37:09 Marketing the Illinois Signature Rosé project

    • 46 min
    Chambourcin and the Shawnee Hills AVA: Scott Albert

    Chambourcin and the Shawnee Hills AVA: Scott Albert

    Scott Albert, the winemaker at Kite Hill Vineyards and Holotype Wine Company joins the show to talk about Chambourcin and how the Shawnee Hills AVA in southern Illinois is unique.  
    In this episode we discuss the diversity of wine styles that Chambourcin can be made into, ranging from a rosé to a barrel aged red.  While we often associate Illinois with flat fertile row crop fields, but we discuss how the Shawnee Hills AVA sets itself apart from northern Illinois.  If you are a winemaker, Anne and Scott get into plenty of winemaking details!
    In this episode
    Introduction to Scott and the wineries he works at 4:15- The versatility of the Chambourcin grape 8:00- Anne and Scott geek out about pét-nat production 10:40- What makes the Shawnee Hills AVA unique 13:43- Chambourcin as a rosé wine 17:10- Thiols in wine 17:55- Chambourcin as a red wine 22:06- Comparing Chambourcin to Norton 25:15- Weather variability 30:00- Important vineyard production practices to produce quality Chambourcin wine grapes 32:05-Reasons to visit the Shawnee Hills AVA 34:38- Hiking with wine: #hikewithwine 36:00- Information about Kite Hill Vineyards and Holotype Wine Company  

    • 37 min
    Meet the Hosts

    Meet the Hosts

    Meet the Hosts:
    Anne and Randall met up at the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Alliance conference in late February.  A few weeks after that we met up to record this episode that gives a background on us.  Anne and Randall got into the grape and wine industry in different ways, but also share some common experiences.
    In this episode:
    Recap of the IGGVA (Illinois) Annual Grape and Wine Education and Conference and what makes these conferences valuable (2:00) State grapes: what are they, pros and cons, etc. (7:02) How Anne and Randall got into the grape and wine industry (14:45) What are we up to now (41:05)

    • 50 min
    Tom Plocher and Developing New Wine Grapes, Part 2

    Tom Plocher and Developing New Wine Grapes, Part 2

    This is the second part of our discussion with Tom Plocher from Plocher Vines.  In this episode we get into some more macro discussion.  We discuss how breeding more resilient wine grape cultivars can help handle adverse weather events.  Petite Peal was Tom's first release and we get into what traits Tom thinks Petite Pearl will have regardless of where its grown.  
     
    This episode is broken into 3 sections:
     
    Section 1 (1:20)
    Where Tom’s cultivars are grown How grape breeding and new wine cultivars fit into sustainability in light of recent weather events in wine production regions
     
    Section 2 (~13:25)
    What characteristics of Petite Pearl in the vineyard and winery should be consistent between regions How having options for grape varieties provides wineries with the ability to adapt to their market and regional weather conditions How state-centric promotion the wine industry could limit the impact of lesser known wine grape regions and recognition of the wines from those regions  
    Section 3 (~21:35)
    Are the traits of a wine grape directly correlated with its parents? The current gaps in cold hardy wine grape cultivars  

    • 30 min
    Tom Plocher and Developing New Wine Grapes, Part 1

    Tom Plocher and Developing New Wine Grapes, Part 1

    In this episode we are joined by Tom Plocher of Plocher Vines, who has been breeding wine grapes in Minnesota.  So far Tom has released Crimson Pearl, Petite Pearl, and Verona but more cultivars are on their way.
    In this episode we discuss the following:
    How Tom got into grape breeding The process of developing grape cultivars Tom looks for in a wine grape from both the vineyard and winery perspective Why late budbreak continues to be an important trait This is part 1 of our conversation with Tom, so look for part 2 soon.

    • 45 min
    Marquette and the Experiences of Being an Estate Winery in Eastern Michigan: Jessica Youngblood, Youngblood Vineyard

    Marquette and the Experiences of Being an Estate Winery in Eastern Michigan: Jessica Youngblood, Youngblood Vineyard

    In this episode we talk with Jessica Youngblood who makes wine and raises grapes out of her family business Youngblood Vineyard.  This estate winery is located on the eastern side of Michigan, near Ray Michigan which just north of the Detroit area.
    In the first part of the episode, Jessica discusses her roles in the grape and wine industry and the experiences of starting a winery the opposite side of the state as most wineries in Michigan.
    In the second part of the episode (minute 27:15), we explore the red wine grape Marquette.  Marquette is Jessica's favorite wine, and they won Best of Show Dry Red at the 2019 Michigan Wine Competition.  We discuss the traits of Marquette, and what makes is so appealing.

    • 41 min

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