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The state of Wisconsin is actually the original American home to the Hungarian born Father of the California Wine Industry, the legendary Agoston Haraszthy. Before leaving for California in the middle of the 19th century, Haraszthy was a key figure in the early settlements of Wisconsin and a very successful farmer and businessman here. Haraszthy did plant the first wine grapes in the state, but frustration with the difficult Midwest climate refocused him on making his fortune with hops and grains. Would that he could see the renewal of winegrowing interest in Wisconsin today. Today Wisconsin is home to about a dozen wineries, most making a combination of grape and fruit wines. Despite there being an official AVA (Lake Wisconsin AVA) in the state, only a few producers actually grow their own or make wine from locally grown grapes, most opting to bring in grapes from California, Washington, and New York States. Of the locally grown grapes, hybrids dominate with varieties like Seyval, Vidal, Marechal Foch Read more »

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  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • St. Croix

    St. Croix grapes produce medium to full bodied, dry, deep red wines with low tannins, good fruity aromas, and have cu...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Vetro Winery

    Our “Family Tradition” began in Sicily over 100 years ago…. Grandpa Michael Vetrano had a passio...

  • Kerrigan Brothers Winery

    There are four basic ingredients to wine: Fruit Water Sugar Yeast All these ingredients except th...

  • Stones Throw Winery

    It's what we do here at Stone's Throw Winery in Door County... combining our access to small lots...

  • Von Stiehl Winery

    The road less traveled leads to the von Stiehl Winery in Algoma. Our overwhelmingly positive sta...

  • Mason Creek Winery

    Making wine in small lots allows us to ensure our handcrafted high quality wines right down to th...

  • Autumn Harvest Winery

    Established in 2004 as the Chippewa Valley's first winery, Autumn Harvest Winery produces 12 wine...

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  • I remember when all cows in the State of Wisconsin were grass fed.  That's normal.  Adding anything to their diets is not...yet for some reason it is now boutique.  I don't understand how we got there. Read More

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  • Nothing as big or fancy as the above worthy wines.  I've always liked ... slowly gravitated towards Wisconsin Door county sweet wines and other Wisky state sweet offerings like Von Steele.I decided to peek at them and found a bottle so out of place - they just don't carry non-USA wines I bought it just to try.Never heard of it and how or why t... Read More

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  • Galloni has been the one guy who's moved the Barolo market. The Burlotto ... ... legal system in Wisconsin has been shown to be a complete joke, much to the chagrin of Stephen Avery and his nephew. If you have t seen the documentary on it, the Making of a Murderer, I highly recommend it.&nbs Read More

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  • Door Peninsula Chardonnay NV


    Fruity, some oak, tart. Read More

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  • Door Peninsula Winery Chaos Red NV


    Sweet and fruity. Grape and cherry; a little tannin. Read More

    Wine review by ramanujan

  • Anna - Welcome to snooth. Being from baja Canada, the state of Wisconsin, I can attest to cold fermentation...not that I do it, but we get our share of Alberta clippers barreling through.What business do you own and what type of  "wine business" is it?  Again - welcome. Read More

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  • We had our annual wine club Christmas party scheduled for Saturday night. ... ... ...  Life in northern Wisconsi Read More

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  • I won't be posting anything while I'm there as our US phones won't ... secret.  Now, all those Wisconsin fans are going to increase demand and cause prices to rise.  : Read More

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  • Door Peninsula Winery Blackberry Merlot NV


    Quite sweet and fruity. Blackberry jam with a splash of wine. Read More

    Wine review by ramanujan

  • Nice Fox, we have over a case of 12 Smith Madrone between us.I grabbed a few ... other two. One New Glarus (Wisconsin) Serendipity fruit beer (4% abv), and another bottle of white Burgundy, a 2014 Meursault "Les Tillers" by Domai e Berthelemot. It was a nice Meursault, and about what you'd expect for the leve Read More

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