Taylor's Introduction

Wednesday, March 25, 2015



Hi everyone! I am the newest addition to Parallel 44 and would love for all of you to get to know me. My name is Taylor and I am thrilled to be Parallel 44's marketing intern throughout the spring and summer months.


Let me share a little background information on myself. I grew up in the small town of Maribel, WI and now live in Denmark, WI, located only 15 minutes southwest of Parallel 44 Vineyard and Winery.  I am currently a full-time student at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. I am anxiously awaiting my date of graduation in May of this year.  When all is said and done, I will have a BBA with an emphasis in Marketing as well as a minor in Economics. Marketing became my emphasis of choice because I knew it would allow me to mix my creative mind with the professionalism and structure existing within the ever growing business world. I fully enjoy using my creativity in all aspects of my life, whether it be doing a craft project for fun or creating a promotional piece for an event.

I previously completed an internship with The Children's Museum of Green Bay in the summer of 2014.  I was responsible for designing and revamping current, outdated guest informational documents, creating promotional pieces for museum events, preparing social media content, and writing press releases. I would say my most favorite aspect was being able to participate in the activities the day of the events. This is the time when I was really able to see all my hard work come together and realize that my marketing work had created an impact and drawn guests in.

I look forward to seeing all that this new opportunity has to offer me. I am very excited to be apart of the fun and unique environment that Parallel 44 has to offer. I am not only eager to use my current skills and experiences but also anxious to learn and grow as an individual and a professional. I am driven to acquire as much marketing knowledge as I can in order to make myself a more desirable candidate in the future. This internship position at Parallel 44 is yet another valuable stepping stone on my journey to success...and besides, what's a journey without enjoying a little bit of Wisconsin's most delicious wine on the way?!



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Spring has Arrived

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

couple on patio

Parallel 44's Vineyard is unquestionably a beautiful area. It has been a vision, one of bringing dreams to reality through dedication and hard work by many people. Owners Steve and Maria with their vision and the help of their professional team, have built this special place at Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery.

Over time, Steve and Maria over time have created a place where people can visit, enjoy the wines and be a part of the experience.  Winemaker Steve makes wines using traditional techniques but always with an eye toward innovation.  Steve's goals are to make wines that are food friendly, elegant and built for longevity.

Now that spring has arrived, you can perch yourself on the patio and enjoy the beautiful whether.  It has a casual ambiance with a spectacular view of the vineyard waking up to the spring. Come savor the wines and watch the sun sink behind the vineyard!

- Sheila

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Here’s to Warmer Days and New Wines!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Sam and new wine

Last time I checked in was late January, the days were short and cold was the only way to describe the weather. Well, we're several weeks later and the days longer and the weather is finally getting warmer; with winter finally heading out the door and everything is starting to feel fresh and new. Speaking of new, throughout this spring and summer we will be releasing several new wines, showing off our updated look and adding two new wines to store shelves.

While I'm sure by now you've heard about our Ice Wine and some of you may have even had the chance to sample it. Besides the release of our Ice wine in May there's also several other new wines that we will be introducing this year. Some of these new wines include a new red wine called Cuvee and a wine club member only wine called Sweet Red. Our Door family of wines will also finally be completed with a rosé wine called Pink Door. This year we are also bringing back one of our popular wines, Meditation.

Not only are we releasing several new wines this year, but we also have some other new exciting things happening with our wines. Such as introducing an update look for many of our current wines.  Also, keep your eye out at your local grocery store, in April we will be adding two new wines to store shelves.

Next time I talk with you, the days should be even warmer day and some great new wines should be available for you to Explore Your Taste with!



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Happy Spring

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

St. Pepin

I know it's cold and by the calendar it is still technically winter, but I think it's time to "Think Spring"!

Today I wanted to highlight the wonderful dessert wine that we have made called "Late Harvest St. Pepin".   This wine is made 100% from the St Pepin grape and was grown here in the vineyards of Parallel 44.  It was harvested in late October of 2012 at 27 Brix when the grapes had reached their optimal maturity in an excellent vintage year. As we get closer to the end of the supply of this vintage, I wanted to highlight for you this wine to make sure you get a chance to enjoy it before it is gone.

All through the month of March we are making Late Harvest St. Pepin the "Wine of the Month".   As the "Wine of the Month" you will be able to enjoy a complimentary sample of the wine in our tasting room and be able to take advantage of a great discount of 4 bottles of St. Pepin for 44 dollars.  Isn't that easy to remember!

What is also easy, is your ability to enjoy this wine now.  While it is considered sweet, as it is a desert wine, it is even more balanced.  It is  only 10% alcohol,  but has a rich mouthfeel and layers of flavors that linger on your palate making it an excellent dessert wine to enjoy with food or just on its own.  By halting fermentation partially through the process we were able to produce a lower alcohol, sweet, but balanced and approachable wine.  This estate wine, is a wine that pleases both the newcomer to wine appreciation in addition to the connoisseur.

I invite you to come in for a free sample and take advantage of the discount and toast the sweet approach of spring with some bottles of St. Pepin before they are gone. We did not make this wine in 2013 and 2014 due to a cold summer and now is the time to enjoy the Late Harvest St. Pepin as it reaches its optimal maturity and expression.


Winemaker Steve

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Winter is Being Stubborn

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Winter is being stubborn. Like a clueless party guest, winter has a tendency to linger much longer than the host would like.  I'll still take our current winter over the horrors of last year however.  Up until the past couple of weeks I had been pretty confident in the ability of our vines to shrug off the winter cold, but it's been dropping down pretty low at night these past few weeks into the minus teens.

Bob and bud

Bob checking a Marechal Foch vine for winter damage


dead bud

Picture of a dead bud

So again I've resorted to a technique I used last winter to assess winter damage to the vines.  I'm taking in cuttings of vines and cutting the buds in half with a razor blade to examine them through a magnifying glass.  This procedure allows me to see whether the buds are alive or dead.  If the bud is alive, it appears green and vibrant, and if it has been killed by the cold, it appears blackish brown.  Of all of our vines, the variety Marechal Foch is the most susceptible to the cold temperatures, and that is why I check it first for dead buds.  I just checked a sample this morning, and I am glad to report that winter damage is minimal, about 15% of the buds are dead, and while that may sound bad, it shouldn't have any impact on the amount of crop that we produce this upcoming vintage, and I won't have to adjust my pruning program either.

bob in Vineyard

As for pruning, now is the time to start, and I've actually been out there in subzero wind chills doing some trimming. It's been slow going, but believe it or not, I love doing it - even with the wind burning my cheeks.  With the days getting longer I know and take solace that winter's hold is slipping no matter how frigid things are at present...that and Tundra Fest is coming up this Saturday!  Hope to see you there!


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Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy Great Wines

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Greetings Parallel 44 and Door 44 fans,

With a passion for offering highest quality wines at Parallel44 and Door44, our  wines have become increasingly popular with local wine enthusiasts and a must stop for locals and tourists on the Door County Wine Trail. Parallel 44 and Door 44 offer distinctive award-winning wines ranging from sophisticated reds to elegant whites and specialty wines that will delight the most discriminating palates.


Visitors who come to Parallel 44 and Door 44 for a wine tasting, a glass, bottle or case of wine are welcome to enjoy our patio or deck.  Wine samplers are welcome to sit back, take a breath and relax with friends, family and wine.  The tasting rooms include custom built wine bars for tasting each of our wines, guided by the knowledge of educated and friendly staff, a patio for sipping wines on lazy summer days, and a beautiful bar area for lingering during chilly days in the winter.  Sometimes visitors like to sit back and enjoy a glass of wine by our vineyard at Parallel 44 to take in the spectacular scenic sunset.  Three or four generations of families will sit by the tables outside or stand in our tasting rooms.

Couple by vineyard

We invite you to visit the winery and enjoy a glass of wine with friends to celebrate a special event or just relax and enjoy the view.  We strive to make your experience enjoyable, memorable and relaxing no matter what the occasion.  It is our pleasure to share our dream and passion for wines with you and see you in the tasting room.



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Sneak Peak to Frozen Tundra Wine Fest

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I invite you all to join us for our 6th Annual Frozen Tundra Wine Fest on Saturday, February 28th. Enjoy wine, live music, food, vendors, tours, horse carriage rides, and more! Oh, and did I mention, it's an outdoor festival! Dress warm and come celebrate being a hardy Wisconsinite! See you there!




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Pairing Wine and Food Guidelines (Not Rules)

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Pciture for Feb

A wine or a food each on its own has a certain flavor, but when you combine the two, they create a completely new flavor.  Pairing wine and food should be a fun and tasty experience, but often people feel anxious about pairing, as if there are rules that cannot be broken.

First, always eat what you like and drink what you like.  Even if you are told that something pairs perfectly, if you don't like the flavors when they are separate, you still are not going to like the flavors when they come together.  Next, don't be afraid to explore.  With food and wine pairing, there are only guidelines, no rules.  Everyone tastes things differently, so your palate never lies -- let it be your own personal guide.  Last, crisp white wines or light bodied red wines pair well with a large variety of foods, making it easy to explore.  Bold oaky reds have their place with bold foods such as wild game stew or grilled steak, but all too often they can overpower the delicate flavors of food.  In most cases, look to lighter wines to pair with food.  Italian, French and Wisconsin grapes tend to produce red wines that are lighter and slightly acidic and white wines that are crisper, making wines from these regions perfect pairs for a variety of foods including foods with red tomato sauce such as pizza or pasta, creamy cheese (even cheese curds), seafood, pork chops, and chicken.  Cheers and Bon Appétit!

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Enjoy the winter with a glass of Port Style Wine from Parallel 44!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Steve with Frontenac

One of the wines from our vineyards here at Parallel 44 that I take great pleasure and pride in, is our Frontenac Dessert wine.  This is a port style wine.  So why doesn't the label say "port"?  Around 10 years ago the law on labeling prohibited the use of the term 'port' unless the wine was grown in the country of Portugal.   On one hand, this frustrated me because if you have ever had Frontenac Dessert wine you will know that it has all the classic characteristics of port wine in that it is sweeter, higher in alcohol (17%), and offers notes of chocolate and oak.  On the other hand, I have come to appreciate the importance of regional authenticity and there is no doubt that the Portuguese wine makers have been refining and perfecting this style since the mid-18th century.

I take pride in the fact that our very first vintage from the vines here at Parallel 44 was our production of Meditation Wine from the Fall of 2007.  It sold very quickly, so fast that I failed to keep back enough bottles for our own library.  The last bottle I enjoyed was nearly three years ago, and it was among the best wine I have enjoyed in my life. I wish I still had another bottle, so much so that if anyone still has one left I would be willing to buy it back from you.

Frontenac Dessert

The current vintage being sold is the 2012 vintage called Frontenac Dessert wine.  It received a Silver Medal in the International Cold Climate Wine Competition this past August.  It is made with 100% estate grown Frontenac and it shines as a quality wine with a regional style that has broad appeal. What I love about it is that it expresses flavors of Bing and Black Cherry and finishes with notes of nuts and chocolate.  But the most interesting thing for me is that this wine demonstrates how wines from this region really show how they can evolve and develop more nuanced expressions over time as it ages.

Enjoy the winter season with a glass of Frontenac Dessert wine.  During the month of February you can enjoy a free sampling of this wine along a small piece of chocolate and explore your taste  with this great wine from the vineyards of Parallel 44

Cheers fellow Port Wine Lovers!


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Wine and Food Pairings are coming to Parallel 44!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Greetings everyone, it's time to check up with you and find out how you are doing with your New Year's Resolution. Are you still trying to Explore Your Taste? If you are great, share with me how you are Exploring your Taste. If you've fallen off track don't feel bad, I've got an easy way for you to get back on track.

A wine and food pairing is an easy way to get back on track to Exploring Your Taste. I'll admit that trying to pair food and wine at first can be a little intimidating. If you want to try a food and wine pairing but are a little hesitant about doing it yourself, come out to the winery and try one of our wine and food flights. Starting in February, we will be offering wine and food flights at Parallel 44.

Our Wine & Cheese and Wine & Chocolate Flights were such a big hit during our Holiday Open House that we will be continuing to offer them.  Along with the Cheese and Chocolate wine flights we will also be adding a few other wine and food pairings.

Our wine and food pairings will be begin February 3rd and will be available every Saturday until the end of May. To kick off our Food & Wine Pairing Series we will be offering a special couples pairing along with our regular wine & food pairing. I hope you are as excited as I am about these upcoming wine and food pairings. Make sure you share with me your favorite wine and food pairing!



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N2185 Sleepy Hollow Rd.
Kewaunee, WI 54216

(920) 388-4400
(888) 932-0044

(920) 388-4400     (888) 932-0044     N2185 Sleepy Hollow Road | Kewaunee, WI 54216