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
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
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
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!
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
When I first
started at Parallel 44 Winery, my knowledge and experience of wine
was quite lacking. I thought wine was more for sophisticated
people...those that could pick out the different nuances in the
bouquet and talk big words about how the wine lingers on their
palate. Through the course of learning how wine is made - starting
from the blood, sweat, and tears shed in the vineyard to the
endless hours and trials to perfect the balance of the acid and
sugars in the lab to the finished product filling up the wine
bottles - I have gained not only great knowledge but also a huge
appreciation and love for wine.
Growing up in Green
Bay, I have always had great love and support for our Packers.
There are so many things to look forward to on those football
Sundays: the smell of burgers and brats from tailgating,
screaming 'De-Fence' at the top of my lungs, victory shots for
every touch down, doing a happy dance when we win, and much
Now, I can combine
two of my favorite things together - Wine and Packers. For those of
you who have never had a Parallel 44 wine, I strongly encourage you
to try the Frozen Tundra wines! Not only are they fruit-forward,
well-balance, and absolutely delicious, what better way to enjoy a
Green Bay Packer game than with a glass (or bottle) of Frozen
Tundra Wine! So as you get your green and gold gear on this
Sunday and prep all your tailgating food, don't forget to grab a
bottle or two or three of Frozen Tundra Wine to add to your
Go Pack Go!
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Happy New Year everyone! Hopefully you are surviving
the cold weather that came along with the New Year. So besides the
cold, January also brought plenty of New Year's Resolutions like
losing weight, getting fit, kicking a bad habit, or spending less
and saving more. Let's be honest - most of us don't last very long
with our New Year's Resolution, myself included, but this year I'm
determined to stick to it. So what's my New Year's Resolution? Well
it's to Explore my Taste and expand my wine horizon. I challenge
you to join me on my New Year's Resolution and Explore Your
So how does one get started exploring their taste? With so many
different ways to Explore Your Taste, there really is no right or
wrong way. If you need a little help to get you started, here are a
few simple ways you can Explore Your Taste.
- Try a wine from a different wine region.
- Try a wine whose flavor profile is different from what you
normally drink. If you are a sweet wine drinker, try a slightly
drier wine or vice versa
- Pair wine with food and enjoy the flavors that are brought out
in the wine when eaten with different foods.
- Experiment with cooking with wine. Add a little bit of red wine
to your next pasta sauce and taste the difference it makes.
These are just a few ways that you can Explore Your Taste. There
are many more ways for you to Explore Your Taste. This is where you
come in; we want you to share how you are Exploring Your Taste this
Thursday, December 18, 2014
So a typically slow time of year
in the winery has become one of urgency and hustle this
vintage. As many of you I'm sure already know, we've run out
of last year's vintage of "Drink Pink!". Not the best time of
year to run out of wine, let alone one of our most
So we've been burning the midnight oil and working hard to
get some of this year's vintage into the bottle earlier than
usual. While not impossible, it has been challenging.
And though we weren't able to totally avoid a gap between vintages,
it looks like we've managed to close the gap to only a week, and
are looking to release the new vintage this weekend. Nobody
should have to go through the holidays without their favorite wine,
and now you won't have to. Enjoy!
Thursday, December 11, 2014
The grape and wine industry of Wisconsin and the Midwest
has been around for at least 30 years and has seen exponential
growth in the past decade. However, in comparative terms with
the rest of the wine world, we here in the Wisconsin wine world are
still in our infancy. This realization struck me a few years
ago as my father and I walked the vineyards of Tuscany and tasted
the wines from their cellars. It is one thing to think about
the history of winemaking in Italy and Europe; it is quite another
to see, smell and taste first-hand the stories of families that are
telling you that they are the 8th,
generation at their particular place.
I soon realized the importance of regional style.
There is no marketing gimmick that can top the personal accounts
and stories of world famous wine regions. The uniqueness of a
region's wines were developed only after multiple generations of
experimenting and learning what grapes grew best in their part of
the world as well as what were the best ways to make and blend the
best representations of wine from their part of the world. It
is what made a Chianti a Chianti and a Bordeaux a Bordeaux.
The story will be no different here in Wisconsin. While I
am not as patient as I need to be, I realize this journey we are on
here in this state's wine industry will require the same kind of
efforts of multiple generations of grape growers and winemakers to
develop a truly unique and eventually, world famous wine
While it may be very challenging to developa new wine
region without a manual or how-to-guide, it is very satisfying to
know that we here at Parallel 44 and Door 44, are laying the
building blocks for what will someday be a world famous wine
region. The recent success of awards for our efforts at growing and
making such wines as Bubbler, Drink Pink, and Petite Pearl show
that vision, courage, and passion will lead to regionally
distinctive wines. To quote the legendary Vince Lombardi, "We will
chase perfection, and we will chase it relentlessly, knowing all
the while we can never attain it. But along the way, we shall catch
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
The holidays are upon us, and it's one of my favorite times of
the year. At our wineries, we are celebrating the holidays
with our Holiday Open House weekends!
What better way to get ready for the holidays than to join us
for wine sampling, cheese pairings, holiday music, and
more! Enjoy the crackling bonfires at Parallel 44 or
relax to the tunes of local musicians at either of the
wineries. Get all your Christmas shopping done early
with our Holiday Boxes. Grab a pre-made box or customize your
own with local wine, chocolates, jellies, cheeses, and other great
gifts! We've put up the decorations, and now we're ready for
Give the gift of local this year! And don't forget to slip
your favorite wine into the bag as well. You deserve to treat
yourself too! I know I will be grabbing my own bottle of La
Crescent! Mmmm my favorite!
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Our Baco Noir has been released and I am so excited because it
is just in time for Thanksgiving and the holiday season! Baco
Noir is the name of the grape that produced this wine and it was
grown right here in our Viticultural area called the "Wisconsin
Ledge." This is exciting because this grape can sometime be a
touch delicate for our cold weather climate.
Our Baco Noir is aromatic and flavors of ripe red berries and
black cherries, with light tannins that give it perfect structure
and balance. If you are a Pinot Noir or Burgundy lover, this
wine is a must try. Although reminiscent of these traditional
favorites it has an earthy, fruity flair that really captures the
terroir of North East Wisconsin.
Baco Noir pairs well with a wide range of foods such as salmon,
roasted chicken, pasta dishes, beef stew and TURKEY! Baco
Noir will meld well with those savory turkey flavors without over
powering and will be a perfect complement to all those
delicious sides such as cranberry sauce, stuffing, sweet potatoes,
roasted vegetables and more.
I love Thanksgiving as it brings family and friend together to
share a meal and conversation. What better way to celebrate
these great times than by uncorking a bottle of Baco Noir!
Although a perfect pairing for your Thanksgiving meal it is also
the perfect wine to drink after dinner while relaxing in front of
the fireplace. Cheers!
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Give wine as a gift? I know what you're thinking, that
seems kind of impersonal. Giving a bottle of wine seems more like
something you would give someone you don't really know that well or
you were invited to someone's house unexpectedly and need a quick
gift. So how is it possible to turn a bottle of wine from an
impersonal gift to a personal one?
It's really quite simple. Just like you can pair food with wine
you can pair interests with wine too. Have a friend who loves to
cook, create a holiday gift box that combines her love to cook with
her love for wine. You could put together all of the dry
ingredients needed to make her favorite Italian meal and add a
bottle of Red Door, and find a cook book that was created for
pairing wine and food.
Is your significant other a giant movie buff? Give them a bottle
of their Favorite Parallel 44 Wine, a movie or two they are dying
to see, add in some of their favorite snacks and the promise to
watch the movies with them. As you can see giving wine
doesn't have to be impersonal it can very easily be made into a
personal gift, all it takes is a little thought. While these gift
ideas may seem very simple, trust me your friends and family
will love the thought that went into these gifts.
For those of you who like the idea of giving a wine gift box,
but don't have the time to create your own, we have the solution
for you. We offer pre-made and custom made Holiday Gift Boxes.
These boxes can be filled with wine, chocolates, candies, and other
To place a holiday gift box order you can call us at (888)
932-0044 or stop in at Parallel 44. A new feature that we have
added this year, is that you now can place your gift box orders on
online store. As an added Holiday Bonus, when you order online
shipping on all holiday gift boxes is FREE!
Well I probably should get back to working on getting all of
those holiday gift boxes filled and ready for you. Until
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Those are the three words that come to mind when I was asked to
explain the genesis of Parallel 44. On tours or in the
tasting room I frequently receive the question, "So why did you
start this place?"
It was not to start a second career. It was not because I am a
wine connisuer. It was not because this is an easy or
glamorous pursuit. No, the reason was because as I got older
I realized it was not what you did in life that mattered, but
rather it was how you do what you do that makes life such a
wonderful experience. My motivation was to start something
that was once viewed as impossible here in Wisconsin and to create
something from start to finish that many could enjoy with regional
pride for years to come.
That motivation requires one to call upon vision, courage,
and passion on a daily basis. These are the elements that should
drive all of us in our daily pursuits. The growing and making
of wine is just one expression of it. So as I take a 10
minute break here between cleaning tanks, I invite you to come see,
learn, and hopefully taste and enjoy our expression of vision,
courage, and passion.
Cheers to those who pursue the same goals!
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
It is the time of year when the air is full of the smell of
fermentation and the tasting room is buzzing with customers taking
in the last remaining bit of Fall. These crisp fleeting days
of Fall cause me to think of warm fires, comfort foods and wine
shared over conversation with family and friends. Some of our
new wine releases have been perfect pairings for my Fall
I recently paired our Marquette with a hearty beef stew and
roasted acorn squash and it was spectacular. Petite Pearl I
served with eggplant parmesan and breaded beef cutlets and it was
oh so tasty. Although I love to "Explore my Taste," I still
go back to long time favorites, like grilled hamburgers and potato
chips enjoyed over a Packer Game. Also, I can never forget my
Bubbler, which is always perfect on its own or as a before dinner
drink with a cheese platter.
This Fall and upcoming holiday season I encourage you to
"Explore Your Taste" and try new recipes and wine pairings, I find
it to be one of those simple pleasures in life!