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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Wine & Packers My Two Favorite Things

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tammy & Tundra WInes

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 more.


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 celebrations.


Go Pack Go!

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New Year’s Resolution, Explore Your Taste!

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

New years

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 Taste.

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.

  1. Try a wine from a different wine region.
  2. 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
  3. Pair wine with food and enjoy the flavors that are brought out in the wine when eaten with different foods.
  4. 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 year!

Happy Exploring!



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Christmas Comes Early to Parallel 44

Thursday, December 18, 2014


Drink pink

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 popular!

Drink pink labeling

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!

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Developing a Regional Wine Style

Thursday, December 11, 2014

steve and dad 2

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, 9th, 10th 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 region.

Vision Courage Passion

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 excellence."



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Holiday Open House Is Coming Soon!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tammy Holiday Open House

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 the fun!

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!



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Baco Noir – A Perfect Holiday Wine!

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!


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Holiday Wine Gifting

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Gift boxes

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 wine accessories.

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 our 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 Next Time!


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Vision Courage Passion

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!


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Fall Cravings and Wine Pairings

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Maria Kitchen

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 cravings.

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!



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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