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Vision Courage Passion

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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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!

Steve

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Fall Cravings and Wine Pairings

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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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!

Cheers!

Maria

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You Put Ice in Your Wine?!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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See, swirl, sniff…and be sophisticated.  That's what wine is about, right?  Wine is about being able to describe the bouquet as earthy with a hint of toast and to enjoy the full-bodied oaked wine that has a spiciness in its finish.  It's about savoring the intensity of the tannins as you aerate the wine through your teeth.

Is that really what wine is about?  Not here at Parallel 44.  Here, we want everyone to experience and enjoy wine.  Whether you're a wine connoisseur or brand new to the world of wine, we invite everyone in to explore their taste with us.  Many people come in saying they don't know much about wine, almost apologizing as if it's a huge flaw.  You don't have to know anything about wine to enjoy it!  In fact, I love when people walk in with a novice palate.  It allows me to introduce them to wines made with grapes grown here in Wisconsin without them having a preconception of what wine "should" be like.

I always tell people that there is no right or wrong when it comes to wine.  What one person may smell or taste in a wine, may be completely different from the next person.  It doesn't mean that one person is right and the other is wrong.  It simply shows that everyone is different. People come in and sheepishly admit that they put ice in their wine.  Ice in their wine?!  How terrible!  But is it really?  So what if you enjoy all your reds chilled?  So what if you make a spritzer with your wine?  I tell everyone that wine should be consumed the way you enjoy it.  If you don't like warm red wine, toss an ice cube in it.  Here at Parallel 44, we would be the last to turn up our noses at you.

We use the phrase, "Explore your Taste" with us because we want you to expand your boundaries, try new wines, and experience what Wisconsin wines have to offer.  If you take a bottle home and put ice in it, well as long as you're still enjoying it, that's what matters.  You don't need to be a wine connoisseur to enjoy our wines.  You just need to explore your taste to find which bottle of wine (or two or three!) you're going to take home.  So we encourage everyone, regardless of your wine experience, to stop in at our winery and see what we have to offer.  You'd be surprised at how delicious Wisconsin wines really are!

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Nearing the End of the 2014 Grape Harvest

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Greetings from the vineyard! We nearing the end of harvest season, and so far I am proud to report that we have been having an excellent harvest. In a year where most vineyards in the state are reporting lower harvest numbers, we are pulling in a bumper crop. We pulled in almost 6 tons of Frontenac last weekend, one of our highest harvests ever!

Steve Bob and the grapes

I would like to thank everyone who has been coming out and helping us harvest for the past month. You all have done a great job! We couldn't do it without you.

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We have only two varieties left to be harvested, Petite Pearl and our wild grapes. Wait, I have to correct myself. There are three varieties left to be harvested. We are leaving 4 rows of our white grape Louise Swenson to be harvested this winter for...SPOILER ALERT...icewine!

This will be the first time that we're using this grape for a late harvest or icewine, in the past we've used St. Pepin for those wines. Louise Swenson makes a delicious icewine reminiscent of peach nectar. I can't wait. It almost makes me wish winter would come faster...
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Until next time
Bob

 

 

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Sam's Introduction

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hi everyone, as the newest addition to Parallel 44, I feel like I should probably take a few minutes to introduce myself. Let me start off by introducing myself, my name is Sam and I am Parallel 44's new Marketing Associate. Now, you are probably wondering what a marketing associate does, well my job is more or less to promote the Parallel 44 and Door 44 brands. My duties include managing social media sites, overseeing and updating our website and blog, creating promotional materials and well I could go on forever, but to make a long list short, basically I handle anything and everything related to marketing.

 

Sam

So how did I ended up here at Parallel 44. Let's start off with where I'm from, I grew up right in between Parallel 44 and Door 44, in Algoma. I recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, with a degree in Business Administration with a Marketing emphasis. Prior to coming to Parallel I worked for 8 years in the retail industry.

During college my two internships focused heavily on digital marketing. After graduating from college, I work for as a marketing coordinator, at grocery store that was starting a digital marketing program. After establishing their marketing program I began searching for a marketing opportunity where I could follow my real passion, traditional marketing. As Fate would have it I ended up at Parallel 44. Where I get to opportunity to utilize the digital marketing skills that I already have and also get to do traditional marketing.

Now I'm going to be completely honest, I never would have predicted that I would end up working for a winery, let alone a winery in Wisconsin.  Now that I'm here though, I won't be leaving anytime soon. While the setting and view are truly beautiful they aren't what will be keeping me in this industry for years to come.
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There is a lot of work to be done in regards to marketing in this industry. While, marketing in any industry is key, in the wine industry marketing is really is truly crucial part; the wine industry is fractured, market shares are small and more wineries are opening all the time. Building a brand and promoting it is one of the keys needed for success in this industry, well along with having a great product.

As a winery in Wisconsin we have our own unique set of advantages and disadvantage when it comes to marketing, but we can dig into that topic more in a future post. Well I guess this is all I really have to say for this introduction post.
Until next time, Cheers!
Sam

 

 

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Wisconsin Wines Win

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wisconsin Wines Win!!!

We would just like to take a few moments to express our excitement and gratitude over the recent announcement of awards from the Wisconsin Professional Wine Competition. Last month, we were pleased to learn that our La Crescent wine won Best Wisconsin Wine.  In addition to receiving Best Wisconsin White Wine, we were also awarded Best Wisconsin Red Wine for our Petite Pearl and Best Wisconsin Sparkling Wine for our Bubbler.

One of the reasons this competition was so important to us is that this competition focused on wines that were grown and produced here in Wisconsin.  It has always been our mission to provide you with Wisconsin wines from 'vine to glass' and this competition highlights this goal.

We submitted 24 wines from both Parallel 44 and Door 44 and all 24 wines received a medal.  We are very grateful for this and we want to thank you for your support in our mission of growing and producing Wisconsin wine from vine to glass.  It is this focus, and your appreciation of it, that will lead us soon to putting Wisconsin on the map for some of the best wines in the world.

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Thank you and Cheers!

Steve and Maria

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Any Time is Bubbler Time!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

This recent warm weather is doing wonders for my mood and for our grapes!  Summer now seems a possibility and sitting on the patio with a glass of refreshing Bubbler is quickly becoming my new favorite hobby.

I must admit, my new favorite wine is Door 44 Bubbler!  I have always been a sparkling wine fan and am in favor of drinking sparkling wine on a regular basis.  Steve and I often share a bottle of sparkling wine at home and are never too shy to order one when we dine out.  I always smile when the waiter pops the cork and neighboring tables look over and inquiry about the special occasion.  I smile and like to tell people that we are just celebrating life!

Sparkling wine, with its effervescences, is so refreshing, and it really is the perfect pairing with cheese, seafood, sushi, green salads and more (I personally can pair it with anything!).  So those of you who are still set on its celebratory characteristics, I encourage you to grab a bottle of Bubbler and treat every day as a cause for celebration.

Cheers!

Maria, Owner

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Words from the Vineyard

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

So what's been going on in the vineyard?  Well I've been busy pruning all of the vines and I am happy to report that I'm over 3/4 done already!  I might have been all done already had the weather been more agreeable, but the cold weather has not only been slowing down my progress, it's been slowing the grapevines' as well, so I'm not in any danger of falling behind.  Until the daytime temperatures get to and stay over 50 degrees, the vines aren't going to start budding out anytime soon.  As much as I personally would like things to warm up (doesn't everybody?!), the vineyard manager in me is kind of happy that we've eased into spring.  The longer into spring it takes the grapes to bud out, the less likely they are to get nipped by a late spring frost.  Considering that our vines have gotten slightly singed by late spring frosts the past two seasons, I would welcome a season where our crop isn't reduced by frost.  You should too.  More grapes = more wine!

 

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Bob

Vineyard Manager / Cellar Assistant

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Vin Du Nord - New Wine Release

Friday, April 04, 2014

You may be wondering what one does at a vineyard and winery at the end of one of our coldest winters here on the Frozen Tundra of Wisconsin.  Well believe it or not, the pruning of the vines has already commenced. The goal is to start and finish with all 7000 vines before they start to wake up with the warmer temperatures of early spring.

But in the meantime, a very special wine has been vinted and prepared for bottling with an anticipated special release on April 26.  This one of kind wine is being released under the label "Vin du Nord" meaning "Wine of the North". This is truly a New World wine in that it is made from the newest wine region of the world from the newest modern varietals like Marquette and Frontenac Gris.  We fermented this wine in a style which I believe is new to the world of winemaking. I will expound on this later, but for the time being let me say it looks and tastes like a red wine, but has the citrusy aromatics of a crisp white wine.

I invite you to celebrate the Vin du Nord as the perfect way to toast goodbye to this harshest of winters and greet the long awaited promise of spring.

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Cheers!

Steve - Owner & Winemaker

 

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Patio Time is Coming

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring is here!  I know it may not seem like it is, but surely it has to warm up sometime soon!  I suppose this is what we get if we choose to live in Wisconsin!  For me, spring means green grass and colorful flowers.  Weather is getting warmer, and away goes our big winter coats.  At Parallel 44, it also means that the vineyard is starting to wake up, and more people are taking advantage of the beautiful view on our patio.  With snow still on the ground, it may be hard to imagine sipping a glass of wine outside, overlooking the vineyard.  But if you can ignore the wind that still nips at your nose and pretend the white blanket on the ground is fading fast, you may see the beauty that is right around the corner.

Grab a glass of our recently released Drink Pink! and enjoy its flavors of fresh raspberries, strawberries, and pink grapefruit.  Or try our newest release Glacier Fumé.  You won't be disappointed with this crisp, refreshing semi-sweet wine.  Its honey aromatics and tropical fruit flavors are sure to please!  Whichever wine you choose, bring family and friends and relax outside on our patio. The sunsets are beautiful as you watch it set over our 10 acre vineyard.

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As for me, I will be rejoicing that the snow is finally leaving and spring is starting to show its true colors.  Our season is picking up so that means more wonderful customers stopping in to learn about our history and brand, sampling our award-winning wines, and partaking in the journey of enjoying the new wine releases.  Starting in April, we are back to our regular season hours and will be open 7 days a week.  If you haven't stopped out to try our new releases or the next vintage of Nouveau Rouge, it's well worth the trip!  I look forward to hearing your story over a glass of delicious Parallel 44 wine!

Cheers!

Tammy

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Kewaunee, WI 54216

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

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