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Dancing Dragonfly Winery is passionate about great wine! Great wine starts with the grapes and the vineyard. While driving through the winery grounds, visitors see row after row of carefully groomed vines lining the roads and filling the trellises of the adjacent fields. Over the past five years, Dancing Dragonfly Winery has planted more than 30,000 vines, making it one of the largest vineyards in Wisconsin.

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A vineyard of this size is possible because of the introduction of cold-hardy wine grapes. Cold-climate viticulture is said to have begun in the 1970s on a dairy farm in the small town of Osceola, ten miles south of Dancing Dragonfly Winery. Elmer Swenson started a small-scale breeding program in search of cold-hardy wine and table grapes. He used the Concord grape as the foundation for his breeding program and crossed it with countless wine grapes from around the world.

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After years of cross-pollinating, Swenson created some of the first cold-climate grapes used in winemaking in the Midwest. Grape varieties such as St. Croix, Prairie Star, Edelweiss, and Brianna can take harsh Minnesota and Wisconsin winters and still produce excellent fruit. Knowing this, farmers from across the region began to plant the new cultivars and spread the news on the potential of cold-climate wine grapes.

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Before beach season draws to a close (the September 23rd Fall Equinox, not Labor Day, marks its proper conclusion), I want to address a global wine-related epidemic that hits its zenith in summer. Throughout July and August, I visited several white wine producing regions in Oregon, Germany, and Switzerland (the Swiss not only make wine, but I’d argue it’s better than their chocolate and more affordable than their watches). With each vintner visit, our discussion of their carefully crafted whites and demand for their latest vintages inevitably led to the following conclusion: Consumers are sucking them down long before they should be opened. In other words, we drink white wine too young.

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This deduction contradicts conventional wisdom. We’ve been taught the rule that the majority of whites should be consumed within a year or two of production, and that only sweet wines and expensive Old World expressions — the finest white Burgundy (chardonnay) in particular — truly deserve cellar time. During the summer, writers and retailers tout young, fresh wines as “porch pounders” and “poolside sippers,” employing reader hooks by comparing sauvignon blanc to a Harlequin beach read or pairing it to OMI’s catchy seasonal tune, "Cheerleader." While such descriptors seem innocuous and fun, and may be meant to demystify wine, they also perpetuate the “white wines are simple and best drunk young” stereotype that shapes consumer behavior and the cycle of the industry.

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A gift from Swiss winemaker Philippe Gex — he made me promise not to open it for at least four years.

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Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley riesling is refreshing and aromatic with sweet lime and peach characteristics. It’s ST Corporation’s best bottle for you buck at around $14.

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Searching for a decent bottle of vino that won’t break the bank? Or maybe you’re looking for something special — the best for a special occasion or a refined palate. We’ve asked three wine distributors to tell us about what they carry as well as their best bottles of wines.

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ANZ Wines ANZ Wines distributes quality wines from Australia and New Zealand, including Wolf Blass, Yalumba, Matua and Nautilus. “We have been on Guam for the past 20 years, a small women-owned business, and I am a Kiwi!” Sarah Morrison says.

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Summer is almost over, so grab a few more bottles of Rose to toast the end of 100 degree days. Smith Story Rose, from North Texas native Alison Smith Story, who spent a good amount of her career as a wine broker, before getting married to Eric Story, a Bay area wine buyer, and beginning their collaboration in wine, Smith Story Wine Cellars .

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Created from a mutual love of each other, great wine, and the celebration of life (with bonus points given if it is in Hawaii.) They launched their brand last year with a handful of varieties from both California as well as importing from an Old World country they both love, Germany, including petrol and white flower filled Riesling and an inviting Rose made from Pinot Noir. Their Smith Story Rheingau Rose of Pinot Noir ($20) is a lovely expression of the variety, and proof that red wine vines can grow in cool Germany. Balanced, fresh and juicy with herbal notes, ripe red berry, red apple, tangerine and crushed stone earthiness.

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from fruit grown on both Sonoma Mountain and in Knight’s Valley, with the goal to produce a Loire Valley style wine with fruit from California. Floral, fresh and aromatic, the lively wine is a beautiful expression of quality and passion.  Two special wines from a very special couple, both available via their website or at Pogo’s.

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MORNING CALL FILE PHOTO The nine members of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail will hold tastings, tours, pairings and live entertainment all as part of “Harvest Weekend — The Butcher, The Baker and The Winemaker,” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13.

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The nine members of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail will hold tastings, tours, pairings and live entertainment as part of Harvest Weekend — The Butcher, The Baker and The Winemaker.

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Here are some highlights of what each winery has planned: • Amore Vineyards & Winery , 6811 Steuben Road, East Allen Township, will pair beef barbecue and Cabaret Amore.

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