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Midwest tries to overcome reputation for low-quality wines

August 17, 2010 |  1:44 pm


Prohibition killed off most winemaking in the United States, and when the tap was turned back on  in 1933 Americans demanded what was popular then: sweet wines. Midwestern wineries responded by cranking up sweet wine production. Although they have ventured into dry and semidry wines, the sweet wine label has stuck. Read on to find out more about how Midwestern winemakers are struggling to shake off the bad rap.

Photo: Winemaker Wally Maurer samples his 2007 Pinot Noir wine from the oak casks in his cellar at Domaine Berrien Cellars in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Credit: Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune