By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Mar 19, 2023 at 9:31 AM

This is one of our favorite stories from 2023! Thanks for reading OnMilwaukee. 

Wisconsin is rarely acknowledged when it comes to serious discussions about wine and wine-making. But all of that is changing thanks to the work of folks including Erin Rasmussen, winemaker and founder of American Wine Project.

This week, we’re sitting down with Rasmussen to discuss her journey to the wine world and the impetus for her return to Wisconsin to explore the subtleties of cold-climate winemaking. Along the way we chat about the history of winemaking in the U.S., the challenges Rasmussen faces as she strives to create remarkable wine made with Wisconsin-grown grapes and the innovation that’s changing the way folks view winter hardy grapes and their often unique flavor profiles.



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Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.