Local Wine Isn’t Reserved for California Anymore

October 16, 2016

A restaurant doesn’t need to reside in California to offer regional wines anymore. Discovering local vinos from surprising terroirs can be an explorative and profitable experience for dedicated operators.

The minute Tyler Sailsbery—chef/owner of The Black Sheep in Whitewater, Wisconsin—decided to pour local wines, business partnerships started to happen.

Suddenly he was hosting chef dinners six times a year at Staller Estate Winery, one of the wineries whose bottles appear on his list. The winery is in a rural part of Delavan and run by a young couple. In some ways, the partnership was very organic. Black Sheep is a