Forgotten Fire Winery is owned by Lindsay and Joe Callow. The Callows opened the winery on October 1st 2011. A visit to Rose Valley Winery in Michigan led to a fateful meeting with winemaker, Adam Kolodziejski. Adam expressed how his passion had led him to starting a winery, and how easy it would be for the Callows to do the same. Joe and Lindsay quickly found themselves believing that Adam had too much to drink that day. Nonetheless, after a few years of research, license applications, winemaking internships, and tears…Forgotten Fire Winery was born. Named in honor of the Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871, the winery sits on land located in the town of Peshtigo, though the actual address is in Marinette.
Lindsay, a native of Waukesha, WI, grew up in an Italian family where wine was always a part of family dinners. Lindsay has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Marketing from UW-Whitewater. Her years of experience in marketing and promotions make her the backbone of all the winery events and promotion. Joe may not admit it, but Lindsay has the superior palate and tends to be the final say on all the wines.
Joe is a native of Menominee, MI. As a young man, no one trusted him to prepare a dish for family get-togethers. Instead, he was set with the task of finding the wine. Joe took this very seriously, learning about food and wine pairing, oh and he did a lot of sampling.
Joe is a graduate of UW-Green Bay receiving his BS in Pre-Medicine. After wasting most of his career in radio, he is finally using that biology and chemistry for something worthwhile.
In May, 2013, Cellar Manager, Jake Wagner, joined the team. Jake grew up in Porterfield and went to high school in Marinette. His interest in winemaking sparked a few years out of school where he tried home brewing for... the first time yielding an unsuccessful attempt at strawberry wine. After doing 4 years in the Navy as a Gunners mate, he got a job on a local construction crew. That crew was involved in the construction of Forgotten Fire Winery. His interest in winemaking sparked again, but with some help from Joe, he was successful in making a good batch of gewürztraminer. Jake lives in Marinette with his wife Kate and daughter Zoey.
The 2013 team includes part-time tasting room staffers, Ashley Teasdale and Lisa Garrison. And, rounding out the team for events are Molly Martin and always the reliable parents of Lindsay (Ron and Sharon Malenck) and Joe (Jim and Joan Callow).
Forgotten Fire Winery began with just 5 acres of land, 4 white wines, 3 red wines and the dreams of one headstrong couple. In 2012, 14 adjacent acres were purchased for future growth of the business. In 2013, the winery expanded to reach around 9000 square feet of space. Forgotten Fire Winery currently offers over 20 wines and a variety of wine-related gift items in the tasting room. Stop in and try some for yourself. You may not remember the fire…but you will remember the wine!