In 1871, America's
Forgotten Fire raged through Peshtigo and the surrounding areas...
Forgotten Fire Winery - Est. 2011
 
You may not remember the fire...
but you WILL remember the wine.
  
  
Forgotten Fire Winery is owned by Lindsay and Joe Callow. The Callows opened the winery on October 1, 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. Lindsay recommends Pink Hot Mess, Northern Fire Red, Big Tom, Green with Envy and White Hot Mess.
 
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, and he did a lot of sampling. Joe is a graduate of UW-Green Bay receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Pre-Medicine. After wasting most of his career in radio, he is finally using that biology and chemistry for something worthwhile.  Joe is a past President of the Wisconsin Winery Association. Joe's favorite wines are 1871, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Late Harvest Riesling, Pinot Gris and Cherry Sangria.
 
 
OUR TEAM
 
Jake Wagner, Production Manager/Winemaker, 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 winemaking 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 gewurztraminer. Jake lives in Marinette with his wife Kate and daughter Zoey. Jake says you must try Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Some Oak on the Water, Hot Mess, Blackberry Burglar and Peshtigo Harbor.

Cory Jorgensen, Operations Manager, grew up and attended school in Peshtigo, WI. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from UW-Green Bay and is currently in the pursuit of his Educator’s License. He can be found substitute teaching at the local school districts or off exploring in the forests when not at Forgotten Fire. This homegrown talent is the self-declared Forgotten Finery Winery Trivia Champion and he also enjoys reading, playing sports, and working out. Cory enjoys L'il Sticker, Wildfire White, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Blackberry Burglar and A Sinful Pear.

Jessy Corry, Tasting Room Team Leader/Brand Representative, was adopted when she was three years old and grew up in Menominee, MI. She got her Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts at UW-Green Bay. She makes jewelry, paints, and draws. She loves to sing, dance, and play sports. Jessy prefers Some Oak on the Water, Cabernet Franc in Bourbon Barrels, Blackberry Burglar, L'il Sticker and Wildfire Red.

Melissa Barnes, Brand Representative, grew up in Pleasant Prairie, WI and moved to Marinette in 2017. She has a dual bachelors degree in American Sign Languate and American Sign Language Interpreting. When she is not here in the tasting room, she works as an Educational Sign Language Interpreter. She enjoys spending time with her cats, Frankie and Ernie, traveling, and being with friends and family. Melissa is a fan of Nice Rack, Peshtigo Harbor, Kick in the Berries, L'il Sticker and Late Harvest Riesling.

Katie Brandon, Brand Representative, grew up in Porterfield with her parents, two sisters, a brother (our very own Jake Wagner), and two dogs. She resides in Peshtigo with her loving husband and two sons. When not staffing the tasting room, she can be found working on her degree in Graphics Design. She loves binging TV shows, drawing in her sketch book and singing in the car. Katie's favorite wines include 1871, Hot Mess, Blackberry Burglar, Nice Rack and Peshtigo Harbor.

Michelle Gifford, Events Coordinator/Brand Representative, was born and raised in Marinette. After graduating from NWTC with an Associate's degree in Accounting, she moved to Green Bay in search of a career. A few years later, an opportunity arose to move to California with her husband. Little did she know that the six years spent in California would totally reshape her life. Currently, Michelle is enrolled in the VESTA program at NWTC pursuing a degree in the wine industry and also works as an Accountant in Green Bay when not at the winery. In her free time, she enjoys time with her husband and daughter, including campfires with friends, walks in the woods, and of course, drinking wine. Michelle's personal favorites are 1871, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Wildfire White, Pinot Gris and Hot Mess.
 
Katie Moore, Brand Representative, grew up in Menominee, MI and graduated from Menominee High School. She has an Associate’s degree with an emphasis in Women's Studies from UW-Marinette and is currently working towards her Registered Nursing degree. When Katie isn't slinging wine, she spends her time with her son and daughter cheering on the Brewers, going on bike rides and traveling. She hopes to one day start a non-profit organization that instills confidence, independence and self-respect in young girls and women. Katie is partial to Kick in the Berries, Nice Rack, Big Tom, L'il Sticker and Phoenix Rising.
 
Forgotten Fire Winery began with just five acres of land, four white wines, three 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 11,000 square feet of space. Forgotten Fire Winery currently offers over 30 wines, close to a dozen hard ciders, several craft sodas 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!
 
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