#157 - March 11, 2011

VineSmith Vineyard Pest Management Tool Kit - EXCELLENT!

I just received my 2011-2012 Vineyard Pest Management Tool Kit from Jeanette Smith at VineSmith vineyard services. I have highlighted this valuable tool in past newsletters and still highly recommend that all commercial vineyards consider purchasing it. (No, I get no sales
commission for doing this!) mlw

I just do not know of any vineyard pesticide management source on the market as informative, concise and easy to use as this tool kit. A lot of hours of work went into putting this together.

Putting together a workable vineyard pesticide application plan can be a difficult process for even the experienced vineyard manager. Pre-harvest intervals, Re-Entry intervals, resistance rotation rules, mixing compatibility, toxicity, pests controlled, adjuvant needs, costs, etc., etc,.., can get very complicated. The 2011-2012 Vineyard Pest Management Tool Kit from VineSmith, Inc. is a one-of-a-kind package that can provide a great deal of help into this process. VineSmith is a vineyard consulting company located in Stephens, VA with 30+ years of experience.

This Vineyard Pest Management Tool Kit contains the following:

  • Fungicide Guide poster
  • Insecticide Guide poster
  • Herbicide Guide booklet
  • “Planning a Vineyard Pest Management Program” booklet
  • A concise pesticide application record sheet.
  • Relative disease susceptibility and chemical sensitivity chart of winegrape cultivars.

The poster format is perfect for putting in one central location where owners, management and employees can view at a glance. Posting this tool kit on the wall in a central location will help comply with some of the employee notification and training requirements mandated in EPA’s Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides. The three posters are printed in color and are laminated for weather protection.

You can order the Vineyard Pest Management Tool Kit here for $59, plus shipping & handling: http://www.vinesmith.com/toolkit.html


10 Magic Wine Bottle Tricks for the Tasting Room

  1. How to pull a cork from inside a wine bottle, 4-15-07 – YouTube, 45 sec.:
  2. Wine Bottle Toothpick Balance Trick, 5-22-07 – YouTube, 29 sec.:
  3. Remove bottom of wine bottle trick, 9-27-09 – YouTube, 44 sec.:
  4. Wine Bottle Cutting with String, 4-23-09 – YouTube, 1:27 min.:
  5. How to drink from an unopened wine bottle, 12-16-11 – AtomoicWedgie.com
  6. How to remove a dime from a corked bottle, ScamSchool:
  7. How to balance a wine bottle on 3 knives balanced on 3 glasses, 2:18 min. - DailyMotion.com: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xg5uh1_bar-tricks-knives-glasses-and-a-balanced-bottle-of-wine_lifestyle
  8. Open a wine bottle with your shoe, 11-6-09, YouTube, 56 sec.:
  9. Bottle Trick, 26 sec, Break Media:
  10. Bottle & Glass Magic Trick, 5-23-09 – BoFunk.com, 4:50 min.:

This shows how this is done: Glass & Bottle Swaps Places, Magic Trick – Classic Magic Tricks:


11th Annual Iowa Wine Growers Association Conference

When: Friday & Saturday, March 18 & 19, 2011

Where: THE HOTEL Kirkwood Center, 7725 Kirkwood Boulevard SW, Cedar Rapids, IA. The IWGA has secured a reduced room rate of $89 per night (plus tax) for members attending the conference. Call 319-848-8700 to reserve a room.

Agenda & Registration Materials: http://iowawinegrowers.org/pdfs/wine_attendee_reg_11.pdf


ICCVE - Advanced Vineyard Mgt. Series – Les Bourgeois Vineyards, Rocheport, MO

What: Advanced Vineyard Management Seminar Series – State of the Art Viticulture Seminar Series for the Industry Professional.
Where: Les Bourgeois Vineyards & Bistro, 14020 West Hwy BB, Rocheport, MO
Sponsored by: Institute for Continental Climate Viticulture & Enology (ICCVE)

2011 Agenda:

3-17-11 Design & Considerations for the Mechanized Vineyard with mechanical pruning demos. Bonus topics include Rootstock Performance for Midwest Vineyards & Promising Cultivars for the Continental Climate. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/163770

4-14-11 State of the Art Disease and Pest Management - optimize returns and reduce environmental impact by designing a long term pest management plan for your vineyard. Learn about the latest in forecasting tools and computerized technologies that will decrease crop loss and improve your bottom line. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/163773

5-12 Early Crop Load Assessment, Mechanical and Manual Shoot Thinning, Bonus topics include Vineyard Floor Management with weed physiologist, Dr. Reed Smeda. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/163776

6-30 Advanced Vineyard Water Management - Agricultural Engineering experts from MU Extension, University of Missouri will share the latest techniques in irrigation and installation of vineyard drainage systems. Bonus topics include Crop Estimation and Mechanical Crop Load Adjustment. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/163779

8-4 Optimal Canopy Management: Assessment, Analysis & Diagnosis learn techniques for assessing canopy structure and how it relates to grapevine performance, and grape and wine quality. Bonus topics include Vertebrate Pest Management with wildlife specialist Bob Pierce, Assistant Professor in Fisheries and Wildlife, University of Missouri.

10-4 Issues & Economics of Replanting and Redevelopment with guest speaker Mike Fisher, Co- Founder and COO, Global Wine Partners of St. Helena, CA. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/163782

Cost: Seminars are $65 each for Missouri residents and $80 for out-of-state attendees. Or the entire series for $350 for Missouri residents and $425 for out-of-state attendees.

Links to online registration for Missouri residents available above or you may mail-in the registration form on the PDF. Out-of-state attendees must mail-in their registrations. To register online for the entire series at the discounted price, please go here - http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/163786

Completion of the Viticulture Short Course and/or a minimum of three years viticulture experience is recommended.

Please join us at noon prior to each seminar in the Les Bourgeois Bistro for a networking lunch (optional) where we discuss many industry issues.


Grape Growing for Beginners 2011 - Treynor, IA - 3-19-2011

Western Iowa Grape Growers Association is a Grape Growing for Beginners Class on Saturday March 19th 2011 at 9:00 am hosted at Prairie Crossing Vineyard & Winery, 31506 Pioneer Trail; Treynor, Iowa.

The class will be geared towards anyone who is interested in growing grapes and will cover necessary planning, equipment, and vineyard management.

This class is the first in a series of classes to introduce growers to establishing and maintaining a vineyard in the Western Iowa and Eastern Nebraska region. Later classes will follow with more advanced topics.
The class is limited to the first 30 registrants. Pre-registration is non-refundable but is advised.

The class is open to the public. The class fee for Western Iowa Grape Grower members is $15 (for 2 people). Non-member fee is $25 per person. Membership forms will be available, annual membership is $40.

If you have questions or need additional information, please call Clifton Burkhart at 712-527-5276 or email Clifton@BurkhartVineyards.com.
Information on this class may also be found at http://www.westerniowagrapegrowers.org


Midwest Aronia Association Holds 1st Annual Conference in Des Moines

When: Friday & Saturday, April 8 & 9, 2011

Where: Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, NW 4800 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA. 515-278-4755

Cost: $125 each, $75 for spouse

Sponsored by: Midwest Aronia Association and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Dr. Stanislaw Pluta, an Associate Professor at the Research Institute of Pomology and Floriculture in Poland
Maury Wills, Bureau Chief of the Agriculture Diversification and Market Development Bureau of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Doug Stryuk, legal council and policy advisor to the Iowa Secretary of State
Dr. Jonathon Smith, founder/co-owner of Wisconsin-based Alpine Foods
Harlan Hamernick of Clarkson, NE, founder of Bluebird Nursery, Inc. and owner of Wild Plums
Andy Larson, ISU Extension Specialist in Small Farm Sustainability and coordinator for the Iowa SARE Professional Development Program
Joanna Skorzynska, co-owner of Firma Weremczuk, a Polish company that manufactures aronia berry harvesters used in Poland and other EU countries
Tatania Emmick, Associate Scientist, and Jiang Hu, Regulatory Affairs, from Kemin Ind.

Complete participant & vendor registration info can be found here: http://midwestaronia.org/


American Distillation Institute Annual Conference - Portland, OR - April 4-8

What: 8th American Distillation Institute Annual Conference
Where: Benson Hotel, Portland, OR
When: Monday – Friday, April 4-8, 2011
Details & Registration: http://www.distilling.com/


Hop & Barley Production for Wisconsin – 2nd Annual Seminar - 4-9

What: Hop and Barley Production for Wisconsin, Craft Beer Industry – 2nd Annual Seminar
When: 8:30 a.m. Registration, 9a.m to 5 p.m. Program
Where: Tomah Hospitality Inn, Tomah WI (608-372-3211)

Paul Grahams – Central Waters Brewery
James Altweiss – Gorst Valley Hops
Cynthia Henson – USDA Cereal Crops Research Unit
Allen Budde – USDA Cereal Crop Research Unit
Kory Stalsberg - Wisconsin Hop Producer
Tony Bowers – USDA Farm Services Agency Loan Officer
John Reynolds – Wisconsin Hops and Barley Cooperative
Tim Rehbein – Vernon County UW Cooperative Extension
Carl Duley – Buffalo County UW Cooperative Extension

Cost: $60 per person
Registration required by April 1: http://buffalo.uwex.edu/agriculture/barley-and-hops/
Sponsored by: University of Wisconsin Extension and Midwest Hops & Barley Co-op
More Info: Contact Vernon County Extension – 608-637-5276 or timothy.rehbein@ces.uwex.edu
Or Buffalo County Extension - 608-685-6256 or carl.duley@ces.uwex.edu


Kothe Spring Distillation Workshop – Chicago - May 5-8

This is a program for future distillers and those with some experience. They will cover everything from fruit selection, mashing, and the actual distillation process to the legal aspects of starting a distillery in North America. Dr. Klaus Hagmann, one of the leading experts in the field, Robert Birnecker and Dr. Sonat Birnecker Hart will be giving insights into the practice of distilling and starting a distillery.

A Sensory Seminar will provide an insight into proper tasting of eaux de vie, vodkas, whiskeys, grappas and liqueurs. Participants will sample over 75 different products and learn to identify positive as well as negative aspects of distillates.

Where: Kothe Distilling Technologies, 5121 N Ravenswood Chicago, IL 60640

Cost: $799 each. Max of 30 participants.

Details & Registration:


Kothe Summer Distillation Workshop – Chicago - June 4-5

Kothe Distilling Summer Workshop 2011. They have put together a program for future distillers and those with some experience. They will cover everything from fruit selection, mashing, and the actual distillation process to the legal aspects of starting a distillery in North America. Robert Birnecker and Dr. Sonat Birnecker Hart will be giving insights into the practice of distilling and starting a distillery.

Where: Kothe Distilling Technologies, 5121 N Ravenswood Chicago, IL 60640

Cost: $399 each. Max of 30 participants.

Details & Registration:


Notable Quotables

“Good wine is a necessity of life for me.” --- Thomas Jefferson

“Wine is the thinking person's health drink.” --- Dr. Phillip Norrie

“Hold the bottle up to the light; you will see your dreams are always at the bottom.”
--- Rob Hutchison

“I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food.” --- W.C. Fields


Marketing Tidbits

  1. “A significant part of the process followed by the marketers of alcoholic beverages is a rule that ads should run only in media outlets certifying that 70 percent or more of their viewers or readers are 21 or older.”
    From: F.T.C. to Take Another Look at Alcohol Ads, 3-9-11 – New York Times: http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/08/f-t-c-to-take-another-look-at-alcohol-ads/
  2. “ According to a recent survey conducted by Accenture, 73% of shoppers favor using their smartphone to handle simple tasks in stores compared to 15% who favor interaction with an employee.”
    From: Landmark Survey of 120,000 Mobile App Users Reveals Wine Consumer Trends and Habits, 5-8-11, PRWeb: http://www.prweb.com/releases/prwebwineconsumer/survey/prweb8187445.htm
  3. “According to a new study by Luminosity Marketing, almost 2/3 of Boomerang consumers make independent decisions about their needs, but are more conservative about influencing "the folks". In addition, the findings show that 56% buy on impulse, or planned to get it "today." Boomerangers are college graduates, between the ages of 22 and 29 who are single, have full-time jobs and live at home with their parents. “
    From: Half of Bomerangers Say They Want It Now, 3-11-11 – MediaPost Blog: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/index.cfm?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=146184


Comments from Readers

(Left) The new Iowa Public Television series of Iowa's Simple Pleasures episodes has been completed. Our winery, Sugar Clay Winery and Vineyards is being highlighted on this program! Below is the scheduled air dates for both the Festival Highlights version, and the first run of the actual series.

Here's a link http://www.iptv.org/simplepleasures/story.cfm?id=2832&type=story
Frank & Amy Faust (3-7-11)



Show n Tell

(Left) John Broadbent showed me his latest piece of vineyard equipment last week when I stopped to visit him at his distillery in Norwalk, IA. This 3-pt Twin Wheel Allis Chalmers sickle mower is fixed into the upright position and is used as a hedger for the Frontenac vines growing on a single high wire system in John’s vineyard. 3-2-11










(Above) A Grape Escape Winery located south of Pleasantville, They have some of those Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) grapes vines that grow bottles of wine instead of grapes. You don’t need a winemaker with these vines!!

(Left) Gary Hutchison (L) and Ron Ogle (R) invited me down to Ron Ogle’s farm located just northwest of Medora, IA to see them boil Silver Maple sap down into syrup on their homemade wood fired evaporator. It takes approximately 60-80 gallons of Silver Maple sap to make one gallon of syrup versus the approximately 30-40 gallons of Sugar Maple sap to make one gallon of syrup. The book shown in the upper right picture is what they use as their guide. And yes, you can make wine out of syrup. See Wine Grower News # 117 here http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Wine/Resources/winegrowernews117.htm


Articles of Interest

  1. California considers cancer warnings for wine, beer and spirits...like everything else there, 3-7-11 – American Council of Science & Health:
  2. Chinese wine consumption doubled in 5 years, 3-8-11 – VineExpo:
  3. SD Part of Boom of Midwest Wineries, 3-9-11- Daily Republic of Mitchell SD” http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/event/article/id/50801/

    The following wineries are discussed in this article:

    Tuckers Walk Winery- Garretson, SD
    Sevin Hawks Vineyard – Fountain City, WI
    Carlos Creek Winery - Alexandria, MN
    Prairie Berry Winery – Hill City, SD
    Indian Island Winery – Janesville, MN
    Mission Mountain Winery – Dayton, MT
  4. Seven reasons why agriculture Extension is needed, 3-10-11 – Western Farm Press:
  5. Kent State University to offer degrees related to the wine industry, 3-11-11 – Wine Industry Insight


Videos of Interest (cave wineries)

  1. Bialla Vineyards Winery Cave, 6-24-07 – Grape Radio, 6:10 min:
  2. Wine Cave Drilling, 1-3-08 – Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, 29 sec.:
  3. Cave Construction with Bacchus Cave, Part 1, 9-11-08 – Grape Radio.com, 8:35 min.:
  4. Cave Digging with Bacchus Cave, Part1, 9-11-08 – Grape Radio.com, 6:10 min.:


Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

  1. ISU Extension has a new Homepage: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/
  2. American Viticulture Areas (AVA’s): http://www.wineinstitute.org/resources/avas


Calendar of Events:

3-(18 & 19), Iowa Wine Growers Association Annual Conference - The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, Cedar Rapids, IA: http://www.iowawinegrowers.org

3-19, Grape Growing for Beginners - Prairie Crossing Vineyard & Winery, Futher info: http://www.westerniowagrapegrowers.org

3-(21-24), 11th Annual UC Davis Wine Executive Program, UC Davis, CA.
Details: http://www.ucdavis.edu/index.html

3-24, Wisconsin Grape Growers Association – Spring Vineyard School 2011. Wollersheim Winery. Complete details and registration: http://wigrapes.org/archives/479

3-(25 & 26), All Iowa Horticulture Exposition III, Bridge View Center, Ottumwa, IA: http://www.iowahort.org/

3-(29 to 4-1), Wineries Unlimited – Greater Richmond Virginia Convention Center, Richmond, VA: http://wineriesunlimited.vwm-online.com/

4-(4-8), American Distillation Institute Annual Conference - Portland, OR. Details: Details & Registration: http://www.distilling.com/

4-(8 & 9), Midwest Aronia Berry Annual Conference,: Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, Des Moines, IA. 515-278-4755, Registration info: http://midwestaronia.org/

4-9, Hop & Barley Production for Wisconsin – 2nd Annual Seminar, Tomah, WI Registration due by 4-1: http://buffalo.uwex.edu/agriculture/barley-and-hops/

4-(12-14), - License to Steal National Wine Marketing Conference, Geneva, Ohio. Details: http://www.nationalwinemarketing.com/

4-(18-21), 14th Wildlife Damage Conference, : Lied Lodge & Conference Center, Nebraska City, NE. Details & Registration: http://joomla.wildlife.org/WildlifeDamage//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=180

4-21, 1 pm -The next Iowa Alcohol Beverage Division commission meeting at the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division offices in Ankeny: http://www.iowaabd.com/about/updates/event/55

4-28, Wine Chemistry Basics for Midwestern Winemakers, Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery, 4746 N. Ford Rd. Galena, IL. Sponsored by the Northern Illinois Wine Growers Association: http://northernillinoiswine.com/

5-(5-8), Kothe Distilling Spring Workshop, Kothe Distilling Technologies, Chicago, IL. Details & Registration: http://www.kothe-distilling.com/en/products/workshops/60-kothe-distilling-technologies-spring-2011-workshop

5-21, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Airblast Sprayer Workshop with Dr. Andrew Landers author of Effective Vineyard Spraying at the ISU Horticulture Research Station, Ames, IA. Details later. Contact:
Mike White at mlwhite@iastate.edu

6-(4+5), Kothe Distilling Summer Workshop, Kothe Distilling Technologies, Chicago, IL. Details: : http://www.kothe-distilling.com/en/component/content/article/15-workshop-information/75-kothe-summer-2011-workshop

6-7, Viticulture Field Day, Missouri Grape Growers Assn. (MGGA) & the Institute for Continental Climate Viticulture & Enology (ICCVE). Details later here: http://www.missourigrapegrowers.org/

6-(20-24), American Society for Enology & Viticulture – Portola Hotel & Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, CA: http://asev.org/national-conference-2011/

Past issues archived as html and/or pdf here:


Total Circulation of 1,300+ recipients in AZ, CA, CO, FL, OH, IA, IN, IL, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NV, NY, OK, OR, PA, SD, VA, VT, WA, WA DC, WI, Australia, Canada, Israel, Norway & Turkey

Michael L. White,
ISU Extension Viticulture Specialist
909 East 2nd St. Suite E, Indianola, IA 50125-2892
ph: 515-961-6237, fax: 6017 or mlwhite@iastate.edu

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