#181 - September 9, 2011

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Factors Influencing Wine Quality – Worth Repeating

(taken from 9-14-08 Wine Grower News # 19)

Factor Importanance




Wine Making Method


Wine Maker


Winery Equipment


Bottling Plan




(Percent of Relative Importance) according to Tom Eddy. Taken from “Successful Wine Marketing” Edited b Kirby Moulton, PhD and James Lapsley, PhD - Chapter 6 written by Tom Eddy. Tom received his fermentation science degree from U.C. Davis in 1974. Tom Eddy is one of the foremost winemakers in California being the principle owner/operator of Thomas G. Eddy and Associates, a consulting firm, as well as owner and wine maker for the Tom Eddy Winery in Calistoga, CA. Check him out here: http://www.tomeddywines.com/


VinoEnology.com - Free Winemaking Calculators Online

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Specific Gravity & Brix conversions, Yeast & Nutrients addition, Unit Conversion table

Chaptalization & Water dilution: Sugar content adjustment & Water addition

SO2 addition: Liquid SO2 solution & Potassium metabisulfite addition, Molecular SO2 table, SO2 reduction SO2 (addition of potassium metabisulfite and liquid SO2 solution)

Acid addition: Tartaric, Malic & Citric acid addition, Deacidification

Fining & Oak addition: Copper addition, Clarification & Oak addition, Fining and oak addition (clarification and oak wood chips addition)

Fortification: Alcohol addition

Wine Blending & Cost calculator: (wine blending and cost)

Online Conversions: Volume, Temperature, Pressure, Mass, Area and Distance

Check them all out her for “FREE” : http://vinoenology.com


Loess Hills Amateur Wine Competition, Fall Festival & Grape Stomp

Western Iowa Grape Growers Association (WeIGGA) in conjunction with Sugar Clay Winery & Vineyard is sponsoring the 2011 Loess Hills Fall Wine Festival. The festival will be held on Saturday September 24th, 2011 as Sugar Clay Winery & Vineyards 1446 240th Avenue; Thurman, Iowa.

The festivities will start with an amateur wine competition. Awards will be given for each of 13 judging categories plus Best of show red wine, Best of show white wine, and Best locally grown Midwest wine. The entry fee is $7.00 per wine entry for non WeIGGA members and $5.00 per entry for WeIGGA members. All submissions are due Monday September 19th.

The Fall Wine Festival is a fun event for the entire family. There will be craft and local food vendors, hayrack rides, a grape stomp, dinner, music and wine tasting for the adults. The first 500 adult admissions will also receive a souvenir wine glass. Adult admission is $30 per person, $15 per person for WeIGGA members and $10 under age 21.

The schedule of events is as follows:

9:00 am Wine Judging Starts
1:00 pm Doors open for Festival and Hayrack rides start
3:00 pm Grape Stomp
4:30-7:00pm Dinner served
5:00 pm Awards Ceremony
6:00 pm Music by Chasing Daylight

If you have questions or need additional information, please call Clifton Burkhart at 712-527-5276 or email WeIGGA@BurkhartVineyards.com

Information on this event may also be found at www.westerniowagrapegrowers.org

Amateur Wine Classic Competition – Greater Kansas City Cellarmasters

When: Friday & Saturday, November 4 & 5, 2011
Where: Shawnee, KS
Entries must be received: Oct. 1- 22, 2011
Cost: $8 per wine entry and $1 per wine label entry.
Awards dinner: Saturday, November 5 at 6 pm and will be held at the Salem Lutheran Church, 9143 Haskins, Lenexa, KS 66215. Cost = $20.
Entries shipped or delivered to:
Bacchus & Barleycorn, LTD
6633 Nieman Road
Shawnee, Kansas 66203
Ph: 913-962-2501
Note: Written judge’s comments forwarded to entrants.
Sponsored by: Greater Kansas City Cellarmasters
Entry forms, classes, prizes and information: http://www.cellarmasters.org


NCR-SARE Farmer/Rancher Grant Proposals Due: 12-2-11

The 2011 North Central Region - Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) Farmer Rancher Grant Call for Proposals is now available.

Farmers and ranchers in the North Central Region are invited to submit grant proposals to explore sustainable agriculture solutions to problems on the farm or ranch. Proposals should show how farmers and ranchers plan to use their own innovative ideas to explore sustainable agriculture options and how they will share project results. Sustainable agriculture is good for the environment, profitable, and socially responsible.

Projects should emphasize research or education/demonstration. New this year, there are three types of competitive grants: individual grants ($7,500 maximum), partner grants for two farmers/ranchers from separate operations who are working together ($15,000 maximum), and group grants for three or more farmers/ranchers from separate operations who are working together ($22,500 maximum). NCR-SARE expects to fund about 45 projects in the twelve-state North Central Region with this call.

Interested applicants can find the call for proposals online as well as useful information for completing a proposal at http://www.northcentralsare.org/Grants/Types-of-Grants/Farmer-Rancher-Grant-Program .

Proposals are due on Friday, December 2, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. at the NCR-SARE office in Jefferson City, MO.

Potential applicants with questions can contact Joan Benjamin, Associate Regional Coordinator and Farmer Rancher Grant Program Coordinator, at benjaminj@lincolnu.edu or 573-681-5545 or 800-529-1342. A hard copy or an emailed copy of the call for proposals is also available by contacting Joan Benjamin. We make slight revisions to our calls for proposals each year, which means it is crucial to use the most recent call for proposals.

NCR-SARE has funded more than 800 farmer rancher grants worth more than $4,800,000 since the inception of this program.


IA Wineries & Breweries: $100 Discount for Iowa Tourism Conference

The Iowa Tourism Conference is being held Thursday – Friday, October 19-21 at the Arrowhead Resort & Conference Center at Okoboji, Iowa. This year’s topics include: Customer Service/Hospitality, Partnerships, Building Budgets, Enhancing Print Materials, Group Travel, Social Media, and Special Events.

The Wine and Beer Promotion Board wants to make it easier for Iowa Wineries and Breweries to attend. Due to a special sponsorship from the Iowa Wine and Beer Promotion Board, Iowa Wineries and Breweries can attend the 3 day conference for only $100. Just register online and select “Iowa Wine & Beer Registrant (subject to confirmation): $100.00 (Details)”. Make sure that your winery or brewery is listed under the business name so that we can easily confirm your registration.

You can register for the conference here. I would also encourage you to consider nominating your business for an Iowa Tourism Award. The awards program is part of the annual conference. Receiving an award can be a great addition to your marketing, but you can’t win, if you don’t nominate! You can see all of the information about the awards and the conference here.

If you have already registered for the conference at the $200 rate, please let me know and we will issue a refund for the difference.


Colleen Murphy Groups/Meetings/Partnerships Manager | Iowa Tourism Office 200 East Grand Avenue | Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515.725.3089 Fax: 515.725.3010 http://www.traveliowa.com
Can’t open the hyperlinks above? Here are the links you need to put in your browser:

Agenda: http://www.traveliowa.com/downloads/TrsmConfAgenda.pdf
Registration: http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=986543
Awards and Conference Info: http://www.traveliowa.com/industry.aspx


Gorst Valley Hops offering Hops Growing 101 & 201 Workshops

What: Introduction to Small Scale Hops Growing 101
When: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, September 17, 2011
Where: Radisson Hotel, 517 Grand Canyon Drive, Madison Wisconsin 53719(800-395-7046)
Sponsored by: Gorst Valley Hops: http://www.gorstvalleyhops.com
Cost: $150 each, attendance is limited.
Register Online here: http://www.gorstvalleyhops.com/hops101.php

What: Hops 201- Technical Production Workshop
When: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, October 8, 2011
Where: Radisson Hotel, 517 Grand Canyon Drive, Madison Wisconsin 53719(800-395-7046)
Sponsored by: Gorst Valley Hops: http://www.gorstvalleyhops.com
Cost: $275 each, attendance is limited. (Prior attendance at Small Scale Hops Growing 101 required.)
Register Online here: http://www.gorstvalleyhops.com/hops201.php


University of Nebraska Mechanical Harvester Field Day - Paxton, NE

Where: Ida’s Vitas Vineyard, 2174 Road E 60, Paxton, NE - ph: 308-239-4734 (Paxton is approximately 21 miles east of Ogallala on I-80)
When: 9:30 a.m. Monday, 9-19-11
Cost: $15 each. (Includes lunch)
Agenda: Note: The western NE growers associated with the 5 Trails Winery have taken delivery of a machine harvester and will demonstrate the machine at approximately 10:15 a.m. Discussion of the pros and cons of the use of a machine harvester will take place over lunch and in early afternoon.
Further details: http://agronomy.unl.edu/viticulture

Scale Commercial Winemaking Course – Nebraska City

When: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday & Saturday, October 21 & 22, 2011
Where: University of Nebraska Kimmel Education & Research Center 5995 G Road in Nebraska City. NE 68410
Who: Alan Dillard, Limestone Creek Viticulture Resources, Jonesboro, IL
Cost: $375 each (Price includes class materials, Friday lunch and dinner, wine tasting and refreshments).
Attendance limited to first 25 people registered.
Sponsored by: 5 Rivers RC&D, Tecumseh, NE
Details & Registration: http://www.nercd.com/r/p/119/




Registration Now Open – Midwest Grape & Wine Conference - St. Charles, MO

What: 27th Midwest Grape & Wine Conference and Trade Show
When: Conference: February 9-12, 2012 and Trade Show: February 10-11, 2012
Where: St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, MO
Full Details & Registration: http://www.midwestgrapeandwineconference.com/


Notable Quotables

  1. Sales for "the largest true Michigan winery" are just under $20 million, Braganini said, declining to disclose financial details of the privately held firm that employs 75 workers, including two family members.”
    From: St. Julian family celebrates 90 years in the business of making wine, 9-6-11 – The Courier Leader, Paw Paw, MI: http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20465650&BRD=2188&PAG=461&dept_id=414962&rfi=6
  2. “While the parentage is not known, a few people told me l’acadie is related to seyval; the primary white grape grown in Quebec”:
    From: Wine: Rethinking the hybrid grape, 9-9-11 – Montreal Gazette:


  1. “According to a study of high-frequency wine drinkers by Wine Opinions, only 40 percent of wine is consumed during meals; the remaining 60 percent shakes out to: 27 percent with no food around, 19 percent with appetizers or snacks and 14 percent while preparing a meal.”
    From: Liquid Assets: 'Survey says ... ' and we respond, 9-6-11 Star Tribune, Minneapolis: http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/taste/126708638.html
  2. U.S. Wine Sales Up 7% Year-to Date, 9-7-11 – Wines & Vines:


Articles of Interest

  1. The Power of Wine, 9-2-11 – Winematch.com:
  2. WI: Wisconsin Wineries Tour Receives Marketing Support, 9-3-11 - Ashland Current:
  3. IA: Japanese beetle munching away on Iowa plants, trees with fury, 9-3-11 – Des Moines Register:
  4. MN: Winery bottles up double-digit growth during recession, 9-6-11 – Shoreviewpress.com:
  5. MN: Get some grapes between your toes, 9-7-11 St Cloud Times:
  6. MN: Wild Mountain Winery boasts several grape varieties, now bottling over 10,000, 9-8-11 – Chisago County Press: http://www.chisagocountypress.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=14900
  7. How long can a box of wine last once opened? , 9-8-11 – The Globe and Mail:
  8. KS: Volunteers flock to Holy-Field Winery in Basehor to help harvest, 9-8-11, Shawnee Dispatch:
  9. IA: The best in Iowa, right here in the Corridor, 9-8-11 – North Liberty Leader:


Show n Tell

(Left) Old chalkboard used to note pesticide application information atISU Horticulture Research Farm in Ames. 9-8-11









(Left) Petite Amie grapes at ISU Horticulture Research Farm in Ames.
Note long rachis. 9-8-11








(Left) St.Croix grapes at ISU Horticulture Research Farm in Ames. 9-8-11











(Left) Frontenac grapes ready to be harvested at Penoach Vineyard and Winery in Adel, IA. 9-9-11










(Left) Sabrevois vines at Penoach Vineyard and Winery in Adel, IA. 9-9-11









(Left) Sabrevois grapes at Penoach Vineyard and Winery in Adel, IA. 9-9-11









(Left) Electric fence used around vineyard at ISU Horticulture Research Farm in Ames, IA to keep raccoons out. 9-8-11






Videos of Interest

  1. IA: 2011 Marquette Crush, 9-5-11 – Calico Skies Vineyard & Winery, Inwood, IA, 10:04 min.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7UUkh8uuFQ
  2. IA: Local winery prepares for harvest, Bel-Aire Estates Winery, Mitchellville 9-5-11 – KIMT – TV3, Albert Lea, MN, 2:32 min.:
  3. Wine from here, 2.43 min. trailer to the 60 minute documentary of the natural wine movement in California that debuted on 8-25-11 in San Francisco, CA: http://winefromhere.com/


Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

  1. August 2011 Iowa Liquor Quarterly, 48 pp., Online magazine from the Iowa Alcohol Beverage Division. (Check out the article about Santa Maria Winery in Carroll):


Calendar of Events

9-17, The 2011 NDGGA Summer Tour of vineyards, wineries and historic sites in SE North Dakota. It will start and end at Bear Creek Winery, Fargo, ND. Pre-registration is required. Details here: 2011 Summer Tour registration form.pdf

9-17, Introduction to Small Scale Hops Growing 101 at the Radisson Hotel, 517 Grand Canyon Drive, Madison WI. Sponsored by: Gorst Valley Hops Register Online here: http://www.gorstvalleyhops.com/hops101.php

9-19, University of Nebraska Mechanical Harvester Field Day, Ida’s Vitas Vineyard, Paxton, NE. Details here: http://agronomy.unl.edu/viticulture/

10-8, Hops 201- Technical Production Workshop at the Radisson Hotel, 517 Grand Canyon Drive, Madison WI. Sponsored by: Gorst Valley Hops Register Online here: http://www.gorstvalleyhops.com/hops201.php

10-(21+22), Small Scale Commercial Winemaking Course, Kimmel Education & Research Center, Nebraska City, NE. Details & Registration: http://www.nercd.com/r/p/119/

11-(16 & 17), 1st North American Wine Tourism Conference – Napa Valley. Details HERE

1-(6-7)-12, Kansas Grape Growers & Winemakers Annual Conference, Topeka, KS
Details here: http://kansasgrapesandwines.com/

1-(24-26)-12, Unified Grape & Wine Symposium, Sacramento Convention Center • Sacramento, CA. Details here: http://www.unifiedsymposium.org/

2-(9-12)-12, 27th Midwest Grape & Wine Conference and Trade Show - St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, MO. Full Details & Registration: http://www.midwestgrapeandwineconference.com/

2-(23-25)-12, Minnesota Grape Growers Association’s Cold Climate Conference - Crown Plaza, St. Paul, MN. Details here: http://mngrapegrowers.com/conference

3-(1-3)-12, Nebraska Winery & Grape Growers Forum - Holiday Inn, Kearney, NE.

3-(27-29)-12, Wineries Unlimited, Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, VA
Details here: http://www.wineriesunlimited.com/

4-(17-19)-12, License to Steal at the Lodge at Geneva, Ohio. Details here: http://nationalwinemarketing.com/


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Seasonal Growing Degree Days (GGDs)

(Above) Left – Accumulated 2011 season Growing Degree Days (GGDs) – base 50°F accumulated as of 9-9-11. (Above) Right – The number of GDDs departure from normal for the season ending 9-9-11. You can view these maps and learn how GDDs are calculated by visiting the Midwest Climate Center here: http://mrcc.isws.illinois.edu/cliwatch/mgdd/gdd_maps.html


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