#182 - October 14, 2011

Computer Crashes – Operator limps away!

I have been getting quite a few e-mails lately asking what happened to “Wine Grower News”. Well…..unfortunately I ran into a little problem in September when I downloaded a MicroSoft Security update onto my computer. My computer crashed. After three hours of “computer triage” I finally gave up and handed the computer over to our computer specialists on campus to help me get it fixed.

The good news was that my “Carbonite” automatic backup system was able to recover about 90% of the data lost. The bad news is that the 10% it did not save were very valuable files. I learned the hard way about “bloated files” and how they can negatively affect file backup and recovery programs. I also learned the hard way that a computer needs to be backed up on two separate drives to be “OFFICIALLY” considered backed up.

After three weeks of eating copious quantities of “Tums” and using every computer technique available to recover data, I am back. A little bruised and battered, but I am back.

PS: In this digital world, one quickly realizes how much work they can get done without a computer.
Little or nothing! mlw


eViticulture Surveying Grape Growers

eViticulture is the national online viticulture resource containing the latest science-based information for viticulturists. This resource, created by the eExtension Grape Community of Practice (GCoP), is directed toward commercial viticulturists who need solid, tested, science-based information to improve their skills in the vineyard. The Grape CoP is comprised of a nationwide group of professionals with expertise in grape production. All of the states involved have a grape industry, from very large (California) to very small (South Dakota), and all have an increasing interest in grape production. Expertise within the GCoP includes integrated pest management, plant pathology, food science, distance education, variety selection, canopy management, and rootstocks, just to name a few. Often individuals possess more than one expertise area, and expertise areas may overlap, allowing for overall strength in numerous knowledge areas. In fact, many members of the GCoP have collaborated in the past on research and extension efforts. The GCoP intends to be inclusive rather than exclusive with other disciplines. Several stakeholders indicated their desire to see the formation of a GCoP, including the National Grape and Wine Initiative. All content is collaboratively authored and reviewed by our community of professionals with expertise in viticulture and related disciplines.

To improve the eViticulture web site, GCoP is asking growers to complete a Grower Needs Analysis Survey


USDA-NASS Releases Kansas Grape & Wine Reports from 2010

Kansas grape growers reported 223.3 bearing acres of grapes in Kansas in 2010, up 6 percent from 210 bearing acres in 2007. Acres with non-bearing vines increased as well. There were 118.8 non-bearing acres reported in Kansas during 2010, an increase of 33 percent from 2007. The top 10 cultivars harvested in 2010 included:

Chambourcin 52.5 tons 14.8 %
Seyval Blanc 34.8 9.8
Norton (Cynthiana) 29.0 8.2
Traminette 22.6 6.4
Vignoles 21.1 5.9
St. Vincent 18.9 5.3
Marquette 18.1 5.1
Cabernet Franc 15.6 4.4
Chardonel 13.9 3.9
Noiret 12.7 3.6
All Other 115.5 32.6
Total 354.7 tons 100.0 %

Kansas wineries produced 107,419 gallons of wine in 2010. Table wines accounted for 64.5 percent of total production, followed by specialty wines with 32.2 percent. Fortified wines accounted for 2.7 percent, while dessert or sparkling wines accounted for 0.6 percent. Forty-two percent of Kansas wineries responding to the winery survey indicated they had been established within the past five years.

These and many more interesting facts about the 2010 Kansas wine industry can be found in the USDA-NASS grape and wine production reports that can be found Online here:


Wisconsin Grape Growers Association Featured on Wisconsin Public Radio

WATERLOO, Wisconsin (September 29, 2011) —Wisconsin Grape Growers Association President, Ryan Prellwitz, spoke to Wisconsin Public Radio’s Joy Cardin on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 6:00 AM. Joy Cardin hosts a show every weekday from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM on the Ideas Network. She talks with a wide variety of guests about current issues. Guests field questions from Joy and her callers on a wide array of timely state, national and international topics. Questions from callers ranged from which varieties to plant, the mystery of missing grapes to home winemaking tricks.

Joy Cardin Wednesday, September 28, 2011 Program Summary: 2011 is shaping up to be a great year for Wisconsin's grape harvest, which is good news for our state's wineries. After six, Joy Cardin's guest says the weather is only partly responsible and expects more bountiful harvests in the future; he'll also address your winemaking questions and comments. Guest: Ryan Prellwitz, President, Wisconsin Grape Growers Association; Owner, Vines & Rushes Vineyard, Ripon.

To listen or to download an audio archive of the program, please visit www.wpr.org and click on Audio Archives of Joy Cardin. The show aired on 9/28/2011 at 6:00 AM or go Wisconsin Grape Growers Association website to listen (http://wigrapes.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Joy-Cardin-Wednesday-6am.mp3 )

The Wisconsin Grape Growers Association is focused on educating member hobbyists, vineyards and
associated companies on the best practices of growing quality grapes in the cold climate of Wisconsin. According to the WGGA mission statement, “The Wisconsin Grape Growers Association is a non-profit agricultural organization dedicated to uniting and educating growers, assisting with research and promoting and protecting the art, science and commerce of viticulture in Wisconsin.” To find out more, please visit http:// www.wigrapes.org

Further Info - Contact: Becky Rochester, Grape Marketing Coordinator
Wisconsin Grape Growers Association
Ph: 503.428.6331 or becky@wigrapes.org


Researchers receive $2.5 Million for project to bring cold hardy grapes to market

New grape varieties can take more than 20 years to breed and evaluate, and much longer to reach commercial success. A $2.5 million grant will help a team of researchers from Nebraska to New York tackle obstacles in vineyard, winery, tasting room, and tourism to bring cold hardy grapes to a wider market.

The focus of the grant is a group of extremely cold-hardy wine grape varieties, new to both growers and consumers, which have spawned new small-winery industries in the upper Midwest and Northeast over the past decade.

The challenges ahead include determining the best growing conditions, how to modify their higher acidity and showcase their aroma, and how to build tourism networks to draw visitors to tasting rooms, where a majority of sales take place.

“These varieties are unique. Practices that producers use to grow and make Riesling and Merlot won't work for these varieties, due to differences in their genetic background and fruit chemistry,” said Tim Martinson, project director and senior extension associate at Cornell. “Producers of newer varietals—like Marquette, Frontenac and Brianna — face additional challenges in establishing markets to promote and sell these wines.

Their goal is to provide producers with research-based tools and practices to help them grow, vinify, and sell quality wines to local and regional markets.

“We've put together an interdisciplinary team of vineyard scientists, enologists, and marketing experts to address these challenges across 12 states,” said Martinson. “Working as a team, we hope to be able to offer integrated, relevant information that would not be possible with individual state-based teams working independently.”

The consortium includes researchers from Cornell University, Iowa State University, Michigan State University, Oklahoma State University, North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and the Universities of Illinois, Massachusetts (Amherst), Minnesota, Nebraska, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

Ultimately, they hope the project will help convert startup wineries into sustainably profitable enterprises that can fuel rural economic development.

The grant was funded by the by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI), which supports multi-institution, interdisciplinary research on crops including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and ornamentals.

Additional info: USDA- NIFA Newsroom article:


13th 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 6pm 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


Justin Morris Vineyard Mechanization Workshop – AR

Left, Dr. Justin R. Morris

When: Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Where: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

Registration: $75 for workshop materials, lunch and reception/dinner

More information: Contact Renee at the Food Science Dept., University
of Arkansas, at ph: 479.575.4677 or rthrelf@uark.edu

Details: http://foodscience.uark.edu/6362.htm


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

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


Small 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/


Winery Sanitation Workshop – Wamego, KS

When: Saturday & Sunday, December 3 & 4, 2011

Where: Highland Community College – Wamego, KS

Who: Patricia Howe, ETS Laboratories

Cost: $60 per person at the door. (No cost for VESTA students currently enrolled in VIN 148).

Contact: Scott Kohl at 785-456-6006 or skohl@highlandcc.edu

Sponsor: Viticulture & Enology Science Technology Alliance (VESTA)

Further info: http://www.vesta-usa.org/main/index.php/current-students/calendar/icalrepeat.detail/2011/12/03/39/-/winery-sanitation-workshop


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/


Comments from Readers

9-26-11 “Good morning Mike,

What a great weekend we had harvesting our first crop of grapes. Family and friends joined us on September 23rd and 24th for picking. The weather was beautiful making the entire experience awesome. Attached are a few pictures of the Frontenac and Frontenac Gris we picked. Our 700 vines (300 Frontenac, 300 Frontenac Gris, 25 Edelweiss, 35 Foch and 30 Marquette) produced beautifully this year after surviving a large hail storm in April, a tornado in May and a frost in mid-September. Approximately 1,000 pounds were taken out of our lower vineyard of the smaller varieties and 9,300 pounds of the Frontenac and Frontenac Gris were taken out of the upper vineyard. Since this is our first year, we have nothing to compare this harvest to, but for everyone involved, I think we were amazed at the quantity and quality of the grapes. It was a great growing season that's for sure. We were able to get the grapes out before we saw the first signs of Asian beetles which was a blessing, as I think soybeans will be picked here in the near future. I can't say enough great things about the people who joined us to pick. A new Iowa winery, Train Wreck Winery, purchased all our Frontenac and Frontenac Gris and we're looking forward to visiting their facility soon.

I wanted to keep you informed of what's happening just north of the Iowa border! If we weren't hooked on growing grapes before, we certainly are now. Its a beautiful thing to see all those grapes hanging on the vines isn't it?!

Regards,” (See pics below)

Teresa and Phillip Nielsen, Emerald View Vineyard, LLC, Hokah, MN

Above left, Fronenac Grapes Above right, Gris Grapes

Left, Emarald View Grape Harvest







10-12-11 Michael,

Sorry I didn't get this information to you. Things just got too hectic. We had a very successful Open House. Unfortunately didn't get good pictures. We estimated about 200 attended. Good product sales and interest in our barn renovation and tree house camping projects. We are planning an open house on Saturday, Sept 15, 2012. We hope to have the barn ready for event rentals and one tree house ready for campers. If you happen to be in the area please stop in and say hi. We will have some grape jam filled cookies and warm mulled grape cider. Thanks for the updates and information in your newsletters. Nancy & Dean

Dean and Nancy Rogers
John 15 Vineyard
343 180th Street, Scranton, Iowa 51462
ph: 712-652-3760 Find us on Facebook


Notable Quotables

However, I remain to be convinced that organic and biodynamic methods of viticulture are better for the environment.”

From: Smart Defends Stance on Organics, 9-13-11 – Drinks Business:


“In a finding that runs contrary to previous thinking, it turns out we still know we are making mistakes when intoxicated. We just don’t care as much, reports MSNBC.”

From: Blame it on the alcohol? Maybe not, study suggests, 9-22-11 – MSNBC.com:


“North Carolina's wine industry has grown to have a more than $1 billion economic impact statewide, according to figures recently released by the governor's office.”

From: North Carolina wine industry tops $1 billion, 9-27-11- The Dispatch:

“For instance, consumers in our sample display greater strength of preference over wine varieties than they do for appellations…”

From: Consumer Characteristics, Identification, and Hedonic Valuation of Wine Attributes: Exploiting Data from a Field Experiment– Robert Mondavi Center for Wine Economics research paper: http://wineindustryinsight.com/ConsumerWillingnessToPayForWineAttributesUCDavisStudy.pdf


Marketing Tidbits

  1. Gallup: Aim Social Media at Loyalists, Not Prospects: 9-9-11 – Clickz.com
  2. U.S. spends more time on facebook than any other site: Nielsen, 9-13-11 – Memiburn:
  3. Search Engine Optimization Explained, 9-22-11, The Winery Web Site Report:
  4. How to get the most out of YouTube advertising, 9-27-11 – Memeburn:
  5. Friends, Following and Feedback: How We’re Using Social Media, 9-28-11 – Nielsen Wire:


Articles of Interest

  1. Stink Bugs: Pungent pests, Little bugs cause big problems, 9-10-11 - The Economist
  2. Beast of the East, Sept. 2011 – American Fruit Grower:
  3. The Lost Symbol, Quantum Mechanics and How Randall Grahm helped me Reconcile
    Biodynamics, 9-10-11 – Good Grape Blog (This one is pretty deep – a brain stretcher. mlw):
    MN: The Science of Wine, 9-12-11 – Kimt 3 TV: (article about Four Daughters Winery)
  4. IL: Despite economy, business flows at local wineries, 9-13-11 – BND.com:
  5. Germany: Thieves Bag Premium Wine Grapes Overnight, 9-21-11, Spiegel Online International:
    (PS: This happened at two Iowa vineyards this season. mlw)
  6. Dow AgroSciences Announces Name of Enlist Weed Control System Herbicide Component
    Enlist Duo herbicide will provide growers exceptional weed control
    , 9-22-11 – PMN:Crop
    Management: http://www.plantmanagementnetwork.org/pub/cm/news/2011/EnlistHerbicide/
  7. Do consumers need protection from out of state wine? 9-22-11 – The Goldwater Institute:
  8. ND: Frost rushes harvest at Red Tail Vineyards, 9-22-11 – Farm & Ranch Guide:
  9. NY: Researchers at Cornell University have developed a way to test hydrogen sulfide levels in
    grape juice, using Alka-Seltzer
    , 9-25-11 – The Press Democrat:
  10. IA: Council takes second look at wine-tasting events, 9-28-11 – Ames Tribune:
  11. IL: Bountiful grape harvest in central Ill, 9-29-11 – Chicago Tribune:
  12. WA: WSU’s First Certified-Organic Wine Grape Vineyard Harvests First Study on Weed
    , 9-29-11 Washington State University:
  13. WI: Winery moves to former St. Coletta location, 9-29-11 – Watertown Daily Times:
  14. Worldwide Issues with Winegrape Contracts, 9-30-11 – Wines & Vines Magazine: http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=news&content=92932&htitle=Worldwide%20Issues%20With%20Winegrape%20Contracts&
  15. KS: Who knew? Kansas produces 100,000 gallons of wine, 10-6-11 – Kansas City Star:
  16. MO: Grant establishes the VESTA National Center of Excellence, 10-7 – Missouri State
    University: http://news.missouristate.edu/2011/08/11/vesta-national-center/
  17. IL: Dekalb winery puts Illinois on the map, 10-12-11 – Northern Star:
  18. IL: New winery opens in Centralia on Friday, 10-13-11- Wjbdradio
  19. MN: Volunteers pick tons of grapes for winery, 10-14-11 Cannon Falls Beacon
  20. NY: New generation of cold-hardy grapes and wines in the works at Cornell, 10-14-11 – Wine
    Industry Insite: http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/yourturn.php?id=433


Show n Tell

On Friday, 9-16-11 my wife and I took the day off and visited the Clay County Fair in Spencer, Iowa. They normally get over 300,000 in attendance each year (approx. 1/3 the attendance of the Iowa State Fair). The weather was somewhat cold but plenty of people were still willing to visit the fair. Attendance was still good in spite of the weather.

(Left) Steve Nelson of AI Mist Sprayers at Ponca, NE stands next to one of his air mist sprayers next to his display tent at the Clay County Fair. Steve has been exhibiting there for over 20 yrs. This self contained unit with a 8 hp Honda engine and spray wand attachment runs around $4,900. The vineyard nozzle is not attached to this unit. It is designed to fit onto forks of a forklift. The trailer is sold separately for around $400.




(Left) Grapevine sculpture carved via a chainsaw by Jeff Klatt of Runaway Saws located in Storm Lake, IA. He was asking $200 for this one at the Clay County Fair.







(Left) Amateur wine exhibit at the Clay County Fair.







Videos of Interest

  1. CA: What happens to a wine rack during earthquake, 9-19-11 – WeAreUnprepared, 2:24 min.:
  2. Canada: Wine experts confused a $30 bottle with one worth $500, 9-27-11 – theSpec.com:
  3. Argentina: Malbec: the film trailer, The Wine Economist, 2:36 min:


Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

  1. Understanding Grape Berry Development, 5 p., Oregon State University:
  2. The Good Grape - A Wine Manifesto – (One of the top U.S. wine blogs0: http://goodgrape.com/
  3. Charles Krug 150th Anniversary in Photos, 9-12-11 – NorCal Wine Blog:


Calendar of Events

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, Justin Morris Vineyard Mechanization Workshop, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR:

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

12-(3 & 4), Winery Sanitation Workshop – Highland Community College – Wamego, KS
Details: http://www.vesta-usa.org/main/index.php/current-students/calendar/icalrepeat.detail/2011/12/03/39/-/winery-sanitation-workshop

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-(16 & 17), Iowa Wine Growers Association’s Annual Conference – Hotel at Kirkwood , Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA. Details later here: http://www.iowawinegrowers.org

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/


Total Circulation of 1,350+ 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 Ave. Suite E, Indianola, IA 50125-2892
ph: 515-961-6237, fax: 6017, cell: 515-681-7286


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