#188 - January 16, 2012


The 2011 ISU Extension & Outreach Annual Report is now available online. The report is fresh and innovative, using video to show how ISU Extension and Outreach is making a real difference throughout the state. http://www.extension.iastate.edu/communications/2011annualreport


Managing Acidity in the Winery Webinar Archived Online

The noon and 7 p.m. (CST) Managing Acidity in the Winery Webinar broadcasted on January 10th by Dr. Murli Dharmadhikari of Iowa State University and Dr. Anna Katharine Mansfield of Cornell University can be viewed by visiting the Northern Grapes Project Webinar Series Blog and clicking on the “Recorded Webinars” tab located here : http://blogs.cornell.edu/northerngrapeswebinars/recorded-webinars/ The noon webinar is available for viewing and the chat log from the 7 pm webinar is available as well.

Over the next few days, we’ll be compiling questions we were unable to answer during the live webinar, and will be posting the questions and answers on the blog as well. So check back soon for updates!

I also want to mention that the Webinar Blog is under development and we’ll be adding more content over the next week or so. Information about the second webinar, “Nuts and Bolts of Canopy Management” is up, but please note that registration for this webinar is not yet open.

Chrislyn Particka, Project Manager
Northern Grapes Project, cap297@cornell.edu


New Organic Winegrowing Publication from UC Davis

This new 192 page “Organic Winegrowing Manual” from UC Davis provides detailed information for wine grape growers on production issues, economics, weed and disease management, the process of conversion from conventional to organic, and organic certification and registration.

Inside this full-color publication you'll find information on soil management for the organic vineyard including soil considerations when selecting a vineyard site, how to develop organic soil management and soil fertility plans, and a discussion of the roles of compost and cover crops. You’ll also find a calendar of recommended practices for year-round soil fertility management.

An extensive section on pest management covers weed, disease, insect, mite, and vertebrate pest management options for the organic grower. A chapter about organic vineyards and the environment covers biodiversity, habitat, and natural resource issues of concern to the organic grower.

This publication is illustrated with 18 tables and 89 figures and photos, including close-up color photographs of important natural enemies, sharpshooters, leafhoppers, mites, and disease symptoms. Throughout the publication extensive sidebars highlight key points of information in a convenient condensed format.

As interest in organic wine grape production grows in the California wine industry, this publication provides valuable guidance on practices and considerations for organic and conventional growers alike.

You can order this publication Online for $35 here: http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu/Items/3511.aspx

PS: Here are some additional Organic Viticulture Resources that you may want to add to your library:

The paperback guide sells for $35 through the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Press; order online from anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu.


Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show

When: Tuesday & Wednesday, January 24 & 25, 2012

What: The Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show offers two days of educational programs about tart and sweet cherries, apples, and wine grapes. There will be special sessions for wine grape production and enology. The Cherry Marketing Institute will hold its annual meeting and luncheon, along with the Sweet Cherry Summit. There will also be covering various issues for apple growers. Social events include three luncheons and a tasting and hors d'oeuvre social hour. Vendors will be on hand for the duration of the two-day event.

Where: Grand Traverse Resort, Acme, MI.

Costs: Registration Fee: $30/person for both days
Fruit Industry Luncheon, Jan. 24: $15

Sponsors: Grand Traverse Fruit Growers Council
Cherry Marketing Institute
Michigan State Horticultural Society
Parallel 45 Vines & Wines Inc.
Michigan State University Extension

More information: 231- 946-1510 or : nwmihort@msu.edu


Filtration Technology, Theory and Application Workshop - WI

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. , Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Where: Elmaro Vineyard, N14756 Delaney Road, Trempealeau, WI 54661

9 a.m. to noon
Importance of Filtration
Filter Materials of Construction
Filtration Practicalities
Benefits of Filtration to the Winemaker

Lunch – provided by Gusmer Enterprises

Hands-on 12:30 – 3:00 pm
Assemble a plate and frame filter
Flush & Sanitize Filter Lines
Assemble a Canister Filter System
Store Canister Filters for Future Use
Bottle Using the Mobile Bottling Line System


Registration: Contact Lynita at 608-385-4726 to reserve your spot today!


"NEW" - Eastern Winery Exposition – Lancaster, PA

What: Eastern U.S. Trade Show and Conference for Vineyards & Wineries

When: Wed. & Thurs. March 7 & 8, 2012

Where:Lancaster County Convention Center & Lancaster Mariott at Penn Square – Lancaster, PA.

$285 Full Registration thru Feb. 15, $320 after
$150 for March 7th thru Feb. 15, $175 after
$150 for March 8th thru Feb. 15, $175 after
$75 session pass thru Feb. 15, $85 after
$10 Exhibitor area only, $15 onsite

Official Sponsor: Wines & Vines Magazine

Details: http://www.easternwineryexposition.com/


Fruit Brandy Distillation Workshop – Mt Grove, MO

What: Hands-on distillation of brandy using a batch column still with reflux. A one hour lecture in the morning will be followed by a hands-on demonstration of a batch distillation of brandy using a 250 Liter still with a 3 plate column. Theory and practical aspects of distillation will be covered during the lecture and throughout the distillation process.

When: Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Where: Fruit Processing Lab, Missouri State University, William H. Darr School of Agriculture, Mountain Grove, MO

Registration fee: $100 includes lunch. Due to the hands-on nature of this workshop, attendance is limited to 12 participants.

-Dr. Karl Wilker: Associate Professor of Enology and MSU Winery/Distillery Manager. Mountain Grove Cellars, featuring grappa, peach, apple and raspberry brandy, Mountain Grove, MO.
-Mr. Jim Blansit: Owner/Distiller. Copper Run Distillery, featuring Copper Run Moonshine and Gold Rum, Walnut Shade, MO
-C. J. Odneal Jr.: Cellar Technician, Mountain Grove
-Marilyn Odneal: Horticulture and Enology Outreach Mountain Grove

Full Details: http://mtngrv.missouristate.edu/mtngrvcellars/

Contact: Mayer, Pam, Workshop Facilitator at PMayer@MissouriState.edu or 417-547-7533

You must be at least 21 years old to attend this workshop.


Comments from Readers

“Here is something of interest

A couple years ago we had a $4,000 pump that had the gear reduction drive fail. It was still under warranty so I shipped it back to the company in California. We wired it to a pallet and shrink wrapped it. When it arrived in Calif. it was on a different pallet and covered with a box. It was obviously dropped from a truck, ruined. Someone repackaged it and concealed the damage. The trucking company owner accused us of shipping it that way. Later the pump company sued him and went to court. The truck company owner admitted in court they caused the damage. His attorney cited some interstate trucking regulation that limited their liability to a small fraction of the damage they caused. They only had to pay around $100.

So my suggestion is if you are shipping something of value or have already paid to have something shipped to you, don't assume someone else is going to reimburse you if it is damaged or stolen. First get it insured with your personal agent. Then, before it is placed on the truck, take a photograph of the item with the truck driver standing next to it. Take a photo upon receiving an expensive item and don't move it until you inspect it with the truck driver present for concealed damage.“

1-10-12 David Klodd, Winemaker – Summerset Winery – Indianola, IA


Notable Quotables

“The experiments showed a strong negative effect of early leaf removal as overexposed clusters and reduced berry color in red cultivars.”

From: MI: Leaf removal can influence vine performance, 1-4-12 – Teatro Naturale International

"Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized."

--- André Simon (1877 – 1970, was a wine merchant, gourmet, and prolific writer about wine.)

“There is unlikely to be any ice wine from Germany this year because of the mild winter northwest Europe is experiencing.”

From: No German Ice Wine This Year, 1-10-12 – Drinks International:

“An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.”

--- Legendary physicist Nils Bohr (1885 –1962)


Marketing Tidbits

  1. Wine Sales and Distribution 2012 – A Look Forward, 1-9-12 – ShipCompliant Blog: http://shipcompliantblog.com/blog/2012/01/09/wine-sales-and-distribution-2012-a-look-forward/
  2. Common Wine Marketing Mistakes (Finding Myself in The Right Lane, About Two Years Later. As I Look Back ~ Not Much Has Changed, 1-10-12 Jo Diaz Wine Blog: http://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2012/01/10/finding-myself-in-the-right-lane-about-two-years-later-as-i-look-back/
  3. For every 10 percent hike in minimum alcohol price, they found people drank 3.4 percent less alcohol. For certain drinks, the effect was even more pronounced: Increasing the minimum price of wine by 10 percent correlates with an 8.9 percent drop in consumption. Beer, however, appeared relatively resilient to price fluctuations, with a 10 percent bump lowering consumption a paltry 1.5 percent.”

From: The Economics of Curbing Alcohol Consumption, 1-7-12 – Washington Post Blog


Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

  1. Missouri Wine Makers Society: http://www.mowinemakers.org/
  2. Best Wine Sites.com: http://bestwinewebsites.com/


Articles of Interest

  1. CA: 2011 California Harvest Survey, 12-23-11 – BPM Wine (168 participants of the 2011 Harvest Survey have received a 20-page report that breaks down the key metrics by categories such as Region, Grape Prices, Yields, Amount Contracted: http://bpmwine.blogspot.com/
  2. VA: Vineyards give grape juice a chance before turning to wine, 1-3-12 – USA Today: http://yourlife.usatoday.com/fitness-food/story/2012-01-03/Vineyards-give-grape-juice-a-chance-before-turning-to-wine/52368148/1
  3. Wine talk: Ten myths, 1-4-12 – Jerusalem Post:
  4. cientists see new benefits to grapes – staving off blindness, 1-10-12 - Central Valley Business Times: http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=20159
  5. CT: Red Wine Researcher Accused of Falsifying Data, 1-12-12 – Sci-Tech Today: http://www.sci-tech-today.com/news/Red-Wine-Researcher-Under-Fire/story.xhtml?story_id=030001P2E256&full_skip=1
  6. MN/WI: MN-WI Distribution Differences Wider Than The Mississippi, 1-15-12 – Midwest Wine Press: http://midwestwinepress.com/2012/01/15/mn-wi-wine-distribution-differences-wider-than-the-mississippi/


Show n Tell

From: Global Alcohol Consumption Drinking Habits, 2-14-11 – The Economist: http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/02/global_alcohol_consumption

(Above) Rose & John Guinan, owners of Santa Maria Winery in Carroll, IA. This picture is from the cover story article in the ISU Alumni Visions Magazine – Winter 2012 edition here: http://www.isualum.org/index.cfm?nodeID=39620&audienceID=1


Videos of Interest

  1. IA/MN: No Ice Wine This Year in IA,MN, 1-10-12 – Kimt3 TV, 42 sec.:


Calendar of Events

1-(18-19), Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium – San Francisco, CA. Full Details & Registration: http://www.dtcwinesymposium.com/registration.html

1-21, Great River Vineyard/Nursery 15th Annual Learn to Grow Grapes Seminar – Lake City, MN. Details here: http://www.greatrivervineyard.com/

1-(24-25), Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show - Grand Traverse Resort, Acme, MI. Details: http://msustatewide.msu.edu/resource.asp?ResourceID=2388

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

2-(2-4), Illinois Grape Growers & Vintners Association (IGGVA) Annual Conference – Crown Plaza Hotel, Springfield, IL. Details here: http://www.illinoiswine.org/conference.html

2-7, Filtration Technology, Theory and Application Workshop -: Elmaro Vineyard, N14756 Delaney Road, Trempealeau, WI 54661 Contact Lynita at 608-385-4726 to reserve your spot today!

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

2-22, 2nd Annual Sustainable Viticulture Conference – Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC. Details and registration here: http://www.JeweloftheBlueRidge.com/ - click on the link near the
Warren Wilson College logo.

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

3-(1-3), Nebraska Winery & Grape Growers Forum - Holiday Inn, Kearney, NE. http://agronomy.unl.edu/viticulture

3-(7-8), Eastern Winery Exposition – Lancaster County Convention Center & Lancaster Mariott at Penn Square – Lancaster, PA. Details: http://www.easternwineryexposition.com/

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-(26-29), UC Davis Wine Executive Program, Maurice J. Gallager Jr - Hall, Davis, CA. Details: http://www.wineexecutiveprogram.com/

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

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

5-28 thru 6-2, French/Italian Mediterranean chartered wine cruise, Washington State Viticulture & Enology Program. Pricing starts at $2,450 per person: http://cahnrsalumni.wsu.edu/cruise/

6-(1-2), WineMaker Magazine Annual Conference, Ithaca, NY.
Details: http://www.winemakermag.com/conference

6-(7-10), 6th Annual Conference of the American Association of Wine Economists (AAWE), Princeton, New Jersey. Hosted by Princeton University and Rutgers University. Details will be posted at www.wine-economics.org .

6-(18-22), 63rd American Society for Enology & Viticulture (ASEV) National Conference, Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront – Portland, OR: http://asev.org/national-conference-2012/

7-(15-19), 37th American Society of Enology ASEV-Eastern Section (ASEV-ES) Annual Conference - Traverse City, MI. http://www.asev-es.org/


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, NM, NV, NY, OK, OR, PA, SD, VA, VT, WA, WA DC, WI, Australia, Canada, Israel, Norway, Pakistan & 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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