#190 - February 10, 2012
Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB) to offer Permits Online Webinar - Free
A friend I never met passes away – Lon Rombough
CA: Riverside Intl. Wine Competition Inviting MN Cold Climate Wines for 2012
2012 International Eastern Wine Competition Extends Deadline to 2-16-12
2012 Monterey Wine Competition Embracing Midwest Wines, 2-17 Entry
The 2012 Midwest Commercial Small Fruit & Grape Spray Guide Now Available
$271m from USDA Available to Help Promote Specialty Crops
U.S. Wine Consumption Up in 2011
2-1-12 IowaWineandBeer.com & TravelIowa.com Valentine’s Day Promotion
Online Lecture Series from Our Friends in Canada
2-16, Sustainable Farming Principles and the Fine Wine Industry – Ames, IA
3-(1-3), 15th Annual NE Winery & Grape Growers Forum & Tradeshow
MO - Upcoming Vineyard Pruning Workshops
3-(16-17) IWGA Annual Conference – Cedar Rapids
Show n Tell (2-7, Elmaro Vineyards Wine Filter Seminar)
Articles of Interest
Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff
Videos of Interest
Calendar of Events
I-80 Wine Trail
What: Permits Online is TTB's Web-based system for drafting, submitting, and tracking original and amended applications to operate alcohol and tobacco businesses. Through Permits Online users can also register to make tax-free sales of firearms and ammunition.
When: Thursday & Tuesday – Feb. 16 or 28, 2012
Presented by: Tax & Trade Bureau National Revenue Center
Registration: Just follow the "Register for Webinar" link below to reserve your space for either session! Space is limited. Please include your email address and preferred date in your registration request to ensure you receive confirmation of receipt and instructions for joining the Webinar. Register for the Webinar >
It was with deep regret that I received notice of Lon Rombough’s death on Tuesday evening 1-31-12. Lon’s son, Chris notified people on Lon’s e-mail list that he had died suddenly Monday afternoon, 1-30-12 apparently from a sudden heart attack. Lon was 62 years young.
(Right) Lon Rombough from www.bunchgrapes.com
I had never met Lon in person, but came to know him fairly well through many e-mail discussions over the last 9 years. Lon was a grape breeder and viticulturist extraordinaire. His clients stretched across the U.S. and Canada. People listened when his advice was given. Most people probably knew Lon from his 2002 book "TheGrape Grower – A Guide to Organic Viticulture". This is still the the #1 book I recommend people read who are interested in growing grapes.
Type in "Lon Rombough" into any search engine and you will quickly find Lon’s homepage and the videos he had posted on YouTube, articles and posted comments.
My sympathy goes out to the Rombough family at this time. We lost a true professional and friend.
Lon will surely be missed.
---- Michael L. White
The 31st Riverside International Wine Competition will be held May 8-10, 2012. This year the Riverside International Wine Competition will judge all wines in regional groups and take terroir into consideration. Contest coordinators believe that this will provide better and more meaningful results.
Wines should not be shipped until February 21st and should not arrive no later than April 11, 2012
Complete details: http://www.riversidewinecompetition.com/2012-competition
The 2012 Monterey Wine Competition have recruited three judges from the Iowa Mid-American Wine Competition to help judge wines from the Midwest.
Details and Registration: http://www.Montereywinecompetition.com
Contact: Bob Foster email@example.com
This 85 page regional publication is edited by Dr. Bruce Bordelon – Purdue University, Dr. Mike Ellis – Ohio State University and Dr. Celeste Welty - Ohio State University. This publication is oriented towards the following states: IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MO, NE, OH, OK, WV, and WI. Hard copies can be purchased for a small fee. Online PDF versions can be downloaded free from the following sites:
IA State Univ. Extension: https://store.extension.iastate.edu/ProductList.aspx?Keyword=1375
KSU Extension Service: http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/library/hort2/s145.pdf
Univ. of MO Extension: http://extension.missouri.edu/p/MX377
Purdue Univ. Extension: http://www.ag.purdue.edu/hla/Hort/Pages/sfg_sprayguide.aspx
Univ. of WI Extension: http://learningstore.uwex.edu/Midwest-Small-Fruit-and-Grape-Spray-Guide-2012-P1395.aspx
The 210 page Midwest Small Fruit Pest Management Handbook is an excellent companion publication to this spray guide and can be downloaded for free here: http://pested.osu.edu/documents/CommStudy/2b%20Midwest%20Small%20Fruit%20Pest%20Mgmt.pdf
2-1-12 DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will again be making grants available to help enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Iowa. The Department is eligible to receive approximately $271,000 in grant funding through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program which is run by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. This is the last of five Specialty Crop Block Grants authorized through the Farm Bill (Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008). 4
"These funds are available to support food safety, research and marketing efforts that will encourage Iowans to choose the products that are produced right here in our state," Northey said. "Specialty crops are a very important part of Iowa agriculture as they allow farmers to diversify and give customers access to locally grown products."
Iowa agencies, universities, institutions, and producer, industry, and community based organizations are all eligible to apply for funding to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. In addition, single organizations, institutions, and individuals are encouraged to participate as project partners.
Grant awards will be considered up to a maximum of $24,000 and projects can have a duration of up to 30 months (2 ½ years). Grant funds shall be used for projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops that benefit the specialty crop industry as a whole and will not be awarded for projects that directly benefit a particular product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual.
"Specialty Crops" that are eligible under this program are fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture.
Proposals must be received by IDALS on or before 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2012. For more information visit the IDALS Specialty Crop Block Grant program at the Department’s web site at www.IowaAgriculture.gov/Horticulture_and_FarmersMarkets/specialtyCropGrant.asp.
The Department is also establishing a Review Committee to help review, evaluate, and make recommendations on grant proposals submitted to the Department. Those interested in participating in the Review Committee should have knowledge of specialty crops, and/or grant writing or grant management experience, and the ability to devote the necessary time to complete the review process. More information about reviewer responsibilities meeting dates and an application form can be found: www.IowaAgriculture.gov/Horticulture_and_FarmersMarkets/specialtyCropGrant.asp. Applications to participate in the Reviewer Committee are due Friday, March 30, 2012 by 4 p.m.
To ensure that funds are used in the most efficient manner possible, the Department is asking specialty crop stakeholders and organizations to submit public comments on program priorities. The comments will help the Department identify priorities, establish the criteria used to evaluate the projects proposed for funding, and to determine how the reviews are conducted.
Iowans interested in submitting comments about the program can do so online by emailing HorticultureAndFarmersMarkets@IowaAgriculture.gov or by mail to Horticulture and Farmers Market Bureau, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, 502 East 9th, Des Moines, Iowa, 50319. Comments received by May 4, 2012 will be presented to the review committee to assist in prioritizing projects.
"The Specialty Crop Block Grant program has been a tremendous benefit to Iowa and it is important we understand the priorities of the specialty crop producers and we consider this year’s applications," Northey said. "The public comments will allow us to hear from all segments of Iowa’s specialty crop industries and give them a means to participate in the decisions surrounding this program." 5
- Overall table wine consumption is up in 2011
- 21 % of all adult core wine drinkers, drinkers who consume wine daily or several times a week, represent 47 million people
- 34 million people are marginal wine drinkers
- 81 million wine drinkers in the U.S.
- 23%t of core wine drinkers are high end wine buyers—just under 9 million. This group accounts for more than 90% of all wine purchases over $20
- 72 % of all consumers believe the economy will get worse over the next 12 months
- The poor economy has not deterred wine consumption = 3 gallons of wine/adult 2011
- 2011 gave us the best growth in table wine sales since 2003
- The Millennial generation ( 18 and 35) is not turning out to be the homogenous wine buying group. In December, national unemployment rate was 8.5%, but for the younger Millennials (21-25) it was 14.4 percent.
- Women slightly out number males as core wine drinkers in 2011
- Young millennials, older millennials and older wine consumers experiment often in buying new brands of wine
- Wine is becoming more desirable in retail outlets
- Price points above $9 are growing the most
- In terms of packaging, the 750 ml is showing good growth, complemented by strong growth in the 187 ml and alternative packing formats
- Moscato achieved, by far, the largest year on year gain. The varietal is up 73.2% in value and 73.3% in volume. Sweet reds and un-oaked wines are also showing strong growth.
--- Highlighted details from "Consumer Wine Trends: Overall Consumption is UP, 2-4-12 – Wine Business.com: http://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getArticle&dataid=97124
Today we launched a special promotion that will run until Valentine’s Day. It’s called Wine and Dine and here’s how it works.
Visit www.IowaWineandBeer.com or www.TravelIowa.com and you’ll see a special icon on the right hand corner of the page. There you can register to win our special valentine’s package which consists of a $50 gift card to the Iowa winery of their choice, a $50 gift card to the Dine Iowa restaurant of their choice and an iPad2. The iPad2 will be preloaded with the Wine and Beer App and the Dine Iowa App. You can register daily until noon on Valentine’s Day.
In March we will be repeating a similar promotion, but it will feature the breweries.
Questions: Colleen Murphy, Partnerships Manager Tourism OfficeIOWA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY 200 East Grand Avenue | Des Moines, Iowa 50309 PH: 515.725.3089 | Fax: 515.725.3010 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute, Brock University (CCOVI) Lecture Series returns again this year to share grape and wine knowledge. Open to professionals and the public alike, the research presented in these lectures is a valuable resource for grape growers and winemakers, the findings of which are applied to industry use in Niagara, across Canada and internationally.
This fifth annual lecture series will build off the momentum of previous seasons, giving audiences an opportunity to enhance their grasp of issues facing the industry. The lectures take place Wednesday afternoons, starting Jan. 18 and running to mid-April. All sessions start at 3 p.m. and are FREE.
The lectures will abe webcast live on www.brocku.ca/ccovi at the scheduled presentation time. Last year’s series drew web viewers from around North America and as far away as Europe.
This Year’s Schedule for the 2012 CCOVI Lecture Series
To watch live webcasts of the lectures and for archived videos of past presentations, go to www.brocku.ca/ccovi
When: 6 p.m. Thursday, February 16, 2012
Factoid: As yeasts convert sugars into alcohol, heat is generated, and carbon dioxide is released. In fact, to the eye, a vat of fermenting juice appears to be "boiling". The ancients looked at this liquid that " moveth by itself" and thought that it was imbued by " spirits"…. giving birth to today’s reference to mercantile alcohol as the spirit industry.
--- Society of Wine Educators – Wine Study Guide
The Institute for Continental Climate Viticulture & Enology ICCVE and the Missouri University Extension have scheduled three vineyard pruning workshops at these three locations in February:
February 22: Robller Vineyards and Winery, New Haven, Mo. View this flyer and registration form (2012 Central MO Vineyard Pruning Workshop) for details or contact Andy Allen, 573-882-6752 or AllenRA@missouri.edu .
February 24: Greene Family Vineyard, St. James, Mo. For more information, contact Dr. Tony Bratsch, Phelps County MU Extension Center, 573-458-6260 or email@example.com .
February 25: Terra Beau Vineyards, Dover, Mo. View this flyer and registration form (2012 WC-MO Vineyard Pruning) for details or contact Marlin Bates, Platte County MU Extension Center, (816) 270-2141 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
What: Iowa Wine Growers Association’s 2012 Annual Conference
When: Friday – Saturday, March 16 & 17, 2012
Speakers: Scott Abeyta – Tax & Trade Bureau – Lee Summitt, MO
Jim Ballard – James Arthur Vineyards – Raymond, NE
Dan Brick , Brick Packaging – Traverse City, MI
Rich Collins, The Bearings Group – Des Moines, IA
Katie Cook, Enologist – University of MN
John Guinan, Santa Maria Vineyard & Winery – Carroll, IA
Tom Moore, Kirkwood Vineyard & Winery – Cedar Rapids, IA
Colleen Murphy, Iowa Beer and Wine Program – IA Department of Economic Development
Dr. Murli Dharmadhikari – Director of ISU Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute
Dr. Paul Domoto, ISU Small Fruit Specialist – Ames, IA
Mike Jones, Scott Laboratories – Petaluma, CA
Steve Larson – Director of Iowa Alcohol Beverage Division – Ankeny, IA
Mike Pence – Heartland Harvest Vineyard & Winery – Ft. Madison, IA
Jeff Quint – Cedar Ridge Vineyards, Winery & Distillery – Swisher, IA
Jennette Smith – VineSmith, Inc. – Stephens City, VA
Tag Communications – Davenport, IA
Mike White – ISU Viticulture Specialist – Indianola, IA
Dr. Thomas Zabadal, Viticulture Research/Extension – Michigan State University
Pre-registration Discount Date: 3-2-12
"In an economic climate where many small businesses are struggling to survive, local wineries are experiencing a relative boom. "There are wineries in all 50 states," says Nancy Childs, Ph.D., professor of food marketing at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. "Nationally, there has been a huge resurgence in viewing local wineries as an artisan craft. It parallels the movement of microbreweries."
From: Local wineries boosting U.S. Economy, 2-10-12 – Western Farm Press
(Above) This is a picture of the Wine Filter Seminar that was held at Elmaro Vineyards located at Trempealeau,WI on 2-7-12. Michael Vincent of Wooden Wheel Vineyards at Keota, IA provided the picture and following report back from this seminar.
"About 50 people attended and it was hosted by Gusmer Enterprises. Heather Wallner, (center) their R&D person spoke on Depth Filtration.
It was a very good seminar, the morning was spent in a classroom reviewing Depth Filtration and then Membrane Filters. The afternoon was spent in the winey with a viewing of a plate and frame filter assembly, conducting a bubble point test and we got to see the new mobile bottling line in operation, which was very impressive."
1. What are the strategies of the most successful brands? 2-1-12 – Winesur:
2. Grow Your Brand in a Growing Wine Industry, 2-2-12 – Wines & Wines:
3. MI: Chateau Grand Traverse Winery launches new dispensing system, 2-7-12 Drinks Business
4. 4 Keys to an Effective Promotion Strategy, 2-7-12 – Vin 65 Blog:
1. Prism Climate Group: http://www.prism.oregonstate.edu/
2. Iowa State University Center of Ag Law & Taxation: http://www.calt.iastate.edu/
3. BPM Winery Survey #2 of West Coast Wineries, Check out the financial trend lines of 200+ wineries on the west coast. Note: 1/3 plan to exit the business in 10 yrs! http://www.bpmcpa.com/assets/Wine_Survey_Results_2.pdf
1. The IntoWine.com Annual "Top 100 Most Influential People in the U.S. Wine Industry" – 2012, 1-30-12, INTOWINE: http://intowine.com/intowinecom-annual-%E2%80%9Ctop-100-most-influential-people-us-wine-industry-%E2%80%93-2012-part-i
2. IA: Iowa restaurants, bars look to change Prohibition-era liquor laws, 1-31-12 – Des Moines Register: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20120201/NEWS/302010027/1039/?odyssey=nav|head
3. KS: Grocery, convenience stores seek liquor sales, 1-31-12 – McPherson Sentinel: http://www.mcphersonsentinel.com/news/x370661276/Grocery-convenience-stores-seek-liquor-sales
4. Obama considers huge shakeup in alcohol law, eliminating TTB, 2-1-12 – The Gray Report: http://blog.wblakegray.com/2012/02/obama-considers-huge-shakeup-in-alcohol.html
5. Organic Viticulture Practices Lead to Increased Soil Quality Over Time Compared to Conventional Farming Methods, 2-1-12 – The Academic Wino: http://www.academicwino.com/2012/02/organic-viticulture-practices-lead-to.html
6. IL: The number of wineries continue to climb in Illinois, 2-2-12 – State Journal Register: http://business-news.thestreet.com/sj-r/story/number-wineries-continues-climb-illinois/1
7. Create your own wine label on facebook, 2-4-12 – Yahoo.OMG: http://ph.omg.yahoo.com/news/create-own-wine-label-facebook-164937539.html
8. NE: Nebraska wineries, grape growers could get tax break, 2-5-12 – Sioux City Journal
9. MO: Local Winery CEO Named to National Grape, Wine Board, 2-4-12 – (Peter Hofherr, of St. James Winer appointed to the National Grape and Wine Initiative board.)
10. WI: Wisconsin Assembly Hears Spirits Tasting Bill, 2-8-12 – Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. http://www.discus.org/media/press/article.asp?NEWS_ID=658
11. Jim Ballard of James Arthur Vineyards – NE and Peter Hofherr of St. James Winery, MO are both elected to National Wine & Grape Initiative Board, 2-8-12 – WineIndustryInsight: http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/yourturn.php?id=496
1. MO: Weather worries the owner of Mount Pleasant Winery, 2-6-12 – KSDK TV, 2:36 min.: http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/301948/3/Weather-worries-Missouri-winery-owners
2. CA: 11th Annual Napa Grape Pruning Contest, 2-9-12 – Napa Valley Register, 59 sec.
3. Chile: Meteorite Infused Wine a Hit in Chile, 2-2-12 - Brian Andrews, 1:31 min.: http://brianandrews.ntn24.com/2012/02/meteorite-infused-wine-is-a-hit-in-chile/
2-11, 9 a.m. Northwest Iowa Grape Growers Association Annual Meeting – Iowa State University Webster County Extension Office, Fort Dodge, IA. Questions: email@example.com
2-16, 6 p.m. Sustainable Farming Principles and the Fine Wine Industry – Trent Preszler is Chief Executive Officer of Bedell Cellars. Bedell Cellars - Campanile Room, Memorial Union, Iowa State University - Ames, IA
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 & Trade Show - 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/
3-(29-31), 2nd Annual Midwest Aronia Berry Association Annual Meeting, Holiday Inn at 4800 Merle Hay Road in Des Moines, Iowa.
4-(17-19), License to Steal at the Lodge at Geneva, Ohio. Details here: http://nationalwinemarketing.com/
6-(1-2), WineMaker Magazine Annual Conference, Ithaca, NY. Details: http://www.winemakermag.com/conference
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-(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 .
7-(15-19), 37th American Society of EnologyASEV-Eastern Section (ASEV-ES) Annual Conference - Traverse City, MI: http://www.asev-es.org/
I-80 Wine Trail – Iowa’s newest, check it out here: http://i80winetrail.com/
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