#191 - February 22, 2012


3 Mobile Bottling Lines Now in Midwest

Old Woolam Custom Bottling of Owensville, MO became the latest mobile bottling line to debut in the Midwest. Their custom bottling line trailer was on display February 10 & 11at the Midwest Grape & Wine Conference that was held at St. Charles, MO. Check it out here: http://www.oldwoolamcustombottling.com/
The other two bottling lines that I am aware of are:

20 Grape Pruning Resources / 20 Grape Pruning Videos

1. EXCELLENT set of 3 Cold Climate Pruning "Macro Media Breeze" presentations by Fritz Westover and pruning document by Ed Hellman of Texas Agrilife Extension: http://winegrapes.tamu.edu/grow/pruning.html
2. Pruning Grapevines, Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/RG502.pdf
3. Pruning & Training Chambourcin & Chardonel, 10pp. Michigan State Univ.: http://agbioresearch.msu.edu/swmrec/publications/annual_report/2004/prune_2004.pdf
5. Pruning & Canopy Mgt, Dr. Gail Nonnecke,58 p. ppt, ISU Extension: http://viticulture.hort.iastate.edu/info/pdf/prunecanopy.pdf
6. Wine Training Techniques, Wine Doctor.com: http://www.thewinedoctor.com/advisory/technicaltraining.shtml
7. Pruning for Crop Load Management, 1-27-07 31p. ppt, Washington State University: http://wine.wsu.edu/research-extension/files/2010/05/pruning-cropload.pdf
8. Assessing Cold Damage to Grapes, Washington State University: http://www.wine.wsu.edu/research-extension/files/2011/03/Cold-Damage-Assessment21.pdf
9. Pruning Grapes to The 4-Arm Kniffen System, New Mexico State Univ: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/pubs/_h/h-303.pdf
10. Pruning & Training, Chapter 6, Mid-Atlantic Grape Growers Guide: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/resources/winegrape/ag535-2.pdf
11. Pruning & Training, Chapter of the Midwest Grape Production Guide: http://ohioline.osu.edu/b919/0008.html
12. Pictorial Guide of Pruning De Chaunac, Delaware and Cayuga & Growth during the year: http://www.honeyflowfarm.com/grapeproject/grapeproject.htm
13. EXCELLENT- Pruning, Training & Canopy Management of Grapevines in the Midwest, Kentucky State Univ.78p. ppt,: http://www.uky.edu/Ag/NewCrops/vinemanagement_files/frame.htm
14. Basic Principles of Pruning Backyard Grapevines, Ohio State Univ. Extension Fact Sheet: http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/1000/1428.html
15. Pruning Backyard Grapevines in the 1st – 3rd Years, Ohio State Univ. Extension Fact Sheet: http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/1000/pdf/1429.pdf
16. Pruning Grapes by Lon Rombough: http://www.bunchgrapes.com/pruning.html
17. Principles & Practices of Pruning Grapevines, 28p. ppt, Bruce Bordelon – Purdue Univ.: http://www.foodsci.purdue.edu/research/labs/enology/Pruninggrapes08.pdf
18. "Pruning" chapter of the Colorado Grape Growers Guide: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/550a.pdf
19. Proper Pruning Techniques, Texas A & M Extension: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/publications/landscape/pruning/pruning.html
20. Dormant Grape Pruning, Penn. State Extension: http://agsci.psu.edu/fphg/grapes/pruning
Pruning Videos:
1. 9 minute Pruning Video from DMACC by Randall Vos, 4-08:
2. Pruning of Concord Grapevines, 2-16-09 – Lake Erie Regional Grape Program, 5:19 min:
3. Pruning Wine Grape Vines on a VSP, 2-16-09 – Lake Erie Regional Grape Program, 6:19 min.:
4. Pruning Basics: Spur Pruning, 10-29-10 – Oregon State University, 3:00 min.:
5. Spur Pruning Grapevines, 2-8-10 - Oregon State University, 7:10 min.:
6. Cane Pruning Instruction, 2-2-10 – Oregon State University, 7:23 min.:
7. Structure of Spur and Cane Pruned Grapevines, 10-29-10, Oregon State University, 6:16 min.:
8. Pruning Grape & Exploring Other Fruits in the Orchard, 9-23-10 – Oklahoma State University, 9:32 min.:
9. How to Prune Grape Vines, 7-14-09 – Michael James Jr, 3:51 min.:
10. Grape Vine Pruning in Late Winter & Early Spring, 4-1-10 – Gurneys, 3:11 min.:
11. Pruning Grape Vines (spur & cane), CA Extension. 18:14 min.:
12. Proper Methods of Pruning Your Grapevine, Lon Rombough, 5:12 min.:
13. Pruning Grapes on a High Cordon Trellis Part 1, 3-6-09 – OSU Extension, 3:31 min.:
14. Pruning Grapes on a High Cordon Trellis Part 2, 3-6-09 – OSU Extension, 7:02 min.:
15. Pruning Norton Grapevines on a Geneva Double Curtain, 2-19-08 – Jowler Creek Vineyard, 5:23 min.:
16. Pruning Vignoles Grapevines on a VSP, 1-3-08 – Jowler Creek Vineyard, 3:08 min,:
17. Evaluating Bud Injury prior to pruning, 1-7-11- NY Finger Lakes Grape Program, 4:39 min.
18. Cane & Spur Pruning, UC Davis Farm Advisory, 2-26-09, 9:16 min:
19. Vineyard Pruning Tools, ISU Extension, 3-17-11, 8:53 min.:
20. Grapevine Pruning with Vaughn Hammond, Univ. of Nebraska Extension, 3:08 min,:

Midwest Hops, Distillery and Wineries Receive USDA Rural Development Grants

2-3-12 USDA Rural Development announced that the following Midwest companies will be receiving Value-Added Producer Grant funds:
IA: Two Saints Winery – St. Charles $26,680
IA: Iowa Hops Company – Amana $35,340
MO: Jowler Creek Winery – Platte City $18,363
NE: Feather River Winery – North Platte $49,998
NE: Knotted Wood Distillery – Hickman $49,950
SD: Jackson Winery (Belle Joli) – Belle Fourche $300,000
See entire list of grant recipients here: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/SupportDocuments/rd-vapg012012.pdf
USDA Rural Development Value-Added Producer Grant details: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_VAPG_Grants.html

3-(1-3), 15th Annual NE Winery & Grape Growers Forum & Tradeshow

When: Thursday – Saturday, March 1-3, 2012
Where: Holiday Inn, Kearney, NE
Speakers: Dr. Horst Caspari, State Vitculturist – Colorado State University
Laurie Foster, The Wine Coach – Easton, MD
Stephen Gamet, Viticulture Technician - University of Nebraska at Lincoln
George Johnson – George Paul Vinegar – Cody, NE
Dr. Stephen Menke, State Enologist – Colorado State University
Dr. Paul Read – Horticulture/Viticulture – University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Ed Swanson, Cuthills Vineyard – Pierce, NE
Vendor Presentations
Full Details & Registration: http://agronomy.unl.edu/viticulture  

1st U.S. National Commercial Wine Competition – 2-29 Entry Deadline

Entry Deadline: Wednesday, 2-29-12
Cost: $75 per entry
Official Entry: 4 750 ml bottles or 6 375 ml bottles

Recent Webinars Archived for Viewing
1-10-12 Managing Acidity in The Winery: http://blogs.cornell.edu/northerngrapeswebinars/recorded-webinars/  
2-8-12 Does a wine’s name influence consumer taste perception: http://brocku.ca/ccovi/outreach-services/ccovi-lecture-series  
2-14-12 Nuts and Bolts of Canopy Management: http://blogs.cornell.edu/northerngrapeswebinars/recorded-webinars /
2-15-12 Challenges Facing Small and Medium Sized Entrepreneurs in Emerging Cool Climate Wine Regions: http://ncrcrd.msu.edu/ncrcrd/chronological_archive  
WineMaker competition
Three weeks left to Enter the WineMaker Magazine International Amateur Wine Competition! Details here: http://www.winemakermag.com/competition

 Iowa Wine Growers Association annual conference
What: Iowa Wine Growers Association’s 2012 Annual Conference
Where: Hotel at Kirkwood, Kirkwood Community College – Cedar Rapids, IA
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
Todd Roessler – Precision Wine Bottling / Elmaro Vineyard – Trempeauleau, WI
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


3-(29-31), 2012 Midwest Aronia Annual Conference

Midwest Aronia Association
When: Thursday, Friday, Saturday - March 29, 30 & 31
4800 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA 50322
Ph: 515-278-4755
Cost: $125 each for entire 3 days
Registration and Details: http://midwestaronia.org/conference-2012

Third Annual International Wine Label Design Competition

TEAM and INDIVIDUAL design awards will be given for the best label in five different categories:
1. Successful innovation
2. Classic Style
3. Dramatic graphics
4. Best Series
5. Labels not currently in production (must meet TTB guidelines)
Grand Prize picked from winners of categories 1–4. Labels not currently in production are not elgible for the Grand Prizes. Labels not currently in production are not eligible for the Grand Prizes.
Entries will be judged on the following criteria: Overall originality and creativity, use of typography, and use of graphics.
Entry fee: $95 per label for professional artists and $55 per label for student artists.
Entrants may submit up to 5 label designs for judging. For entry fee purposes, front and back
labels for the same wine count as one label.
All labels must have been designed in 2011 or 2012. They cannot have been entered in this contest
U.S. labels must meet TTB guidelines. Labels from other countries must meet the government
requirements in those countries.
Entry Deadline: 5-1-12 Full Details: http://www.iwldc.org/

Comments from Readers

2-17-12 "Hi Mike,
Hope this finds all well! Thought I would forward to you the blog about our wine as we responded to the request to provide some Iowa wine to a California wine critic. Interesting stuff!
Take care,"
Kurt Schade - Schade Creek Vineyards – Waukee, IA

Notable Quotables

"Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age."
- Colin Powell 8
"Men are like wine - some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age."
-Pope John XXIII
"The University of Nebraska says that elderly people that drink beer or wine at least four times a week have the highest bone density. They need it - they're the ones falling down the most."
-Jay Leno

Show n Tell

On Tuesday & Wednesday, 2-(15 &16) Trent Preszler came to ISU to do two presentations about Sustainable Farming Principles in the Fine Wine Industry. Trent is the CEO of Bedell Cellars on Long Island. Trent will soon be receiving a PhD in Viticulture from Cornell University. He is a former graduate of ISU.
 Trent Preszler visits ISU
Trent's writings have been published by Oxford University Press, the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture, and the Huffington Post. He is currently on the Board of Directors of WineAmerica and the New York Wine and Grape Foundation.
Note: Bedell Cellars and their 100+ acres of vines sits on the most expensive vineyard ground in the world.
(Above, L-R) Dr. Paul Domoto, Trent Preszler, Mike White, Jennie Savits and Dr. Murli Dharmadihari after Trent’s presentation at ISU Horticulture. The bottle of "Musee" wine Trent is holding received a Wine Spectator rating of 91. The highest ever rating for a Eastern North America red wine. It currently sells for $75 at winery. Oh yes,…. it was very good!

Marketing Tidbits

"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 9

Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

1. Automated Wine Serving Station:
2. 24 hours in the life of a winemaker, Wine Republic – Argentina:
3. Michigan State University – Viticulture Information Center:

Articles of Interest

1. IA: Hannel Cellars receives Sioux City Innovation Award, 2-1-12 – Sioux City Journal:
2. IL: Why so few Illinois wines on restaurants menus, 2-14-12 - State Journal Register:
3. Local wineries boosting U.S. economy, 2-14-12 – Western Farm Press:
4. TTB survives, though Obama wants to give IRS a little of its powers, 2-17-12 – The Gray Report:
5. IA: What Does This Warm Winter Mean for Insects?, 2-17-12 – ISU Extension Crop News:
6. Carbonic Maceration – A closer look at this wine making technique, 2-19-12 – Winanorak:
7. MN: Southern Expanding in MN with Quality Wine & Spirits Acquisition, 2-21-12 – Shaken News
8. Are Copper Levels in Wine Safe for Human Consumption? Case Study: Croatia, 2-21-12- the
9. SD: Jackson Winery receives $300,000 USDA rural development grant, 2-21-12 – Black Hills

Videos of Interest

1. 1980’s or 1990’s video of Iowa wineries & breweries, Iowa Wine & Beer Promotion Board:
2. Mechanical Shoot Positioning Machine – Michigan State Univ. SW Research & Extension Center:

Calendar of Events

2-(23-25), Minnesota Grape Growers Association’s Cold Climate Conference - Crown Plaza, St. Paul, MN. Details here: http://mngrapegrowers.com/conference
2-29, 2pm CST Brock University Lecture Series: Kevin Ker, KCMS Applied Research and Consulting "How growing season weather patterns affect vine hardiness" http://www.brocku.ca/ccovi
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/
3-13 - 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. CST, Setting the State for Future Growth: Winery Collaboration and Economic Impacts by Dr. Bill Gartner of UMN and Dr. Dan McCole of Michigan State Univ. :
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.
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 EnologyASEV-Eastern Section (ASEV-ES) Annual Conference - Traverse City, MI: http://www.asev-es.org/   

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