#192 - March 2, 2012


Select I-Phone & Droid Wine Making/Wine Consumer Apps

I-PAD/I-Phone Apps:
1. Winemaking 1.4 from Tarmarac, $14.99: A replacement for the pen and paper journals that Winemakers use to keep track of their wine batches. Winemaking expands on the paper and pen journal by adding Batch, Journal and Data entry tools, as well as commonly used conversions and other calculations used by winemakers during the winemaking process: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/winemaking/id428878456?mt=8
2. iwinemaker 1.2.3 from VinoEnology Ltd, $4.99: Application provides winemakers and wine enthusiasts with the most useful Winemaking calculators and information about wine making on to go: http://itunes.apple.com/app/iwinemaker/id339132411?ign-mpt=uo%3D6&mt=8
3. Swirl it, FREE: It’s the only taste-based wine recommendation tool that helps you choose wines from menus at your favorite local restaurants, bars and events. : http://swirlitapp.com/what
4. Hello Vino from Apps Store, FREE: Wine pairings & recommendations on your mobile Device: http://www.hellovino.com/
5. All Vineyard from Acceleweb, $3.99: Navigate/Browse hundreds of wineries/vineyards around the world. Constantly updates itself: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/all-vineyard/id401462956?mt=8
6. Directory of Wineries & Breweries in Iowa from Iowawineandbeer.com, FREE: http://www.iowawineandbeerapp.com/
Droid Apps:
1. Winemakers Toolbox from appolicious, $0.99: Many of the calculations and conversions necessary in the winery and brewery. Too many to list: http://www.androidapps.com/tech/apps/600949-winemaker-s-toolbox-cl-enterprise
2. Winemaker from appolicious, $9.99: e-book "How To Make Perfect Wines & Spirits From Home" is a detailed & useful instructional book. It has many step by step instructions to make just about any wine type from your own home: http://www.androidapps.com/apps/519411-wine-master-widemedia-llc
3. WineTemp from appolicious, $1.43: Lets you calculate how long it takes to bring a bottle of wine to the right temperature for serving.: http://www.androidapps.com/shine/apps/632861-winetemp-pierre-laroche
4. Vino – Monitoring your BAC from appolicious, FREE: Vino gives you a way to have a continuous estimation of your Blood alcohol content (BAC).: http://www.androidapps.com/shine/apps/454819-vino-monitoring-your-bac-tinvention-net
5. Sulfide/Sulfate Calculator from appolicious, FREE: To support home winemaking. Calculations: http://www.androidapps.com/tech/apps/489988-sulfite-sulfate-calculator-sideslip-software-l-l-c-curt-jutzi
6. Swirl Pro from Android Market, $1.99: Swirl helps you find wine and track favorites with tags, notes, and pictures. Swirl will grow with your wine knowledge. Easy enough to use for beginners and comprehensive enough for collectors.: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.kollifay.swirl.pro&hl=en
8. Hello Vino from Android Market, FREE: Wine pairings & recommendations on your mobile Device: http://www.hellovino.com/
9. Directory of Wineries & Breweries in Iowa from Iowawineandbeer.com, FREE: http://www.iowawineandbeerapp.com/
PS: I was not able to find any specific "Vineyard" Apps. Though, there are many Apps that can be used in the vineyard, ie… GPS, math conversions, notes, calendar, schedules, calculator, etc…. mlw 3

3-10, Northwest Iowa Grape Growers Association Pruning Workshop

When: 9 a.m to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Where: Richard Black’s Roetta Vineyard, 3228 Xenia Ave. Farnhamville, IA
Who: Tom Moore, Kirkwood Community College at Cedar Rapids, IA
Comments: Tom Moore from Kirkwood Community College will lead a hands-on workshop on practical pruning in the small vineyard. Weather permitting, we will spend time in the vineyard, so dress for the weather, and bring your pruning shears.
Cost: $10 for NWIGGA members, and $12 for non-members. One registration fee entitles 2 persons from one operation to participate in the workshop. At 11:30, following the workshop, you are invited to share a sack lunch (bring your own) and sample some Iowa wines, something we do at each gathering. If you have a favorite homemade or commercial Iowa wine, feel free bring it and share during the wine tasting.
Contact: Norm Lewman, Secretary nwiagrapegrowers@yahoo.com
Northwest Iowa Grape Growers Association

3-10, 2012 WIGGA Annual Wine Dinner

Western Iowa Grape Growers logo
Western Iowa Grape Growers Association will be holding their annual Wine Dinner on Saturday March 10th at 6pm.The dinner will be held at the Holiday Inn at Ameristar located at 2202 River Road, Council Bluffs IA.
The event will start with appetizers and wine tasting from member wineries. This year’s dinner will feature a 3 course Prime Rib dinner. The dinner will include wine that is made
with locally grown grapes and has been paired to each course.
The Western Iowa Grape Growers Association is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the grape and wine industry in the Western Iowa, Eastern Nebraska corridor. We are an active group with learning and training activities that range from the classroom setting to onsite workshops and tours of members’ vineyards and wineries. Topics cover vineyard planning to grape growing as well as wine making and are open to the public.
To help raise fund for the organization items will be raffled off throughout the evening. The cost of the dinner is $75 per person but mention offer code save15 to receive a $15 discount per person.
To reserve your spot, 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 http://www.westerniowagrapegrowers.org

The Northern Grapes Project Webinar Series

Setting the Stage for Future Growth : Winery Collaboration and Economic Impacts
Northern Grapes Project logo
When: Tuesday, March 13, 2012
11:00 a.m. CST  and again at 6 p.m. CST
Bill Gardner   Dan McCole
Bill Gardner                    Dan McCole
Univ. of MN                     Michigan State Univ.
To have a prosperous wine industry, a successful wine region needs collaborative wineries that understand, and can leverage, their contributions to the surrounding area. Our project includes several initiatives focused on the business side of wineries. In this webinar, Bill Gartner, from University of Minnesota, will briefly introduce the marketing/economics related initiatives of the Northern Grapes Project. He will then focus on economic impact, what it is and what it is not, and how it is going to be measured, including the wine tourist’s contribution to overall economic impact. In part 2, Dan McCole, from Michigan State University, will address how wineries, particularly those that rely heavily on tasting room sales, can benefit greatly from collaboration. Whether it’s working together with other wineries to form a wine trail, collectively lobbying for favorable legislation, or partnering with non-wine tourism organizations to strengthen a tourism destination, wineries that build and maintain collaborative relationships are more likely to be successful.
Visit our website at: http://northerngrapesproject.org/
 The Northern Grapes Project is funded by the USDA’s Specialty Crops Research Initiative Program of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture, Project #2011-51181-30850

3-15, Comprehensive Full Day Elderberry Workshop – Hartsburg, MO

When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, March 15, 2012
Where: American Legion Hall - Hartsburg, MO 65039
Cost: $185 each. Please make check out to Terry Durham 5
Comments: A workshop for farmers and other growers who want to learn more about elderberry, and go home with a flat of plants. The workshop will begin with an introduction to elderberries and the implementation of a commercial orchard. They will have a presentation and talk on business plans and return on investments. The afternoon session will be held at the farm where you will view the orchard and equipment used in production, and, also, spend time pruning and propagating. We will be available after to answer any of your questions.
Registration: RSVP to confirm registration. Maximum of 15 attendees
Contact: Terry Durham, 573-999-3034 or info@elderberrylife.com
Sponsored by: Elderberry Life http://elderberrylife.com/
Workshop Flyer: HERE
IWGA conferenc logo
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

3-27-12, Grape Grafting Workshop – Waukee, IA

What: Grape Grafting Workshop
When: 6:pm to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Registration will start at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Schade Creek Vineyards & Winery, 1230 Warrior Lane, Waukee, IA 50263
Ph: 515-987-6695 http://www.schadecreek.com/
Who: Dr. Paul Domoto, ISU Extension Fruit Specialist will be demonstrating
grafting techniques that can be used in the vineyard.
Sponsored by: ISU Extension & Outreach and Schade Creek Vineyards & Winery
Cost: $10 each, at the door.
Pre-registration requested: by contacting Mike White at mlwhite@iastate.edu or 515-681-7286.
Note: This workshop will be held rain or shine.

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

MAA logo
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

Notable Quotables

"Wine is sunlight, held together by water."
--- Galileo Galilei
"Hey Man, I'm drinking wine, eating cheese and catching some rays."
--- Donald Sutherland as Oddball, in the "Kelly's Heros" movie
"Remember gentlemen, it's not just France we are fighting for, it's Champagne!"
--- Winston S. Churchill, 1918 7

Show n Tell

 (Left) Iowa Governor Branstad (R) held a "Taste of Iowa" dinner for China’s Vice President Xi Jinping (L) at the State Capitol on 2-15-12. 650+ guests were invited. Drinks included: Peace Tree Brewery Root Beer, Jasper Winery’s Behind the Shed Red and La Crescent wines, and Madhouse Brewery Pale Ale Beer. Summerset Winery’s Frontenac Red and Vignoles White were served during the dinner courses. Full menu HERE.
 Biodynamics & Wine illustration
(Right) from Wine Biodynamics: Poop, Cosmos and Chickens, 2-29-12 – The Buzz Bin blog
Cold Climate Symposium, St. Paul
(Abov) Dr. Tim Martinson of Cornell Univ. kicked off a full day of meetings on Thursday, 3-16 with representatives of the 12 states involved with the Northern Grapes. Project. The public was invited to the afternoon sessions to learn more about the project. This meeting was held in St. Paul, MN in the same hotel as and just prior to the Cold Climate Conference.
You can learn more about the Northern Grapes Project here:

Marketing Tidbits

1. To Buy or Not to Buy: Factors Impacting Winery Supplier Choice. 2-21-12 – Wine Industry
2. Improve Your Chances of Success by Starting Small & Carefully, 2-23-12 – Barefoot Wine
3. Code of Advertising Standards for Wine from the Wine Institute:
4. Study Shows Lighting Influences Wine Tastes, 2-29-12 – BlogYourWine:

Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

2. Stages of Sparkling Wine Production: http://en.rian.ru/infographics/20111231/170510998.html
4. 20 Unusual Uses for Wine:

Articles of Interest

1. Wine-based cocktails turning heads, 2-20-12 – The Shout:
2. SD: Bill to legalize bring-your-own wine option heads to governor, 2-21-12 – Rapid City Journal:
3. IA: Local winery to make and sell valid altar wine, The Catholic Globe:
4. TTB Funding Still in FY 2013 Budget, 2-24-12 – WineAmerica:
5. NY: Cornell University Program to Open Vineyard, 2-24-12 – The Cornell Daily Sun:
6. VA: Wine Industry Adds Big Bucks to VA Economy, 2-27-12 – NBC29:
7. Winery waste an untasty option for dairy cows, 2-27-12 – ABC Rural:

Videos of Interest

1. Special Report: Iowa Uncorked, 2-23-12 – KCCI TV8 News, 4:21 min.:

Calendar of Events

3-10, 9 a.m. Northwest Iowa Grape Growers Association Pruning Workshop at Richard Black’s Roetta Vineyard, 3228 Xenia Ave. Farnhamville, IA. Norm Lewman nwiagrapegrowers@yahoo.com
3-10, 6pm Western Iowa Grape Growers Association Annual Wine Dinner at the Holiday Inn at Ameristar, Council Bluffs IA: http://www.westerniowagrapegrowers.org
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:
3-(27-29), Wineries Unlimited, Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, VA
3-27, 6-8 p.m. Grape Grafting Workshop at Schade Creek Vineyards & Winery. Contact: Mike White at mlwhite@iastate.edu or 515-681-7286.
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/
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.
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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