#193 - March 14, 2012


Iowa Program for Alcohol Compliance Training – Now Live & FREE

This week marks an important stepping-stone for the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) education and outreach program. The long awaited Iowa Program for Alcohol Compliance Training (I-PACT) eLearning course went live online. Iowa’s alcohol retailers now have the opportunity to receive alcohol compliance training wherever and whenever they want, free of charge.
"The Division is stepping up efforts to provide resources to its partners that increase regulatory compliance and social responsibility," said ABD Administrator Stephen Larson. "This is the first time in Iowa that state-wide alcohol training will be in a fully integrated online format." I-PACT is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at I-PACT.com.
The alcohol compliance training is aimed at both on-and off-premises retail alcohol licensees. The content focuses on key identifying elements of the latest format of the Iowa driver’s license, but also includes information on the previous version of licenses and identification cards.
The overall goal of I-PACT is increased voluntary compliance with the state’s alcohol laws through education. The core objective of the program is to prevent illegal sales of alcohol by educating alcohol sellers and increasing awareness of changes in Iowa’s liquor laws.
"The Division continues to seek creative ways to provide educational programs that will result in 100 percent compliance with the laws and regulations that are the framework for the ABD’s mission and the sale of alcohol to consumers," Administrator Larson said.
I-PACT covers the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act (Iowa Code chapter 123), valid forms of identification, and how to spot altered and fake IDs. The program focuses on preventing underage sales and sales to intoxicated patrons. Participants will learn techniques for refusing the sale of alcohol with minimal confrontation. The training also includes regulations and tips for offsite delivery of alcohol.
The program asks that a PACT is made for, Iowa’s kids to pledge not to use alcohol products, Iowa's retailers to pledge not to sell alcohol to minors, and Iowa's law enforcement to enforce Iowa's alcohol laws.
Violations for illegal sales of alcohol to minors include a $500 criminal fine to the clerk, as well as a $500 civil fine to the retail establishment for the first violation. Subsequent violations can result in higher fines, license suspension or even revocation. Minors under the age of 21 are also subject to fines and/or community service if found using, attempting to purchase, or in possession of alcohol products.

The Northern Grapes Project Archived Webinar Series

3-13-12: Setting the Stage for Future Growth : Winery Collaboration and Economic Impacts
This and the other webinars are archived here: http://northerngrapesproject.org/?page_id=12  

11 - Free Online Grape Growing Books for Your Digital Library

1. The Colorado Grape Growing Guide, 1998, 85 pp. Colorado State Univ. Extension: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/550a.pdf
2. Growing Grapes in Indiana, 4/01, 8pp. Purdue Univ. Extension Service: http://www.hort.purdue.edu/ext/ho-45.pdf
3. Commercial Grape Production in Kansas, 9/04, 29 pp., Kansas State Univ. Extension: http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/library/hort2/mf2370.pdf
4. Growing Grapes in Kentucky, 7/97, 24pp. Univ. of Kentucky Extension: http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/library/hort2/mf2370.pdf
5. Mid-Atlantic Winegrape Grower’s Guide, 127 pp. North Carolina State Univ. Extension: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/resources/winegrape/
6. Growing Grapes in Missouri, 6/03, 80 pp. Missouri State University.: http://mtngrv.missouristate.edu/Publications/grapeguide.pdf
7. Midwest Grape Production Guide, 5/05, 159 pp. Ohio State Univ. Extension: http://ohioline.osu.edu/b919/
8. Texas Wine Grape Guide, 46 pp. Texas Department of Agriculture: http://www.nashwoodwinery.com/grapeguide.pdf
9. Vine Balance Sustainable Viticulture Guide, 2009, Cornell Univ. Extension: http://www.vinebalance.com/workbook_sections.php
10. Growing Grapes in West Virginia, 1990, West Virginia Univ. Extension: http://www.wvu.edu/~agexten/hortcult/fruits/grograps.htm
11. Growing Grapes in Wisconsin,12/06,28 pp, Univ. of Wisconsin Extension: http://learningstore.uwex.edu/assets/pdfs/A1656.pdf
IWGA conference 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 – Trempealeau, WI
Jennette Smith – VineSmith, Inc. – Stephens City, VA 4
Tag Communications – Davenport, IA
Mike White – ISU Viticulture Specialist – Indianola, IA
Dr. Thomas Zabadal, Viticulture Research/Extension – Michigan State University

3rd Annual Experimental Cultivar Wine Tasting Workshop – Univ. of MO

For the third vintage in a planned seven-year study to find new grape cultivars that thrive in Missouri and make excellent wine, the Institute for Continental Climate Viticulture & Enology Institutive (ICCVE) will again conduct its spring workshop in which participants will blindly sample 16 wines.
Attendance is encouraged (even if you are already committed to your grape cultivars and have no plans of increasing acreage and/or changing grape varieties), to practice critical wine sampling skills, whether to describe positive aspects and personal preferences of the wines, or to hone wine fault detection skills.
Cost: $20 each
Visit the Missouri Wine Industry Happenings page for more information and registration.

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, pay 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

Midwest Aronia Association 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

3-31, Pruning, Trellis Construction & Pest Management Workshop – WI

When: 10:30 A.M. – 1 p.m. Monday, 3-31-12
Where: Univ. of WI Peninsular Research Station, 4312 Hwy 42, Sturgeon Bay, WI
Agenda: 10:30 AM Dormant Pruning and Vine Balance - Dean Volenberg, UW Extension
10:45 Vine Balance and Grape Quality – Dean Volenberg, UW Extension
11:00 Early Season Pest Management – Dean Volenberg, UW Extension
11:30 Vineyard Demonstration on Trellis Construction,
Pruning and Training: Non-Bearing to Mature Vines
Special Guest Appearance by Dick Weidman
1:00 P.M. Questions and Warm Up in Conference Room
Please bring your work gloves and your pruners to the program.
Questions: Dean Volenberg, 920-746-2260 or dean.volenberg@ces.uwex.edu

6-(8-10) Kothe Distilling Technologies Workshop - Chicago

When: Friday – Sunday, June 8-10, 2012
Where: Kothe Distilling Technologies, 5121 N Ravenswood, Chicago, IL 60640
Cost: $799 each, max of 30 participants
Comments: This is a workshop for future distillers and those with some experience. The workshop
will cover everything from fruit selection, mashing, and the actual distillation process to the
legal aspects of starting a distillery in North America. Robert Birnecker, PhD and Sonat
Birnecker Hart, PhD as well as other presenters will be giving insights into the practice of
distilling and starting a distillery. A Sensory Seminar will provide an insight into proper
tasting of eaux de vie, vodkas, whiskeys, grappas and liqueurs. Participants will sample
over 75 different products and learn to identify positive as well as negative aspects of

Two Online Distillation Classes from The American Distillation Institute

Craft of Whisky Distilling - $250
Modern Moonshine Techniques - $250

Comments from Readers

3-2-12 "Hey Mike, we are planting Tannat and Teroldego this year at our vineyard near Kansas City.
A little Italy and Uruguay in Missouri soon."
-Michael Amigoni, Amigoni Urban Winery - Kansas City
3-2-12 "Mike - Ryan Prellwitz, ( pres of WGGA) and owner of Tendril Technology, has created a two
vineyard Apps for the I-phone
"Worth taking a look at"
-Paula Soholtz – Bay City, WI

Notable Quotables

"If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun."
--- Katharine Hepburn
"Wine rejoices the heart of man and joy is the mother of all virtues."
---Wolfang con -Goethe, 1771 7

Show n Tell

trunk shaker
 2-2-12 (Right) Chris Peterson of Midwest Grower Supply e-mailed this picture of the new Oxbo "Trunk Shaker" grape harvester that was on display the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium held in Sacramento, CA January 24-36, 2012.
Midwest Grower Supply is a distributor of Oxbo equipment. The Oxbo 6220 trunk shaker is a completely new trunk shaking design that is reported to provide faster harvesting speeds and cleaner fruit.
The Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in the largest vine/wine conference in the U.S. Over 12,400 people and 650+ vendors were at this year’s event.
Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute
(Above) Check out our new Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute’s homepage here:

Marketing Tidbits

1. NY: How to Survive the Wine Retail Business, 3-8-12 – The Daily Meal:
2. Trends in wine, beer and spirit sales at restaurants, 3-9-12 Smart Blog on Food & Beverage:
3. How to improve your service business, 3-9-12 – Barefoot Wine Founders:

Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

1. Wineries of Wisconsin: http://www.wiswine.com/wineries
2. International Powdery Mildew Project WWW site: http://erysiphales.wsu.edu/
3. 12 creative ways to recycle wine bottles, 3-7-12 – Blog Your Wine:
4. Select list of national & international wine competitions – from Missouriwine.org:
5. The self aerating bottle, 3-5-12 – the Academic Wino:
6. Check out all the many wine awards listed on Ackerman Winery’s new homepage:
7. 1st issue of American Vineyard Magazine issued 20 years ago:

Articles of Interest

1. IA: Excellent article on pruning raspberries, 2-16-12 – ISU Extension:
County Herald
3. MN: Minnesota Grape Growers convert skeptics at Midwest Wine Stroll ,3-5-12 – St. Paul Daily
4. I Hope You Like Your Wine with Taxes on the Side, 3-6-12 – National Review:
5. KS: Smoky Hill Winery sells at auction, 3-7-12 – Salina Journal:
6. Canada: The art of natural winemaking, 3-8-12 – Montreal Gazette:
7. MO: Missouri’s Les Bourgeois Vineyards Profile, 3-8-12- The Midwest Wine Press:
8. IA: Des Moines wants tighter rein on booze sales in convenience stores, 3-9-12 – Des Moines
9. MO: Winery Founder Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award, 3-9-12 – Emissourian.com:
10. WI: Winery bill falters, 3-10-12 – Door County Advocate:

Videos of Interest

1. NE: Pheasant Oak Confections video, 8-4-08, 4:34 min. Check out the wine ice cream being sold
2. Everything Grape Video Gallery, Univ. of Vermont Extension:

Calendar of Events

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.
3-31, Pruning, Trellis Construction & Pest Management Workshop at the Univ. of WI Peninsular Research Station. Contact: Dean Volenberg, 920-746-2260 or dean.volenberg@ces.uwex.edu
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-(8-10), Kothe Distilling Technologies Distillation workshop - Chicago, IL. Cost: $799 each, max of 30 participants
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: mhttp://www.asev-es.org/
9-8, UMN (Tentative) Annual Horticulture Research Center Vineyard & Winery open house, Excelsior, MN. Details later.
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ISU Extension Viticulture Specialist
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