#201 - May 25, 2012


ISU - Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute Looking for a Winemaker

The Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute is seeking a qualified Winemaker to assist with research on a collaborative federal grant project. Under limited supervision of the Institute Director this person will be responsible for producing experimental wines using cold hardy grape varieties.
Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and 2 years of related experience; OR a combination of related education and experience totaling 6 years.
For further information and to apply online visit: https://www.iastatejobs.com , and search for vacancy 120520
ISU is an EO/AA Employer

Winos get together at the 2012 Iowa State Fair

Many of you have volunteered in the past at the Wine Experience at the Iowa State Fair. This is the Iowa vine/wine industry display of, music, kid’s activities, educational talks and grape stomps that are centered near Grand Father’s Barn on top of the Hill. The Wine Experience is sponsored by the Iowa State Fair. Many of you wineries have also sold your wine and worked at the Iowa Wine Growers Association’s (IWGA) Wine & Cheese Garden located near the Varied Industries Building on the Fair Grounds.
The IWGA’s Wine & Cheese Garden is being moved up on the Hill next to the Wine Experience. The house that was next to Grand Father’s Barn has been removed and the Wine & Cheese Garden will be taking its place.
Iowa State Fair Iowa Wine & Cheese Garden
(Left) IWGA Wine & Cheese Garden                                        
Iowa State Fair, Wine Experience-kids grape stomp
(Right) Kids grape stomp at the Wine Experience.
Getting all of us Iowa WINOs together on top of the hill should add to our POSITIVE impact at the FAIR. The HILL will become a real wine destination for people to visit. Remember to volunteer when the call comes. Putting these two wine functions together should end up being a real HOOT! mlw

Summer Web-Blended Viticulture Classes at DMACC

Not sure what pest is infecting your grapes and how to control it? Consider taking VIN103: Introduction to Vineyard Pest Management where we look at how to diagnose the pests of grapes and investigate effective ways to protect the investment you have made in your grape crop.
This summer we are also offering VIN104: Viticulture for Wine Production. This is a valuable class for both grape growers and wine makers as it looks at which vineyard practices are cost effective, how we can mitigate negative attributes of our fruit and increase positive ones, and many more great topics that grape growers and wine makers should be considering to optimize wine grape production.
If you have any questions, contact Randall Vos at Des Moines Area Community College: rjvos@dmacc.edu

5-31, Basic Concepts in Winemaking – Columbia, MO

What: One-day workshop for those considering winemaking as a career or starting a winery. The workshop's objectives are to introduce basic winemaking procedures, basic winery equipment
and basic concepts in wine chemistry.
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday May 31, 2012
Where: 145 Stringer Wing, 1406 East Rollins St., University of Missouri, Columbia Mo., 65211
Cost: Registration is $60.

6-(3-8), Hands-on Whiskey Class – Breckenridge, CO

What: Hands-on Whiskey Class covering:
Grain Selection, Fermentation, Distillation, Barrel Aging, Proofing, Bottling
When: Sunday – Friday, June 3-8, 2012
Where: Breckenridge Distillery, 1925 Airport Road - Breckenridge, CO
Cost: $3,500.00 each (class limited to 14 students)

Two e-learning Distillation Classes – American Distillation Institute

The American Distillation Institute has two books with associated e-learning classes Online here http://www.distilling.com/courses.html
Artisan Whiskey Distilling, the E-learning Class - $250
Modern Moonshine Techniques, the E-learning Class - $250

6-(8-10), Kothe Distilling Technologies 2012 Summer Workshop

When: Friday – Sunday, June 8-10, 2012
Where: Kothe Distilling Technologies, 5121 N Ravenswood Chicago, IL 60640
Agenda: This is a program for future distillers and those with some experience. We are going to 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.
The 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 distillates.
Cost: $799, maximum of 30 participants.
Did you know that there are only 190 people in the world who have become a Master Sommelier?

6-12, Winery Sanitation Basics - The Northern Grapes Project Webinar Series

 Northern Grapes Project logo
What: Winery Sanitation Basics "FREE" webinar
When: Tuesday, June 12, 2012
12:00 Noon Eastern (11:00 AM Central)
7:00 PM Eastern (6:00 PM Central)
Who: Randy Worobo, an Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science at Cornell University, is a well-known food safety expert. He has presented many winery sanitation workshops for the wine industry in California, and will cover the basics of winery sanitation in this webinar.
To Register: Registration is free, but required. To register, fill out the online form posted at: https://cornell.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bDhUgisTebHHmQc
Registration will be open from today (Friday, May 25th) through Friday, June 8th.
The Friday prior to the webinar, those who have registered will be sent the web address (URL) for the Adobe Connect session. PLEASE NOTE: Only those who complete this online registration form will receive connection details to participate in the webinar. Even if you have registered for past webinars, you still must register for this webinar in order to receive the email.
Further Northern Grapes Project information is available on-line 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
Check us out here on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NorthernGrapesProject
Further info:
Chrislyn A. Particka, PhD, Extension Support Specialist
Cornell University Department of Horticultural Sciences
cap297@cornell.edu or 315-787-2449 (desk)

Mid-American Wine Competition 2012

You are invited to enter the 6th Annual Mid-American Wine Competition being held on July 13, 14, and 15, 2012. We have updated the wine competition this year based on valuable feedback from our participating wineries.
We will be sending a postcard and invitation email to wineries in the Midwest. If are a winery that would like to participate, but have not received these, please email us at winecompetition@dmacc.edu
Below is some of the highlighted information for the 2012 competition. Our website will be updated in the near future.
· June 29th Deadline for Wine Entries
· NEW – Wine Categories have been updated
· NEW – Rules of Competition have been updated
· NEW – Credit Cards can now be accepted here: http://www.midamericanwine.org    
· Physical Medals will no longer be awarded for the Label Competition
· The Food-Wine Pairing competition is July 13th
- Reservations are required
- An entry to the Food-Wine Pairing Competition consists of 2 (two) bottles of wine and $25.00
- Traditional Wine Competition is July 14th and 15th
- An entry for the Traditional Competition consists of 4 (four)bottles of wine and $40.00

7-19, ASEV-ES International Symposium on Sparkling Wine Production

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday July 19, 2012
ASEV corks graphic
Where: Northwest Michigan College, Traverse City, MI
Cost: $125 – includes lunch and tasting
Note: This is part of the American Enology & Viticulture Society – Eastern Section (ASEV-ES) 37th Annual Conference.

Iowa State Fair Commercial and Amateur Wine Competitions

Entry Deadline: Sunday, 7-1-12
Amateur entry form:
Commercial entry form (Iowa Wineries only):

Iowa Tourism has Iowa Wine & Beer Ads in Chicago, Kansas City & Minneapolis

5-24-12 Greetings wineries and breweries:
Two exciting updates for you. First, the Iowa Tourism Office is in the midst of a spring marketing campaign and the Iowa wine and beer industry has been a feature of that campaign. At NO COST to the Wine and Beer Promotion Board, ads like the one attached along with our new tag line have been used in national magazines, online advertising and out-of-home advertising like shopping malls. The campaign is targeted on Chicago, Minneapolis and the Kansas City areas. The website listed in the ads is Travel Iowa, but as you may know, the Travel Iowa website links directly to the Iowa Wine and Beer website.
Travel Iowa ad
The artwork for the new directory has been sent to the printer. I hope you will all have new directories sent to you soon.
I hope you all have a terrific weekend.
 (Above) Example Mall Ad
Colleen Murphy | Partnerships Manager
Tourism Office
IOWA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY 200 East Grand Avenue | Des Moines, Iowa 50309 PH: 515.725.3089 | Fax: 515.725.3010 or colleen.murphy@iowa.gov

7-(6 & 7) Oak Barrel and Wine Workshops

Location: Tassel Ridge Winery, 1681 220th St., Leighton, IA 50143
Dates and Times:
Workshop 1
For licensed commercial winemakers
Workshop 2
All are welcome!
Friday July 6, 2012
Saturday July 7, 2012
12:30 pm Registration/check-in
1:00-2:00 Tour of Tassel Ridge Vineyard & Winery
2:00-4:00 Demonstration and Discussion
A. Demonstration of barrel toasting
by Francis Durand, Master Cooper from Tonnellerie Radoux
B. Discussion with Francis Durand and Dan Brick, Brick Packaging
o Types of Oak; French, American etc.
o Barrel repair
o Barrel cleaning and sanitation
o Storage and maintenance of barrels
o Barrel alternatives
4:00-5:00 Wine tasting and wrap-up
12:30 pm Registration/check-in
1:00-3:00 Demonstration and Discussion
A. Demonstration of barrel toasting
by Francis Durand, Master Cooper from Tonnellerie Radoux
B. Discussion with Francis Durand and Dan Brick, Brick Packaging
o Types of Oak; French, American etc.
o Barrel repair
o Barrel cleaning and sanitation
o Storage and maintenance of barrels
o Barrel alternatives
3:00-4:00 Tour of Tassel Ridge Vineyard & Winery
Registration: Free but required. Contact Tammi Martin, tkmartin@iastate.edu , 515-294-3308 by Friday, June 22nd to reserve your space.Northern Grapes Project logo
*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

 Call for Entries - 4th Annual International Cold Climate Wine Competition

Deadline to register is August 6, 4:30 CDT
MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (5/25/2012) -Wines made from grapes grown in cold climates will be in the limelight when judges gather for the 4rd annual International Cold Climate Wine Competition this August.
The competition will take place Aug. 16 on the campus of the University of Minnesota, where several of the cold-hardy wine grapes were developed.
This year's competition includes additional categories for ice wines, cold-hardy fruit/grape blends, and wines made from the variety Brianna. Judges will do a blind tasting of the wines and award gold, silver and bronze medals, and best of show awards to the top red, white, and specialty wines. The "Governor's Cup" is given to the favorite Minnesota wine of the internationally recognized wine experts on the judging panel.
"Cold hardy wine grapes represent a specialty crop market with significant economic potential for the Midwest," said Ron Barnes, president of the Minnesota Grape Growers Association, the competition's primary sponsor. "Our competition highlights these new varieties and helps build consumer awareness and demand for wines made from these grapes."
Minnesota's grape and wine industry is expanding rapidly and last year contributed an estimated $40 million to the state's economy. Since 1995, the number of wineries has grown from seven to 43; total sales are expected to exceed $11.3 million by 2014.
"The competition is more evidence of the increasing quality of cold-climate grapes," said Jim Luby, a professor in the U of M's department of horticultural science and one of the scientists developing the grapes. "A number of grape varieties with improved potential for high quality wines have become available in the last 15 years. This competition is an opportunity for winemakers to showcase their skill and imagination in transforming these varieties to superior wines in a rapidly growing new industry."
To see a complete set of rules and to register, go to www.mngrapegrowers.com/competition

Notable Quotables

"The number of wineries in the Midwest as defined by the 11 states in the Midwest Wine Press market area is now 1,132. There are now also 43 organized wine trails in the Midwest. Such growth makes the Midwest wine industry an exceptional success story……"
From: Midwest Winery Rankings by State, 4-26-12 – Midwest Wine Press: http://midwestwinepress.com/2012/04/26/midwest-winery-rankings-by-state/
"Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing."
Wernher Von Braun (3-23-1912 to 6-16-77) German born rocket scientist who later became one of the leaders of NASA.

Marketing Tidbits

1. Sell wine not offers: super markets warned, 5-21-12 – Off License News:
2. New packaging offers wine to go for picnic season, 5-24-12 – AP – San Francisco Chronical:
3. Bill Passes Senate Allowing USPS to Ship Beer, Wine and Spirits, 5-24-12 Strike & Techel Alcoholic Beverage law blog:

Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

1. Check out the 5 Missouri Wine Trails: http://www.missouriwine.org/wine-a-wineries/trails

Articles of Interest

1. "Sprayer type and water volume influence pesticide deposition and control of insect pests and diseases in juice grapes", 11-23-09 Research Report – Journal of Crop Protection:
2. Exploitation of Insect Vibrational Signals Reveals a New Method of Pest Management, 3-21-12 – European research paper:
3. IA: Vintner's quest for altar wine finally blessed, 5-20-12 – Sioux City Journal:
4. MO: Winery gets tasting room revived in telegram building, 5-24-12 – Kansas City Star:
5. WI: Wisconsin grape growers optimistic on season, 5-24-12 – Postcrescent.com:

Videos of Interest

1. MN: New Minn. winery is latest addition to expanding industry, 5-22-12 – KARE11, Minneapolis/St. Paul TV, 1.57 min.:
2. What is Wine Ullage, 5-21-12, BlogYourWine, 1:33 min.:

Show n Tell

Tax Foundation Map: Excise Tax Rates on Wine

Calendar of Events

6-(1-2), WineMaker Magazine Annual Conference, Ithaca, NY. Details: http://www.winemakermag.com/conference
6-(3-8), Hands-on Whiskey Class – Breckenridge Distllery - Breckenridge, CO. By: The American Distillation Institute Details: http://www.distilling.com/handson12.html
6-5, Missouri Grape Growers Association Annual Field Day, Eckles Hall, Univ. of Missouri – Columbia. Details : http://iccve.missouri.edu/events/2012vit-field-day.pdf
6-(6 & 7), 6th Annual Conference of the American Association of Wine Economists (AAWE), Princeton University Press. Details: http://www.wine-economics.org/meetings/Princeton2012/registration/registration.htm
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-(6 & 7), Oak Barrel & Wine Workshops, Tassel Ridge Winery, 1681 220th St., Leighton, IA 50143 FREE Contact prior to 6-22: Tammi Martin, tkmartin@iastate.edu , 515-294-3308
7-(15-19), 37th American Society of Enology ASEV-Eastern Section (ASEV-ES) Annual Conference - Traverse City, MI: http://www.asev-es.org/
7-17, Field Day: Northern-Hardy Fruit Evaluation Project at NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center, Carrington, North Dakota. http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/CarringtonREC/  701-652-2951
7-19, International Symposium on Sparkling Wine Production – last day of ASEV-ES Annual Conference, Traverse City, MI: Details: http://www.asev-es.org/
7-(20-22), 2nd Annual Iowa Wine Growers Assn. Bus Tour. MN tour of 5 wineries, 2 breweries, 1 wine festival and the UMN research vineyard and winery. Details coming soon!
7-(25-27), Society of Wine Educators 30th Annual Conference – San Mateo, CA. Details here: http://www.societyofwineeducators.org/conference.php
7-29, Minnesota Grape Growers Association Annual Picnic – Round Lake Vineyard, 30124 State Hwy 264 Round Lake, MN 56167 Details: http://mngrapegrowers.com/mgga-annual-picnic1
8-16, International Cold Climate Wine Competition, University of MN Continuing Education Conference Center: http://www.mngrapegrowers.com/competition
9-8, UMN (Tentative) Annual Horticulture Research Center Vineyard & Winery open house, Excelsior, MN. Details later.
11-28 to 12-1, International Cold Climate Grape and Wine Conference - Neubrandenburg, Germany. Details soon: International Association for Northern Viticulture
1-(29-31)-13, Unified Grape & Wine Consortium at the Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento, CA http://www.unifiedsymposium.org/
1-31 to 2-2-13, Illinois Vintners & Grape Growers Assn. Conference – Crown Plaza Hotel, Springfield, IL.
2-(7-9)-13, Midwest Grape & Wine Conference & Trade Show – St. Charles, MO Convention Center: Details: http://www.midwestgrapeandwineconference.com/
2-(21-23)-13, Minnesota Grape Growers Association (MGGA) Cold Climate Conference – Crown Plaza, St. Paul. MN. Details: http://mngrapegrowers.com/conference
2-28 to 3-2 – 2013, 16th Nebraska Winery & Grape Growers Conference, Holiday Inn – Kearney, NE
3-(6-7)-13 Eastern Winery Exposition at Lancaster County Convention Center & Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, PA: http://easternwineryexposition.com/
3-(12-14)-13, Wineries Unlimited at Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, VA: http://www.wineriesunlimited.com/
Iowa Qulaity Wine Consortium posterIQWC wines on shelf
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