#203 - June 8, 2012


Japanese Beetles R Here!

I was notified on 6-7-12 that Japanese Beetles were found foraging near Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This is approximately 3 weeks earlier than normal for the Cedar Rapids area.
Check out "Get Ready for Japanese Beetles" in Wine Grower News #173, 7-1-12 for details and management options: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/wine/sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files/WineGrowerNews1737111.pdf

6-(12-14), Basic Concepts in Wine Making School – Columbia, MO

What: Basic Concepts in Wine Making School:
The workshop's objectives are:
1.To have winemakers conduct routine wine analyses
2.To familiarize winemakers with basic cellar operations
3.To familiarize winemakers with basic winery sanitation
4.To familiarize winemakers with the steps in finishing
5.To familiarize winemakers with wine faults, causes and treatments
6.To have winemakers conduct wine quality assessment
7.To familiarize winemakers with Missouri wine styles
When: Tuesday June 12 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Wednesday June 13 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday June 14 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: Univ. of MO, 145 Stringer Wing (View) 1406 E. Rollins St. Columbia, MO 65211
Cost: $325 each
Contact: Michael Leonardelli with additional questions at LeonardelliM@missouri.edu

Iowa Craft Brew Festival

Where: Locust Street Bridge, 2nd Ave. and Locust St., Des Moines
When: June 16, 2012 - 1:00pm-5:00pm
Sponsored by: The Iowa Brewers Guild
The event will feature more than 25 Iowa breweries and 100+ craft beers, along with a host of regional and national micro-brews. Craft beer lovers will enjoy unlimited beer samplings, live music, food, and a wide variety of special brews exclusive to the Iowa Craft Brew Festival.
Cost: $25 VIP, $20 Advance General Admission, $30 General Day Of

IL State Fair Amateur Wine Competition Open to Out-of-State Winemakers

Unlike the Illinois State Fair Commercial Wine competition, the Amateur Wine competition is open to out-of-state winemakers. Entries for the Illinois State Fair Amateur Wine Competition need to be in by June 15, 2012. The Amateur Competition will be held June 25-27 at the Workforce Careers Center at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois.
Each wine entry shall consist of one 750 mL or two 375/500 mL bottles. There is no limit to the number of entries that may be submitted. A fee of $15 for each entry will be required. Checks should be made out to the Illinois Vintners and Grape Growers Association. Full details can be found here: http://www.illinoiswine.org/pdf/2012-illinois-competition-amateur.pdf

Reports of Vineyard Pesticide Drift Common

Herbicide drift symptomsI have been receiving quite a few pesticide drift pictures sent to me via e-mail. Most seem to involve 2,4-D and/or glyphosate (Roundup) applications that were made to burn down fields going to soybeans in May. Some of these vineyards have been hit very hard.
I would suggest reviewing " Tis the Pesticide Drift Season" article in Wine Grower News #169, 6-3-11 here:
(Photo) Herbicide drift symptoms to a vineyard near Logan, IA. 6-3-12

6-22, NDGGA Wine & Warbirds Tour

What: North Dakota Grape Growers Association Wine & Warbirds Tour
When: 1-6 p.m. Friday, June 22, 2012
Where: North Dakota State University and Fargo Air Museum
Agenda: Noon – 1PM Registration
1-2:30- PM Review of Grape Plant Research at NDSU and NDSU Regional Extension Centers. Review of Tom Plocher’s variety development program for cold hardy high-quality winegrapes for ND
2:30-3:30 PM Winemaking Basics and Testing of NDSU Grapes
3:30-4:30 PM Tour greenhouse and plots
4:30-6 PM Wine tasting and touring at the Fargo Air Museum
Cost: $10 Members, $15 and non-members
Registration: http://www.ndgga.org/

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

ASEV InternationalWhen: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday July 19, 2012
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


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

Location: Tassel Ridge Winery, 1681 220th St., Leighton, IA 50143 5

 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

7-25, 23rd Annual MSU Viticulture Field Day & Steak Cookout – MI

Agenda: 9:00 a.m. Trade Show Opens
10:00-12:00 Morning Vineyard Workshops
     Workshop #1 Grape brush as a source of fuel - Diane Brown
     Workshop #2 Fundamentals of trellis construction, Part 1. End posts and anchoring -Dav e Francis and Tom Zabadal
     Workshop #3 Cordon renewal - Tom Zabadal
     Workshop #4 Vineyard mapping and signage - Dan Nitz and Mike deSchaaf
     Workshop #5 Using old and new herbicides for optimum weed control - Bernie Zandstra
12:00 noon Complimentary lunch
12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Talk to the Voice of Experience - A major benefit of the field day is the exchange of information that occurs all day long among participants. During the lunch break, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions to veteran growers about table, juice and wine grapes at the tent in the middle of the trade show. MGS Directors Steve Tomac, Coleman Hunt and Mike deSchaaf will be there to help you.
1:15 p.m. Equipment Demonstrations
2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Afternoon Vineyard Workshops
     Workshop #6 Fungicide properties and optimal application timing - Annemiek Schilder
     Workshop #7 Insecticide options and their use in vineyards during the 2012 season – Rufus Isaacs
     Workshop #8 Wine grape cultivar trial update - Paolo Sabbatini and Tom Zabadal
     Workshop #9 Managing excessively large grapevines - Tom Zabadal, Jenny Wells and Dave Francis
     Workshop #10 Mechanical devices other than pruners and harvesters to reduce costs –Glenn Davis, Dan Nitz and Mike deSchaaf
4:45 p.m. Lake Michigan Shore Wine Showcase sponsored by the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Country
5:15 p.m. Steak Cookout
Cost: $35 each prior to July 13, $45 each afterwards

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 the7
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

"Individuals who are unaware of the price do not derive more enjoyment from more expensive wine. In a sample of more than 6,000 blind tastings, we find that the correlation between price and overall rating is small and negative, suggesting that individuals on average enjoy more expensive wines slightly less."
From: Do More Expensive Wines Taste Better? Evidence from a Large Sample of Blind Tastings, Journal of Wine Economics – Vol. 3, No. 1, 1-9: http://www.wine-economics.org/journal/content/Volume3/number1/abstracts/Goldstein_vol3_1_08_1-9/index.shtml
"When non-experts blind-taste cheap and expensive wines they typically tend to prefer the cheaper ones."
From: What Determines Wine Prices: Objective vs. Sensory Characteristics, Journal of Wine Economics – Vol. 1, No. 1 p. 44: http://www.wine-economics.org/journal/content/Volume1/number1/FullText_lecocq.pdf
"Closures may get many wine professionals foaming at the mouth, but it seems US consumers are not so fussed. Almost all of the 600 regular wine drinkers surveyed by Merrill Partners Research said that closure type is not among their top three reasons for buying a wine."
From: Closures not a priority for U.S. consumers; says survey, 6-6-12 – Decanter.com: http://www.decanter.com/news/wine-news/530040/closures-not-a-priority-for-us-consumers-says-survey

Marketing Tidbits

1. Where is the Global Wine Industry Headed?, 6-3-12 – Global Economic Intersection:

Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

1. Auto industry speeds toward driverless cars, 6-5-12 – Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120605/AUTO01/206050361/Auto-industry-speeds-toward-driverless-cars?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE                     (Next will be Downloadable Wine Trail Driver programs.) mlw
2. Organic Black Currant Production Guide, 27 p., Prince Edward Island Horticulture Assn, Canada: http://www.acornorganic.org/pdf/blackcurrantmanual.pdf

Articles of Interest

1. Labeling Your Beverages Gluten-free, 5-29-12 – Libation Law Blog: http://www.libationlawblog.com/libationlawblogcom/2012/5/31/labeling-your-beverages-gluten-free.html
2. Biomolecular archaeologist uncorks world's oldest known grape wine, May 2012 – ERZA Update – Cornell: http://ezramagazine.cornell.edu/update/May12/EU.McGovern.uncorks.html
3. Valvin Muscat is Midwest’s Hot Moscato, 6-5-12 – The Midwest Wine Press: http://midwestwinepress.com/2012/06/05/valvin-muscat-is-midwests-hot-moscato/

Videos of Interest

1. Credit USDA program for many popular grape varieties, 6-1-12 – ThePacker.com, 1:25 min.: http://www.thepacker.com/fruit-vegetable-news/Credit-USDA-program-for-many-popular-grape-varieties-156388435.html
2. The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance first four videos in a series to highlight case studies on energy efficiency and other sustainable winegrowing practices. The first four videos can be viewed here: www.sustainablewinegrowing.org/media.php       
New videos will be posted each month.

Show n Tell

Western Iowa Wine Trail event Corks & Caps festival
(Above) 7-15-12 Corks & Caps Iowa Wine &
Craft Brew Festival, Ankeny, IA.
On Friday, 6-8-12 I was invited down to Tassel Ridge Winery to check out their new "prototype" vineyard sprayer manufactured by Hagie Manufacturing located in Clarion, Iowa. The sprayer starts with the typically high-boy type of corn/soybean type of sprayer with detasseling bar on the front. Sixteen Croplands Sardi fan sprayer units have been attached to the front. Brock Bass was operating the unit when I arrived. He mentioned that they are working with Hagie Manufacturing to make a few improvements to the sprayer. Brock was operating the sprayer at 5 mph when I rode with him. Not counting the turning on the end rows – 5 mph x 40’ swath = approximately 25 acres per hour.
Hagie Vineyard sprayer
(Left) Brock Bass stands underneath Hagie Vineyard sprayer. The spray bar has 16 Sardi Fan spray units with 6 nozzles each. A total of 96 hollow cone nozzles!
275 hp diesel engine with 4 wheel steer and 4 wheel hydraulic drive.
 Hagie Vineyard sprayer Hagie Vineyard sprayer
(Above, Left) 1,000 gallon tank. Brock was spraying 35 gallons per acre and getting good coverage. This comes out to about 28.5 acres per load.
(Above, Right) 6’ 4" clearance. A few of the posts in the vineyard needed a trim prior to spraying. Brock stated that 7’ of clearance would have been better.
Hagie Vineyard sprayer Cropland Sardi Fan Sprayer
(Above, Left) Hagie sprayer folded in transport mode.
(Above, Right) "Croplands" Sardi Fan Sprayer head with 6 hollow cone nozzles.
You can view a 5:13 minute video of this Hagie vineyard sprayer operating at Tassel Ridge Winery on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BJaoc7l4gA&feature=youtu.be

Calendar of Events

6-(12-14), Basic Concepts in Wine Making School – Columbia, MO. Details: http://iccve.missouri.edu/events/
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, 23rd Annual Viticulture Field Day & Steak Cookout – Southwest Michigan Research & Extension Center – Michigan State University: Details: http://agbioresearch.msu.edu/swmrec/news.html
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, VitiNord & International Cold Climate Grape and Wine Conference - Neubrandenburg, Germany. Details soon: http://www.vitinord-nb2012.org
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/
Past issues archived as html and/or pdf here:
 Robin eggs in grapevine nest
(Above) Robin’s eggs in a nest of Marquette vine at Tassel Ridge Winery – Oskaloosa, Iowa

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