#204 - June 15, 2012


Be Careful with that glyphosate (Roundup)

grape sprout accidently hit with glyphosate
 (Left ) FYI: Grape sucker sprouts accidently hit with glyphosate (Roundup) EARLY in the season seldom causes much damage. All growth is fast and upward and little of the glyphosate seems to get into the grape vine.
But,…sometime around early-June (pea sized berries), the potential for injury increases. Often the injury will show up even next year as in this case of sucker sprouts hit with glyphosate in July of 2011 in this Central Iowa vineyard. 6-13-12
Iowa Wine and Beer brochure

Hey! The New Iowa Wine & Beer Brochure is Available!

Better than ever. The new Iowa Wine & Beer Promotion Board’s new Wine and Beer promotion brochure has been sent out to the Iowa wineries and is available to order "FREE" at their website here: http://www.iowawineandbeer.com
This new 56 page guide has all the new wineries included plus bigger and better maps for easier use on the road. All five of the wine trails have been included with maps. Information about the Iowa Quality Wine program has also been included.

7-(20-22), 2nd Annual IWGA Summer Bus Tour – Get on Board!

The Iowa Wine Growers Association will be sponsoring its second annual bus tour this coming July 20-22. This educational and entertaining bus tour is open to both members and non-members. We will be given private tours of some of the Minnesota wineries, vineyards and nurseries that helped to start the Cold Climate wine industry. We have also included a visit to the Cannon River Falls Wine & Art Festival and a couple of private Minnesota brewery tours thrown in just to add some variety!
Central Iowa Transit bus
Central Iowa Transit of Ames, Iowa will be providing the Transportation
What: Iowa Wine Growers Association, 2nd Annual Summer Bus Tour
When: 8 a.m. Friday – 7:30 p.m. Sunday day, July 20-22, 2012.
Friday, 7-20-12
     8 a.m. - Leave DMACC Campus in Ames, IA
     Noon - Indian Island WineryWinterhaven Vineyard & Nursery – Janesville, MN
     4 p.m. – Univ. of MN Research Vineyards & Winery Excelsior, MN
     8-10 p.m. Open evening in Stillwater, MN
     Overnight at Super 8 in Hudson, WI
Saturday, 7-21-12
     9 a.m. – Lift Bridge Brewery in Stillwater, MN
     10:30 a.m. – St. Croix Vineyards & Winery in Stillwater, MN
     1:15 p.m. - Cannon Falls Wine & Art Festival – Cannon Falls, MN
     5 p.m. – Cannon River Winery - Cannon Falls, MN
     6:30 p.m. - Dinner at the Mills Street Tavern with the wine folks in Canon Falls, MN
     Overnight at the AmericInn in Faribault, MN
Sunday, 7-22-12
     10:15 a.m. – Schells Brewing Company – New Ulm, MN
     Noon – Lunch at Morgan Creek Vineyards – New Ulm, MN
     7:30 p.m. Arrive back to Ames, IA DMACC Campus
St. Croix Vineyards & WineryCannon Falls Wine & Art FestivalSchell's BreweryMorgan Creek VineyardsIndian Island Winery
Cannon River Winery
(Top Left) St.Croix Vineyards & Winery
(Second above, Left) Schell’s Brewery
(Third above, Left) Indian Island Winery
(Bottom, Left) Cannon River Winery
(Bottom, Right) Morgan Creek Vineyards 

NovaSource Offering Free Herbicide IPM Tool

NovaSource Classification Guide
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The web version of the Herbicide Classification Guide has a handy search capability for locating the herbicides you are interested in. To view the web version or to order your free countertop mat, Click Here. : http://www.novasource.com/english/ag-products/pages/herbicide-chart.aspx

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* This promotion is open only to residents of the United States and Canada. Only one mat per email address. This offer is valid only until supplies last.

Results of WineMaker Magazine’s 2012 International Amateur Wine Making Competition are in:

Wines were judged on April 20-22, 2012 in Manchester, Vermont.
• 4,318 Total Entries • 860 Total Wine Flights • 965 Total judging hours • 50 American States Represented • 8 Canadian Provinces Represented • 7 Countries Represented
Medals in Iowa & Neighboring States:
IA – 1, IL – 22, KS – 0, MN – 16, MO – 32, NE – 0, SD – 0, WI – 19
See complete results here:

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
     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 - 6-29 Deadline 4 Entries

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 logo
When: 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

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

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

 7-23, ISU Fruit and Vegetable Field Day

When: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 23, 2012
Where: ISU Horticulture Research Station 55519 170th Street Ames, IA 50010
What: Organizers say the field day will be of interest to commercial producers, small-scale growers, master gardeners and home gardeners. The field day will feature research-based information on a variety of topics including biochar, apple root stocks and training systems, organic production, and high-tunnel fruit and vegetable production. During the afternoon session a panel of growers, researchers, agriculture professionals and extension personnel will discuss current and future needs of the fruit and vegetable industry in Iowa. Also showcased will be a student-run vegetable enterprise geared towards developing entrepreneurial and skills.
Cost: $25 prior to July 17, $35 afterwards. Field day registration fee includes lunch, refreshment breaks and abstracts of ongoing research projects.
Online Registration is available at: http://www.aep.iastate.edu/hort.

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

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

4th Annual International Cold Climate Wine Competition - MN

When: Thursday August 16, 2012International Cold Climate Wine Competition logo
Where: University of Minnesota Campus
Who: For commercial wineries producing wine from cold grapes
Sponsored by: Minnesota Grape Growers Association
All entries must be submitted online by 4:30 p.m. CDT on Monday, August 6, 2012.
Pre-registered entries must arrive by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 10.

6-12, Winery Sanitation Basics

Northern Grapes Project logo
Northern Grapes Project Webinar Series
Northern Grapes Project information is available on-line at http://northerngrapesproject.org/

Notable Quotables

"Wine cheers the sad, revives the old, inspires the young, makes weariness forget his toil."
--- Lord Byron
"Making good wine is a skill. Fine wine is an art."
--- Robert Mondavi,
"The discovery of a wine is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars."
--- Benjamin Franklin

Marketing Tidbits

1. Value of Direct-To-Consumer Wine Shipping Increases by 11.5%, 6-14-12 – Virtual Strategy Magazine: http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2012/06/14/value-direct-consumer-wine-shipping-increases-115
Key Findings:
  • Volume of direct shipped wines up 8.2%
  • Dollar value of direct shipped wines up 11.5%
  • Average price per bottle increases $1.11 to $37.69
  • $30+ wines see greatest increase in volume shipped
  • Larger wineries (above 50,000 cases annually) see greatest increase in shipments
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir account for 58% of specified varietals shipped
  • California, Texas and New York destination of 48% of all shipped wines
2. US becomes the world’s leading still light wine market, 6-14-12 – the Drinks Business: http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2012/06/us-becomes-the-worlds-leading-still-light-wine-market/

Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

1. WineJobs.com (U.S. Wine Industry’s leading source of wine jobs):
2. Wine Jobs Index – Wines & Wines magazine:
3. Univ. of MO College of Ag, Food & Natural Resources Colorful Wine History:
4. The Midwest Wine Grower, Summer 2012 edition, 22 pp. – ICCVE, Univ. of MO:

Articles of Interest

1. WI: Man on a Ledge: A Winemaker’s Journey Towards a New AVA, 6-6-12 – Palate Press:
2. KS: New Kansas law permits buying wine at festivals, 6-9-12 – The Kansas City Star:
2. The Top 10 Wine Movies, 6-11-12 – the Drinks Business:
3. IL: Are Mycorrhizae Effective in Midwest Vineyards, 6-14-12 – Midwest Wine Press:

Videos of Interest

1. Grape Bin Dumper made by Built Rite Trailers in Paxton NE:

Show n Tell

 grape filbert galls
(Right) These pictures of Grape Filbert Galls caused by the gall maker midge Schizomyia coryloides were sent to me by a Central Iowa grower. Somewhat of an unusual pest of grapes.
These hairy green bud galls apparently develop from leaf buds since they appear opposite the tendril on the grape twig.
Not a problem. Just prune them off. 6-12-12
On Wednesday and Thursday of this week Dr. Keith Striegler of Flint Ridge Winegrowing Services in Fayetteville, Arkansas and Dr. Tim Martinson from Cornell University in New York stopped in Iowa on their tour of Midwest grape nurseries and Northern Grapes Project research vineyards. Keith was visiting with some Midwest nurseries for the National Clean Plant Network, an organization set up by the 2008 USDA Farm Bill to develop volunteer procedures and oversight that help provide pathogen free specialty crop nursery stock. Tim heads up the Northern Grapes Project and was checking in on the many research trials being conducted here in the Upper Midwest. Here are a few pictures of their visit:
Penoach Vineyard, Nursery & Winery
(Left) L-R Dr. Keith Striegler, Stan Olson – Penoach Vineyard, Nursery & Winery in Adel, IA, Dr. Gail Nonnecke – ISU, Dr. Paul Domoto – ISU, Dylan Rolfes – ISU graduate student and Dr. Tim Martinson – Cornell University discuss nursery practices and the research Dylan is doing on the front patio of Penoach Winery.. Stan Olson is a cooperator with the Northern Grapes Project.
Dylan is doing research with canopy management practices on Frontenac and Marquette and their cost effectiveness. 6-13-12
grape trial vineyard
(Right) The group stops by to visit with Bill James (center) at his vineyard north of Adel, IA. Dylan is doing Northern Grapes Project research and demonstration trails with 4 different trellis systems: Single High Wire, Geneva Double Curtain, Vertical Shoot Positioned and Scott Henry. 6-13-12
collection bag
(Left) The weekly collection of volatile grape compounds via gas collection bags over the grapes as they mature is another Northern Grapes Project research trial being conducted at the ISU Horticulture Farm located north of Ames. 6-14-12
SPME fiber
(Rigth) Solid Phase Micro Extractors (SPME) are used to collect gases from the plastic bags. Many of the volatile gases produced by grapes as they ripen are associated with flavor and quality components in the grape. This research could lead to a "quick sniff" test to determine when to pick based on grape ripeness, acidity, brix and flavor compounds. 6-14-12
Dr. Jacek Koziel
(Left) Dr. Jacek Koziel of ISU Ag Engineering & Biosystems and his graduate students are doing the gas extraction research. The SPME tubes are wrapped in foil and taken back to Jacek’s lab where gas chromatography and mass spectrometry is used to determine the amounts and types of volatile gasses collected.
The same machine that sniffs manure for volatile gasses is used to sniff grapes for volatile gases. Some of the gases are actually the same, but in different concentrations! 6-14-12

Calendar of 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!
7-23, ISU Fruit and Vegetable Field Day – ISU Horticulture Research Station north of Ames, IA. Full details: : http://www.aep.iastate.edu/hort
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/
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