#206 - June 29, 2012

 
 
 
 

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

 
Central Iowa Transit busThe 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!
 
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.
Agenda: See last issue for exciting details!
 
DON’T MISS THIS AFFORDABLE, EDUCATIONAL AND ENTERTAINING TOUR. REGISTER EARLY – SEATS AND ROOMS ARE LIMITED (First Come, First Served.)
 
Feel Free to pass this tour information along to others who may be interested.
 

NE: Disaster at Miletta Vista Winery

By: Dr. Paul Read, Univ. of Nebraska Viticulture Program 6-29-12
 
At approximately 2 a. m. on Saturday, June 23 an apparent lightning strike caused a fire that essentially consumed the winemaking building, tasting room, wine storage facility and ancillary building components. Miletta Vista Winery, located just north of St. Paul, Nebraska and owned by Mick and Loretta McDowell was an important part of the Nebraska grape and wine industry and the (temporary, we hope) loss of their contributions to the industry will be keenly felt. Miletta Vista Winery was among the fastest growing wine producers in Nebraska and rapidly gaining a place among the Midwest’s elite producers of fine wine. Recent awards included best white wine at international competitions and gold and silver medal counts at several international competitions. The McDowell’s have made significant contributions to the Nebraska grape and wine scene, with Mick serving recently as President of the Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Association (NWGGA). He has also made strong contributions by helping with the NWGGA’s legislative efforts and has chaired the marketing and promotion committees.
 
Although saddened by this tremendous loss to the Nebraska grape and wine industry, we know that Mick and Loretta have an indomitable spirit and will rebuild a winery enterprise worthy of the tradition already established by Miletta Vista Winery. A Lincoln physician recently said that he can hardly wait for the opportunity to again visit what was his favorite Nebraska winery and again sip Miletta Vista wines on the veranda overlooking the Loup River. We all look forward to enjoying that opportunity when Miletta Vista Winery has, like a Phoenix, "risen from the ashes" and is again one of Nebraska’s outstanding destinations.
 
Additional news articles on the fire:
 
1. Fire destroys building at St. Paul Winery, 6-25-12 – Grand Island Independent:
2. Miletta Vista owners focused on rebuilding, 6-27-12 – Grand Island Independent:
3.Miletta Vista Winery fire damage, Grand Island Independent.com1:13 min. Video.:
 

Big Question – When will harvest happen this year?

 
It has been a very unusual year for grape growers in Iowa. Many were seeing bud break 3-4 weeks earlier than normal this year only to see frost show up during the second week of April. This set many back to what many would consider a normal bud break period, but only with secondary buds. Many vines in Central Iowa had clusters ranging from bloom to pea sized berries on the same vine in early June.
 
Dr. Paul Domoto, our ISU Extension Fruit Specialist shared this 2006 to 2009 data from the ISU Horticulture Research Station located north of Ames Iowa. These four year average Days from Bud Break to Full Bloom and then to Harvest should help give you an indication when harvest time may arrive in your vineyard this year:
 
2006-2009, 4 Year Average Days Chart
Cultivar Bud Break to Full Bloom Full Bloom to Harvest Bud Break to Harvest
GR-7
37
112
149
Noiret
38
118
156
NY 76*
36
103
140
NY 84
35
96
129
Corot noir
38
106
144
La Crescent
38
102
140
Prairie Star
36
88
124
Frontenac Gris*
34
107
141
Swenson White**
34
98
132
Brianna
34
87
121
Marquette*
38
102
140
MN-1198*
36
106
142
Cayuga White
35
96
131
Chancellor
37
115
152
De Chaunac
40
118
158
Esprit
38
102
140
Landot 4511
38
98
135
Leon Millot
33
85
118
St. Vincent
40
117
157
Vidal Blanc
36
117
153
Foch
38
87
125
Frontenac
33
110
143
Cynthiana
40
119
159
St. Croix
35
91
125
Chambourcin
35
109
143
Seyval
38
84
123
La Crosse
38
99
137
Vignole
37
103
139
Traminette
39
106
144
Edelweiss
38
80
117
Marquis
38
95
130
Vanessa
40
71
111
Current Modified Growing Degree Days (MGDD) base 50°F indicates that we are currently 6 days (eastern IA) to 9 days (western IA) ahead of schedule in heat units this year.
 
Barring a snow storm in July, I am guestimating that the Iowa harvest will arrive about 7-10 days early this year.
 
MGDD Map

http://mrcc.isws.illinois.edu/cliwatch/mgdd/gdd_maps.html

 

 

101 Iowa Grape and Wine Industry Facts

NEW! Check it Out:

http://www.extension.iastate.edu/wine/industry-information  

 
 
 

Regenerating Pixie is Important Step in Grasping Grape Genetics

 
"Nicholson is the lead author of a paper that outlines a grape regeneration technique she and her colleagues developed using Pixie, a dwarf grape variety that flowers continuously and reaches maturity in just a few months. Only available since 2006, Pixie appears to be an ideal candidate as a grape "lab rat" because it grows quickly, does well in the greenhouse, takes up very little space and, now, can be regenerated reliably. In other words, Nicholson and her team’s work is an important step forward in the development of a tool that can be used to understand grape genetics."
 
Read the rest of this article on Washington State University’s WSU's agricultural science news web site, where you'll also find links to the paper mentioned in this article, a video about WSU's Pixie grape research, and links to further reading:
 
Washington State University
 
 

Rose Bushes & Vineyards

 
Hybrid roses on trellis
Many vineyard owners have planted rose bushes at the end posts. A practice dating back to the late 1800’s when vineyard owners in France would spray their grapes with a copper sulfate and hydrated lime mixture to keep people from pilfering grapes. Professor Pierre Millardet recognized that this “Bordeaux” Mixture” (1885) was also controlling some bacterial and fungus diseases.
 
Powdery mildew and black spot (not black rot) are the two common diseases of roses that were easily seen when present on the rose bushes. Rose bushes were then planted on the end rows as an indicator plant to help determine the timing of the Bordeaux mixture to the plants. They would start spraying when these diseases started to show up on the roses. This technique is no longer used, but it does make for a good tasting room story.
 
(Above) Hybrid roses on trellis ends at Schlegel Vineyard – Hokah MN. 6-25-12
 

Grape Disease Control 2012 - A must read! (41 pp.)

 
Annual update from Dr. Wayne Wilcox, Department of Plant Pathology, NYSAES, Cornell University, Geneva, N.Y.
  
 
 

7-(25-26), 2nd North East Vineyard Equipment Show and Demonstration - NY

 
When: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 25-26, 2012
 
Where: Anthony Road Vineyards, 1020 Anthony Road, Penn Yan, New York 14527
(In the heart of the Finger Lakes region.)
 
Agenda: Come and meet equipment manufacturers and dealers and see their machines working in a vineyard. Equipment to be shown includes canopy and weedsprayers, electronics for spraying, canopy hedgers and trimmers, tractors, mechanical weeders, leaf pullers/removers, hilling machines and trellis supplies.
 
A special theme for 2012 is the “Use of engineering methods to improve pesticide
application”.
 
Presented by: Cornell University Extension Viticulture Program
 
Pre-registration is required. Contact Gemma Osborn via email at gro2@cornell.edu or by telephone at (315) 787-2248 stating which day you will be attending.
 
Lunch will be available and 4 pesticide credits will be awarded by NY DEC
 
 

7-28, Nebraska Viticulture Field Day – Save the date

 
What: A field day to be held at the site of the former George. Spencer Vineyard near Gibbon, Nebraska on Saturday, July 28, 2012. UNL Weed Specialist Lowell Sandell will discuss aspects of spray technology, and types of sprayers and nozzles will be demonstrated in the morning. Trellis construction, changing trellis systems, vine balance and canopy management will be discussed by UNVP specialists that afternoon in a “hands-on” fashion so that all participants will be able to gain knowledge about these and related topics.

When: Saturday, July 28, 2012
 
Cost: FREE, lunch included.
 
 
 

4th Annual International Cold Climate Wine Competition - MN

 
International Cold Climate Wine CompetitionWhen: Thursday August 16, 2012
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.
 
 
 

Small-Scale Commercial wine Making School IX

 
When: Friday & Saturday, October 19 & 20, 2012
     8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Both days.
 
Where: University of Nebraska Kimmel Education & Research Center, 5995 G Rd. - Nebraska City, NE. This state-of-the-art regional conference facility is located on the grounds of historic Kimmel Orchard and Vine-yard. Visit its site at: http://www.kimmel.unl.edu/
 
Who: Alan Dillard is the owner/winemaker at Limestone Creek Winery in the Shawnee Hills area of Southern Illinois. He has been growing grapes (viticulture) and making wine (oenology) since 1970.
 
Cost: $375 per person. (Price includes class materials, Friday lunch and dinner, wine tasting and refreshments, and Saturday lunch.)
 
Class size is limited to 26. Registrations are accepted on a first-come-first served basis.
 
Presented by: Five Rivers RC&D, PO Box 626 – Tecumseh, NE
 
 
 

Comments From Readers

 
6-25-12: Mike,
Update pictures of the baby robins.
Robin Schlegel - Hokah MN
 
Baby Robin "feed me"Robins in nest
 
 
6-29-12: Darrell went in to Jennie Edmunson Hospital in Council Bluffs (6-25) to have his gall bladder out (normally routine procedure) and found cancer while they were in there. We're still waiting on the results of tests to see what the extent is. If you want to follow updates there is a website set up at www.caringbridge.com. Just search for the (DarrellMorse) site. If you could pass the word to the rest of the wine trail we would really appreciate it.
 
Thanks,
 
Andy Morse
Breezy Hills Winery

Minden, IA
 

Notable Quotables

 
“Wine is sunlight held together by water.”
     --- Galileo

“Good wine is a necessity of life for me.”
     ---Thomas Jefferson
 
 

Marketing Tidbits

 
1. Wineries who shun social media will experience “digital Darwinism”, 6-28-12 – the Drinks Business: http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2012/06/wineries-who-shun-social-media-will-experience-digital-darwinism/
 

Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

 
1. Cast your vote for you favorite Farmers Market in the U.S.:
http://action.farmland.org/site/PageServer?pagename=best_local_farmers_market_vote

 
 
2. Australian Cooperative Extension for Viticulture: http://www.crcv.com.au/viticare/
 

Articles of Interest

 
1. Underwear for wine launched in US, 6-26-12 – the Drinks Business:
http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2012/06/underwear-for-wine-launched-in-us/

 
2. China: 3,000 - year old wine vessel unearthed in Shaanxi, 6-2-12 – China People’s Daily:
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90782/7857214.html

 
3. IA: Winery’s proposal to sell on site tabled, 6-27-12 – Des Moines Register
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20120627/NEWS10/306270048/1056/NEWS09/Winery-s-proposal-sell-site-tabled

 
4. Role of National Organic Standards Board, 6-28-12 – UDSA Blog:
http://blogs.usda.gov/2012/06/28/organic-101-role-of-the-national-organic-standards-board/
 
 

Videos of Interest

 
1. AU: How Wine Barrels are Made and Toasted, 6-25-12 – Back to Bakas:
http://rickbakas.com/how-wine-barrels-made-toasted

 
2. IL: 2012 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition, 6-26-12 – State Journal Register, 2:58 min.:
http://www.sj-r.com/video/x2102589107/Illinois-State-Fair-wine-competition-judging
 

Show n Tell

 
Western Iowa Wine Trail "Grllin" event
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marquette grapes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Right) Tom Moore, viticulture instructor at Kirkwood Community College – Cedar Rapids, IA shared this photo of Marquette berries starting to turn color (veraison). One of his students took this picture on
6-21-12.
 
 
 
Midwestern Regional Monthly Climate Calendar
(Above) Monthly Climate Calendar from the Midwestern Regional Climate Center. Average and record weather data is posted by day based on 1981 to 2010 data. Choose your state, town and month. Start here: http://mrcc.isws.illinois.edu/INTERACT/mwclimate_data_calendars.jsp  
 

Calendar of Events

 
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, MSU 23rd Annual Viticulture Field Day & Steak Cookout – Southwest Michigan Research & Extension Center – Michigan State University: Details: http://agbioresearch.msu.edu/swmrec/news.html
 
7-(25-26), 2nd North East Vineyard Equipment Show and Demonstration Anthony Road Vineyards, 1020 Anthony Road, Penn Yan, New York 14527 Details: http://blogs.cornell.edu/nnygrapeupdate/2012/06/27/2ndnorth-east-vineyard-equipment-show-and-demonstration/
 
7-(25-27), Society of Wine Educators 30th Annual Conference – San Mateo, CA. Details here:
http://www.societyofwineeducators.org/conference.php
 
7-29, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.UMN Annual Horticulture Research Center Vineyard & Winery open house, 600 Arboretum Dr., Excelsior, MN. Details later.
 
10-(19 & 20), Small Scale Commercial Wine Making School IX - Nebraska City, NE by Five Rivers RC&D. Details: http://www.nercd.org/council-of-twelve/five-rivers/what-were-doing-five-rivers/
 
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:
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/wine/news
 
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ISU Extension Viticulture Specialist
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