#207 - July 6, 2012


7-(20-22), 2nd Annual IWGA Summer Bus Tour – 7-13 Deadline!

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!
What: Iowa Wine Growers Association, 2nd Annual Summer Bus Tour
When: 8 a.m. Friday – 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 20-22, 2012
Agenda: See issue #205 for all the exciting details!
Feel Free to pass this tour information along to others who may be interested.

New Iowa commercial vineyard and winery map is now complete

I just completed putting together the 2012 Iowa Commercial Vineyard and Winery map for Iowa. I have been putting this map together ever since 2004. I compile this from my database of commercial vineyards and the federal and state database of licensed wineries. I consider a commercial vineyard any vineyard who intends to sell some or all of their grapes.
Our number of wineries continues to increase. We are now at 99 wineries versus the 33 wineries we had in 2004. We now have 306 vineyards compared to a high of 413 in 2010. Most of our wineries have become a full time endeavor for the owners who are doing their best to keep the doors open as a full time job. Most of our vineyards were started as part-time endeavors while the owners were working a full-time position somewhere else. Many of these part-time vineyard owners were in their mid-50’s when they started growing grapes 5-10 years ago. Many are now hitting those golden retirement years and have decided not to be a slave to their vineyard.
Our vineyard industry is starting to mature very quickly. Though our vineyard acreage remains the same at around 1,200 acres, the number of vineyards continues to decline. People are starting to realize that more acres are required to justify the equipment and the labor necessary to successfully operate a successful commercial vineyard. mlw
See the new 2012 map below. This map will soon be posted on the ISU Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute site here: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/wine/industry-information
Iowa Vineyard and Winery Map

101 Iowa Grape and Wine Industry Facts

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Sleepy Creek Vineyards – Great Videos to share with your wino friends!

Check out the latest, Episode 4 "Corked" along with the other 3 humorous videos from the Up The Creek comedy web series about a financially struggling winery and its dysfunctional staff. They call it a "sipcom", a shorter version of a sitcom. You can find all four here on Blip TV: http://blip.tv/upthecreek/episode-4-corked-6231388
The idea for this series came from Joe Taylor, owner of Sleepy Creek Vineyards in Fairmont, IL. The videos are all shot there and are used to help market the winery. You can learn more about Joe and his other business, " Taylor Studios" in this 2-23-12 blog article: http://blog.ruggieriteam.com/2012/02/joe-taylor-serial-entreprenuer.html
Additional videos worth watching:
Vino Veritas is a 16 min short video they did a couple years ago about a California wine snob that visits a Midwest winery. It was made for the Sleepy Creek Winery Freeky Creek Short Film Fest that is held around Halloween every year: https://vimeo.com/29759029
The American Spirit is a short piece they made about the history of drinking in America. Meant to be shared around the 4th. https://vimeo.com/45020411

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

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

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.

Mark Your Calendars

3-(15 & 16)-13, Iowa Wine Growers Assn. Annual Conference at the West Des Moines, Iowa Marriott

Small-Scale Commercial Wine Making School IX

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

Deadline Extended to 7-11 for Mid-American Wine Competition

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.
· July 11 - 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<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

VESTA - Fall Course Enrollment Now Open

VESTA logo
Don’t miss the perfect chance to broaden your understanding of grape growing and wine making. Online classes are now forming and now is the time to enroll.
Enrollment Deadlines:
August 1 – General Education Courses
August 15 – VESTA Courses

Upcoming Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) Exam Dates & Sites – Midwest

Society of Wine Educators
Here are the upcoming Exam dates and sites for the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) certification through the Society of Wine Educators.
8-22 Tassel Ridge Winery – Leighton, IA
9-10 Glazer’s – Overland Park, KS
9-14 Glazer’s – Urbandale, IA
10-24 American Wine School – Chicago, IL
Click here to see all of the dates:
Learn more about the CSW program here:

Comments From Readers

7-5-12 Greetings Grape Growers
Due to Richard Black's injuries from a tractor accident last month, it will be necessary to cancel the two remaining grape growing workshops for this year. The workshops were scheduled for July 14 and August 11 at Richard's vineyard and studio.
Richard is currently in rehabilitation at Careage of Fort Dodge, 728 14th Ave North, Fort Dodge, IA 50501, telephone 515 576-7226. He will probably be there for 2 or 3 more weeks, and would welcome phone calls, cards, or visits.
The officers of the Northwest Iowa Grape Growers will meet when Richard is able, and will decide on the course of the organization. We have discussed refunding part or all of the membership fees for 2012 due to the cancellation of the last 3 workshops.
Pleased join me in wishing Richard a speedy and full recovery.
Norm Lewman, Secretary
Northwest Iowa Grape Growers Association
6-30-12 Mike,
When we were in the design phase of Timberhill Winery, I spoke to someone at ISU Extension about lightning strikes. Our electrician had told me that lightning rods weren't necessary. The person at ISU said that wasn't correct.
We installed lightning rods on all our buildings and have still had strikes that didn't cause major damage or fire. One strike did knock out a garage door opener.
I would advise anyone to have properly installed lightning rods on any structure. They aren't perfect, but they lower the odds of a catastrophe similar to our friends in Nebraska.
There are many internet sites regarding this important device.
William Brown, Leon, IA
7-2-12 Mike,
I thought of something else re lightning rods; when we purchased our original piece of property we told the neighbor we bought it from where we thought we would build. His family homesteaded the place in the 1840's and he and his father split oak each winter for fences. They cut and split by hand, of course, and he said his father could split 100 per day if it was cold. He got 10 cents each.
Doyle, our neighbor, told us the site we had chosen always had lightning strikes, and if we built there, we should get "a good set of rods".
We decided not to build there. Since then, at least three large oaks have had direct lightning strikes. It is a good thing we listened to him.
History of place is important for many reasons.
William Brown, Leon, IA 

Notable Quotables

"I am falser than vows made in wine."
"The wine cup is the little silver well, where truth, if truth there be, doth dwell"
"Good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used."
"A man cannot make him laugh - but that's no marvel; he drinks no wine."
~ William Shakespeare

Marketing Tidbits

1. 5 Tips for Mobile Commerce ROI, 6-28-12 – Bakas Media:

Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

1. Stacked Wines: http://stackedwines.com/
Angel’s Share =
a term used to describe that portion of wine or
distilled spirits that is lost to evaporation during
the aging period in oak barrels

Articles of Interest

1. Astringency in 1,024 Words, 6-25-12 – Palate Press:
2. Midwest Winery Dog of the Year Contest, 6-28-12 – Midwest Wine Press:
3. KS: New Kansas Law Allows Wine, Beer and Spirits Tastings in Retail Stores, 6-30-12 – The Examiner.com:
4. NY: Wine industry's impact: Fruits of vine spreads far and wide, 7-1-12 – Democrat and Chronicle.com:
5. The Geology of Wine, 7-4-12 – The Chicago Tribune:

Videos of Interest

1. MO: Warm dry weather putting grapes in danger, 7-6-12 – 41KSHD-TV, 1:57 min. (Ladoga Ridge Winery at Smithville, MO):

Show n Tell

Marquette vine
I'm sending along some photos of the Marquette growing across the front of my garage in Minneapolis. (left) A little bit of Germany in the midwest. They love the full sun and are doing great this year. I think I finally have a handle on the spray program.
John Bagniewski 6-30-12
Minneapolis, MN
wine bottle tree
(Right) Wine bottle tree at Victor Rose Vineyard north of Indianola, Iowa. This tree does not need watering! 6-29-12
On Friday, 7-6-12 Dan Brick of Brick Packaging, Tassel Ridge Winery – Leighton, Iowa and the ISU Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute partnered together to put on a wine barrel workshop at Tassel Ridge Winery. Francis Durand, Master Cooper from Tonnellerie-Radoux-USA flew in from California to build a wine barrel starting with just the French wood staves. Francis also talked about barrel maintenance and how he fixes barrel leaks. Dan Brick talked about the different types of wood, different types of barrels and wood alternatives in the wine industry. Brick Packaging is the distributor of Tonnellerie Radoux- USA wine barrels in the Midwest and East Coast. Funds from The Northern Grapes Project helped to pay for this workshop.
You can see a time elapsed video of Francis making a wine barrel 3 years ago at Waterbrook Winery in Walla Walla, WA here: http://vimeo.com/5391598
Here are a couple pictures from the wine barrel workshop:
Francis Durand, barrel workshop Francis Durand, barrel workshop
(Above Left) Francis Durand a Master Cooper with Tonnellerie Radoux-USA uses a hammer and chisel to tighten metal rings round a French wood barrel.
(Above Right) Francis Durand uses heat along with a cable and winch to form the wood staves into shape.
Fourteen additional pictures of this wine barrel workshop can be found on my facebook page here:

Calendar of Events

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/2012/06/27/2nd-north-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/
3-(15 & 16)-13, Iowa Wine Growers Assn. Annual Conference at the West Des Moines Mariott. Details later: http://www.iowawinegrowers.org
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