#211 - August 5, 2012

The next issue of Wine Grower news will come out after the Iowa State Fair. I will be working at the "Wine Experience" Iowa State Fair Exhibit located in and around Grand Fathers Barn on top of the hill next to the campgrounds. The Iowa State Fair starts Thursday, August 9 and runs through Sunday August 19th.
C U @ the Fair - mlw
Iowa Wine Growers Association

"Free" Grapes For Sale Classifieds


8-28, Winemaking Fundamentals Workshop – Manito, IL

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Where: Willett’s Winery and Cellar, 105 East Market Street Manito, IL 61546 http://www.willettswinery.com/Map.html
What: Led by Illinois state enologist Bradley Beam, this workshop will focus on all aspects of the winemaking process, with a special emphasis on harvest-time handling and sound winemaking procedures. Topics include: Analysis basics, Measurements and Conversions, Cleaning and Sanitation, Crushpad Equipment and Decisions, Fermentation Management, Fining and Filtration, and Bottling. There should be plenty to see and do, as harvest is likely to be underway at this time.
Who should attend: Open to both amateur and commercial producers. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a wine or two to share and discuss. Price includes lunch and coffee/snacks.
Registration: $15 for IGGVA members, $65 for non-members. You may join the IGGVA and still receive discount for this workshop. RSVP with payment (checks made out to IGGVA) by August 21st to:
Megan Pressnall, Director of External Relations
Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association
2900 Greenbriar Rd. Springfield, IL 62704
P: 217.726.8518 or megan@illinoiswine.com
To download a membership application:
1919 Map of Iowa's Grape Production

11-(1-3) 20th National Small Farm Trade Show & Conference – Columbia, MO

What: The National Small Farm Trade Show & Conference is the largest annual small farm show in the United States! Come to the show and bring a friend (or two, or three)! The 80,000 sq. ft. exhibition hall features 150+ vendors as part of the event with 20 seminars, 7 three-hour short courses and 28 talks in the farmers’ Forum (that is 56 total talks!), demonstrations, exhibits, association meetings and more.
Where: Boone County Fairgrounds, Columbia, MO.
9 am-S pm Thursday, November 1
8 am-5 pm Friday, November 2
8 am-S pm Saturday, November 3
Cost: $8/1 day, $12/2 days, $15/3 days (by Oct. 15) or $10/1 day, $15/2 days, $20/3 days at the door
Short Courses: $25 each pre-reg by Oct. 15 - $35 each at the door
Note: Does not include admission. Special rates available
Sponsored by: Small Farm Today Magazine: http://www.smallfarmtoday.com/
U.S. Drought Monitor July 31, 2012

ISU Extension and Outreach has put together a resource for dealing with this season’s drought


Comments From Readers


Market Maker has a section called “Happening Now” where businesses can list products for sale. There are several listings for wine grapes. http://ia.marketmaker.uiuc.edu/marketplace/category/2
It is free to all to use.

Craig Tordsen
1111 NSRIC Bldg.
Iowa State University Extension
Ames, IA 50011
Ph: 515-291-0966 or ctordsen@iastate.edu
Reproductive disorder in which grape clusters bear significantly different sized berries within the same cluster. The so-called “hens and chicks” berry appearance.

Notable Quotables

"Associate Professor of Perceptual Psychology at Charles Sturt University, Anthony Saliba, says he found a lot of wine makers were getting low scores at wine shows, yet the wine was still commanding a good price and selling well at the cellar door."
"It’s no surprise that drinking too much alcohol can make you look dumb. But now there’s evidence that merely holding a drink can make you seem less intelligent to others, even if you haven’t actually consumed a drop of it! This phenomenon is called the "imbibing idiot" bias."
From: Proof: Alcohol Makes You (LOOK) Dumb, 7-30-12 – Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/rogerdooley/2012/07/30/alcohol-dumb/

Marketing Tidbits

MI: Wine grape sales aided by MarketMaker, 8-1-12 – Western Farm Press:

Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

1. WineMaker’s Magazine "Free" Wine Making Resources:
Wine Blending Excel Spreadsheet: http://winemakermag.com/guide/blending
Online Sulfite Calculator: http://winemakermag.com/guide/sulfite
Chemical & Ingredients Chart: http://winemakermag.com/guide/ingredients
2. American Home Brewers Association: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org

Articles of Interest

1. Do real "oenophiles" like local wine, 7-27-12 – Dav McIntires WineLine:
2. NE" Winery Presses On After Fire, 7-30-12 Nebraska TV:
3. The Effect of Irrigation on the Chemical Composition of Grapes, 7-31-12 – the Academic Wino:
4. CA: Growers Give Soil-Building Tips, 7-31-12 – Wine & Vines:
5. MN: Minnesota Supreme Court: Pesticide drift is not trespassing, but organic farmer can sue neighbor, 8-1-12 – TwinCities.com:
6. CA: Vineyard consultants seize the spotlight, 8-1-12 – the Drinks Business:
7. Beneficial Bugs for Winegrape Growers, 8-2-12 – Wines & Vines:
8. Quebec: Turning tomatoes into wine, 8-5-12 – News.com.au:

Videos of Interest

1. MO: Drought May Improve Ozark’s Wine Grape Harvest, 7-31-12 – Ozarkfirst.com:
2. IA: Vineyards thrive in hot Iowa summer, 7-24-12 – KWWL TV News:

Show n Tell

On Saturday, July 28th I participated as a wine judge for the Iowa State Fair commercial wine competition held on the State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. I was one of eight judges involved with the competition this year. Barb Rasko of MakeMineWine.com coordinates this commercial wine judging competition. There were 120 wines from 22 Iowa wineries that entered into the competition this year. This is an increase from past years. Here are some pictures from this year’s judging:
Iowa State Fair commercial wine competition
(Left) "White wine" judging table. Judges work hard to rate a flight of white wines. Barb Rasko (upper right). 7-28-12
Iowa State Fair commercial wine competition
(Right) Barb’s husband Frank Rasko helped by pouring wine and cleaning glasses between flights. 7-28-12
Iowa State Fair commercial wine competition
(Left) The Iowa State Fair amateur wine completion was held at the same time and place as the commercial competition. Ron Scheve (center with hat & glasses) of La Vida Loca Winery in Indianola participated as one of the amateur competition judges. 7-28-12
Iowa State Fair commercial wine competition
(Right) 120 commercial wines ready for a blind tasting. 7-28-12
You may have noticed that this issue of Wine Grower News was a little delayed this time. This delay was due to a somewhat working vacation with my family on the Lake of the Ozarks last week. It was a great time though very hot (approx.101°F each day).
While down there, we visited a couple of local wineries. Seven Springs Winery owned by Mike Bleile was our first stop. The winery and vineyard are located in the country and sit on 160 acres located between Camdenton and Osage Beach, Missouri. The vineyard was established 6 years ago and Nancy who worked in the tasting room told me that the winery had been open for 4 years. There is a long winding blacktop road that takes you through the vineyard and down to the winery. The winery serves several types of food and wood oven pizza is on the menu. You could tell that the winery had been designed for events. There were two outdoor patio areas and a large event room connected to the tasting room. A gazebo and another outdoor shelter were located in the vineyards for events. You could taste your choice of 3 wines for free or all 12 wines for $7. The wine list consisted of some local native cultivars like Vignoles, Chardonel, Norton, and Traminette along with several French Vinifera wines. Their sparkling Mascato was very good. Here are some pictures of Seven Springs Winery:
Seven Springs Winery
(Left) Nice sign thanking customers as they leave Seven Springs Winery. 8-2-12
Seven Springs Winery
(Right) Front of the winery with large paved parking lot. Plenty of room for buses. 8-2-12
 Seven Springs Winery
(Left) Large tasting room and dining area. 8-2-12
Seven Springs Winery
(Right) Gazebo in vineyard used for weddings and other events. 8-2-12
 Seven Springs Winery
(Left) Seven Springs Winery Passenger bus. 8-2-12
 Seven Springs Winery
(Right) Most of the back patio and walk area were bordered by a wrought iron fence formed of grapes and grape leaves. 8-2-12
Casa Del Loco was our next winery stop. This winery has a very unique history. In 1930, Hugo Urbauer and his wife Ina decided that rather than rent a vacation spot, they would create their own private getaway. On a 4.9 acre parcel just west of Camdenton they began construction on the bluff rising on the north bank of the Niangua River. It became known as the "Millionaires Club". In 1948, Hugo Urbauer passed away. The property was sold and its next recognized existence was The Mozark Club. Facilities were used in much the same fashion, with the addition of a restaurant. The property changed hands several times and eventually reopened as The Mozark Health Care Facility. This health care facility was finally closed in the 1970’s. Larry Owens, the owner renovated the property in 2007. Casa De Loco has been nominated to the National Register of Historic Sites
Casa De Loco Winery" now offers free wine tasting, a retail wine and gift shop, overnight accommodations and indoor & outdoor wedding and private party facilities. The majority of the wines consist of California French Vinifera. Many of the grapes come from a 33 acre vineyard they own in Amador County, California. All the wines I tasted were very good. Pictures below:
Casa De Loco Winery
(Left) Rock sign as you enter the property. 8-2-12
Casa De Loco Winery
(Right) Casa Del Loco retail wine store. 8-2-12
Casa De Loco Winery
(Left) Several patio overlooks are positioned on the ledge overlooking the Niangua River. 8-2-12
Casa De Loco Winery
(Right) A wedding arch and walkway stretches along the cliff overlooking the Niangua River. 8-2-12
Casa De Loco Winery
(Left) Wedding shelter and patio area. 8-2-12
Casa De Loco Winery
(Right) A sample of some of Casa Del Loco’s uniquely named wines. L-R: Labottleme, Maddening Merlot, Schizo Bianca and Strait Jacket Syrah. 8-2-12
Casa De Loco Winery
(Left) A raised deck was constructed to enable a half wooden barrel to be lowered below the deck floor for grape stomping. 8-2-12
Casa De Loco Winery
(Right) Main lodge area now used as an event facility. Note long deck overlooking cliff of Niangua River. 8-2-12

Calendar of Events

8-16, International Cold Climate Wine Competition, University of MN Continuing Education Conference Center: http://www.mngrapegrowers.com/competition
8-(9-19), Wine Experience Exhibit at the Iowa State Fair: http://www.iowastatefair.org/
8-28, Winemaking Fundamentals Workshop –Willett’s Winery and Cellar, Manito, IL 61546 Sponsored by IGGVA , $15 ea. Contact Megan Pressnall: P: 217.726.8518 or megan@illinoiswine.com
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.
9-(21 & 22), VESTA high school Vo Ag teacher vineyard management training workshop. ISU Horticulture Research Station, Ames, IA. Contact: Ron Lindblom: lindblomr@nicc.edu
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-(1-3) 20th Annual Small Farm Trade Show & Conference – Boone County Fairgrounds, Columbia, MO. Sponsored by Small Farm Today Magazine: http://www.smallfarmtoday.com/trade-show.html
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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Important Names in American Wine History

From the Society of Wine Educators , Certified Specialist of Wine study manual – pg 176
Ernest & Julio Gallo: brothers who were almost single handedly responsible for ensuring that there was consistent and reasonably priced wine on the American table after Prohibition.
Agoston Haraszthy: Hungarian immigrant who helped found the California wine industry and brought many European vines to Sonoma in 1861.
Charles Krug: founder of the first Napa Valley winery in 1861.
Nicholas Longworth: founder of the first successful U.S. commercial winery, in Ohio in the 1830’s.
Robert Mondavi: California winemaker who was most instrumental in establishing the reputation of California and U.S. wine quality among consumers.
Frank Schoonmaker: Wine journalist credited with introducing and promoting the concept of varietal labeling to help California better define its wines.
Junipero Serra: Franciscan monk who planted the first vineyards in California in the 1760’s and 1770’s.
Andre Tchelisticheff: California winemaker who introduced many modern techniques to the U.S. and mentored many other winemakers.
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