#212 - August 25, 2012


Another Successful "Wine Experience" at the 2012 Iowa State Fair

We completed our 4th successful "Wine Experience" at the 2012 Iowa State Fair. It has been a week since the fair ended on Sunday, August 19th and I am still tired! We actually counted people attending our exhibit in 2009 and came up with approximately 75,000 people visiting the Wine Experience. Just about everything we do at the Wine Experience has grown in size since we first started with this in 2009. New this year was the Iowa Wine Growers Association’s Wine & Cheese Tent sharing our hill. Who knows what the attendance was this year. My guess is that we more than exceeded the original 75,000 visitors we had in 2009. 1,097,142 people attended the 2012 Iowa State fair. This was second only to the 1.109,150 attendance they had in 2008.
Some of the key statistics from this year’s Wine Experience include:
- 185 rounds of grape stomps (compared to 143 in 2011)
- 6 tons of grapes used for stomping and grape pressing in the kids Grape GetaWay
- 2,850 Iowa Wine and Beer brochures handed out
- 110 Iowa wines from 22 wineries submitted in the Commercial Wine Competition
- 144+ volunteers helping with the exhibit
The overall winner of the Grape Stomp for the fair was the Jenny Studer team of 4 people from Kanawha, Iowa, with 21.5 centimeters of juice measured in the pail. We had grape stompers come from these states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Washington DC.
Additional stompers participated from these countries: Austria, China, England, France, Guam, India, Pakistan, Thailand, and Uganda. It was truly a multi-cultural experience for all.
I have put 101 photos of the 2012 Wine Experience into my facebook album here:


Grape Stomp






 Grape Stomp Coloring board at Kids Grape GetaWay


Coloring board at Kids Grape GetaWay




 Commercial & Amateur Wine Competition winners displayed

Commercial & Amateur Wine Competition winners displayed Vineyard equipment display




Vineyard equipment display Grape Stomp T-Shirts




Grape Stomp T-Shirts



 Jeff Leak of Moon Valley Vineyards of Oskaloosa provided free sparkling juice samples


Jeff Leak of Moon Valley Vineyards of Oskaloosa provided free sparkling juice samples


 Red Dog Vineyards of Ankeny, IA provided nursery plants for a display


Red Dog Vineyards of Ankeny, Ia provided nursery plants for a display





Netter Getter bird netting machine next to the antique 1,000 gallon primary fermentation tank



Dave Klodd of Annelise Vineyards in Indianola displayed his Netter Getter bird netting machine next to the antique 1,000 gallon primary fermentation tank that was originally donated by Baxter’s Vineyards in Nauvoo, IL

None of this could have been done without the 144+ volunteers who helped. Two people who provided exceptional help was Barb Rasko of Indianola who for the 4th year in a row was the superintendent of the exhibit. Another person who gave their time unselfishly was Amanda Poole of Ankeny who used her vacation days to help out every day of the fair. There were many others who worked several shifts over several days to make this happen. I would like to thank all the following people for their help in making the Wine Experience at the 2012 Iowa State Fair such a success. (Forgive me if I forgot someone):
Janet & Ron Adams – Webster City, Ia
Connie & Dennis Alvis – Logan, Ia
Arton Glass – Lively, Va (wine glass poster)
Betsy Barnes – Des Moines, Ia
Linda & Tab Bartling – Indianola, Ia
Mary Ann Bender – West Des Moines, Ia
Morgan Berns – Marion, Ia
Suzie Berregaard - Grimes, Ia (speaker)
Cassie Bott – Fireside Winery at Marengo, Ia (speaker)
Cheryl & John Broadbent – Norwalk, Ia (speaker)
Cheri Brown – Garner, Ia
Brick Packaging – Traverse City, Mi (bottle display)
Cindy & Bill Bush – Garden Winery in Ft. Dodge, Ia
Deb Call – Albia, Ia
Nancy Cleaver – Waukee, Ia
Jennie Crawford – Des Moines, Ia
Kathy & Jim Davis – North Liberty, Ia
Robin Davis – Urbandale, Ia
Marty Davis – GrapesGalore.com, Pleasant Hill, Ia
Brenda De Jong – Leighton, Ia
Scott Dennis – Urbandale, Ia
Felicia DePiaza – Des Moines, Ia
Jerry & Alex Dietz – Red Dog Vineyards, Ankeny, Ia
Denise Earlywine – Des Moines, Ia
Jean Eichelberger – Ankeny, Ia
Mary Frietag – Indianola, Ia
Jody Frye – Ankeny, Ia
Josiah Gates – Pleasant Hill, Ia
Lisa Gatts – Des Moines, Ia
Cyndy & Roger Gay – Oskaloosa, Ia
Chris & Mike Gibson – Dubuque, Ia
Sherry Glenn – Des Moines, Ia
Mark Granchiff – Midwest Wine Press, Chicago, Il
Jean Groben – Jasper Winery in Des Moines, Ia
Greg Gruss – Carlisle, Ia
Jan & Rich Gunnarson – Indianola, Ia
June Hartson – Pella, Ia
Ruth Harvey – Stuart, Ia
Mike Henderson – Reunion Winery at Mt. Pleasant, Ia
Jerri & Terry Hobson – Ames, Ia
Michael Holm – State Center, Ia
Sindra Jensen – Cumberland, Ia
Beth & Mike Johnson – Keosauqua, Ia
Brad Johnson – Fireside Winery at Marengo, Ia (speaker)
Dan Jorgenson – Des Moines, Ia
Jorene King – Bondurant, Ia
Heidi & Dave Klodd – Annelise Vineyards, Indianola, Ia
Georgetta & Jeff Leak & daughter Tiffany – Moon Valley Vineyards, Oskaloosa, Ia
Pam & Ron Leming – New Virginia, Ia
Ron Lindbloom – VESTA , Peosta, Ia
Katie Lint – Des Moines, Ia
Katie Lundberg – Pleasant Hill, Ia
Earl Mahlon & friend – Johnston, Ia
Tracy Mahlstad– Dale Valley Winery at Stuart, Ia
Ron Mark – Summerset Winery near Indianola, Ia (speaker)
Deb & Steve Martin – Glenwood, Ia
Tammi Martin – Ames, Ia
Linda & Don McCabe – Lindon Wines, Burlington, Ia
Deb & Dave McDaniel – Indianola, Ia
Robert Meade – Urbandale, Ia
Diane & Bill Mech – Windsor Heights, Ia
Erin Meek – Des Moines, Ia
Deb & Alan Metz – Ames, Ia
Brianna Meyers – West Des Moines, Ia
Danielle Meyers – West Des Moines, Ia
Cicily Miniaci – Jasper Winery in Des Moines, Ia
Brenda Moore – Salon, Ia
Colleen Murphy – IowaWineandBeer.com
Des Moines, Ia (speaker)
Glenn Nobiling – Lake City, Ia
Coyla & Mark Nobiling – Scranton, Ia
June & Mark Newman – 99 Bottles Winery, Garner, Ia
Mandy Newman – Des Moines, Ia
Kelly & Brian Nordschow – Windridge Implements, Decorah, Ia
John Nunn – Grimes, Ia
Judy Oliver – Des Moines, Ia
Tom Oliver – Des Moines, Ia
Stan Olson – Penoach Vineyard & Winery at Adel, Ia (speaker)
Greg Peiffer – Clive, Ia
Jan & Carl Phillips – Shenandoah, Ia
Kathryn Pierson – Indianola, Ia
Carol Proctor – Indianola, Ia
Cris & Roger Quick – Greenfield, Ia
Kim & Aaron Rasko – Indianola, Ia
Barb Rasko – Indianola, Ia (Exhibit Superintendant)
Frank Rasko – Indianola, Ia
Linda Rathert – Marion, Ia
Lisa & Terry Rempe – Urbandale, Ia
Ashley Ryan – Grimes, Ia
Brianna Salway – West Des Moines, Ia
Valerie Sandner – Des Moines, Ia
Jennie Savits – Boone, Ia
Christina Schueth – Jasper Winery in Des Moines, Ia
Blair Siebersma – Jasper Winery in Des Moines, Ia
Laura Sinnwell – Des Moines, IA
Mike Skoglund – Urbandale, Ia
Judy & John Spence & daughter Cathy– Carlisle, Ia
Daryl Stangle – Fairfield, Ia
Heidi & Chad Steffen – Marion, Ia
Andy Summy – Des Moines, Ia
Rebecca Swegle – Ames, Ia
Sam Thomas – Grimes, Ia
Sue Valentini – Des Moines, Ia
Rebecca Victor – Indianola, Ia
Rick Warner – Aspinwall, Ia
Jennifer Weir – Johnston, Ia
Catharine Wetzel – Des Moines, Ia
Sherry & Keith Weuste – Brush Creek Winery, Bellevue, Ia
Tom White – Indianola, Ia
Robert Whitlock – Indianola, Ia
Eileene Wuebker – Story City, Ia
Cindi Young – Des Moines, Ia
Kelly Zieman – Des Moines, Ia

Iowa Wine Growers Association

"Free" Grapes For Sale Classifieds

Now Open - Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPS)—USDA

The primary objective of the VAPG program is to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based value-added products. Generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income are the end goals of this program. You may receive priority if you are a beginning farmer or rancher, a socially-disadvantaged farmer or rancher, a small or medium-sized farm or ranch structured as a family farm, a farmer or rancher cooperative, or are proposing a mid-tier value chain, as defined in the Program Regulation. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.
Due Date: October 15, 2012
Funding: $100,000 for planning grants, $300,000 for working capital grants

Gold Medal Winners at the Iowa State Fair

The Strawberry Fest wine produced by Eagles Landing Winery of Marquette won the Double Gold award in the Iowa Wine Commercial Competition judged Saturday, July 28, prior to the start of the 2012 Iowa State Fair. Strawberry Fest was the only entrant to receive a Double Gold award.
Two panels of judges conducted blind tastings of 110 wines entered by 22 Iowa wineries.
The competition uses an awards system based on how the wine should be shared. A Gold award means the wine would be one you would be "proud to take to a dinner party." A Silver award denotes a wine that you would be "proud to serve to friends in my home," while a Bronze award signifies a wine that a person "will enjoy drinking at home."
Other gold winners of this year’s commercial competition included:
Glow (Brianna) from Fireside Winery in Marengo
Iowa Frontenac from Summerset Winery in Indianola
Sweet Ruby from Eagles Landing Winery in Marquette
Brambleberry from Eagles Landing Winery in Marquette
Blackberry from Ackerman Winery in South Amana
Red Raspberry from Ackerman Winery in South Amana

8-17-12 Northern Grape Project Latest Newsletter


Spotted Wine Drosophila (SWD) Suspected in Iowa

The ISU Plant & Insect Diagnostic Clinic has recently received a few reports of suspected spotted wing drosophila (SWD) in raspberries. We have not yet confirmed this insect in Iowa, but may do so shortly. Please let me know if you happen to see some white, headless and legless very small worms in your fruit.
Spotted wing drosophila is a new invasive insect pest. Unlike our regular fruit flies that attack rotten fruit, the SWD will attack healthy fruit and usually right before harvest. They tend to be worse on soft bodied fruits like raspberry, blueberry, cherries, grapes, etc. Although invasive this is not a regulated pest so there are no quarantines or other regulatory actions associated with it.
You can read more about SWD at the following websites:
Michigan Extension: http://www.ipm.msu.edu/swd.htm

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
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:

9-15, NDGGA Summer Tour

The North Dakota Grape Growers Association’s summer tour will be held in northwestern Minnesota on September 15 this year. Starting at Bear Creek Winery, Fargo, they will then visit three vineyards, Bergeson's Nursery, a high tunnel greenhouse operation and Richwood Winery before returning to Fargo, ND.
You can preregister before September 13 through paypal. Registration at the door will be $60.00 for members and $70.00 for non members. Quantities may be edited on the order summary page.
Registration & Details here: http://www.ndgga.org/

9-15, 5th Annual North American Aronia Berry Festival

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Saturday, September 15th 2012
Where: Sawmill Hallow Family Farm – 2159 Kennedy Avenue, Missouri Valley, IA

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.
When: 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) 8 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/

11-17, 39th Annual U.S. Amateur Winemaking Competition

Cellarmasters has been running this U.S. Amateur Winemaking Competition since the club was founded 39 years ago. This competition is an all-volunteer event and is the oldest amateur wine competition in the U.S.
Entries are due between October 10 and November 9th, 2012. All entries must be delivered to the Home Beer, Wine and Cheesemaking Shop in Woodland Hills, CA.
Entry forms and rules are posted on our website at: http://www.CellarmastersLA.org

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


Notable Quotables

"Americans' drinking habits held steady in the past year, with 66% saying they consume alcohol and drinkers consuming just over four alcoholic drinks per week, on average. Beer continues to be Americans' preferred drink, although wine remains a close second, with liquor favored by 22%."
From: Gallup’s Annual Consumption Habits Poll, July 9-12

Marketing Tidbits

1. Without a Strategy, There is no ROI, 8-15-12 - Brian Solis:
2. Two Big Reasons Why Your Website is not Ranking in Google, 8-17-12 – TheBuzzBin:
3. Evaluating Your Website with Web 2.0 Standards, 8-21-12 – Vinalytic:
4. 6 Things that make a great bottle shot, 8-23-12 – Vin 65:

Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

1. Pack n Cool Mobile Refrigeration Device for Produce Farmers developed at NC State University:
2. Climate, Duration of Bloom and the Window of Risk for Grapevine Diseases, Research from the University of Cornell’s Viticulture and Enology Program

Articles of Interest

1. IL: Wine Drinkers Rejoice! State’s Grape Crop OK, 8-20-12 – Chicago Sun Times:
2. EPA to rate products for drift reduction in 2013, 8-20-12 – Ag Professional:
3. Waterhemp Resistance to 2,4-D in Nebraska, 8-20-12 – Ag Professional:
4. IL: Illinois wine grapes experiencing strong summer despite drought, 8-20-12 – WEBZ 91.5:
5. U.S. Wine Consumption Reaches 18th Year of Growth, 8-23-12 – NACS Online:
6. MO: Drought could produce good wine in the Midwest, 8-23-12 – Associated Press:
7. IA: Iowa’s wine lovers rejoice over crop, 8-24-12 – Des Moines Register:

In Remembrance of Tom Martell

It was with much sorrow that I heard of Tom Martell’s passing while I was working working at the Iowa State Fair. Tom was the past president of the Minnesota Grape Growers Association (2005 -2011) and one of the foremost leaders of the Cold Climate Winegrape movement here is the U.S.
Tom died at the age of 64 peacefully at home surrounded by family on August 12 following a 19-month battle with cancer.

Calendar of Events

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.
9-15, 2012 North Dakota Grape Growers Summer Tour (northwestern MN this year). Full details here: http://www.ndgga.org/
9-15, 5th Annual North American Aronia Berry Festival. Sawmill Hallow Family Farm – 2159 Kennedy Avenue, Missouri Valley, IA Details: http://sawmillhollow.com/events/
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-(5-8)-13, Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers Annual Meeting & Trade Show: Details here: http://www.wawgg.org/
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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