#216 - Septeber 30, 2012


NomaSense Analyzer new to Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute

Nomacorc Technical Sales Manager, Wes Ward, recently visited the Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute to lead training on the Institute’s newest analytical tool. The NomaSense Analyzer is the most innovative approach on the market for oxygen management in the wine industry. Oxo-luminescence technology allows for the measurement of dissolved oxygen in the wine and gaseous oxygen in the head space of the bottle. The analyzer has the ability to measure oxygen down to parts per billion (ppb) and is activated by sensor dots placed inside test wine bottles, in sight glasses for wine transfer or located in a dipping probe that can be used to measure oxygen in tank. Common applications for the Nomasense include tracking oxygen levels during fermentation, tracking oxygen during bulk storage, tracking oxygen pick-up at bottling, monitoring changes in levels in bottled wines and in bottle head space over time.
Oxygen pick up in wine is an important issue as oxidation remains one of the most common problems in Midwest wineries. Any time wine is stored in tank, transferred or bottled there is the potential of exposure to oxygen. The NomaSense will assist the Iowa Wine Industry in reducing issues of oxidation and provide oxygen management tools. Because it is difficult to know the extent to which wine is being exposed to oxygen throughout the winemaking process, the first steps will be to check the status of dissolved oxygen in wines in tank, during transfer, and at bottling. Ultimately, using this technology we should be able to determine a model for predicting the shelf life of Iowa wines based on oxygen and sulfur dioxide levels.
The Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute will soon begin offering oxygen analysis services to Iowa Wineries, if interested please feel free to contact us.
Wes Ward
(Left) Wes Ward shows of Normacorc demonstrates how oxygen can be measured in a bottle using the sensor dots.
Wes Ward and Murli Dharmadhikari
(Right) Dr. Murli Dharmadhikari sits in on the demonstration.
NomaSense training at MGWII
(Left) MGWII Research Winemaker Justin Weibel and MWGII affiliate Dave Klodd learn more about how the oxygen analyzer works. 9-11-12

10-20, Advanced Cellar Operations Class at Sugar Clay Winery – Thurman, IA

What: Wine Making 401 (Advanced Cellar Operations)
When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday October 20, 2012
Where: Sugar Clay Winery & Vineyard, 1446 240th Ave., Thurman, Iowa
Note: This class represents a continuation of WeIGGA’s outreach efforts to inform the community about the growing role of Iowa grapes in the production of unique but high quality wines. Hillary Sjolund Winemaking 401 will cover topics such as techniques used in the clarification, stabilization and bottling of wine.
Cost: A participation fee of $15 for WeIGGA members or $25 for non-members will be collected at the door (Non-members can join on-site).
More Info and Registration: or more information or to register for WeIGGA’s winemaking classes please visit www.moundtop.com/classes .

10-26, Elderberry Winemaking Workshop – Columbia, MO

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, October 26, 2012
Where: Bleu Restaurant and Wine Bar (Barrel Room) 811 East Walnut Street Columbia, MO 65201
Cost: $30 each which includes lunch and elderberry wine tasting, Limited to first 100 registrants.
Questions: Contact Michael A. Gold. goldm@missouri.edu or 573-884-1448

11-(3 & 4) – Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop at Cedar Rapids, IA

Where: The Hotel at Kirkwood, 7725 Kirkwood Boulevard SW, Cedar Rapids IA 52404.
When: Saturday & Sunday, November 3-4
 Hillary Sjolund
Who: Hillary Sjolund (Right), owner and winemaker of Sonoris Wines. A native of California, Hillary graduated with a degree in Fermentation Science from UC Davis.
Sponsored by: National Science Foundation’s Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA).
Day 1 (November 3)
8:45-9:00 am, Registration
9:00-10:00 am, Welcome and Introduction to Tasting
10:00-11:00 am, White Sensory Standards
11:00-12:00 pm, Red Sensory Standards
12:00-1:00 pm, Lunch
1:00-2:00, Evaluating Palate Attributes: Alcohol, Acid, and Tannin
2:00-2:15, Break
2:15-3:30, Descriptive Analysis of White Wines
3:30-4:45, Descriptive Analysis of Red Wines
4:45-5:00, Break
5:00-6:00, Wine Defects
Day 2 (November 4)
8:45-9:00 am, Registration
9:00-12:00 pm, Laboratory Investigating Wine Competition Methodology and Professional Wine Rating Systems
Cost: $110 per participant (includes instruction with wines, Saturday lunch, and Sunday breakfast). VESTA is offering a ½ price scholarship to the first 15 industry attendees (first come - first serve). All reservations must be made by October 20th.
Register: by sending an e-mail with your phone, e-mail, and mailing address to lindblomr@nicc.edu, or calling Ronald at 563-556-5110 Extension 474. Payment will be collected at the door: cash or check only please.
Accommodations: The event offers two options for hotel accommodations:
Blocks of discounted hotel rooms at $129/night may be reserved at The Hotel at Kirkwood by calling 319-848-8700 and asking to reserve under the block "VESTA Wine Sensory Workshop".
Discounted hotel rooms are also available nearby at $84.99/night at The Cedar Rapids AmericInn by calling 319-632-1800 and asking to reserve under the block "CRSGRP Northeast Iowa Community College". You may e-mail the hotel at cedarrapids.ia@americinn.com . The hotel address is 8910 6th Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Contact Ronald Lindblom, VESTA Coordinator, Science Instructor
Northeast Iowa Community College
8342 NICC Drive, Peosta, IA. 52068
Ph:563-556-5110 ext. 474 or lindblomr@nicc.edu

11-28 to 12-1, VitiNord 2012 Conference (Germany & Poland)

The International Conference Neubrandenburg and VitiNord 2012 will take place in Neubrandenburg (Germany) and Szczecin (Poland) from the 28th of November until the December 1, 2012.
The congress will be hosted by the University of Applied Sciences Neubrandenburg (HS NB). Due to the good cross-border cooperation of the University of Applied Sciences Neubrandenburg (HS NB) and the West Pomeranian University of Technology Szczecin (ZUT) in several research projects and in education, it is possible to divide the conference in two parts.
The first part (28./29. November 2012) will take place in the premises of HS NB in Germany, the second part (30. November 2012) in the rooms of ZUT in Poland. The excursion day (1. December 2012) will lead us from a German vineyard in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to a Polish vineyard near Szczecin.
Congress topics and goals:
 Types of grapes and cultivated thermophile plants for the crop growing in northern climate
 New food products, processing and winemaking procedures
 Analysis of flavors
 New kinds of cultivated plants in more benign climate
 Use and linking-up present cultivation initiatives
 Project advertisement, integration into the health economy of the Baltic Sea area, information and communication platforms
Who Should Attend: Grape growers, winemakers, researchers, technologists, wine trade writers, and educators who have an interest in the expansion of the grape and wine industry into new and non-‐ traditional areas that share problems of very cool summers, very cold winters, or both.

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
ABC = Acronym for "Anything but Chardonnay" or "Anything but Cabernet". A term conceived by Bonny Doon's Randall Grahm to describe wine drinkers interest in grape varieties.

10-(18 & 25), La Crescent Varietal Workshop – Ames, IA

The ISU Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute is offering the first in a series of descriptive analysis workshops focusing on cold hardy wine varietals. These 2-session workshops will:
 La Crescent grapes, photo: U of MN
 help participants to hone their sensory skills
 develop a set of aroma descriptors for the cold-hardy varietal being studied
 identify distinctive aroma and flavor characteristics that make the varietal wines unique from similar types
 assess the results of various vinification techniques that can be used in the winery
When: Thursdays, October 18 and 25, 1pm-4pm
Where: Food Sceinces Building, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Cost: $0 - $15
$0      Registration is free for those who submit wine samples (most recent vintage bottled) along with a related information survey. Registrants who have produced the topic variety are highly encouraged to bring 2 bottles to the first session. These samples will be analyzed and tasted during the second session when winery techniques are discussed. (Note: Wines will be tasted blindly, keeping the identity of the specific winery confidential).
$15      Registrants without sample submissions
Register: Contact Tammi Martin at MGWII, tkmartin@iastate.edu , 515-294-3308
Future varietals and workshop dates TBA

11-(18-19), 12th Annual Iowa Organic Conference – Iowa City

The 12th Annual Iowa Organic Conference will be held Sunday & Monday, November 18-19, 2012 at the University of Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City, Iowa. Featured sessions will include:
How to Transition to Organic Farming
Market Innovations
Organic Grains, Fruit and Vegetables in the Local Food System
Marketing Skills and Incentives
Organic Livestock and the New Pasture Rule
Surviving the Drought and Organic Crop Insurance
Farm Bill Update
Over 35 Vendors and Educational Displays
The Keynote Speakers will be:
Will Allen – Growing Power Inc.
Dr. Fred Kirschenmann - Organic Farmer and Distinguished Fellow at the ISU Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Upcoming VESTA Workshops

October 13-14, 2012
VIN 268 Wine and Must Analysis - Springfield, MO
VIN 268 Wine and Must Analysis - Dobson, NC
October 20-21, 2012
VIN 112 Botanical Viticulture - Springfield, MO Please contact Veronica Post at vpost@atu.edu for more information.
VIN 268 Wine and Must Analysis – East Lansing, MI. Please contact Tom Smith at smitht48@msu.edu  for more information.
November 3-4, 2012
VIN 266 Wine Sensory Evaluation - Springfield, IL. Please contact Candy Fitch-Deitz at dietzc@rlc.edu for more information.
November 10-11, 2012
VIN 266 Wine Sensory Evaluation – Cedar Rapids, IA. Please contact Ronald Lindblom at lindblomr@nicc.edu for more information.
VIN 266 Wine Sensory Evaluation - Niagara Falls, NY
December 8-9, 2012
VIN 268 Wine and Must Analysis - Waco, TX. Please contact Cindy Reily at cindy.reily@tstc.edu for more information.
We hope to see you at one or more workshops this fall!
U.S. Drought Monitor map, 9/25/2012

ISU Extension and Outreach

has put together an Online resource for dealing with this season’s drought.
NEW! FREE Midwest Wide CLASSIFIEDS for vineyards and wineries at Midwest Wine Press here:

Notable Quotables

"He noted that the big three—Gallo, The Wine Group and Constellation—grew 8% on a huge base of 150 million cases. "They represent in real terms almost half the industry’s growth."
From: Three Biggest Wineries Take Half the Growth, 9-26-12 - Wines & Vines
"According to a recent Gallup Poll, 66 percent of Americans drink alcoholic beverages, with the average consuming just more than four drinks per week. The preferred drink was beer, 39 percent; wine, 35 percent; and liquor, 22 percent. This is a slight shift from last year's poll, in which beer edged out wine, 36 percent to 35 percent."
From: Wine Line: Why beer is more popular than wine, 9-26-12 – Merced Sun Times
"With about 5,000 employees worldwide and $3.4 billion in revenue, Gallo is on track to ship 80 million cases this year. It has 60 brands and sells products in more than 90 countries, buying 85% of its grapes from independent growers and importing more than a dozen brands from Argentina, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, and Spain."
From: How Gallo Brings Analytics Into The Winemaking Craft, 9-12-12 – Information Week

Marketing Tidbits

1. Heavier wine bottles appear more expensive, study says, 9-16-12 – TodayOnline.com:
2. 7 Ways to get Consumer Wine Reviews, 9-18-12 – Vin65 blog:

Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

1. Mise en a byme: http://mowse.blogspot.com/
2. Greg Cook’s facebook album of the North Dakota Grape Growers Association 2012 Summer Tour:

Videos of Interest


Articles of Interest

1. VA: US confirms 198th AVA, 9-17-12 – the Drinks Business:
2. MO: Cheers to KC area’s winning wines, 9-18-12 – Kansas City Star:
3. WI: Harvest Time for Wisconsin Vineyards, 9-19-12 – WTAQ Radio:
4. FDA Takes a Growing Interest in Winery Safety, 9-19-12 – Wine Spectator:
5. TTB Approves Vintage Dating for Wines Labeled with an American Appellation of Origin, 9-19-12 – Wine America:
6. MO: Summit Lake Winery to close after foreclosure, 9-22-12 – The Fulton Sun:
7. TN: "Wine enema" hospitalises student, 9-28-12 – the Drinks Business:
8. AR: Grape, Wine Study Estimates $173 Million Economic Impact on Arkansas, 9-28-12 – OzarksFirst.com:
9. KS: Kansas winemakers grapple over in-state fruit requirement, 9-28-12 – Kansas City Business Journal:

Show n Tell

bird net reels attached to tractor
positioning the nets to be rolled(Above) I stopped by Steve and Victoria Eckstat’s vineyard located just east of Ankeny, IA on Wednesday of last week. Steve and his neighbor put together this bird net wrapper this fall. It is operated by the tractor’s hydraulics and uses NetterGetter reels to wrap the nets onto. It has quick attach brackets. Victoria (in the tractor) told me that they lift the reel high in the air over the row to apply the netting. They like to lift the nets off the vine by hand and lay on the ground prior to rolling them up onto the reel while parked at the end of the row. This reduces the potential of tearing the net and enables them to take time to remove all the vine debris prior to rolling up the net. 9-27-12
Victoria's Vineyard
(Above) Steve and Victory Eckstat have a vineyard next to their home and another vineyard next to Victoria’s Bed-n-Breakfast just southeast of their home along the east-west road that borders their property. You can barely see the roof of the bed-n-breakfast house behind the vineyard in this photo. 9-27-12
Wines of Iowa store in West Des MoinesJorene King, Connie and Michael Vincent
(Above Left) "Wines of Iowa" is Iowa’s latest wine store selling Native Iowa Wines. They are operating on the Class B wine sales permit that allows retail establishments to sell native Iowa wine by the bottle and provide free 1 oz. tastings. The store is located in the Historic Valley Junction retail sales district of West Des Moines. I was able to find wines from 16 Iowa wineries when I was there. The store has been open for one month and sales have been good. 9-27-12
(Above Right) Jorene King (L) co-owner of the "Wines of Iowa" store stands next to Connie and Michael Vincent of Wooden Wheel Vineyards of Keota, IA. Jorene and her sister Rae Ann King are partners in this new business. Connie and Michael were there debuting their wines to customers. 9-27-12
PS: I first met Jorene during the Iowa State Fair when she volunteered to work at the "Wine Experience. mlw
Log Cabin Festiva, Indianola, IA
Turkeys of Annelise Vineyard(Above Left) While watching the Log Cabin Festival parade in Indianola, IA I was surprised to see Ron Mark (standing with a giant wine glass full of corks) of Summerset Winery on one of the floats. Summerset Winery and the local Community State Bank shared a float together. 9-29-12
(Above Right) I want to thank Dave Klodd of Annelise Vineyard of Indianola IA sharing this photo of wild turkeys in his vineyard. 9-28-12 Note: Turkeys tend to concentrate their feeding on the edges of a vineyard and love vertical shoot positioned (VSP) trellis systems. mlw 12
VESTA viticulture training of Vo-Ag and Science teachers
Paul Domoto, IAU(Above Left) On Friday & Saturday, Sept. 21 & 22 ISU and VESTA teamed up to provide two days of viticulture training to 13 Vo-Ag and Science teachers from High Schools and two Community College’s scattered around Iowa. After the training, each teacher was to put together a viticulture teaching module they could use in the classroom. (Above Right) Dr. Paul Domoto of ISU provided much of the information during the two days of training. Dr. Gail Nonneke, Dr. Murli Dharmadhikari and myself (all of ISU) and Ron Lindblom of Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) also provided instruction. The after-class evaluations showed that all the teachers enjoyed the class and learned a lot from it. 9-21-12
Pictures provided by Ron Lindblom.

Calendar of Events

10-(18 & 25), La Crescent Varietal Workshop – ISU Food Science, Ames, IA. Contact: Tammi Martin at MGWII, tkmartin@iastate.edu , 515-294-3308
10-20, Wine Making 401 (Advanced Cellar Operations), at Sugar Clay Winery & Vineyard, Thurman, IA. Sponsored by the Western Iowa Grape Growers Association (WeIGGA). More Info and Registration: http://www.moundtop.com/classes
10-26, Elderberry Wine Making Workshop, Columbia, MO: Details here: http://www.centerforagroforestry.org/events/
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-(3 & 4), VESTA Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop at The Hotel at Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids, IA. Contact Ron Lindblom at NICC: ph:563-556-5110 ext. 474 or lindblomr@nicc.edu
11-(18-19), 12th Annual Iowa Organic Conference – University of Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa City, IA. Registration: http://iowaorganicconference.eventbrite.com/  
11-28 to 12-1, VitiNord & International Cold Climate Grape and Wine Conference - Neubrandenburg, Germany. Details: http://www.vitinord-nb2012.org
12-5, Wine Industry Expo – Sonoma County Fairgrounds: http://www.wineindustryexpo.com/
1-(20-22)-13, Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference at The Wilderness Hotel & Conference Center in the Wisconsin Dells. http://www.waga.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=149&Itemid=78
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-(5-6)-13, Viticulture 2013 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center in Rochester, NY: New York Wine & Grape Foundation: http://vit2013.com/Home_Page.php
2-(5-6)-13, Northern Grapes Symposium (in conjunction with Vit 2013), details later.
2-(7-9)-13, Midwest Grape & Wine Conference & Trade Show – St. Charles, MO Convention Center: Details: http://www.midwestgrapeandwineconference.com/
2-(13-15), Michigan Grape & Wine Conference, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center – East Lansing, MI. Details: http://www.michiganwines.com/page.php?menu_id=77
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. Details later: http://agronomy.unl.edu/viticulture
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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