#217 - October 6, 2012


Zampro – New Grape Fungicide from BASF Registered by EPA

BASF announced back on 9-17-12 that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had approved Zampro as a multi-site preventative fungicide containing a unique new chemistry. Labeled crops include: cucurbits, leaf vegetables, grape, fruiting and bulb vegetables, potato and hops.
Zampro fungicide is a premix combination of ametoctradin - a new mode of action - and dimethomorph. It is designed specifically to protect crops against oomycete diseases such as downy mildew and Phytophthora. Zampro’s primary use in a vineyard would be as a preventative against downy mildew.
At the time of this writing, neither BASF or the CDMS Label WWW site has the label up yet. The new Canadian label for Zampro can be found here: http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/pesticides/zampro_label.pdf

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. 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) – VESTA Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop at Cedar Rapids, IA

Where: The Hotel at Kirkwood, 7725 Kirkwood Boulevard SW, Cedar Rapids IA 52404.
 Hillary Sjolund
When: Saturday & Sunday, November 3-4
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 (VESTA) Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance
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
Questions: 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
An 1991 episode of the American news program 60 Minutes that documented the low mortality rate from cardiovascular disease among the French who had a high-alcohol, high-cholesterol and low exercise lifestyle in contrast to the high mortality rate among Americans with a relatively lower cholesterol, low alcohol and more exercise lifestyle.

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

Varietal Workshop: La Crescent
In association with the Northern Grapes Project*, the Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute is offering the first in a series of descriptive analysis workshops focusing on cold hardy wine varietals.
La Crescent grapes - photo credit: U of MN
These 2-session workshops will:
 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, 1p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Food Sciences Building, Iowa State University - Ames, IA
Cost: $0 to $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
Registration: At last notice, expanded workshop size was near capacity. To see if space is still available, contact Tammi Martin, tkmartin@iastate.edu , 515-294-3308
Future varietals and workshop dates TBA
*The Northern Grapes Project is funded by the USDA’s Specialty Crops Research Initiative Program of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture, Project #2011-51181-30850

10-(26 &27), Artisan Distilling Workshop – Henderson, NV

What: The Artisan Distilling Workshop TM Fall Session 2012
Where: Las Vegas Distillery, 7330 Eastgate Road, Suite 100, Henderson NV 89011
When: 9 a.m. Friday to 4 p.m. Saturday: October 26 & 27, 2012
Sponsored by: CARL Distilleries in cooperation with Michigan State University
Now in its 15th year, the ADW is the original distilling workshop — a comprehensive primer with distillation techniques demonstrated on commercial-scale copper pot distilleries — presented jointly by Michigan State University's Professor Kris Berglund (also author of ‘Artisan Distilling: A Guide for Small Distilleries’); Chris Gerling of Cornell University's Brewing & Vinification Laboratory; Alexander Plank of CARL Distilleries, Germany's oldest distillery fabricator; and Nicolas Haase of B&D Technologies - CARL Distilleries' Americas office.
The course agenda of the Workshop will alternate between theoretical presentations and discussions, and practical demonstrations on Las Vegas Distillery's commercial distilling facility, which includes two 650 liter capacity copper pot stills with finishing and high rectification plate columns, as well as complete mashing, fermentation and alcohol finishing.
This is a comprehensive introductory course and our practical and theoretical course work will cover all aspects and techniques of artisan distillation. At this distillery facility, we will primarily be utilizing grain for whiskey and vodka distillation, but the breadth of techniques demonstrated will apply to most any types of spirits.
Cost: $525 each. Covers workshop, materials and meals.
Registration Deadline: Monday, October 22, 2012 Workshop size is limited.
Questions: Paul Jenkins at Michigan State University, email: jenki132@msu.edu Or ph: 517-432-7751
Travel Information and Area Lodging Recommendation:
The ADW classes will be held and all included meals will be catered at the facilities of the Las Vegas Distillery at 7330 Eastgate Road, Suite 100, Henderson NV 89011.
Las Vegas Distillery is an easy 15 - 20 min. drive from Las Vegas McCarren International Airport (LAS), and also about 20 min. from the hotels on the Las Vegas Strip (Las Vegas Boulevard South). There are numerous hotels and resorts for every budget in Henderson as well -- please check on hotels.com, for example, for further reference.
A good option in Henderson is the Green Valley Ranch, about 10 minutes from LVD, located at 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway | Henderson, Nevada 89052 www.greenvalleyranchresort.com .
Please note that attendees arrange for lodging and all transportation to and from the workshop independently.

11-3, Herbicide Drift Seminar – Lincoln, NE

By: R. Thomas Zumpfe, Dove Landing Vineyard - Lincoln, NE
A Seminar on Herbicide Drift has been scheduled on Nov. 3, 2012, at Southeast Community College, 301 So. 68th St., Lincoln. Herbicide drift has been a problem for America’s vineyards for decades. It arrests plant growth, may cause plant death, and often eliminates the crop. The early spring this year created conditions that exposed many northern states’ vineyards to high levels of damage and economic loss from 2,4-D.
The Nebraska Wine Grape Growers Association (NWGGA) ad hoc 2,4-D Committee has been working on your behalf, bringing together resources to help you understand the damage pesticide drift can cause in your vineyard and what resources you have available to you before, during and after a drift incident. This seminar is a cooperative effort of NWGGA, the University of Nebraska Viticulture Program, and The Northern Grapes Project. In this seminar, you will learn the history of harmful herbicides, how drift occurs, the visual symptoms of 2,4-D, glyphosate and dicamba injury and the harm they can do to grapes, how to mitigate the damage to rescue your plants, how to estimate your losses to a drift incident, how driftwatch and similar programs work for you, how various state Departments of Agriculture Pesticide Investigation works and their objectives, examples of current and past investigations, differing statutes between states, what’s coming in the future – good and bad, your responsibilities when drift happens to you, and what your liability can become for the pesticides you spray in your vineyard. (Provided the technology can be brought together, this seminar may be available as a Northern Grapes Project web seminar to all cold climate state participants.) A detailed agenda will be available next week.

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:

Upcoming VESTA Workshops

October 13-14, 2012
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.

12-5, Home Winemaking Workshop - Mountain Grove, MO

What: Home Winemaking Workshop for new and experienced winemakers
Where: Missouri State University – Mountain Grove Campus
When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, 12-5-12
Cost: $30 each for materials and lunch
Registration: Please register by Nov. 30th. Space is limited.

1-7-13, Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) Exam - Iowa State University

Society of Wine Educators logoThe Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute is hosting a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) exam at Iowa State University at 2pm on Monday, January 7th, 2013.
More information about the Society of Wine Educators can be found here: http://www.societyofwineeducators.org/
Information about the CSW exam dates and registration can be found here: https://societyofwineeducators.secure.force.com/Calendar
Questions: Mike White, mlwhite@iastate.edu or 515-681-7286

Cold Climate Conference

Cold Climate Conference 2013
Feb. 21 to 23, 2013 – St. Paul, MN
U.S. Drought Monitor map 10/2/12

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


11-20 – Deadline to Register for USDA FSA NAP Crop Disaster Insurance

November 20 is the deadline to register with the USDA FSA Non-Insured Crop Disaster Insurance Program for apples, apricots, grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears and blueberries next year. NAP covers the amount of loss greater than 50 percent of the expected production based on the approved yield and reported acreage.
Producers need to contact their local county USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) for details and to apply.
NEW! FREE Midwest Wide CLASSIFIEDS for vineyards and wineries
at Midwest Wine Press here:

Notable Quotables

"Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance."
--- Benjamin Franklin
"Beer is made by men, wine by God!"
--- Martin Luther
"I think it is a great error to consider a heavy tax on wines as a tax on luxury. On the contrary, it is a tax on the health of our citizens".
--- Thomas Jefferson

Marketing Tidbits

1. "Three of the top four wine sellers in the U.S. are now general-purpose food or retail companies, according to Robert Trone, co-founder of the only specialty wine chain in that group, Total Wines & More. Warehouse-store giant Costco moves the most wine by dollar value, a projected $980 million this year, while Trader Joe’s is second and Whole Foods Market fourth"
From: Chain stores are the biggest movers of wine these days, 9-29-12 – Napa Valley Register
2. New Business Model: Pairing Art with Wine, 10-4-12 – Midwest Wine Press:

Neeto Keeno WWW Stuff

1. Drem Big Iowa (Regional Small Business Grant Contests): http://www.dreambiggrowhere.com/

Videos of Interest

1. NC: How Synthetic Corks are Made, 10-1-12 – WineFolly:
2. Wapsi Creek Distillery – Riceville, IA:
3. Italy: Winery Creates Symphony with Wine Glasses, 10-4-12 Tasca d’almerita winery, Italy:

Articles of Interest

1. The Long Term Future of U.S. Wine Sales, 9-29-12 – SBV on Wine:
2. New device measures grapes’ brix levels in field, 10-2-12 – The Packer:
3. Relevant content, product information leads to email subscriptions, 10-2-12 – Brafton:
4. New defenses against phylloxera and Grapevine fanleaf virus, 10-3-12 – Teatro Naturale
5. KS: Kansas Strives to Revitalize State Wine Market, 10-4-12 – Univ. Daily Kansan:

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
11-3, Herbicide Drift Seminar at Southeast Community College – Lincoln, NE. Details later here: http://agronomy.unl.edu/viticulture
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/
12-5, Home Winemaking Workshop, Missouri State University at Mountain Grove, MO. Details: http://mtngrv.missouristate.edu/mtngrvcellars/AdvHomeWinemaking.htm
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-(14-16)-13, Iowa Wine Growers Assn. Annual Conference at the West Des Moines Mariott. Details later: http://www.iowawinegrowers.org
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