#220 - November 16, 2012


Iowa ABD Collects a Record $115 million in fiscal 2012

Iowa ABD 78th Annual ReportThe Iowa Alcohol Beverages Division (IA ABD) collected a record $115 million in total state revenue generated in fiscal 2012. $7.29 million of this came from wine tax collections which included $255,627 from native wine sales.
For the fiscal year that ended last June 30, the average consumption levels for Iowans aged 21 years or older were a record 35.6 gallons of beer, 2.23 gallons of spirits and 1.9 gallons of wine, according to data issued by the state Alcoholic Beverages Division.
This and much more information can be found in the 24 page IA ABC Fiscal 2012 Year report here: http://www.iowaabd.com/files/client_files/562/2655/2012_annual_report_spreads.pdf

NEW! – Farm Job Postings on Iowa Market Maker

Iowa Market MakerThe Iowa Market Maker now has a new "FREE" service available to farm businesses. This new online "Job Posting" service was started up last week as a trial program. Once perfected, it will be offered in the other 17 states now associated with the Market Maker Program. Iowa farm businesses first need to set up a "FREE" account and then log into the system to post a farm job opening. The farm job can be seasonal or permanent.
Within two days, the job posting will automatically be entered into database of over 9,000 businesses and a nationwide system of state and federal employment sites. The job posting will also show up in Market Maker statesseveral other countries. Our Iowa State University Extension staff associated with the National Market Marker program has worked closely with the Iowa Workforce Development Organization to get this job posting program up and running.
MarketMaker is a national partnership of land grant institutions and State Departments of Agriculture dedicated to the development of a comprehensive interactive database of food industry marketing and business data. Put simply, MarketMaker is a platform that seeks to foster business relationships between producers and consumers of food industry products and services.

TTB Labeling Update

TTB Label Processing Times
The Tobacco Trade and Beverage Bureau sent out a Labeling Announcement on Wednesday, 11-8-12 with the label processing times shown in the box at the right.
They also included their updated "Label Resource" Homepage with this announcement that can be found here: http://www.ttb.gov/labeling/labeling-resources.shtml

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

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.

The Northern Grapes Project Webinar Series; Northern Grapes Project Year 1 Progress Update

Northern Grapes Project logoTuesday, November 27, 2012
12:00 Noon Eastern (11:00 AM Central)
7:00 PM Eastern (6:00 PM Central)
During this webinar, Project Director Tim Martinson of Cornell University will review the Northern Grapes Project Year 1 Progress Report. The report is available on our website at http://northerngrapesproject.org/?page_id=390 if you’d like to review it ahead of time. Brigid Tuck, University of Minnesota Extension, will cover the results of the Baseline Survey. We hope to have extra time for questions and answers regarding progress thus far and the future of the project.
NEW THIS YEAR! We have switched to a different platform, so no longer have space restrictions during webinar sessions. Therefore, once you have registered for one Northern Grapes webinar, you will always receive an email the Friday before the webinar containing the web address (URL) for both webinar sessions as well as connection instructions. If you are receiving this email directly from Chrislyn Particka, you have registered for a past webinar and can safely assume you will get the URL and connection instructions.
Feel free to email Chrislyn at cap297@cornell.edu with any questions, if you want to check your registration status, or if you would like to be removed from the Northern Grapes mailing list.
To Register: Registration is free, but required. To register, fill out the online form posted at: https://cornell.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_dnz8DIK5JsQBGJv  
Registration will be open through Friday, November 23rd.
Further Northern Grapes Project information is available on-line at http://northerngrapesproject.org/
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

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/
More 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
Feb. 21 to 23, 2013 – St. Paul, MN
Register Now

5-(16-18), Winemaker Magazine Conference - Monterey, CA

When: Thursday, May 16, 2013 (Pre-conference Winemaker Boot Camp)
Friday & Saturday, May 17-18, 2013 (Conference)
Where: Mariott Hotel, Monterey, CA
26 Seminars         Conference Binder         Winemaker Workshops
Wine Reception      Amateur Winemaker Awards      Sponsor Exhibits
Sponsored by: Winemaker Magazine
Full Details & Registration: http://www.winemakermag.com/conference
U.S. Drought Monitor map November 13, 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

Premier Pacific Vineyards, is partnering with the Hina Group (a financial firm in Beijing, China, that has offices in San Francisco, Calif.) in creating the Hina Vineyard Fund. ……………………….There seems to be great interest in California vineyard property."
From: Fund Seeks $100 Million to Buy Vineyards, 11-1-12 Wines & Vines
"Clearly their consumers are growing in their taste for wine. As producers they are now 5th in World Production. Today in their 10 growing regions, there are more than 800 wineries. Seventy percent produce less than 60,000 cases. The largest 6 wineries are responsible for 70% of total Chinese production."
From: China, It’s Time… I Think? 11-4-12 – SVB on Wine:
"Goldstein et al analyzed data from 6,000 blind tastings – a lot of blind tastings! I quote from their findings: "Individuals who are unaware of the price do not derive more enjoyment from more expensive wine. …we find that the correlation between price and overall rating is small and negative, suggesting that individuals on average enjoy more expensive wines slightly less…."
From: The Declining Significance of Wine Tastings, 11-13-12 - Elliot Morse
"The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Political Action Committee (WSWA-PAC) is on track to achieve a record $2 million in contributions for the current election cycle. The group’s PAC also earned a 95-percent success rate in the recent election supporting candidates and incumbents from both parties who are supportive of issues important to wholesalers and their employees."
From: Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America PAC Achieves 95% Success Rate in Election 11-15-12 – Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America

Marketing Tidbits

1. Having "local" on the label is good business, 11-2-12 – Univ. of WI Extension:
2. WA: Micro Winery brings new life to building in Olympia’s core, 11-3-12 – The News Tribune:
3. How to Calculate Winery Value, 11-12-12 – Wine & Vines:
French term, meaning vat or tank. On wine labels it is used to denote wine of a specific blend or batch.

Neeto Keeno WWW Stuff

1. Wine Serving Temperatures: Infographic – Blog Your Wine:
2. Calories in Wine vs. Beer: Infographic – Wine Folly:
3. CA: Marquette, A Grape Worth Getting To Know, 11-8-12 – Napa Register:
(Check out what a panel of judges have to say about Marquette wine from wineries in IA, NY, SD, VT and WI)
4. Great Wine News – New Online Magazine – FREE complimentary subscription:

Videos of Interest

1. Kendal Jackson’s unique wine pairing phone app, YouTube, 1:57 min:
2. A free webinar titled "Wine Across America: Realizing Thomas Jefferson’s Dream" which is a summary of the 400-year old history of the American wine industry, presented by Richard Leahy on 11/2/12, is now available through the University of Virginia’s office of alumni services, at http://alumni.virginia.edu/career-events/friday-forum-richard-leahy/

Articles of Interest

1. The Influence of Oak Chips on Aromatic Quality of Wine, 10-31-12 – the academic wino:
2. KS: Free wine at First Friday Artwalk may violate the law, 11-2-12 The Topeka Capital Journal:
3. WI: Winery hits the highway, (Red Oak Winery Moves to Enterprise Road) 11-2-12 – Green Bay
4. CA: A Look at Wine Buying: What Drives It, 11-5-12 – A Year in Wine:
5. MO: Apple Creek Vineyard & Winery Opening this Weekend, 11-5-12 - Southeast Missourian:
6. Grape Stem Extracts: An Example of Utilizing Winery Waste for a More Sustainable Industry, 11-5-12 – the academic wino:
7. Red Wine's Resveratrol Helps Bees Live Longer, 11-6-12 – Wine Spectator:
8. High Total Acidity and High pH?! How to handle it. 11-7-12 New World Winemaking:
9. Making Wine: The Use of Enzymes in Modern Winemaking, 11-7-12 – Palate Press:
10. A Vineyard's Feathered Friend, 11-8-12 – Wines & Vines:
11. MI: USDA Report Confirms Significant Growth in Michigan's Wine Grape Industry, 11-9-12 – WineBusiness.com:
12. MN: Orchard Branches into Winery, 11-13-12 – AgriNews.com:

Show n Tell

Paul Read presents Pesticide Drift
(Right) Dr. Paul Read of the University of Nebraska speaks during an all day Pesticide Drift workshop held in Lincoln, NE on 11-3-12.
Presentations from this workshop will soon be posted on the Northern Grapes Project WWW page: http://northerngrapesproject.org
Nearwood Winery
(Left) Dr. Michael Van Natta and Carol Reed serve wine at Iowa’s newest winery. They opened up their "Nearwood Winery" tasting room Thursday evening, 11-15-12. Nearwood Winery is located on the south side of the square (210 East Robinson) in Knoxville, Iowa. The Grand Opening is scheduled for Friday, 11-30-12.
Check them out on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/nearwood.winery
Nearwood Winery's Leo's Birds
(Right) A bottle of Nearwood Winery’s Leo’s Birds , a dry Norton wine. The wine is named after Michael’s novel " Leo’s Birds" that was published in October of this year. You can order your hardcopy or Kindle version HERE on Amazon
Iowa Grape Descriptor Cards
(Above) Check out these grape descriptor cards that were produced several years ago by the Iowa Department of Agriculture. These could easily be printed off and placed in your tasting room: http://www.iowaagriculture.gov/Horticulture_and_FarmersMarkets/IAgrapeDescriptorCards.asp

Calendar of Events

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
12-9, Tri-State Fruit & Vegetable, Bev’s on the River Convention Center - Sioux City, IA: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ida/sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files/ida/Growers%20Symposium%20Flyer%20Registration%202012.pdf
1-(10-12), Great Plains Growers Conference, Fulkerson Center, MO State Univ. St Joseph, MO: http://www.greatplainsgrowers.org/2013%20Web%20student%20registration%20form.pdf
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(24-25), Iowa Fruit & Vegetable Conf., Ankeny. When available info should be at: http://www.findafarmiowa.org/iowa-fruit-vegetable-growers-assoc-member-news.php
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-(5-8)-13, Eastern Winery Exposition at Lancaster County Convention Center & Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, PA: http://www.easternwineryexposition.com/conference/
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
5-(16-18), Winemaker Magazine Conference - Monterey, CA. Full Details & Registration: http://www.winemakermag.com/conference
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