#221 - November 30, 2012


6-30-12 Fiscal Year Iowa Native Wine Production & Sales Report

Craig Tordsen of our ISU Extension Value Added Ag team has completed his 2012 fiscal year Iowa Native Iowa wine production and sales report. The report covers the fiscal year ending 6-30-12. Highlights of this report include:
Number of Iowa licensed wineries = 103
Native Iowa wine sold via retail = 45.5%
Native Iowa wine sold via wholesale = 54.2%
Native Iowa wine sold through a wholesale distributor = 0.2%
Total native wine sales = 254,623 gallons
Native Iowa wine market share of retail wine sales in Iowa = 5.92%

IL: Free Online Program Educates Homeowners with Water Wells

Champaign, IL - Homeowners in small communities and rural areas without a public water supply often don’t fully understand how to manage, operate, and protect their private well.
The Illinois State Water Survey and the Illinois Water Resources Center at the University of Illinois are pleased to announce a new nationwide training initiative funded by the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The Private Well Class is a free, step-by-step education program to help well owners understand groundwater basics, well care best practices, and how to find assistance. It will also teach well owners how to sample their well, how to interpret sample results, and what they can do to protect their well and source water from contamination.
The program combines a 10-part online class with live, interactive webinar events in which the material will be reinforced and questions answered. Steve Wilson, a groundwater hydrologist with the Illinois State Water Survey with over 20 years of experience working with private well owners, will serve as the primary instructor for The Private Well Class.
The Private Well Class seeks partners in various sectors to extend the reach of this initiative and connect with private well owners. State agencies, local governments, and industry professionals alike are invited to become a partner and assist with promoting this free service. We especially invite partners to host webinar viewing events that facilitate questions and answers about local groundwater issues.
The Private Well Class Website: http://www.privatewellclass.org  
Information Contact: info@privatewellclass.org  

VESTA – Online Classes Now Forming

Online classes are now forming and now is the time to join this one of a kind grape and wine education program. The Spring schedule has been posted here: http://www.vesta-usa.org
Enrollment Deadlines
Spring General Education Courses – 12-7-12
Winter Viticulture and Enology Courses – 12-14-12
Spring Viticulture and Enology Courses – 1-18-13
Spring VIN 272 – 3-8-13

12-7, Tri-State Fruit and Vegetable Growers Symposium – Sioux City, IA

Tri-State Fruit and Vegetable Growers SymposiumFruit and vegetable growers are invited to the Tri-State Fruit and Vegetable Growers Symposium Friday, Dec. 7, 1:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Bev’s on the River Conference Center in Sioux City, Iowa. The 2012 drought covered a large band of the United States and will likely rank as one of the most intense events of the past 120 years. Hear Nebraska State Climatologist Al Dutcher explain these recent temperature and precipitation trends across the United States and the possible results on short and long term climate signals for agricultural production. The symposium features new horticulture and viticulture research from Iowa State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and South Dakota State University Extension specialists. Session topics include irrigation, fertigation, frost protection, soil nutrient management, plasticulture and harvesting wine grapes. Attendees also learn from other experienced local growers about successful farm and orchard production and marketing strategies.
Cost is $35 and includes lunch. To register, call Iowa State University Extension Woodbury County at (712) 276-2157. See www.extension.iastate.edu/woodbury for this and more educational research-based resources and events.
Registration deadline is November 30. Click here for registration form.
Originally created in California, these blended wines can be summed up as the "American Bordeaux". The term is a blend of the words "merit" and "heritage" and pronounced the same. The Red blend is made from at least 2 of the 5 Bordeaux grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. The White Meritage is a blend at least 2 of Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Vert, and Semillon.
Northern Grapes Project
Check out the latest edition of Northern Grapes News here:
Feb. 21 to 23, 2013 – St. Paul, MN
Register Now

1-(10-12), Great Plains Growers Conference and Trade Show

The Great Plains Growers Conference and Trade Show will be Jan. 10-12, 2013 at the Fulkerson Center on Missouri Western State University’s campus in St. Joseph, Mo. The event is a five-state collaborative effort of vegetable, cut flower and fruit grower associations and University Extension from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota
More than 60 presentations covering organic and conventional crop production are planned for the second and third days of the conference, including opportunities to follow tracks on small fruit, tree fruit, cut flowers, beginner and advanced organic, marketing and beekeeping. Sessions on urban horticulture and community gardens have been added this year.
Registration for the Jan. 10 workshop is $55 per person, except for the Introduction to Vegetable Production (Spanish) track, which is $35 per person due to grant funding. Early bird registration for the Jan. 11 and Jan. 12 sessions is $45 per day; after Dec. 27, registration is $55 per day. Reduced registration for students is $25 per day. Registration includes meals and breaks.
The full program, registration information and updated details of the conference are available at: http://www.greatplainsgrowers.org . For more information about the program and a registration form, contact Mary Beth Alpers at alpersm@missouri.edu or phone 816-279-1691.

3-(17-29) Washington State University – Italy Wine Tour

When: Sunday - Friday, March 17 to 29, 2013
Where: Piedmonte, Tuscany and Veneto regions of Italy.
Tour Includes:
12 nights in hotel (three stars) on B&B basis
9 lunches (beverages not included)
4 dinners (beverages not included)
All the transfer along the itinerary, in private luxury coach.
Guided tours in the cities of Novara, Siena, Florence, Verona (2 to 4 hrs. each, led by an English speaking professional guide)
Winery visit: some wineries (but not the majority) apply a fee for the visit. This will be known only after finalizing the program.
Approximate cost per person varies by number of participants: (prices will vary depending on Euro/U.S. Dollar Exchange rates at the time of payment.)
Number on tour 19-22 23-26  > 26
Double/Twin Room  $3,205 $2,884  $2,692
Single Room  $3,653 $3,332  $3,141

The above prices (in US Dollars) do not include the flight to Milan, Italy and return flight from Verona, Italy. (A search of several coach seat flights originating and ending out of Des Moines, Iowa on 11-21-12 indicated that the round trip cost would be approximately $2,000 per person).

NEW! FREE Midwest Wide CLASSIFIEDS for vineyards and wineries at Midwest Wine Press here:

Enter Now: WineMaker Magazine International Amateur Wine Competition

The WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition is the largest event of its kind in the world. Entries were received from all 50 American states, 8 Canadian provinces and 7 different countries for the 2012 competition resulting in a total of 4,318 wines entered.
Entry Deadline: March 15, 2013
Wines will be Judged: April 19-21, 2013
Entry Fee: $25 per bottle, one bottle per entry with a maximum of 15 entries per contestant.
Each contestant winemaker will get valuable feedback from experienced judges to see how their wines stack up against fellow winemakers. All entrants will receive judging notes back along with a list of the medal-winning wines.
Complete details and entry form here: http://www.winemakermag.com/competition

Notable Quotables

"22% of regular wine drinkers in America (those drinking wine at least once a month) are now happy to buy their wine with a twist top, making levels of consumer affinity comparable to synthetic cork for the first time – 24% say they like buying synthetic cork. However, natural cork holds on to its top status among consumers with 66% being fans of the traditional closure."
The French are drinking less wine than ever before, with just 17 percent imbibing regularly, compared to 21 percent in 2005. French adults now consume the equivalent of barely a glass of wine per day.
From: French Say "Non" to Daily Glass of Wine, 11-28-12 – wine-searcher
Crémant: French sparkling wine not made in Champagne region.

Marketing Tidbits

1. Wine Marketing Institute, Texas Tech University: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/hs/TexasWine/
2. Wine Market Council: www.winemarketcouncil.com/

Neeto Keeno WWW Stuff

1. List of the 206 American Viticulture Areas (AVA’s) in the U.S.:
2. 11-25-12 list of Federal licensed wineries in Iowa. It shows 105 in Iowa. (Approximately 16 of these are either out of business or have yet to be in business.) mlw:
3. Bronze Age "microbrewery" uncovered, 11-29-12 – the Drinks Business:
4. Darker and heavier bottles can protect the quality of white wine, study finds, 11-29-12 – Phys Org:

Videos of Interest

1. IA: Harvesting Grapes at Treynor Winery, 8-16-12 – The Daily Nonpareil, 1:57 min:
2. MN: River View Vineyard & Winery, LaCrescent, MN, 10-7-12 – 9:35 min. (aerial view by model plane):
3. SD: Quilts & Vines Event at Strawbale Winery, Renner, SD- 9:25 min:

Show n Tell

TTB lavel processing times
(Right) 11-23-12 Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB) Labeling Processing Time Announcement
Check out TTB Labeling Resoureces here:

Articles of Interest

1. IA: Law change boosts booze sales in Iowa - Iowans spend $21 million more on alcohol, 11-15-12 The Gazette:
2. Congratulations, You are Now a Winery….Now What??, 11-16-12 Wine Compliance Alliance:
3. Missouri Wine Researcher Dies in Auto Crash, 11-19-12 – Columbia Tribune:
4. WI: Wisconsin’s wine buying power,11-21-12 - Wisconsin Magazine.com:
5. IA: Symposium to focus on drought effects, 11-25-12 – Argus Leader:
6. Why FDA's New Registration Requirement is a Victory for America's Wineries, 11-28-12 – Wine America:
7. Northern Grapes Project Completes its First Year, 11-19-12 – Wine & Vines Magazine

Calendar of Events

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
12-7, 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 & Winter Wine Festival – Crown Plaza Hotel, Springfield, IL. http://www.illinoiswine.com/conference.html
2-(5-8)-13, Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers Annual Meeting & Trade Show: Details here: http://www.wawgg.org/
2-(6-8)-13, Viticulture 2013 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center in Rochester, NY: New York Wine & Grape Foundation: http://vit2013.com/Home_Page.php
2-(6-8)-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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