#224 - January 11, 2013

3-(14-16), Iowa Wine Growers Annual Conference

As the season rolls on we are reminded that Spring is right around the corner and that means IWGA’s 13th Annual Conference is coming soon!
Exhibitor registration and sponsorship information can be found here: http://iowawinegrowers.org/2013/01/2013-iwga-annual-meeting-exhibitor-registration/
IWGA logo
Attendee registration and agenda information will be posted and distributed soon.

Reserve Your Room Today!

West Des Moines Marriott

Ph: 515-267-1500
Be sure to mention the special IWGA room rate of $89

FREE: WWW Based Introduction to Beekeeping Video Series with Textbook

Backyard BeekeepingThis one is for you mead winemakers out there. After a couple of years in development, a beginning beekeeping 37 part video series sponsored by the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association and the Ohio State Beekeepers Association. Backyard Beekeeping, A 54 page Online book by Dr. James E. Tew of the Alabama Extension Service is included.

Online Wine Business Management Certificate - Sonoma State University

Developed and taught by wine business experts, this program will advance your knowledge of wine business operations. Whether you're a current wine industry professional, a winemaker or viticulturist, or someone wanting to enter the wine industry, the Wine Business Management Certificate is right for you.
Application Deadline: February 1st for the Foundation Course.
$590 each.
Course Dates: February 11th – March 8th, 2013
The Wine Business Management Certificate is made up of three levels: Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced. Each level builds upon the previous and is designed to challenge participants while creating a superior understanding of wine business operations. Areas of focus include:
  • Wine commerce and trade
  • Wine marketing and sales
  • E-commerce
  • Business issues associated with viticulture and winemaking
  • Traditional business functions of strategy in building a wine business
  • Finance, accounting and management applied to the wine industry
  • Regulatory issues concerning wine
  • Optional certification with the successful completion of all three levels and of cumulative exam
The Foundation Course is an overview of global wine commerce - how wine is distributed and sold around the world. It is taught by Tim Hanni who is one of the first two Americans to earn the title Master of Wine. He is also an internationally recognized wine educator involved in research projects focused on understanding wine consumer preferences, attitudes and behaviors.
At the conclusion of the Foundation Course, participants will gain an understanding of the strategies, costs and key decisions that go into growing, producing, marketing and selling wine. From there, the Intermediate and Advanced courses will provide an in-depth exploration of the components of wine business.
Questions: Contact Dana Swilley, 707-664-3347, or email swilley@sonoma.edu.

2013 Midwest Small Fruit & Grape Spray Guide Now Available – FREE

Midwest Small Fruit and Grape Spray GuideThe new 2013 Midwest Small Fruit & Grape Spray Guide is now available free as a pdf download here:
Hard copies can be purchased at most University Extension offices or University Extension Online stores in the Midwest.
New to this year’s 92 page guide are:
- Select list of University Plant Diagnostic labs
- Special information on Brown Marmonated Stink Bug
- Special information on Spotted Wing Drosophila

Check out the Greenbook Widget on AgProfessional Hompage

greenbook search boxGo to AgProfessional.com and check out their new “Greenbook search widget” to find chemical/crop protection data by product name, crop, pest, company name, active ingredient or product category.
The new widget or Greenbook Decision Engine was added to the website effective Dec. 26, and is located in the left side column of the home page.
Searches can be completed quite easily. Once a category is selected from the drop down, the user enters their search term to find results. Results are returned in a pop-up box that shows all indexed product data and labeling documents. The user can then select a document from the list and a new window opens with the corresponding data. Below is an example of my search for “Pristine”:
Pristine (greenbook data slutions)
In Australia, wine bottled without a commercial label, usually sold cheaply in bulk quantities.
(“Shiner” is the term often used in the U.S.)

Northern Grapes Project - Upcoming Webinars

Northern Grapes Project logoHere are the upcoming Online Webinars scheduled for this spring:
February 12, 2013 – Vineyard Floor Management
March 12, 2013 – Vineyard Nutrition
April 9, 2013 – Towards Startup Winery Profitability: When do I Start Making Money?
Past Webinars over the past year can be viewed here: http://northerngrapesproject.org/?page_id=257
Learn more about the Northern Grapes Project here: http://northerngrapesproject.org/

Organic Wine vs. Organic Wine Made from Organic Grapes

Organic wine is made without using USDA organic prohibited substances or genetic engineering (see Allowed and Prohibited Substances). It undergoes the same rigorous requirements of USDA organic certification as other products (see Five Steps to Organic Certification). In addition to being overseen by the USDA National Organic Program, organic wine also has to meet the requirements of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, especially for sulfite labeling requirements.
USDA/OrganicWine sold, labeled, or represented as “organic wine” must meet these criteria:

- All grapes and other agricultural ingredients (including yeast, if commercially available) must be certified organic, except those on the National List.
- Non-agricultural ingredients must be specifically allowed on the National List and may not exceed a combined 5 percent of the total product (excluding salt and water).
- Sulfur dioxide (sulfites) may not be added.
- Labels must state the name of the certifying agent (certified organic by *** or similar).
- Wine labels may include the USDA organic seal and be sold, labeled, or represented as organic.
Wine sold, labeled, or represented as being “made with organic grapes” must meet these criteria:

- 100 percent of all grapes (of all varietals) must be certified organic.
- Any remaining agricultural ingredients (e.g., yeast) are not required to be organic, but must be produced without excluded methods.
- Non-agricultural ingredients must be specifically allowed on the National List.
- Sulfur dioxide (sulfites) may be added to yield less than 100 parts per million in finished grape wine, but may not be added to wine “made with” other organic fruit (e.g., apples).
- Labels must state the name of the certifying agent (certified organic by *** or similar).
- Labels may not include the USDA organic seal.
- Label may state, “made with organic grapes.”
Further information can be found here:

1-(24-25) IA Fruit and Vegetable Growers Assoc. Annual Conference - Ankeny

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When: 8 a.m to 5 p.m. Thursday & 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, January 24 & 25, 2013
Where: FFA Enrichment Center on the DMACC Campus,1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny, IA 50023
Registration Details & Full Agenda: http://www.ifvga.org
( Pre-registrations must be in by Friday, January 18 )
Snapshot of Agenda page below:
IFVVGA conference agenda

Cost: $50 per day member or non-member, $25 per day student or faculty
(Additional $50 membership fee is mandatory for attendance)
Lodging: If you are planning on attending both days and need overnight accommodations, reservations can be made at the Fairfield Inn and Suites, 215 NE Delaware Ave., Ankeny, by phoning 515-965-8400. Mention that you are with the “Iowa Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Conference” to get the conference rate of $69 per night. The hotel deadline for the conference rate was January 6, 2013.

1-26, University of Minnesota Vine & Wine Research Update

When: 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, 1-26-13.
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum – Snyder Hall, 3675 Arboretum Dr. Chaska, MN 55318 ph: 952-443-1400
Cost: FREE, but registration is required.
Tentative Agenda:
11:30-1:00PM Check-In
12:00-1:00PM Minnesota Buffet Lunch $25 (*optional purchase)
1:30-2:15 PM 2012 Viticulture year in review- Peter Hemstad
2:15-3:15PM In depth look at ripening chemistry - Luke Haggerty
3:15-4:00PM Enology lab updates from the University of Minnesota - Katie Cook
4:15-5:30PM Wine Tasting- Fireside Room
(You are invited to bring Cold Climate Wines to share!)
Register HERE
Questions: missy@mngrapes.org or 612-203-3969

2-12, Fortified Wine Workshop – Michigan State University

This day-long workshop will be taught by some of our own in-state expertise, and will cover the entire spectrum of fortified wine production. The workshop will be part classroom style and part hands-on experience. Due to the hands-on nature of this workshop, attendance is limited to 30 people.
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 12, 2013
(This workshop is on the day before the Michigan Grape and Wine Conference in East Lansing -- February 13-14, 2013 - Kellogg Center Hotel on the Michigan State University
Where: New – Artisan Distillation Facility (2000 Merritt Road), East Lancing, MI
Cost: $125 each
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Contact: Paul Jenkins of the Michigan State University Grape & Wine program for details:
jenki132@msu.edu or 517-432-7751

2-20, 3rd Sustainable Viticulture Conference – Asheville, NC

The 3rd Annual Sustainable Viticulture Conference is set for Feb. 20, 2013, at Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC. According to Chuck Blethen, executive director of the Sustainable Appalachian Viticulture Institute, the special speaker will be Hugh Courtney, one of North America’s most famous teachers/practitioners in biodynamics. There will be lectures, demos, exhibits, wine tasting and more. For further information, contact Mr. Blethen at 828-606-3130, blethen@GrapeSAVI.org, or view the website at: http://www.GrapeSAVI.org.
The Institute for Continental Climate Viticulture and Enology (ICCVE) located at the University of Missouri – Columbia has changed their name to :

The Grape & Wine Institute (Good Idea! mlw)

Check them out here: http://gwi.missouri.edu/

2-28 to 3-2 – 16th Annual Nebraska Winery & Grape Growers & Trade Show

The 16th Annual Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Forum and Trade Show will be held at the Kearney Holiday Inn from Feb. 28-March 2, 2013. A great lineup of speakers is being assembled to help us focus on improving our already outstanding grape and wine industry. The theme of the 16th conference is “Growing an Industry.”
When looking over evaluations of previous presentations of the Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Forum and Trade Show, a common thread has been “let’s hear more from local growers, experts, winemakers”, so we have listened and that’s why the 16th Forum’s theme is “Growing an Industry.” The lineup of the speakers for the overall program will include successful Nebraska grape growers, winemakers, grape enthusiasts and experts from Nebraska and neighboring states.
More details will be forthcoming in our electronic Nebraska VineLines early in the new year and also will be posted on our web site http://agronomy.unl.edu/viticulture. Registration details will be available in mid-to-late January also.
We will also be calling for submissions of wines for the competition featuring Nebraska’s best wines to match each course of the banquet. It’s going to be an exciting program filled with great information and the NWGGA’s new Executive Director will provide insights on the state of the industry, as well as coordinating what promises to be a great Trade Show.
FREE Midwest Wide CLASSIFIEDS for vineyards and wineries at Midwest Wine Press here: http://midwestwinepress.com/classifieds/

3-(24-28), UC Davis Wine Executive Program

In its 13th year, the UC Davis Wine Executive Program is uniquely designed to teach the fundamentals of winemaking and management skills necessary to be profitable in today's challenging and dynamic wine industry. Sessions are tailored to help industry leaders grow their businesses by expanding on such topics as building one’s financial acumen and expanding a company’s current marketing and branding strategies. In addition, participants will be exposed to the latest state-of-the-art technologies and processes for making and selling wine as demonstrated in the new LEED platinum winery at the Department of Viticulture and Enology. Participants will develop relationships with other key wine industry leaders that will continue long after the program ends.
Registration Fees:
  •   $4,600 for full four-day program including Monday morning Boot Camp
    • Register by January 15 for an Early Bird Rate of $4,400.
  • $4,100 for program without Boot Camp (Monday afternoon - Thursday)
    • Register by January 15 for an Early Bird Rate of $3,900.
*Fees include all course materials, education fees, and meals.
*Group Discounts are available for registering two or more people from the same company at the same time.
More than 700 wine industry executives have attended this unique and informative program over the past twelve years.

6-(9-14), First International Symposium on Elderberry

Elderberry Symposium
The First International Symposium on Elderberry (Sambucus), to be held in Columbia, Missouri, USA, June 9–14, 2013. This will be the world’s first gathering of international scientists from multiple disciplines studying all aspects of the elderberry plant and fruit, and its use as a food and dietary supplement. Horticulturists, Botanists, Biochemists, Food Scientists, Economists, and others will gather in Missouri, USA during peak elderberry flowering season for several days of scientific exchange and fellowship.
The Symposium is being organized under the auspices of the International Society for Horticultural Science, and research papers resulting from the Symposium will be published in a peer-reviewed stand-alone volume of Acta Horticulturae. More information will be available here as the Symposium unfolds: http://muconf.missouri.edu/elderberrysymposium/
Questions, contact: Andrew Thomas, University of Missouri, Southwest Research Center, 14548 Highway H, Mt. Vernon, MO 65712 USA; Email: thomasal@missouri.edu; Phone: 417-466-0065

Notable Quotables (from Robert Mondavi)

“ Even more importantly, it’s wine, food and the arts. Incorporating those three enhances the quality of life.”
“If you go back to the Greeks and Romans, they talk about all three – wine, food and art – as a way of enhancing life.”
“Making good wine is a skill. Fine wine is an art.”
A winetasting term for anything that affects one of the main senses such as smell. An example would be an affliction of the common cold or being in a room with someone wearing an overwhelming amount of perfume.

Marketing Tidbits

1. Is a Mobil Website Relevant to your winery, 12-20-12 Wine Business.com - Classifieds:
2. “Wine drinkers are explorers, and make their purchase decisions in-store. Compared to beer and spirits, a high level (37%) of wine purchase decisions are made in-store. Furthermore, 70% of specific wine-purchase decisions or selections are made at the shelf. However, wine drinkers explore, research and engage with the category between store trips, so word-of-mouth marketing and advertising that yields high recall -- as well as sampling and in-store marketing -- can significantly boost sales in this category.”
From: Nielsen Offers Alcohol Marketing Highlights, 1-3-13 – Media Post News:
3. SD: Hong Kong: SD Export Gateway, 1-10-13 – Argus Leader:

Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

1. A Stunning Visualization Of America's Wine Industry, 1-2-13 – The Business Insider:
2. Amazing Champagne Cork Chairs, 1-3-13 – Blog Your Wine:
3. Wine Spectator’s maps of the world’s wine regions:

Videos of Interest

3. Workshop Seminar Series at Brock University, Ontario, Canada:
4. VIDEO: “Missouri Viewpoints” – Missouri’s Wine Industry Grows Despite Drought, 1-6-13 – Missouri News Horizon, 29:22 min:
The Institute for Continental Climate Viticulture and Enology (ICCVE) located at the University of Missouri – Columbia has changed their name to :

The Grape & Wine Institute (Good Idea! mlw)

Check them out here: http://gwi.missouri.edu/

Show n Tell

TTB Labeling Resrouces bottle washer
(Above, Left) From The Tax & Trade Bureau’s “Labeling Resources” web page found here: http://www.ttb.gov/labeling/labeling-resources.shtml
(Above, Right) Homemade 12-bottle washer and sparger pictures and plans submitted by Jeff Shoemaker of PA to WineMaker Magazine. Check it out here:

Articles of Interest

2. KS: Uncork Kansas coalition will seek bill to broaden liquor sales, 1-4-13 – Kansas City Star:
3. Study: Three Firms Account for Half of US Wine Sales, 1-3-12 – Eater:
4. F.D.A. Offers Broad New Rules to Fight Food Contamination, 1-4-13 – New York Times:
6. Stink bug ranks as top USDA invasive pest, 1-10-13 – Western Farm Press:
7. Organic wine making market inroads, 1-10-13 – Western Farm Press:
8. Biodynamics and Yeast Biodiversity, 1-11-13 – The Wine Doctor:

Calendar of Events

1-(11-12), Kansas Grape Growers and Winemakers Association (KGGWA) Annual conference in Topeka, KS: http://kansasgrapesandwines.com/events/annualconference
1-(20-22), Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference at The Wilderness Hotel & Conference Center in the Wisconsin Dells. More info: http://wigrapes.org/
1(24-25), Iowa Fruit & Vegetable Conference - Ankeny, IA. http://www.ifvga.org
1-26, University of MN Viticulture & Enology Research Update – Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Details HERE:
1-(29-31), Unified Grape & Wine Consortium at the Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento, CA http://www.unifiedsymposium.org/
1-31 to 2-2, Illinois Vintners & Grape Growers Assn. Conference & Winter Wine Festival – Crown Plaza Hotel, Springfield, IL. http://www.illinoiswine.com/conference.html
2-(5-8), Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers Annual Meeting & Trade Show. Details here: http://www.wawgg.org/
2-(6-8), 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), Northern Grapes Symposium in conjunction with Vit 2013
2-(7-9), Midwest Grape & Wine Conference & Trade Show – St. Charles, MO Convention Center: Details: http://www.midwestgrapeandwineconference.com/
2-12, Fortified Wine Workshop – Artisan Distillation Center, MSU East Lansing, MI. Registration: http://store.chateauchantal.com/store/product/3009/MSU-Fortified-Wine-Workshop/
2-(13-15), Michigan Grape & Wine Conference, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center – East Lansing, MI. Details: http://www.michiganwines.com/page.php?menu_id=77
2-20, The 3rd Annual Sustainable Viticulture Conference at Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC. View the website at: http://www.GrapeSAVI.org.
2-(21-23), Minnesota Grape Growers Association (MGGA) Cold Climate Conference – Crown Plaza, St. Paul. MN. Details: http://mngrapegrowers.com/conference
2-(21-23), MOSES Organic Farming Conference – La Crosse, WI: http://www.mosesorganic.org/
2-28 to 3-2, 16th Nebraska Winery & Grape Growers Conference, Holiday Inn – Kearney, NE. Details later: http://agronomy.unl.edu/viticulture
3-(5-8), Eastern Winery Exposition at Lancaster County Convention Center & Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, PA: http://www.easternwineryexposition.com/conference/
3-(12-14), Wineries Unlimited at Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, VA: http://www.wineriesunlimited.com/
3-(14-16), Iowa Wine Growers Association Annual Conference at the West Des Moines Mariott. Details later: http://www.iowawinegrowers.org
3-(24-28) UC Davis Wine Executive Program. Complete Information: http://gsm.ucdavis.edu/wine-executive-program
4-(28-30), Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America 70th Annual Convention & Exposition – Grande Lakes – Orlando, FL: http://www.wswa.org/meetings.php?EventID=10
5-(16-18), Winemaker Magazine Conference - Monterey, CA. Full Details & Registration: http://www.winemakermag.com/conference
6-(9-14), First International Elderberry Symposium at Columbia, MO. Details here: http://muconf.missouri.edu/elderberrysymposium/
6-(24-28), 64th American Society of Enology & Viticulture (ASEV) National Conference, Portola Hotel & Monterey Conference Center – Monterey, CA: http://asev.org/national-conference-2013/
7-31 to 8-2, 37th Society of Wine Educators Annual Conference, Renaissance Hotel at Sea World in Orlando, FL: http://www.societyofwineeducators.org/conference

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Past issues archived as html and/or pdf here:
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Michael L. White - CCA, CPAg, CSW
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