#225 - January 18, 2013


ISU Graduate Makes Wine Served at President Obama’s Inauguration

Bedel MerlotThe lunch served after President Barack Obama’s inauguration Jan. 21 will feature a wine from an Iowa State University graduate.
Trent Preszler, a 1998 ISU grad, is CEO of Bedell Cellars in Long Island. Bedell’s 2009 merlot will be served in the second course alongside bison with red potato horseradish cake and a wild huckleberry reduction. The wine and food were chosen by Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York, chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. You, too, can sip the merlot, a bottle of which is available on Bedell’s website for $30.

New Team Member Offering More at the Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute

Stephanie GrovesDr. Stephanie Groves (left) is our newest team member at the Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute. A West Michigan native, she graduated from Michigan Technological University with a Ph.D in Biological Sciences – Microbiology. Her doctorate research was focused on the optimization of yeast strains and fermentation conditions for the production of fuel ethanol from woody biomass. She also received her BS and MS from Michigan Tech in Microbiology. Her areas of specialty are industrial microbiology, bioprocess engineering, and fermentation science. In addition, she has work in the brewing industry as a QA/QC manager. Some projects she will be working on at the institute are defining the relationship between sensory analysis data and the chemical composition of wine and optimizing the fermentation of acidic musts. She will also be working on a program to offer the area wineries microbiology testing services.
The Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute will now be offering sanitation and microbiology testing services for area wineries. The services range from onsite evaluation of cleaning and sanitation practices and custom risk assessments to analysis of wine and raw materials for spoilage organisms. A trial of these services will be offered for a limited time at no cost. They will then be offered in a fee-based al a carte fashion depending on the customer’s individual needs. For more information please contact Stephanie Groves by phone: 515-294-2575 or email: sgroves@iastate.edu. Services that we will be offering:
Microbiological Analysis Services:
1. Sanitation Audits
Evaluation of winery sanitation and cleaning program can be done through providing onsite assessment of current sanitation conditions and reviews of cleaning procedures and practices if problems are detected.
- Surface Testing (ATP Bioluminescent Assay and Microbial Analysis) that evaluates the effectiveness of a cleaning program for all winery equipment (i.e. fermenters, lines, etc…)
- Environmental Testing (Microbial Analysis) that detects presence of potential microbial contaminants in air and water
- Sterility Panels (ATP Bioluminescent Assay and Microbial Analysis) that evaluates the bottling process and raw materials (corks and bottles) for sterility
- Risk Assessments that will evaluate the effectiveness of current method of cleaning and sanitation. It also evaluates practices and procedures for things that may contribute to sanitation problems
2. Microbiological Analysis
The progress of fermentations and any contamination problems can be determined through routine microbial analysis of wine throughout the fermentation. In addition, the integrity of the final product, in terms of microbial spoilage, can be monitored throughout its storage and shelf-life.
- Fermentation organism profiles (Yeast and MLA bacteria) that will provide cell counts and viability
- Detection and Characterization of spoilage organisms that will provide
Microscopic scans for spoilage organisms
Membrane filtration w/ culturing on selective media
Characterization and Presumptive Identification via
     Biochemical assays
     Differential staining and colony morphology
     By-product analysis
List of Wine Spoilage Organisms that can be identified with these methods
- Bacterial agents
Lactic Acid bacteria, Bacillus spp., Acetic Acid bacteria, Streptomyces spp
- Yeast
Brettanomycs/Dekkera, Pichia, Zygosaccharomyces, Candida, Wild Saccharomyces
- Molds
Additional analysis is available depending on the customers’ needs. These services can include custom contamination investigations.

Society of Wine Educators - Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)

By: Michael L. White
In 2012 I became a member of the Society of Wine Educators and passed their exam to become a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW). The exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions and you
need to answer a minimum of 75 correctly to pass. The exam is very comprehensive and is not easy. It is typical for nearly half of the people to not pass this exam in their first attempt.
CSW certficateWhy did I do this? I have become aware of quite a few professionals in the wine industry having the CSW certification. It is very common for tasting room staff and other wine industry professionals in the more mature wine regions of the U.S. to be a CSW. This led me to become a member of Society of Wine Educators and study for the test.
I would highly recommend becoming a CSW to others in the wine industry. I learned a great deal while studying the test preparation materials.
The exam covered the following topics:
Physiology of Taste, Wine Composition & Chemistry; Faults; Viticulture & Enology; Labels, Laws & Wine Regions; The U.S. Wine Industry; Wine's Contribution to Health; Wine Etiquette & Service; Food & Wine Pairing; and
Responsible Beverage Alcohol Service.
Successful candidates who achieve a score of 75% or better on the exam are entitled to use the CSW post-nominal as part of their professional signature. They will also receive a certificate (suitable for framing) and a CSW lapel pin.
Exams are offered throughout the year in numerous locations in both the United States and abroad. Please check the Exam & Seminars calendar for a current list of exam dates and locations. The next exam scheduled on the ISU campus in Ames, Iowa will be at 2 p.m. Monday, June 3, 2013.
Complete exam information can be obtained by contacting Ben Coffelt, Education and Technology Manager, at bcoffelt@societyofwineeducators.org or by phone at 202.408.8777 ext. 113.
The Society of Wine Educators is an International educational organization whose mission is to advance grape and wine education through professional development and certification. The organization was founded in 1974. The Society currently offers four levels of certification - the Beverage Specialist Certificate, the Certified Specialist in Wine, the Certified Specialist in Spirits, and the Certified Wine Educator. The Society currently has over 2,200 members in 20 countries.
Complete information here: www.societyofwineeducators.org, or call 202.408.8777.

Now Online: 2012 Calendar Year Iowa Native Wine Production & Sales Report

Craig Tordsen of the ISU Valued Added Agriculture group and a team member of our Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute completed his calendar year economic report of the Iowa native wine industry.
The December 2012 ending inventory of native produced wine in Iowa was 444,841 gallons from 101wineries up from 446,283 gallons from 99 wineries on December 2011 and 410,301 gallons from 95 wineries on December 2010.
The table below shows that 2012 total native wine sales ended up slightly less (-0.35%) than 2011. This is the first drop in yearly sales since Craig Tordsen first began preparing these reports in 2002.
Over half of the wine is still being sold wholesale to other retail outlets. Our current standing of 101 wineries indicates to me that retail shelf space is becoming more difficult to procure and retain. mlw
IA Native Wine Production & Sales - 2012
This new 5-page Iowa native wine report showing a complete economic snapshot of 2012 can be found HERE.

20 Grape Pruning Resources / 22 Grape Pruning Videos

pruning vines1. EXCELLENT set of 3 Cold Climate Pruning "Macro Media Breeze" presentations by Fritz Westover and pruning document by Ed Hellman of Texas Agrilife Extension: http://winegrapes.tamu.edu/grow/pruning.html
2. Pruning Grapevines, Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/RG502.pdf
3. Pruning & Training Chambourcin & Chardonel, 10pp.Michigan State Univ.: http://agbioresearch.msu.edu/swmrec/publications/annual_report/2004/prune_2004.pdf
5. Pruning & Canopy Mgt, Dr. Gail Nonnecke,58 p. ppt, ISU Extension: http://viticulture.hort.iastate.edu/info/pdf/prunecanopy.pdf
6. Pruning for Crop Load Management, 1-27-07 31p. ppt, Washington State University: http://wine.wsu.edu/research-extension/files/2010/05/pruning-cropload.pdf
7. Assessing Cold Damage to Grapes, Washington State University: http://www.wine.wsu.edu/research-extension/files/2011/03/Cold-Damage-Assessment21.pdf
8. Pruning Grapes to The 4-Arm Kniffen System, New Mexico State Univ: http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/pubs/_h/h-303.pdf
9. Pruning & Training, Chapter 6, Mid-Atlantic Grape Growers Guide: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/resources/winegrape/ag535-2.pdf
10. Pruning & Training, Chapter of the Midwest Grape Production Guide: http://www.ca.uky.edu/agcollege/plantpathology/ext_files/PPFShtml/mw_grape_12aug05.pdf
11.EXCELLENT- Pruning, Training & Canopy Management of Grapevines in the Midwest, Kentucky State Univ.78p. ppt,: http://www.uky.edu/Ag/NewCrops/vinemanagement_files/frame.htm
12. Basic Principles of Pruning Backyard Grapevines, Ohio State Univ. Extension Fact Sheet: http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/1000/1428.html
13. Pruning Backyard Grapevines in the 1st – 3rd Years, Ohio State Univ. Extension Fact Sheet: http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/1000/pdf/1429.pdf
14. Pruning Grapes by Lon Rombough: http://www.bunchgrapes.com/pruning.html
15. Principles & Practices of Pruning Grapevines, 28p. ppt, Bruce Bordelon – Purdue Univ.: http://www.foodsci.purdue.edu/research/labs/enology/Pruninggrapes08.pdf
16. "Pruning" chapter of the Colorado Grape Growers Guide: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/550a.pdf
17. Dormant Grape Pruning, Penn. State Extension: http://agsci.psu.edu/fphg/grapes/pruning
18. Pruning & Training Grapevines, 13 pp. North Carolina Winegrape Guide, NC State. Univ.: http://cals.ncsu.edu/hort_sci/extension/documents/wine_grape/winegrapesada6.pdf
19. Pruning Grapevines: An Overview, ISU eXtension (multiple resources): http://www.extension.org/pages/31140/pruning-grape-vines:-an-overview
20. Pruning & Training, pp. 8-20, Grape Growing in Tennessee, Univ. of Tennessee Extension: https://utextension.tennessee.edu/publications/documents/PB1475.pdf
Pruning Videos:
1. 9 minute Pruning Video from DMACC by Randall Vos, 4-08: http://www.dmacc.edu/programs/viticulture/video/pruninghwc.html
2. Pruning of Concord Grapevines, 2-16-09 – Lake Erie Regional Grape Program, 5:19 min: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnibuXSfEHc
3. Pruning Wine Grape Vines on a VSP, 2-16-09 – Lake Erie Regional Grape Program, 6:19 min.: http://www.youtube.com/user/LERGPvids#p/u/1/K1vZHwrp8H0
4. Pruning Basics: Spur Pruning, 10-29-10 – Oregon State University, 3:00 min.: http://www.youtube.com/user/GrapeDr#p/u/0/lSMLIZpH7so
5. Spur Pruning Grapevines, 2-8-10 - Oregon State University, 7:10 min.: http://www.youtube.com/user/GrapeDr#p/u/5/um9p1eiGiwI
6. Cane Pruning Instruction, 2-2-10 – Oregon State University, 7:23 min.: http://www.youtube.com/user/GrapeDr#p/u/7/mfd2V5DFDo0
7. Structure of Spur and Cane Pruned Grapevines, 10-29-10, Oregon State University, 6:16 min.: http://www.youtube.com/user/GrapeDr#p/u/1/pCs03Mc2HKM
8. Pruning Grape & Exploring Other Fruits in the Orchard, 9-23-10 – Oklahoma State University, 9:32 min.: http://www.youtube.com/user/OklahomaGardening#p/u/15/xXFumo_8rE4
9. How to Prune Grape Vines, 7-14-09 – Michael James Jr, 3:51 min.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vk-Fj0pnP8&feature=related
10. Grape Vine Pruning in Late Winter & Early Spring, 4-1-10 – Gurneys, 3:11 min.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0Z8I2WCLNk&NR=1
11. Pruning Grape Vines (spur & cane), CA Extension. 18:14 min.: http://vimeo.com/3341415
12. Proper Methods of Pruning Your Grapevine, Lon Rombough, 5:12 min.: http://vimeo.com/10984172
13. Pruning Grapes on a High Cordon Trellis Part 1, 3-6-09 – OSU Extension, 3:31 min.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZvaReI5vr4&NR=1
14. Pruning Grapes on a High Cordon Trellis Part 2, 3-6-09 – OSU Extension, 7:02 min.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEat6g7j_gg&feature=related
15. Pruning Norton Grapevines on a Geneva Double Curtain, 2-19-08 – Jowler Creek Vineyard, 5:23 min.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPE7UICamgg
16. Pruning Vignoles Grapevines on a VSP, 1-3-08 – Jowler Creek Vineyard, 3:08 min,: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ODWr02zfhU
17. Evaluating Bud Injury prior to pruning, 1-7-11- NY Finger Lakes Grape Program, 4:39 min. http://www.youtube.com/user/cceflgp
18. Cane & Spur Pruning, UC Davis Farm Advisory, 2-26-09, 9:16 min: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23jHTybtCms
19. Vineyard Pruning Tools, ISU Extension, 3-17-11, 8:53 min.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUzWnsTN1a8
20. Grapevine Pruning with Vaughn Hammond, Univ. of Nebraska Extension, 3:08 min,: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VE5Aw9Wn5F4
21 Pruning Grape Vines in Minnesota, UMN Extension, 8:04 min.: http://www1.extension.umn.edu/food/small-farms/crops/pruning-grape-vines-in-minnesota/
22. Pruning Grape Vines, Growing Organic, 4:00 min.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1cq5VvHFb4
How well a wine reflects the characteristics of its grape variety and terroir

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

 2013 Midwest Small Fruit and Grape Spray Guide
The new 2013 Midwest Small Fruit & Grape Spray Guide is now available free as a pdf download here: https://store.extension.iastate.edu/ProductList.aspx?Keyword=pm%201375
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

Iowa Alcohol Beverage Division Symposium 21 Information can be Found Online

ADB Symposium 21The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission hosted Symposium 21: From Production to Consumption in Sioux City, Iowa, on November 13 & 14, 2012. The conference was to bring together and engage policy makers, industry professionals, local authorities and prevention experts in a discussion about the relevance of the three-tier regulatory framework in the 21st century.
Presentations from Panels 1-4 are available for download as PFDs:
Moderator: Jim Clayton, Chairperson, Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission
Panelists: Dr. Lisa Payne Ossian, Professor of History, Des Moines Area Community College; John Lundquist, Iowa Department of Justice, Assistant Attorney General; Robert Wersen, Tassel Ridge Winery, Founder and co-owner; Scott Carlson, Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Co., Managing Partner Robert Wersen's handout Iowa Wineries (PDF)
Moderator: The Honorable Bob Scott, Mayor, Sioux City, IA
Panelists: Eric Goers, Iowa City Attorney’s Office, Assistant City Attorney; Aric Schroeder, City of Waterloo, City Planner; Christine Hensley, City of Des Moines, Councilwoman Eric Goer's handout Selected Iowa City Ordinances Related to Reduction of Underage and Binge Drinking (PDF) Christine Hensley's handout City of Des Moines Licensee Map (PDF)
Moderator: Rick Hunsaker, Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission
Panelists: Steven Schmidt, NABCA, Vice President of Public Policy and Communications; Pat Kohler, Washington State Liquor Control Board, Administrative Director
Moderator: Claire Celsi, Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission
Panelists: Victoria McDowell, Presidents’ Forum of the Distilled Spirits Industry; Pamela Erickson, Public Action Management, President, CEO; Mary Segawa, Washington State Liquor Control Board, Alcohol Awareness Program Manager
78th Alcohol Beverages Division Annual Report presented at this conference can be found here: http://www.iowaabd.com/files/client_files/462/2642/2012_annual_report.pdf

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/

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

Michigan Grape Society’s 6th Annual SW Michigan Wine Evaluation Workshop

Michigan Grape SocietyWhen: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
Where: Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center (SWMREC), 1791 Hillandale Rd, Benton Harbor, MI.
Agenda: Knowledgeable experts will guide you through wine tastings from the Lake Michigan Shore Appellation and world class examples of wine styles from other regions similar to SW Michigan wines.
Sponsored by: The Michigan Grape Society
Cost: $75 each until Feb. 1st and $90 each thereafter. Includes a catered lunch.
Contact: Diane Miner at SWMREC, 1-269-944-1477 ext. 201 or email: minerd@msu.edu

2-(8 & 9), North Dakota Grape and Wine Association Annual Conference

When: Friday & Saturday, February 8 & 9, 2013
Where: Radisson Hotel, Bismarck, ND
Cost: $50 for members and $60 for non-members prior to Feb. 1. The cost goes up by $10 per registrant after Feb. 1. The cost to attend the Banquet only on Saturday evening is $25.
Full Details: http://www.ndgga.org

2-16, Great River Vineyard’s 16th Annual Grape Growing 101 – Frontenac, MN

Learn the basics of Northern Grape Growing. Over 50 years of combined experience. Learn about trellising, pruning, cold hardy varieties and more. Minnesota grown noon buffet.
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, February 16th, 2013
Cost: $50 first person, $40 for additional people in party.
Pre-registration required
Contact: Great River Vineyard & Nursery by phone: 877-345-3531 for details.
FREE Midwest Wide CLASSIFIEDS for vineyards and wineries at Midwest Wine Press here:

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

IWGA logoAs 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/
Attendee registration and agenda information will be posted and distributed soon.
Reserve Your Room Today!
Ph: 515-267-1500
Be sure to mention the special IWGA room rate of $89

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

UC Davis logo
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.

Notable Quotables

MO: "Chaddad’s survey indicates that only 2 percent of those starting new wineries did so to make money. Thirty percent of new owners did so because of their love of wine, 22 percent wanted to improve their quality of life, 19 percent wanted to "get their hands in the dirt" in agriculture, and 10 percent did so because of a sense of community."
From: Winery growth in U.S. Surging, 1-14-13 – Western Farm Press
The indentation found in the base of a wine bottle. Punt depth is often thought to be related to wine quality, with better quality wines having a deeper punt.

Marketing Tidbits

1. I consider this a MUST SEE for anyone in the U.S. wine Industry. Though much of the information originates from the West Coast, much of it can be applied to the rest of the U.S. mlw
Silicon Valley Bank's annual State of the Wine Industry Report forecasts 4-8% sales growth in wine for 2013. The report identifies trends and addresses current issues facing the U.S. wine industry, offering data and observations that help that wineries can use to develop their business strategies.
Silicon Valley Bank's wine report is based on its in-house expertise as one of the largest bankers to the West Coast wine industry for nearly 20 years, a proprietary database of more than a decade of winery financials, ongoing research, and an annual survey of 450 West Coast wineries.
The report findings were discussed in a January 15, 2013 video webcast with author Rob McMillan, founder of Silicon Valley Bank's wine division, Paul Mabray of VinTank, Tony Correia of The Correia Company and MJ Dale of KLH Consulting.
The Webcast, 30 page Annual Report and large Infographic chart can all be found here FREE :

Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

1. Interactive world wine search map at Wine Searcher: http://www.wine-searcher.com/regions.lml
2. MicroDistillery Map of the U.S.: http://microdistillerymap.com/

Show n Tell

Windmar Family Winery
(Right) Widmar Family Winery at Centerville, Iowa opened up for business in December of 2012. Check them out on facebook HERE.
Did you know that Centerville has the largest town square in the world?
Picture from their facebook page.
U.S. Per Capita Ethanol Consumption by Beverage Type
How America's Drinking Habits Changed 2001-2011
The above two charts come from: How America Drinks: Water and Wine Surge, Cheap Beer and Soda Crash, 1-15-13 – the Atlantic
(Below) The MGWII 2-part Varietal Workshop: Marquette was held the afternoons of Jan 9 & 16 at ISU Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute. With a cap of 14 participants, and advanced announcements to IQWC members, the workshop was full even before it could be announced to the public. At the workshop, participants learned to hone their sensory skills, develop a set of aroma descriptors for Marquette, identify distinctive aroma and flavor characteristics that make Marquette unique from similar types, and assess the results of various vinification techniques that can be used in the winery.
The next workshop is the Sparkling Wine Symposium, which will be held on Friday, March 15 in conjunction with the 2013 IWGA Annual Conference.
MGWII workshops are held throughout the year and topic suggestions are always welcome!
Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute workshop

Articles of Interest

1. Wireless Sensor Bung: A Novel Technology for Monitoring Malolactic Fermentation Progress and Completion in Wine, 1-14-13 – the Academic Wino:
2. WI: Lasee talks governor's state address, winery bill, 1-14-13 – Green Bay Press Gazette:
3. SD: South Dakota Wine: A Budding Industry Grows On The Prairie (PHOTOS), 1-16-13 – The Huffington Post:

Calendar of Events

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, Michigan Grape Society’s 6th Annual SW Michigan Wine Evaluation Workshop at Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center (SWMREC), 1791 Hillandale Rd, Benton Harbor, MI.
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-(8 & 9), North Dakota Grape and Wine Association Annual Conference. Radisson Hotel, Bismarck, ND Full Details: http://www.ndgga.org
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-(4-6), Midwest Aronia Berry Annual Conference, Des Moines IA. Details soon: http://midwestaronia.org/
4-(16-18), License to Steal – Geneva on the Lake, Ohio. Details here: http://www.nationalwinemarketing.com/
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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(Above) From The 2013 Silicon Valley State of the Wine Industry report.
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