#226 - January 25, 2013


6-3, Next Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) Exam at ISU

Society or Wine Educators logoThe next Society of Wine Educator, Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) exam held on the ISU campus in Ames, Iowa will be from 2-3 p.m. Monday, June 3rd, 2013. That is only 129 days away! If interested, I would highly encourage you to order the 254 page CSW Study Manual now and start studying ASAP.
The exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions and you need to correctly answer 75% to pass. This is not as easy as you might think.
The exam is very comprehensive and typically just over 50% of those taking the exam will pass. The questions come entirely from material found in the study guide and will cover 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.
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.
Whole, uncrushed grapes are fermented in a sealed vat containing a layer of carbon dioxide. This results in fruity, soft and distinct red wines. These wines have little tannin and are immediately drinkable. This is the method used throughout France's Beaujolais region.

Don’t forget to list your Iowa Vineyard on the Sensitive Crops Directory

Sensitive CropsSince April of 2008 Iowans with pesticide sensitive crops such as organic producers, vineyards, orchards, fruits and vegetables and apiaries have been able to register their locations Online with the Iowa Department of Agriculture. This is a "FREE" service. This directory has been developed to provide pesticide applicators with the locations of crops that are most susceptible to damage from pesticide drift.
The intended crops for inclusion in the registry are vineyards (minimum one acre), orchards (minimum one acre), certified organic crops (minimum one acre), and fruit and vegetable crops (minimum ½ acre). Commercial apiaries (no size limit) are also included in the registry. The crops at each registered location must be intended for commercial use, be susceptible to pesticide drift damage, and meet the minimum acreage requirements.
Registered producers and beekeepers may update their information at any time during the year. However, because registration expires December 31st of each year, producers and beekeepers that wish to remain actively registered must confirm, and edit if necessary, their registration information beginning in January of the following year. There are several Online "help" sites that can be used by producers to find and register their GPS location.
No Spray sign
The Department has 12" x 18" aluminum field signs that are available for $5 each (minimum order of two signs). Producers can post the signs at the physical location of the pesticide sensitive crop at a height above the crop canopy that will make them visible to both ground and aerial applicators. These signs are only available to sites registered on the Sensitive Crops Directory.
Producers can sign up for the Sensitive Crops directory Online here:

2-12, Northern Grapes Project Webinar – Vineyard Floor Management

Norhtern Grapes Project logo
Harlene Hatterman (below left)-Valenti, North Dakota State Univ.
Justine Vanden Heuvel (below right), Cornell Univ.
Harlene Hatterman-ValentiJustine Vanden Heuvel
When: Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 Noon Eastern (11:00 AM Central) and
7:00 P.M. Eastern (6:00 P.M. Central)
In this webinar, Harlene Hatterman-Valenti and Justine Vanden Heuvel will discuss the basics of vineyard floor management, weed control during vineyard establishment, and the use of under-vine cover crops. Harlene will also have photographs of herbicide damage on grape vines to share.
New This Year: We have switched to a different platform, so we will 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.
Free Registration: If you have received this email from someone other than Chrislyn Particka, you need to register via this link: https://cornell.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bEiXIadi6CQLBsx
Registration Deadline: 8 a.m. (Eastern), 7 a.m. (Central) on Friday, February 8th.
Further Info: Chrislyn A. Particka, cap297@cornell.edu or 315-787-2449
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
Additional upcoming Online Webinars scheduled for this spring include:
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/

Have you listed your vineyard with DriftWatch?

Driftwatch signDriftWatch is a tool to help protect pesticide-sensitive crops and Habitats from drift that sometimes occurs during spray operations. The DriftWatch project began at Purdue University in in Indiana in 2008 and will be working in nine states for the 2013 crop season. The states are: CO, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO MT, NE and WI.
Commercial herbicide sensitive areas of over ½ acre in size can register their sites for free after setting up a password. Commercial applicators can also use the site for free after setting up a password. DriftWatch allows the applicators to view and area prior to spaying. All the maps are created using a "Google Maps" interface. The Online site is very easy to use.
States using DriftWatch
The states colored in green on the U.S. map to the right are the ones currently using DriftWatch to register sensitive crops and areas.
DriftWatch signs can also be purchased and posted in sensitive areas.
Full information about DriftWatch can be found here at: http://www.driftwatch.org/

Interested in becoming a Foreign Exchange Student or hiring one?

MAST International is an international agricultural exchange program at the University of Minnesota providing practical and academic training in American agricultural and horticultural production. MAST stands for "Minnesota Agricultural Student Trainee" program. The MAST International program began in 1949 - one of the 1st of its kind! There are over 6000 alumni from 65+ countries. The program mission is to improve global understanding by providing educational and cultural enrichment through international exchange. MAST interns are placed all over the World.
MAST interns typically have two or more years of education and/or experience in the field that they want to work in. Host families are expected to provide housing and fair wages equivalent to a 40 hour work week to these interns for a period of 4-12 months depending on circumstance.
You can contact MAST here: http://mast.cfans.umn.edu/ContactUs/index.htm or call them toll free at: 800-346-6278.
AgriVenture is run by the International Agricultural Exchange Association (IAEA), a non- governmental, non-profit membership organization which has been making farm work placements since 1965. AgriVenture is somewhat similar to MAST.
AgriVenture asks the U.S. hosts to pay their trainee/intern a minimum monthly allowance of $1250. They can then deduct up to $350 for room and board. The hosts also need to provide the trainee/intern with accommodation and meals. Hosts are also required to pay an annual membership fee of $60 per year and must be active members to host a trainee and pay a one-time placement fee of $560.
The U.S. contact person is Jessica Lopez - AgriVenture Global
Ph: 1-855-828-9212, Fax: 1-855-828-2969

1-23, Phenoxy Herbicide Spray Drift Legislation Introduced in Nebraska

Senator Norm Wallman representing District 30 in the state of Nebraska, at the urging of the Nebraska Wine & Grape Growers Association introduced LB636, a bill for consideration to the Nebraska state legislature on 1-23-13. The bill seeks to put restrictions on the application of 2,4-D and other phenoxy herbicides applied outside any corporate city of village limits from April 15th to September 15th. Applicators would be required to notify the Nebraska Department of Agriculture at least 72 hours prior to any phenoxy herbicide application.
Aerial applicators will have a 4 mile application restriction and ground applicators will have a 1 mile application restriction away from grapes and other susceptible organic broadleaf crops. Applications within these buffer limits would require a signed waiver from the owner or supervisor of such crop. These applications would also require a wind speed of a least 2 mph away from the sensitive crop.
Violators of this law would be punishable by a civil fine of up to one thousand dollars per violation.
You can read the entire bill that is up for consideration here: http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/FloorDocs/Current/PDF/Intro/LB636.pdf

Updated Lab Manual for Winemakers Now Available as 95 p. PDF – $5.00

Basic Microbiological and Chemical Analyses for WineWSU professor of enology, Charles Edwards, and Bruce Watson, retired wine quality manager, have teamed up to rewrite "Basic Microbiological and Chemical Analyses for Wine."
The newly revised and expanded wine lab manual is for people wishing to conduct general laboratory analyses of grape musts and wines. Determinations of sugar, sulfur dioxide, titratable and volatile acidities, pH, and alcohol content are integral measurements performed by both commercial and home winemakers. While these determinations allow chemical adjustments to musts and wines, they are also critical for compliance with state and federal laws regarding wine composition (that includes alcohol content, volatile acidity, and sulfur dioxide).
One area that the authors have tried to address throughout the manual is the question of quality assurance regarding laboratory results. Wine statistics are notoriously difficult to compare between wineries due to variability in methods and practices between laboratories. In fact, wineries occasionally encounter difficulty in obtaining reproducible results even within the same laboratory. In this manual, the authors have suggested some controls that may help wineries address these issues, while reminding readers that the opportunity exists for more work to be done in this area.
You can purchase a downloadable pdf copy of this manual for winemakers here for $5.00: http://bit.ly/wsu-wine-lab-manual .

NEW - The Sustainable Weeding Guide Online

New from “the weeds network” at Monash University in Australia, an Online Sustainable Weeding Guide. The guide is divided into the following sections:
You can find the entire online Sustainable Weeding Guide here: http://weedsnetwork.com/traction?type=np&proj=SustainableWeedingGuide&rec=1

1-31 to 2-2, IL Vintners & Grape Growers Conference – Springfield, IL

Illinois WineWhen: Thursday – Saturday, 1-31 to 2-2-13
Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3000 South Dirksen
Parkway Springfield, IL 62703 ph:217-529-7777 or ph: 800-589-2769, Springfield, IL.

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 - West Des Moines

IWGA logoRegistration is now open for the 2013 IWGA Annual Conference. The conference will be held March 14 – 16 at the West Des Moines Marriott.
This event offers attendees time to learn, network and have fun with their peers and customers the public.
In addition to the registration form, attached you will find information on a new competition for amateur winemakers. Please spread the word to customers and friends you know that are non- commercial winemakers.
Another event that we would like your help promoting is the Friday night All Iowa Wineries Open House from 7 – 10 p.m. This Iowa wine tasting reception is open to the public. The amateur wine competition results will be announced. Appetizers and live music by Hot Tamale & the Red Hots will add to the fun filled festivities.
Please contact the IWGA offices with questions or to register at 515-262-8323 or 800-383-1682.
License to Steal 2013
License to Steal Details: http://www.nationalwinemarketing.com/

Notable Quotables

"A vineyard management company will pay $200,000 in fines and restitution for removing a safety device on a tractor that resulted in the death of one of its workers…….. a Sonoma County court settlement that also resulted in a 30-day jail sentence for a company manager, James Poole, 61, of Windsor. He also was ordered to do 80 hours of community service………the "kill switch," which causes the tractor's engine to stop running and moving forward when the driver leaves the seat, was removed."
From: Vineyard firm fined, manager jailed in Santa Rosa worker's death, 1-18-13 – Santa Rosa Press Democrat
"For example, a glass of French wine takes some 90 liters of water to produce, according to the Netherlands based – Water Footprint Network."
From: Disease Resistant Grapes Key to Green, 1-18-23 - wine-searcher
"Now with over 2,000 breweries operating across the country that produce a wide variety of beer – more people are choosing a craft beer while enjoying a nice meal --over a bottle of wine or a mixed cocktail."
French term for grape variety. When it appears on a wine label it will usually refer to the varietals used to make the wine.



Marketing Tidbits

1. Why Your Social Media Metrics Are a Waste of Time, 12-18-12 – Harvard Business Review Blog:
2. Women Prefer Wine With a Story To Tell, 1-19-13 – Midwest Wine Press:
3. Uncorkings: U.S. Tops World in Consumption of Wines over $10, 1-21-13 0 Wine Ethusiast:
4. FTC study taking aim at online marketing of booze, 1-22-13 – Reuters:
5. Tastevin Research Reveals Wine List Placement Is As Important As Shelf Placement, 1-22-13-

Videos of Interest

1. WI: Wiggy Winery Grape Stomp 2012, 10-6-12, 2:29 min.:
2. MN: Millner Heritage Winery Press, 11-6-12, 3:24 min.:
3. MN: Grape Stomp 2012, 11-6-12 – Carlos Creek Winery, 3:17 min.:
4. IA: Garden Winery , Fort Dodge, IA Wine Tasting, 11-19-12 – Garden Winery, 3:17 min.:
5. NE: Whiskey Run Creek Vineyard & Winery, 12-19-12 – Nebraska Passport Program, 1:33 min.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGc4IO1aMgY
6. NE: Schilling Bridge Winery & Microbrewery, 12-19-12 – Nebraska Passport Program, 1:33 min: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MVsNUMFktY
7. WI: Wollersheim Winery - Winery of the Year 2012 - Prairie Fume, 12-19-12, 1:59 min.:
8. MO: Little Hills Winery & Restaurant in St. Charles Missouri, 1-4-13, 4:04 min.:
9. SD: A Tour of Prairie Berry Winery, Hill City, South Dakota, 1-4-13, 3:00 min.:
10. IL: A Taste of the Land – Shawnee Hills AVA, 1-11-13, Fox TV, 3:50 min,:

Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

1. Bayer Crop Science Weed Resistance Management Guide, 29 pages:
2. The history behind "Athony J. Hawkins and the Super Gigantic Y2K Winegrape Glossary"

Articles of Interest

1. "Edward Scissorhands" Replacing Hand Pruning, 1-11-13 – Midwest Wine Press:
2. WV: ARS Scientists Test Improved Stink Bug Trapping Methods, 1-18-13 – Agriculture Research Service (ARS):
3. KS: Prairie Fire Winery opens outlet in dowtown Paxico, 1-19-13 – The Capitol Journal:
4. Brewers See Opportunity In Beer-Wine Hybrids, 1-22-13 – Shaken News Daily:
5. ND wine group to lobby legislature, 1-22-13 – Prairie Business:
6. SD: Rozum bill seeks looser wine shipper law, 1-22-13 – The Daily Republic:
7. Superbrett a wine horror story, 1-22-13 – the Gray Report
8. AU: Biochemist creates wine to fight arthritis and chronic fatigue, 1-22-13 – The Raw Story:
9. IA: A history lesson in herbicide resistance, 1-20-13 – Iowa State University:
10. MO: Has the drought hurt the wine business, 1-24-13 – KTVO:

Calendar of Events

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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