#227 - February 1, 2013

Iowa State University Extension & Outreach 2012 Annual Report
Check it out HERE

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

Society of Wine Educators logo
The next Society of Wine Educators, Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) exam held on the ISU campus in Ames, Iowa will be from 2-3 p.m. Monday, June 3rd, 2012. 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. 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 pass 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.

Cold Soak – A period of immersing grape skins and solids in juice prior to fermentation to draw out color and flavor, at a temperature low enough to prevent fermentation from beginning spontaneously.


Presentations and Poster Sessions from VitiNord 2012 now posted Online

International Conference Neurbrandenburg and VitiNord 2012The Cold Climate Viticulture conference "VitiNord 2012" was held from November 26th to December 1st, 2012 in Neubrandburg, Germany and Szczecin, Poland. Twenty-five PowerPoint presentations and 14 posters from this international conference have now been placed Online for "FREE" viewing and download here: http://www.vitinord-nb2012.org/
Here are the 25 PowerPoint presentations from the VitiNord conference:
9. Northern Grapes Project – North Dakota, U.S.
(Spraying Ozonated water in the vineyard)
22. Wine Production – Poland
The 14 poster displays can be found here:
4. Using Amigo Oil for Frost Protection – Max Creek Vineyards – Nebraska, U.S.
12. Vinoble Les Murmures – Quebec, Canada
13. Grape Tests in Latvia – Latvia

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

Northern Grapes ProjectWho:   
Harlene Hatterman-Valenti (left below), North Dakota State Univ.
Justine Vanden Heuvel (right below), 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 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/

New: Winery Planning and Design, Edition 16 is now Available

Winery Planning and Design coverThe latest Edition 16 of Winery Planning Design (1,500+ pages) by Dr. Bruce Zoecklein of Virginia Tech is now available in CD format. It covers the basic essentials of designing a winery, including business planning, economics, facility design, equipment, refrigeration, water requirements, wastewater treatment, lab and HACCP planning, and legal issues.
This publication, in CD format, is the result of a number of short courses and seminars, covering various aspects of winery planning, held in several wine regions around the country. While not regionally specific, the information provided is from a number of authoritative sources, covering such diverse topics as sustainable design, winery equipment, and winery economics.
Winery Planning and Design, Edition 16, is available through the industry trade journal Practical Winery and Vineyard at http://www.practicalwinery.com/bookshelf.htm for $120.
(The entire index and additional information is available at http://www.vtwines.info )

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

Basic Microbiological and Chemical Analyses for Wine coverWSU 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.

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:
Cold Climate Conference 2013
Feb. 21 to 23, 2013 – St. Paul, MN

2-28 & 3-6, Fruit Brandy Distillation Workshops – Mountain Grove, MO

(7- openings left for Thursday, February 28 and 1 opening for Wednesday, March 6)
What: A lecture in the morning will be followed by a hands-on demonstration of a batch distillation using a 250 L still with a 3 plate column. Theory and practical aspects of distillation will be covered during the lecture and throughout the distillation process (limited group size to allow for adequate chances for interaction).
Where: Missouri State University Mountain Grove Cellars, 9740 Red Spring Road, Mountain Grove, MO 65711
When: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb 28 or Wednesday, March 6
Who:   Dr. Karl Wilker Associate Professor of Enology and MSU Winery/Distillery Manager
C. J. Odneal Jr. Cellar Technician
Marilyn Odneal Horticulture and Enology Outreach
Cost: $125.00 per person, including lunch and materials. Please call Pam Mayer 417-547-7533 or 7515 or Leslie Akers at 417-547-7500 or 7516 and be ready to reserve your space with your credit card. We are open 7:30am to 4:30pm, M-F.
(You must be at least 21 years old to attend this workshop. Due to the hands-on nature of this workshop, attendance is limited to 12 participants).

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

"Conversation is the enemy of good wine and food."
Alfred Hitchcock
"Wine is a peep-hole on a man."
Alcaeus c. 625 - c. 575 B.C.
"And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to be  promoted over the trees?
Judges 9:13 (King James Version)
"In vino veritas - In Wine, truth."
Latin proverb. Quoted by Alcibiades in Plato's Symposium
"Wine and food pairing is a fraud foisted on the unknowing. You want to pair wine with the diner, not the dinner."
Cold StabilizationThe process of removing excess tartaric acid from a wine by chilling the wine to a very low temperature.

Show n Tell

On Friday, 2-1-13 I drove down to the Illinois Grape Growers & Vintners Association’s annual conference to speak about our Iowa Quality Wine Consortium program we have in Iowa. I stopped by Lindon Wines located just north of Burlington, Iowa to visit with Dr. Don McCabe. Don and his wife Linda licensed their winery in 2006 and started to produce wines for sale around 2008. Most of their wines are sold wholesale through retail outlets in the area. Don & Linda are in the process of building a retail tasting room next to their wine production facility.
All the wine is made from their own vineyard and some locally grown. The primarily grapes grown in their vineyard include: Frontenac, Fronetenac Gris, Marechal Foch, Marquette, Norton, LaCrosse, and a few Cayuga, Seyval and Prairie Star vines. Pictures below:
Lindon WinesLindon Wines
(Above, left) Don in front of the 2 – 300 lb. white pine doors that open into his wine production facility. The wood came from trees he planted in 1959.
(Above, right) Don standing in his wine production facility with walls built of styrofoam blocks filled with 34 cubic yards of concrete.
Lindon Wines
(Left) A 375 ml bottle of 6 year old aged sherry produced by Lindon Wines. Excellent!!

Marketing Tidbits

1. Is Beer the New Wine?, 1-31-13 – Huffington Post:

Videos of Interest

1. The Story of Bottled Water:

Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

1. Stink Bug Online ID Guide, 1-11-12, Lincoln University Extension, MO:

Articles of Interest

1. WineAmerica Partners with TIPS to Bring Responsible Alcohol Training to Wineries, 1-28-13 – PR Presswire:
2. CA: Silicon Valley Chief Creates Wireless Winery, 1-29-13 – wine searcher: (World’s first wireless fermentation system.)
3. CA: Thirsty Farmers Turn to Wine, 1-30-13 – The Wall Street Journal:

Calendar of Events

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. Agenda & Registration: http://agbioresearch.msu.edu/swmrec/publications/meetingflyers/2013flyerwineval.pdf
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: 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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