#228 - February 9, 2013


NY76 and NY95 Named at Rochester, NY Viticulture Conference

Bruce Reisch, grape breeder at Cornell University revealed the names of NY-76.0844.24 (Aromella) and NY95.0301.01 (Arandell) at the Viticulture 2013 Conference held in Rochester, NY on February 7th this week.
Arandell – a combination of "arandano," the Spanish word for blueberry, and the "ell" from Cornell -- is the first grape released from the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station's "no-spray" vineyard. Aromella, an aromatic, muscat white wine grape ranks high for winter hardiness and productivity. Arandell and Aromella are the 55th and 56th cultivars released by Cornell's grape breeding program since
Arandell (NY95.0301.01) Is a disease resistant red wine grape that can withstand temperatures down to -12 to -14F. This mid-season grape is a mid-season trailing cultivar with medium vigor. The wines made from this grape will be dark red with berry aromas and light to mediums tannins.
Aromella (NY76.0844.24) is a winter-hardy vigorous semi-upright white wine grape with aromatic muscat wine characteristics. It has moderate disease resistance and can withstand temperatures down to -14 to -17°F. The white wines have notes of pineapple, honeysuckle, citrus peel and floral muscat character.
Arandell grape cluster         Aromella grape cluster
Arandell (above left), Cornell University       Aromella (above right), Cornell University
Additional Resources:
1. Contest harvests names for new winegrapes, 2-7-13 – Cornell University:
2. Cornell University Grape Comparison Chart:
3. Cornell Grape Breeding and Genetics Program:

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

Society of Wine Educators logoThe 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.
Related Topic: How to Pass the CSW: How Well do You Know France?, 2-2-13 – The Bubbly Professor: http://bubblyprofessor.com/2013/02/02/how-to-pass-the-csw-how-well-do-you-know-france/
Autolysis – the disintegration of dead yeast cells in wine due to the action of their own enzymes

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-(8-10), Wine Analysis Workshop – Brainerd, MN

What: Dr. Barry Gump, the VESTA (Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance) wine analysis instructor, will focus on the chemistry numbers critical to wine making. We can't wait to see what Dr. Gump has to share with us in his "box of chocolates!"
When: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday March 8, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 9,  & 8 a.m. to noon, Sunday March 10th
Where: Room E-300, Central Lakes College – Brainerd, MN Schedule and Map to CLC Room E-300 available at the the Brainerd Hotel front desk (Less than a mile).
Workshop fee: $125
Hotel: $52/night + tax  Brainerd Hotel & Conference Center (218-829-1441) room block is being held under "Wine  Workshop/CLC/VESTA for March 8 & 9, with late checkout available 2 p.m. on Sunday 10th, for your convenience. Breakfast options included in the room price.
Social Time: Friday 3-8, and Saturday 3-9 evenings 5-7 p.m. Feel free to bring wines to share for Happy Gump Hour. Join us Saturday in our hospitality suite, and light appetizers will be served.
Saturday Dinner: $20 (incl.) Salad, Prime Rib dinner with all the fixings, and Chocolate Mousse for dessert March 9th 7 p.m. after appetizers in hospitality suite. Location in the Brainerd Hotel Cafe and dinner will be billed to your room unless advised otherwise. Vegetarian option available upon request, plus cash bar, a wide selection of tap beers, wine by the glass & wine list.
Contact: Dennis Emslie Drummond, VESTA Coordinator at demsliedrummond@clcmn.edu. Home Office: 218 828 0311 Cell: 707-738-5312

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

Iowa Wine Growers AssociationRegistration 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.

3-18, 3-25, 4-8 and 4-29: UMN Winemaker Roundtables

In 2013, the enology lab at the University of Minnesota will be partnering with the Minnesota Farm Winery Association in hosting a series of regional winemaker roundtables aimed at wine-makers currently working for bonded wineries in the state of Minnesota. During these roundtables, each participant will bring 2-3 wine samples (tank or barrel sample) that he or she would like to be critiqued by a panel of his or her peers. We will ensure that all of the tastings are done blind, so that each participant may honestly critique the wines and give ideas as to how each wine may be improved prior to bottling. No winemaker is immune from cellar palate, so this gives him or her the opportunity to have the wine tasted by other professionals.
At the beginning of every session, a quick review of common wine faults will be given as a re-fresher before the wines are served. These roundtable sessions will also serve as an opportunity for the University of Minnesota to present wines from trials at the Horticulture Research Center
Winemakers from bonded wineries in Minnesota are eligible to attend these sessions. Space will be limited to 10 Minnesota winemakers at each session.
Registration Contact: Katy Cook @ cook0278@umn.edu or 952-443-1503

Show n Tell

I, along with six others on our ISU Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute’s team attended the Viticulture 2013 Conference in Rochester, NY this past week. This three day conference involved the update research reports from the Northern Grapes Project we are part of along with many other educational speakers talking about the cold climate grape and wine industry. Over 80 exhibitors were present in the exhibit hall.
Our ISU team was also able to visit Cornell’s Geneva, NY Enology research station, several wineries in the Finger Lakes area and the New York Wine & Culinary Center (NYWCC) at Canandaigua, NY. The Center has become a hub for training wine and food professionals within the state and promoting the local NY wine and food industries. The Center is also involved with many community charity projects. Below are just a few of the many photos taken on this trip:
 AstraPouchCornell wine lab mini tanks
(Above, left) AstraPouch display at the Wright Label booth. The wineries were showing a lot of interest in this new type of packaging.
(Above, right) Cornell University’s enology research facility at Geneva, NY. Each of the miniature SS tanks has a cooling jacket that can be plugged into the central glycol system on the wall.
Lakewood VineyardsRed Cat @ Hazlitt 1852
(Above, left ) Dr. Murli Dharmadhikari (R) talking with John Martini, the winemaker at Lakewood Vineyards in Watkins Glen, NY
(Above, right) Red Cat Wine at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards in Hector, NY. Red Cat wine – a sweet Catawba is the #1 selling NY produced wine sold in the state.
Swedish Hill stillNew York Wine & Culinary Center
(Above, left) Old still used at Swedish Hill Vineyards & Winery located at Romulus, NY to produce their ports and brandy.
(Above, right) Front view of the New York Wine and Culinary Center located in Canandaigua, NY.
Many, many other pictures of our visit to New York can be found on my facebook page here:

Notable Quotables

"While 42 percent of Super Bowl viewers told Nielsen they planned on consuming beer during the game, 33 percent told pollsters they planned to drink wine."
From: Envisioning Wine’s Future, 2-5-13 – Palate Press
Alcohol Beverage Control State:
  A U.S. State in which the state government performs the role of wine or liquor distributor and/or retailer.

Marketing Tidbits

1. "40% of all sparkling wines drunk in the U.S. are imported; White wines account for 40.5% of the still wines drunk by Americans"
From: U.S. is tops in something--wine consumption, 2-1-13 – Los Angeles Times
3. North American Winery Total Passes 8,000, 2-4-13 – Wines & Vines Magazine:
Bonded and virtual WineriesWineries by Production Size
4. MEET THE 'ECHO BOOM': The 80 Million People Who Will Save The American Economy, 2-6-13 – The Business Insider: (Excellent Perspective!)


1. THE IMPACT OF GENERAL PUBLIC WINE EDUCATION COURSES ON CONSUMER PERCEPTION, 2-2013, Richard Sagala – American Association of Wine Economists Working Paper 132: http://www.wine-economics.org/aawe/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/AAWE_WP132.pdf

Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

1. The Wine Color Chart, (Excellent): http://winefolly.com/tutorial/wine-color-chart/
2. New World Winemaker: http://www.newworldwinemaker.com/

Articles of Interest

1. MN: Potassium Sorbate as a Wine Preservative, 1-2013, New-worldwinemaker.com:
2. Irrigation: The Root of All Evil? 2-5-13 – wine-searcher:
3. Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Trade Show Comes to Kearney, KTIC Radio:
4. KS: Grape growers: Kansas just too dry to get a good crop, 2-5-13 – CJOnline:
6. Nearly Half of All US Farms Now Have Superweeds, 2-6-13 – Mother Jones:
7. MN: Our view: Let Minnesotans by beer, Wine on Sundays, 2-6-13 – Duluth News Tribune:
8. NY: Cornell's newest grapes: Aromella and Arandell , 2-7-13 Cornell University:

Calendar of Events

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-(8-10), VESTA Wine Analysis Workshop at Central Lakes College – Brainerd, MN. Contact: Dennis Emslie Drummond, VESTA Coordinator at demsliedrummond@clcmn.edu
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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Michael L. White - CCA, CPAg, CSW
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