#236 - April 9, 2013


New Fungicide from FMC with Very Unique Properties

The EPA has recently granted registration for Fracture fungicide from FMC, a preventative fungicide for use in grapes, stone fruit, strawberries, and tomatoes. Fracture provides grape growers with a completely new mode of action for the prevention and management of powdery mildew and botrytis.
The active ingredient in Fracture is composed of a biosynthetic of polypeptide beta-conglutin that is naturally found in the cotyledons (first 2 leaves) of lupines . This active ingredient BLAD (Banda de Lupinus albus doce – White Lupin) has a new mode of action that is not defined by the current International Fungicide Resistance Action Committee (FRAC) codes.
BLAD is a multi-site active ingredient that coats fungal cell walls and deforms chitin structures. Within an hour of exposure, Fracture covers the fungal cell membrane, preventing the absorption of nutrients, cell wall synthesis, and cellular division. After four hours of exposure, the fungal cell can no longer reproduce, and within eight hours, the fungal cell is dead. Fracture fungicide features a four hour re-entry interval (REI) and a zero day pre-harvest interval (PHI), making it possible for growers to spray and harvest within the same day. State registrations for Fracture are pending but should occur soon.
FMC signed an exclusive distribution and development agreement on 2-7-12 with Consumo em Verde (CEV), Biotecnologia das Plantas, S.A. of Portugal for BLAD. BLAD was initially patented by the Instituto Superior de Agronomia of Lisbon University in Portugal.
Further Resources:
1. BLAD Patent application by the Instituto Superior de Agronomia of Lisbon University in Portugal,12-4-08
2. FMC Locks in Exclusive Rights to New Fungicide, 2-7-12 – AgFax.com:
3. FMC IR4 – Food Use Workshop Presentation , St. Louis, MO:
4. EPA Approves New Fungicide from FMC, 4-3-13 – Growing Produce:
SWE 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, 2013. (44 days)
Complete information here: http://www.societyofwineeducators.org
Questions: Contact Michael L. White mlwhite@iastate.edu or 515-681-7286

A Year in the Life of a LaCrosse Vineyard – 2009

Early bud swellBack in 2009 I decided to do a LOW budget sequenced photo documentary of a LaCrosse vineyard from pre-budbreak through winter hardening. Gary Harman, owner of Walnut Ridge Vineyard located approximately three miles north of Indianola, Iowa allowed me to use his LaCrosse vineyard for this project. I ended up with a lot of good photos by the end of the 2009 season.
Unfortunately I did not do anything with these photos until last week when I came across the WELL hidden file folder that I had long forgot and other priorities had buried. I have now resurrected these photos and displayed them in a pdf document entitled "A Year in the Life of a LaCrosse Vineyard – (2009)". You can view or download this document here: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/wine/viticulture
Note: For some reason the first picture comes up blurred when using a Firefox browser. It looks fine in the Internet Explorer browser or if you download it and view with Adobe Acrobat. mlw
FREE Midwest Wide CLASSIFIEDS for vineyards and wineries at Midwest Wine Press here:

FREE Swirl it iPhone App - Get your winery on the list!

Swirl ItSwirl it is a taste-based wine recommendation tool that helps you choose wines from menus at your favorite local restaurants, bars and events. No need to be taking notes. Swirl it! keeps track of your tasting history for you. That way you can find out where to purchase it for your own wine collection or where else you can drink it nearby.
Swirl it’s database currently has 15,000+ wines and 5,000 + locations, with more being added daily.
Is your winery listed on Swirl it? Here is the reply I received from the Swirl it folks when I asked how much it costs to sign up a winery: mlw
"Thanks so much for reaching out! As of now, there is no cost associated to adding a winery's wines. We are focused on providing our users with the best experience possible, thus the more wines in the database the better! What winery would you like to add the wines for? Either you can send me a list of the wines via the spreadsheet attached and I can add them or you can simply add them in the app and associate them to a spot." lease let me know if you have any questions or would like help adding the wines yourself.
Thanks! -Brittany
Check out the Swirl it app here: http://swirlitapp.com/
Good article about Swirl it: Meet Swirl It, A Location-Focused iOS App For Wine Drinking And Discovery [TCTV] – 4-4-13: http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/04/swirl-it-wine-app-iphone/
Angular: Angular wines are wines that lack roundness, generosity, and depth. Wine from poor vintages or wines that are too acidic are often described as being angular.

Free Online & Phone App Weed ID Guide from University of MO Extension

ID Weeds apYou don’t need to be a weed identification expert to ID that weed in your lawn, garden, field, pasture, pond or vineyard. The University of Missouri now haa a FREE weed ID app Online and smartphone app that will help you identify 424 grass & broadleaf weeds commonly found in the Midwest. The app became available in December of 2012 and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad running iOS 5.1 or later, and devices running Android 2.2 or later.
Details & Download here: http://weedid.missouri.edu/
Briery: I think of California Zinfandel when the term briery comes into play, denoting that the wine is aggressive and rather spicy.

4-11, Barrel, Oak and Glass Winery Clinic – Trempealeau, WI

Where: Elmaro Vineyard, Trempealeau, Wisconsin
When: April 11, 2013 Registration at 8:30 a.m.
Who: Open to anyone interested - $20 per student (Limited to first 40 registrants)
Agenda: 9:00 - 9:45 Barrels, types and toasts – Dan Brick
9:45 - 10:30 Selecting the right barrel for your wine – Dan Brick
10:30 - 10 45 Break sponsored by Precision Wine Bottling
10:45 - 11:30 Barrel demonstration: creating and repair - Brick Packaging
11:30 - 12:15 Lunch courtesy of Brick Packaging
12:15 - 1:00 Bottles: What’s the difference? Brick Packaging
1:00 - 1:45 Closures: Selecting the right closure. Brick Packaging
1:45 - 2:30 Preparing wine for bottling – Katie Cook, UMN Enologist
2:30 - 3:00 Break sponsored by Precision Wine Bottling
3:00 - 3:45 Bottling with a mobile unit (hands on activity) Precision Wine Bottling
3:45 –-4:00 Q&A and Goodbyes!
Register: by calling Elmaro Vineyard at 608-534-6456
Or sending a check to: Elmaro Vineyard
N14756 Delaney Road
Trempealeau, WI 54661
Information: Contact Lynita, Todd or Cam at 608-534-6456.

4-20, Growing Quality Grapes Workshop – Frontenac, MN

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013
Registration begins at 8:30 AM
Where: Frontenac, Minnesota, Frontenac Sportsman's Community Center
Agenda 1. Balancing your vines    2. Fertilization for Quality
3. Foliar Fertilization for quality fruit    4. Sun exposure to maximize fruit quality
5. Harvesting and Delivering a high quality crop
Speakers: John Marshall Owner, Great River Vineyard, 35 years experience grower, nurseryman, Larry Shafer: VP Agro-K Corp., 40 years developing foliar fertilization technology.
Cost: $50 plus $40 for each additional person in your party. ($90/couple, $130 for 3 etc.)
Payment: Send a check made out to "GRV" to the following address or call toll-free (877-345-3531) to use a credit card. We take Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express.
Great River Vineyard, Nursery, Winery
35680 Highway 61
Boulevard Lake City, MN 55041
ph: (877) 345-3531 Toll Free
Lodging: Options in Lake City with lake views of Lake Pepin, are-
AmericInn Motel - 877-345-5611
Sunset Motel - 800-945-0192
Alaska Lodge - 800-325-2270

4-(20-22) Wine Sensory Workshop – Michigan State University

When: Registration is now open for the Wine Sensory Workshop on Saturday & Sunday, April 20- 21, 2013. Starts at 8:45 a.m. each day
Where : University Club of Michigan State University, 3435 Forest Road, Lansing, MI. The University Club is just south of the main campus
Who: Instructor and sommelier Ruth Ryberg.
Information Brochure:
Cost: $150, for both days . Limited to 30 people.
Sponsored by: VESTA, the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology, the MSU Beverage Program and the Michigan Wine Foundation.

4-(27-28, Intensive Tasting Proficiency Training - ISU

Aroma samplesWhen: 9 a.m to 4:40 p.m. each day. Sat/Sun, April 27-28, 2013
2311 Food Sciences Building
Iowa State University - Ames, IA
This workshop will benefit both beginners and established professionals who wish to produce, sell, serve, purchase, or simply enjoy quality wine! This course can be used to certify those who wish to volunteer for the Iowa Quality Wine Consortium (IQWC) sensory panel.
Participants will learn a variety of skills in wine evaluation to become proficient in tasting wines critically. The workshops begin with the major components in wine including sugars, acids, alcohols and tannins. Exercises will be completed in white and red wine aroma identification, varietal identification, wine flaws and faults, and consistency in scoring among others.
This is a 2-day intensive workshop. We will meet from 9 am – 4:30 pm each day (with a 90 minute break for participants to leave for lunch).
Participants who attend this workshop may test their proficiency if they wish. Separate testing date TBD. Those who pass the proficiency test have the option to volunteer on the IQWC sensory certification panel.
Cost : IQWC members: N/A (included with membership)
Non-members: $50 per person
Registration: Contact Tammi Martin, 515-294-3308 or tkmartin@iastate.edu
(Participants must be at least 21 years of age). Space is limited.
For IQWC membership information, contact Joan O’Brien, Iowa Wine Growers Association, 515-262-8323, joano@agribiz.org, http://iowawinegrowers.org/

Marketing Tidbits

1. U.S. Women Control the Purse Strings, 4-2-13 – Nielsen:
2. North Carolina Department of Commerce Wine Marketing Tools:

Notable Quotables

"An acre of Napa Valley vineyard can sell from $50,000 to $300,000, depending on location and the all-important concept of terroir."
From: Napa ag lands remain most expensive in U.S. 4-4-13 Napa Valley Register
"In fact, the biggest growth in sales (at 15%) was of bottles selling at over $100. These now represent 19% of the value of all direct shipments".
From: The increasingly profitable model of selling direct, 4-4-13 – The Joseph Report
"24 Funny Wine Quotes", 4-3-13 – Wine Folly:
"They predict that under most climate models, as much as 47 percent of land suitable for wine grapes will be lost in the areas of Chile that have a Mediterranean-like climate. They also indicate that 59 percent of wine country in western North America — mostly in California — will be severely stressed by heat and declining rainfall, and that 74 percent of such land in Australia will no longer be compatible with viticulture."

Videos of Interest

1. Making Music with Wine Glasses, 3-28-13 the Drinks Business TV, 2:00 min:
2. IA: Grape Crop: Enjoying Late Warm-up, 4-6-13 – WHO TV13:
3. IA: Pruning a 4 Year Old Marechal Foch Grapevine, 3-22-13 - Mike White, ISU Extension , 9:36 min.
4. IA: Pruning Leon Millot & the Balanced Pruning Formula, 3-22-13 – Mike White, ISU Extension, 3:49

Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

2. Ancient Wine Press for "Pauper’s Wine" and Vinegar Unearthed in Israel, 4-4-13 – GreenProphet.com:
3. NEW - Spotted Wing Drosophila factsheet from Ohio State University:

Articles of Interest

1. Links to the Grapevine Red Blotch Webinar have been posted,4-1-13 Univ. of California"
2. MN: Fact Check: Minneapolis "wine inspectators", 4-2-13 – Minneapolis Star Tribune:
3. The Truth About Sulfites in Wine, 4-3-13 – New York Daily Record:
4. NE: After Major Fire, St. Paul Winery Hopes to Reopen in May, 4-3-13 – NE Radio Network:
5. OH: Pomace May Not Be For More Than Just Fertilizer, 4-4-13 – Wallaces Farmer:
6. NY: Replacing Unwanted Vines with Better Varieties: Field Grafting Offers Solution for New York Producers, 4-4-13 – New York Cork Report:
7. ND: North Dakota Makes Direct Shipping Easier for Wineries & Retailers, 4-5-13 – Ship Compliant
8. AR: Organic is not just a passing fad for some wineries, 4-7-13 – Star Phonix:

Show n Tell

 Wine Spectator's March Madness
(Above) Wine Spectator's annual March Madness competition put wineries from Kansas, Kentucky, New York and Michigan in a run-off. Larry Mawby of L. Mawby Vineyards – Suttons Bay, MI narrowly edged out Bob DesRuisseaux of Prairie Fire Winery- Paxico, KS.
Check out the entire story here: One Winning Moment: the 2013 Final Four Taste Off, 4-8-13 – Wine Spectator
PS: Bob and his wife Julie attended Larry’s talks on sparkling wines at the 2013 Iowa Wine Growers Association Conference held in mid-March.

Calendar of Events

4-11, Barrel, Oak and Glass Winery Clinic – Elmaro Vineyard, Trempealeau, WI. Contact Lynita, Todd or Cam at 608-534-6456
4-(16-18), License to Steal – Geneva on the Lake, Ohio. Details here: http://www.nationalwinemarketing.com/
4-20, Growing Quality Grapes Workshop – Frontenac, MN. Contact: John Marshall at: 877-345-3531 Toll Free or grv@mchsi.com or http://www.greatrivervineyard.com
4-(20-22), Wine Sensory Workshop – Michigan State University: http://www.vesta-usa.org/main/images/stories/PDF/4.2013%20wine%20sensory%20workshop%20ryberg.pdf
4-(27-28), Intensive Tasting Proficiency Training – ISU Food Science Building. Contact Tammi Martin, 515-294-3308 or tkmartin@iastate.edu
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
6-1, Swine Festival on the DMACC campus, Ankeny, IA http://swinefestival.com/
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/
7-28, Minnesota Grape Growers Association Annual Picnic. Details later here: http://mngrapegrowers.com/
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
8-16, 5th Annual International Cold Climate Wine Competition. Details here: http://mngrapegrowers.com/competition
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