#237 - April 16, 2013


Oldest Commercial Wine Competition in North America

The California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition was first held in 1855 and is the oldest commercial wine judging competition in North America. May 3rd is the entry deadline for the 2013 competition. The Judging will be done on June 5th – 7th. Only California wines can be entered into this competition. There were 2,800 entries from 600 California wineries in 2012. You can check out last year’s winners here: http://www.bigfun.org/wine/

20 Handy Online Pesticide Management Guides

Setting up a vineyard pest management program is not easy. It takes several years of experience and study to become proficient in this art. Pest identification, sprayer calibration, Worker Protection Standard (WPS) requirements, pre-harvest intervals (PHI), re-entry intervals (REI), mode of action rotation, spray intervals, adjuvant use, mixing order, timing and cost all need to be considered in developing a good pest management spray program.
Here is a list of some good resources that should come in handy:
1. 2013 Midwest Small Fruit Spray Guide PM 1375: https://store.extension.iastate.edu/ItemDetail.aspx?ProductID=4796
5. Pocket Guide for Grape IPM Scouting in North Central & Eastern U.S. , MI State Univ.: http://www.grapes.msu.edu/publications.htm
7. Pesticide Mgt. Chapter in the Vine Balance Sustainable Viticulture Guide, Cornell Univ: http://www.vinebalance.com/pdf/chapter6.pdf
8. eXtension Grape Pest Management portal: http://www.extension.org/pages/54498/growing-grapes-vineyard-ipm
9. Fungicide Resistance Action Committee: http://www.frac.info/frac/index.htm
10. Pesticide Labels and MSDS sheets: http://www.cdms.net/LabelsMsds/LMDefault.aspx
11. Compendium of Herbicide Adjuvants, Southern IL Univ.: http://www.herbicide-adjuvants.com/
12. Airblast Sprayer Calibration, Univ. of Kentucky: http://www.uky.edu/Ag/HLA/calibration.pdf
13. Small Hand Sprayer Calibration, ISU: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/PM1271.pdf
14. NY Extension Pesticide Application Technology portal, Excellent! : http://web.entomology.cornell.edu/landers/pestapp/index.htm
15. Effective Vineyard Spraying by Dr. Andrew Landers, 2010- 262 pp. approx. $61 with shipping: http://www.effectivespraying.com/
16. EPA - Worker Protection Standard (WPS): http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/health/worker.htm
17. ISU Worker Protection Standard training resources: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/pme/WorkerProtect.html
18. EPA WPS Vineyard Worker Compliance Self Study Training document that can be used to comply with the EPA WPS training requirements: http://www.epa.gov/region07/pesticides/pdf/wps_vineyard_training.pdf
19. TracGrape Pesticide Records & Excel Software from Cornell Univ. $60 license fee. http://www.nysipm.cornell.edu/trac/about/about_grape.asp
20. VineSmith’s Pest Management Toolkit (one-of-a-kind pesticide guide – EXCELLENT), $59: http://www.grapes.msu.edu/publications.htm

14 Handy Organic Viticulture Resources

1. Ohio State University has a 46 page organic grape spray guide here:
2. Microbial Biopesticides for the Control of Plant Diseases in Organic Farming, Ohio State Univ.:
3. Washington State University Organic Viticulture Resources:
4. ATTRA has an excellent organic grape production guide here, $5.95 digital, $8.95 print copy:
5. Organic Risk Mgt. Crops Manual, Univ. of MN:
6. Cornell Univ. Organic Grape Guide:
7. National Organic Materials Review Institute:
http://www.omri.org/ 8. National Organic Program USDA homepage: http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop/
9. Iowa Department of Ag Organic Certification Program:
10. ISU Organic Agriculture Extension Program:
11. Commercial Book: The Grape Grower – A Guide to Organic Viticulture by Lon Rombough"
12. Organic Viticulture: An Australian Manual – Government of Victoria:
13. Learning Material on Organic Farming in Europe (put "Viticulture" in search box):
14. Organic ePrints – International Organic Farming Search Portal. (put "Viticulture I search box:
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. (46 days)
Complete information here: http://www.societyofwineeducators.org
Questions: Contact Michael L. White mlwhite@iastate.edu or 515-681-7286

Society of Wine Educators Offers e-Learning to Beverage & Hospitality Industries

By: Tara Thomas, April 09, 2013
Hospitality/Beverage Specialist Certificate is now on-line
The Society of Wine Educators has announced that it now offers its Hospitality/Beverage Specialist Certificate (HBSC) program on-line. The HBSC is an entry-level beverage program for the hospitality and culinary industries and their employees. The program provides a broad base of knowledge, covering all commercially relevant beverages, including water, coffee, tea, soft drinks, beer, sake, cider, wine, and spirits & mixology. All of these topics are now presented in a comprehensive online course, complete with study aids and practice quizzes.
"There has been a huge demand for this material in a convenient format," says Shields Hood, general manager of the Society of Wine Educators. "By putting the entire learning process on-line, we have made a huge step in that direction. It clearly puts this program and the SWE at the forefront of beverage education, not just in America, but in the world."
Successful completion of the Online HBSC Exam – conveniently accessible after registration – will earn candidates the Hospitality/Beverage Specialist Certificate. Once candidates have purchased the HBSC Registration through the SWE Online Store, they will receive an email within 48 hours providing their login information to the Online Course. They can then study at their own pace. At the end of the study course, candidates will receive one hour to complete the 40-multiple-choice question exam. All exam questions are drawn from the HBSC Study Guide.
For more information and a course preview please visit the Online HBSC Website: http://beveragespecialistcertificate.com/
About the Society of Wine Educators:
The Society of Wine Educators is the leading international organization of professionals dedicated specifically to wine and spirits education. It offers several highly-regarded certification programs for professionals in the wine and spirits industry, and its annual conference is the most comprehensive wine education event in America. Exams and seminars are offered throughout the USA and internationally. For more information, please contact: www.societyofwineeducators.org or call 202-408-8777
FREE Midwest Wide CLASSIFIEDS for vineyards and wineries at Midwest Wine Press here:

FREE Grape & Wine Webinar Series - Michigan State University

These webinars are free, but you must register for them separately in advance, by 5:00PM EST on the day prior to each webinar.
4-17-13, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Central Standard Time
Early Season Disease Management – Dr. Annemiek Schilder
5-1-13, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. CST
Understanding Michigan’s Tasting Room Visitors – Dr. Dan McCole
6-26-13 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. CST
Grape Berry Moth Management – Dr. Rufus Issaacs
Webinars are free, made possible by funding from Project GREEEN.
You must register in advance here.
Registration is separate for each webinar. A web link and instructions will be sent to registrants prior to each event.
Further info: Paul Jenkins Grape & Wine Program
Michigan State University,East Lansing, Michigan
Ampelography: The study of and identification of grape varieties.

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.
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
Bodega (boh-day'-gah): The Spanish term for a winery or above the ground wine storage.

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 4:30 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. 4 Elements of a Well Designed Wine Club Brochure, 4-1-13 – Talk is Sheep Marketing:
2. How to improve the use of social media in the wine business? 4-4-13 – Wine Conversation .com:
3. 5 Ways to Improve Your Wine Facebook Marketing with a Cover Photo, 4-11-13 – Talk is Sheep
4. Five Key Components of Winery Sales, 4-13-13 – Midwest Wine Press:
5. A Wine Version of a Tupperware Party in Your Own Home, 4-13-13 – Huffington Post:

Notable Quotables

"Farm programs are being put on a diet with President Obama’s fiscal year 2014 budget, while expanded user fees will fund much of the increase in the Food and Drug Administration food safety budget."

Videos of Interest

1 IA: More Vineyards are Popping up all over Iowa, 4-6-13 KCAUTV – Sioux City
(John & Lenee Sinnot of Old Town Winery in Ida Grove, IA)

Neeto-Keeno WWW Stuff

1. Vin2go Portable Wine Glass, 4-14-13 – Coolest Gadgets:

Articles of Interest

1. MN: New Minnesota Wine Tour Company Knits the Road, 4-8-13 – Midwest Wine Press:
2. Trade Organization for Craft Distillers Announced, 4-9-13 – WineBusiness.com:
3. Scientists unveil world wine map by 2050, 4-9-13 – the Drinks Business:
4. Dehydration, a new way to age wine, 4-12-13 UVinum:
5. Grapegrowers replace tractors with sheep, 4-12-13 – Napa Valley Register:
6. The Wine School Boom, 4-13-13 – Midwest Wine Press:
8. Comparing Biogenic Amines and Polyphenols of Grapes and Wine After Conventional, Biodynamic, and Organic Practices: Which Method is Best?, 4-15-13 – the Academic Wino:

Show n Tell

Covered Bridges Winery
(Left) Kevin Fifo (L) and Kevin Boyle taking a break in their winery after holding a grapevine pruning field day at their Covered Bridges Winery located approximately 2 miles northwest of Winterset, Iowa. They grow Edelweiss, Frontenac, LaCrosse, LaCrescent, Geneva Red, Marechal Foch, Marquette and Seyval blanc in their 5 acre vineyard.
high tunnel structure for table grapes in China
(Above) Chinese farmers growing table grapes under high tunnel structures in Hangzhou, China. Picture from the April 2013 edition of ISU Iowa Produce.org newsletter. Check out China Visit: A Perspective on Chinese Agriculture by Joe Hannan here: http://www.iowaproduce.org/pages/newsletters/files/iowaproduce/2013/april_2013.pdf

Calendar of Events

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
8-(8-18), Iowa State Fair Wine Experience Exhibit. Volunteer announcement will be sent out in July. http://www.iowastatefair.org/
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