#244 - June 7, 2013


ISU Looking for Assistant Professor in Fruit Production

As many of you may already know, Dr. Paul Domoto will be retiring from a very successful career at Iowa State University at the end of this year. Paul has been our Extension State Fruit Specialist and Researcher covering tree fruits, nuts, viticulture and local foods. Paul has been our lead winegrape researcher and is involved with the research being done by the Northern Grapes Project.
This is an Assistant Professor full time tenure tract position which requires a Ph,D.. and relevant experience in horticulture. This position has responsibilities of 60% extension, 25% research and 15% teaching. The deadline for application is 8-1-13 and 1-4-14 is the start date.

6-4-13 Edition of Northern Grape News – now Online

  • Insights from 12 State Baseline Survey
  • Northern Grapes Project Team Profile
- Dr. Jim Luby
- Peter Hempstad
  • The Disease Management Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together
  • Development of New Cold-Hardy Grape Cultivars at the University of Minnesota
Check it out here:
Northern Grapes Project
FREE Midwest Wide CLASSIFIEDS for vineyards and wineries at Midwest Wine Press here:

2013 Direct to Consumer Wine Shipping Report – Worth the Read

I finished reading the 2013 Direct to Consumer Wine Shipping report that was published by ShipCompliant and Wines & Vines Magazine. I found the statistical content of this U.S. wine shipment report fascinating. Here are some highlights of this report:
- The total value of direct-to-consumer shipments was greater than the value of wine exported from the U.S.
- Continued migration of shipments occurring toward the last third of the year.
- California dominates as the #1 destination for wine shipments (32%). While (CA, NY, TX, IL, FL) represent over 60% of all shipments.
- Small wineries account for only 5% of total production, but hold 51% of the value of all direct-to-consumer shipments.
- Wines priced at $50 or more represent 50% of total value of wine shipped, while only 21% of the volume shipped.
- Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Blends and Pinot Noir compose 51.8% of the volume of wines shipped.
You can download the entire 14 page report here:
Immediate Pre-Bloom: Caps are still attached. No flowers are visible.
Initial Bloom: First flowers are open and caps are falling off.
Full Bloom: Most of the flowers are open.

Shoot Thinning best done before tendrils start forming

Dormant pruning is the first and most important step in the process of vineyard canopy management. Shoot thinning would be the second step one can use in the canopy management process.
Shoot thinning involves removing undesirable shoots at the base of spur or "non-count" shoots along the cordon followed by unfruitful shoots along count nodes on each spur. Excess fruitful shoots arising from extra insurance buds (long pruning) left during the dormant pruning process can also be removed.
Ideally, one would like to end up with 4-6 shoots per foot of canopy when done. Removing excess shoots will thin out the future canopy. This will increase sun exposure to the fruit, allow for increased air infiltration for disease reduction and increased pesticide penetration and coverage.
Shoot thinning is best done early in the season prior to berry set. The shoots are much easier to remove when 6-12" in length. Growers with frost prone vineyard sites should plan for shoot removal after the spring frost threat has passed. Shoot removal needs to be completed before the tendrils start to form.
Additional Information:
1. Canopy Management, Teas A & M: http://winegrapes.tamu.edu/grow/canopy.html
2. Canopy Management Concepts, Iowa State University: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/wine/viticulture
3. Shoot Thinning a LaCrosse Grapevine video , 5-31-13 – Mike White, 6:35 min.: http://youtu.be/f1AyxsFCHv8

6-14 & 6-15, Grape Workshops: Achieving Vine Balance - Illinois

June 14 June 15
Friday at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
August Hill Winery/Illinois Sparkling Co.  Heimann Vineyard
21N 2551 Road,  7438 E. Grant Road
Peru, IL Walnut Hill, IL
  (see directions, GPS does not work well)
The goal of this workshop is to make grape growers comfortable with taking samples and making calculations to accurately determine yield. This is the most critical sampling and calculation procedure that allows for a reliable way of improving consistency and quality of Illinois vineyard production. Mastering these steps is necessary if our wine industry is to expand and prosper. This is also an excellent opportunity for winemakers to meet new or expanding growers as we as an industry strive to achieve the next level of vine balance in our vineyards. We will also discuss assessing vine health, vigor and balance and demonstrate methods of improving vine health.
The meetings will each begin at 9:30 a.m., with registration starting at 9:00 a.m. Registration is 15.00 for individual IGGVA members or $20.00 per vineyard or non-IGGVA member and will be taken at the door. Registration includes publications and handouts.
9:30 am – Crop Estimation, Jake Emling, Michigan State Univ., Grad Research Asst., Dept. of Horticulture
10:05 am – Breakout discussion over coffee, Elizabeth Wahle, Univ. of IL Extension
10:25 am – Cluster Thinning Calculations, Jake Emling
10:45 am – Vineyard Floor & Fertility Management, Brad Taylor, Southern IL Univ.- Carbondale
11:15 am – Vineyard Walkthrough and Field Calculations, Jake Emling
12:30 pm – Adjourn
12:30 pm – Sparkling Wine Process and Tasting (Friday only) Mark Wenzel, August Hill Winery/Illinois Sparkling Co.
Directions to August Hill Winery/Illinois Sparkling Co: From I-39. Take Exit 54 (Oglesby). Turn west (away from Oglesby), and go straight through all three stop lights. Follow the winding road for about two miles past a golf course on right and down a steep hill. At the bottom of the steep hill, go straight at the stop sign (N 2551st Rd). The winery is 1.7 miles on left, offset up on the hill. The winery is white with a Burgundy roof, and there are a couple of semi-trailers parked near it. Look for a blue sign near the entrance of the driveway with the address "21N 2551Rd." The winery office number is 815-224-8199 if you need assistance. Note: The meeting room location within the winery is maintained at 60°F, so a sweater or jacket would be appropriate.
Directions to Heimann Vineyard: From I-57. Take Exit 103 (Dix). Go west on Co. Hwy 39 (Irvington-Dix Rd) 3.0 miles. Turn right (north) onto Old Centralia Lane. Go 1 mile north, turn right (east) onto East Grant Road, Vineyard is directly ahead 1/4 mile. From Hwy 51. Take Co. Hwy 39 East 8.0 miles. Turn left (North) onto Old Centralia Lane. Go 1 Mile North, turn right (East) onto East Grant Road, Vineyard is directly ahead 1/4 mile.
If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program or need additional information, please contact Elizabeth Wahle at wahle@illinois.edu or 618-344-4230.

2013 Intl. Cold Climate Wine Competition

Cold Climate Wine CompetitionOpen to: Commercial wineries only, 31 different categories
Cost: $40 per entry
Online Registration: Starts Friday, May 17, and closes at 11:00 p.m. CST on Thursday, August 1. Pre-registered entries must arrive by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, August 5.
Competition to be held August 16, 2013
Sponsored by: University of Minnesota & the Minnesota Grape Growers Association (MGGA)

IL State Fair Amateur Wine Competition Open to Midwestern States

Illinois State Fair Wine CompetitionEntry Deadline: 6-11-13
Judging: 6-(17-19)-13 at Lincoln Land Community College – Springfield, MO
Cost: $15 per entry.
Open to: all Midwestern amateur wine makers.

6-14, Getting Ready for Harvest, Columbia, MO

Havesting grapesWhen: 10 a.m. to Noon, Friday, June 14th
Where: Room 107 Ag Engineering (click for map) University of Missouri – Columbia
Sponsored by: the Grape & Wine Institute
Who: José Santosfor, Enartis Vinquiry’s President
Seminar topics will address:
- Acid corrections during harvest: managing high pH and high TA in juice
- Improve tannin and color extraction
- Green character management
- Achieving stability and sensory balance from harvest
There is no charge for attending the seminar but an RSVP is requested. If you'd like to attend, please RSVP by email or call the Institute at (573) 882-6656 and let us know you'll be joining us.

6-22, MGGA Summer Spray Program Seminar – Red Wing, MN

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday June 22, 2013.
9:30 a.m. Registration opens.
Where: Flower Valley Vineyard – 29212 Orchard Rd Red Wing, MN  55066 ph: 651-388-1770
Who: Brian Nelson, Crop Production Services – Galesville, WI
What: - Insecticides, Herbicides and Fungicides used in the vineyard
- Sprayer Calibration
- Leaf Canopy & Thinning
- Proper Sprayer Penetration
Cost: $10 MGGA Members, $25 non-MGGA members

7-1 Deadline – Iowa State Fair Commercial & Amateur Wine Competition

Iowa State FairJuly 1st is the early entry deadline for the Iowa State Fair amateur and commercial wine competition. Late entries can be made from July 2nd to 8th for twice the regular entry fee. Amateur fees are $5 / $10 and the commercial fees are $25 / $50. Amateur entries need to be delivered to the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 22nd. The commercial entries need to the Iowa State Fairgrounds from July 15th -19th. Both competitions are open to only Iowa winemakers.

7th Annual Mid-American Wine Competition

Mid-American Wine Competition
Entry Deadline: June 28, 2013
Competition Dates: July 12, 13, 14, 2013
Cost: $25.00 Food/Wine Pairing Competition per entry
$40.00 Traditional Competition per entry
You may also be interested in knowing about the Food/Wine Pairing portion of the MAWC that was featured last year in the Iowa Ingredient television series from Iowa Public TV. You can check out the 4:13 min. video here: http://www.midamericanwine.org/Pages/videos.aspx

6-(9-14), 1st International Elderberry Symposium - MO

When: 6-(9-12), Sun. – Wed. Scientific Presentations
6-(13-14) Thurs.-Fri. Producer Program
Where: Scientific presentations will be head at
Stoney Creek Inn, 2601 S. Providence Rd
Columbia, MO 65203
ph: 573-442-6400
Producer Program will be held at
Eridu Farms, 19010 S. Mackie Lane
Hartsburg, MO 65039
ph: 573-657-1177
Questions: Andrew Thomas, Email: thomasal@missouri.edu ; Phone: 417-466-0065
Need at ride?
I will be attending the Producer Forum. Leaving Indianola, IA on the afternoon of 6-12 and arriving back the evening of 6-14. Mike White: 515-681-7286

Reminder to Register for 6-26 MSU Grape Berry Moth Mgt. FREE Webinar

6-26, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. CST Free Webinar on Grape Berry Moth Management by Dr. Rufus Isaacs, Michigan State University. Pre-registration required: http://store.chateauchantal.com/store/product/3230/MSU-Webinar-GrapeB-Moth/
Latent Bud: Axillary buds that remained underdeveloped for a season or longer. Such buds may remain dormant indefinitely. Shoots, water sprouts on the arms of older vine parts and suckers from below the ground arise from these latent buds.

Marketing Tidbits

1. Does Mobile POS Really Work? 6-4-13 – Vin65:
2..How to Sell More Wine Direct to Consumer, 6-5-13 – Vin65: (4 excellent ppt presentations:
3. Twitter tastings, wine marketing, and what comes next, 6-7-13 – The Wine Curmudgeon:
4. "The tried and true is beyond reproach. It's been tried, and of course, it's true. True because it worked.
In times of change, though, most of the tried is in fact, false. False because what used to work, doesn't, at least not any longer.
Sure, it might be what you've always done. But that doesn't make it true, or right, or best.  It just means that you already tried it.
The nature of revolutions is that they destroy the perfect and enable the impossible. Seeking out the tried and true is the wrong direction for crazy times."
From: Tried and false, 6-2-13 Seth Godin

Notable Quotables

"71% of American adults aged 21 and older drink some type of alcohol, whether that be beer, hard cider, liquor, wine, or wine coolers, and Millennials (21-34) make up 27% of that group"

Videos of Interest

1. Remote-controlled helicopter tested for use in vineyard applications, 6-7-13 – UC Davis, 3:25 min.:
2. Fresno State Commercial Winery, 3:21 min.: http://fresnostate.edu/agf/winery/

Articles of Interest

1. IA: Former school could become winery, 5-31-13 – Ft. Dodge Messenger:
2. Business gives wine bottles new uses, 6-2-13 – USA Today:
3. SD: Sidewalk wine ordinance up for approval, 6-3-13 – The Daily Republic:
4. Brown Marmorated Stink Bug: What's In Store For 2013, 6-6-13 – Growing Produce:
5. Is diammonium phosphate, which is found in wine, bad for our health? 6-6-13 – Wine

Calendar of Events

6-26, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. CST Free Webinar on Grape Berry Moth Management by Dr. Rufus Isaacs, Michigan State University. Pre-registration required: http://store.chateauchantal.com/store/product/3230/MSU-Webinar-GrapeB-Moth/
6-(9-14), First International Elderberry Symposium at Columbia, MO. Details here: http://muconf.missouri.edu/elderberrysymposium/
6-11, Wine Microbiology Workshop, ISU Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute – Ames, IA Kenneth C. Fugelsang, Professor Emeritus – California State University, Fresno. http://www.extension.iastate.edu/wine/upcomingevents
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/
6-28, Deadline to enter Mid-American Wine Competition to be held July 12 – 14th: http://www.midamericanwine.org
7-(1-8), Deadline for Iowa State Fair Amateur / Commercial Wine competition. 7-1 deadline is $5 / $25 and 7-(2-8) deadline is $10/$50 per entry. Two bottles per entry. In-state only. http://www.iowastatefair.org/competition/categories/
7-13, ISU Extension Northern Grape Project Vineyard Field Day – Adel & Madrid, Iowa. Details later.
7-28, Minnesota Grape Growers Association Annual Picnic – Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery at Spring Valley, MN. 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
8-12, 2 -7:30 p.m. Fruit and Vegetable Field Day, Horticulture Research Station - Ames. Sponsored in part by PFI and IFVGA. Registration is now open here: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/2013-aug-12-fruit-and-vegetable-field-day
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/
1-(23 & 24), Iowa Fruit & Vegetable Growers Assn. annual conference – Ankeny, IA. Details later here: http://www.ifvga.org/
U.S. Drought Monitor Map

EPA WPS – R U in Compliance?

Keep Out Pesticides Danger signHave you applied pesticides in your vineyard within the last 30 days?
Do you have workers working in your vineyard?
You need to comply with the EPA Worker Protection Standard.
Complete details in Wine Grower News # 234 here: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/wine/growersnews/234-march-26-2013  
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