#249 - July 22, 2013


Volunteer for the Iowa State Fair "Wine Experience"

kids grape stompThis will be the 5th year that the Iowa State Fair has teamed up with the Iowa Grape & Wine Industry to display our industry to the 1million+ visitors that come to the Iowa State Fair each year. The Iowa State Fair will run from Thursday, August 8th through Sunday, August 18th this year.
The "Wine Experience" includes, grape stomping, kids grape activities, display vineyard, equipment display, wine tasting, music and informational speakers and will again be housed in and around Grandfather’s Barn. The Iowa Wine Growers Association Wine & Cheese Garden is now located under the shade trees to the west of the barn. There will be wine, cheese and live music each evening. Under the shade trees on top of the hill next to Grandfather’s Barn.
All volunteers will receive a free entry and parking pass. No experience is necessary. There will be three working shifts each day:
9 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.
1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.          98 shifts left to fill
5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
INTERESTED in having a GOOD TIME and getting in FREE to the Iowa State Fair.
Please consider helping us promote our Iowa Wine Industry to the World.
Contact: Mike White at mlwhite@iastate.edu or 515-681-7286.

Results from the Mid-American Wine Competition – Ankeny, IA

Mid-American Wine CompetitionThe 2013 Mid-American Wine Competition was held July 12-14, 2013, in Iowa, and focused only on the wines of the Midwest. The competition is open only to commercial wineries of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
FREE Midwest Wide CLASSIFIEDS for vineyards and wineries at Midwest Wine Press here:

2013 Intl. Cold Climate Wine Competition

International 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. 3
Competition to be held August 16, 2013
Sponsored by: University of Minnesota & the Minnesota
Grape Growers Association (MGGA)
Argols: Raw cream of tartar crystals (potassium bitartrate) found in chunks at the bottom of the tank. A byproduct of winemaking.

7-(22 &24) Wine Sanitation Workshops – Michigan

7-22-13 Wine Sanitation Workshop, 8:30 a.m. to noon
Where: L. Mawby Winery production facility, 121 4th St. Suttons Bay, MI
Who: Nicholla Hall of Scott Labs & Paul Jenkins of MSU
Cost: $49 for 1st person of winery, $19 for additional winery personnel
7-24-13 Winery Sanitation Workshop, 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Where: Fenn Valley Vineyard & Winery, 6130 122nd Ave., Fennville, MI
Who: Nicholla Hall of Scott Labs & Paul Jenkins of MSU
Cost: $49 for 1st person of winery, $19 for additional winery personnel

7-28, Minnesota Grape Growers Assn. Annual Picnic – Spring Valley, MN

MGGA logo
Where: Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery, 78757 Minnesota 16 Spring Valley, MN  55975
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2013
What: Potluck Picnic
Educational Tours – Trellis & Training Options and Homemade Vineyard Equipment

10-(4-13) Global Learning Adventures Italy Tour - UMN

Join the University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) alumni and friends for a Global Learning Adventure you can't get anywhere else! Discover Italy through unique experiences focused on food culture and sustainability October 4-13.
The tour is open to the U of M community and will be led by Mike White, a Morse Alumni Distinguished Professor in CFANS and head of the Department of Animal Science. Professor White has led numerous student trips to Italy; now alumni & friends of CFANS can take advantage of this opportunity as well!
From Cinque Terre to Chianti, participants will learn about organic winemaking, traditional farming methods, modern enology and land management practices along spectacular views of the Mediterranean coast. Tour an olive grove, visit a Pecorino cheese producer in Tuscany and a Chianina cattle farm. Application and registration fees are due by August 1st. Click here to learn more about the tour.
Questions, contact: Mary Buschette 612-624-1745 or mbuschet@umn.edu
Check out our facebook page here: http://z.umn.edu/caglafb

8-(8 or 13), Harvest Time Sensory Workshop – Perryville, MO

What: These workshops will consist of a short presentation about grape physiology with an emphasis on the changes that occur during ripening and an introduction to principles of sampling grapes within the vineyard after veraison. There will several "hands-on" experiences during which you will sample and evaluate all aspects of the ripening grape…pulp, skins, and seeds. We encourage you to bring grape samples from your vineyard, ideally picked the same morning, for evaluation.
MU Grape and Wine Institute
8-8: 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8th, 2013
Barrens Winery, Perryville, MO
Perryville Registration: please click here
8-13: 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 13th,
Wellington Registration: please click here
Cost: $20 each. Lunch is included, please click here
Snail mail-in registration form: please click here
Sponsored by: University of Missouri Grape & Wine Institute: http://gwi.missouri.edu/

9-21, USAronia Berry Field Day – Homestead, IA

When: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, 9-21-13
Where: Proverbs Ministries, 1681 U Ave. Homestead, IA
Agenda: Mechanical Harvesting Demos at 10 a.m. , Noon, 2 & 4 p.m. Keynote Speaker at 1:00 - "Opportunities for Local Food Producers" Live Christian Music at 2:00 Food, Artisan Vendors all day Kids Games (proceeds to Local Youth Groups)
Cost: FREE!
Note: Bring your lawn chair and enjoy!
Aronia’s Partners:
Good4U Berries
Cryoextraction: The selected partial freezing of grapes to allow a predetermined level of juice concentration via water removal as ice followed by cold pressing.

Videos Worth Seeing

1. Sensitive Sites, Grapes & Vineyards, 5:44 min. – Univ. of NE Extension:
2. Pesticide Drift 1, 4:23 min. – Univ. of NE Extension:
Pesticide Drift 2, 6:09 min. – Univ. of NE Extension:

Neeto-Keeno Stuff

1. Effectiveness of Fungicides on Grape Diseases, 1/13, UKY Extension:
3. ISU Extension Plant & Diagnostic Clinic now on facebook here:

Notable Quotables

"Three wine companies – E. & J. Gallo, The Wine Group and Constellation – accounted for nearly half of all the wine sold in America in 2012."
--- Wine Giants Monopolize U.S. Market, 7-13-13 – Wine Searcher

Marketing Tidbits

1. Winery E-commerce: Online Store Design to Sell More Wine, 7-8-13 – Talk is Sheep Marketing: http://www.talkissheepmarketing.com/blog/bid/296877/Winery-E-commerce-Online-Store-Design-to-Sell-More-Wine
2. Clients vs. Customers
You need to choose.
Customers hear you say, "here, I made this," and they buy or they don't buy.
Clients say to you, "I need this," and if you want to get paid, you make it.
The customer, ironically, doesn't get something custom. The key distinction is who goes first, who gets to decide when it's done.
The provider is rarely better than the clients he is able to attract. On the other hand, the creator often gets the customers she deserves.
--- Seth Godin, 7-15-13
3. "According to Technomic, wine volume grew 2.2 percent in 2012 to 345.1 million 9-liter cases, and retail sales reached $32.3 billion, a 3.6 percent increase over 2011. Wine's share of total adult beverage volume increased slightly to 10.7 percent."
--- Wine Consumption Rises in the U.S. in 2012- Puget Sound Business Journal
4. Wineries should tap into Super-Premium cider craze, 7-16-13 - Rabobank

Show n Tell

Illinois Wine new branding icon
(Left) Joe Taylor, President of the Illinois Grape Growers & Vintners Association and owner of Sleepy Creek Vineyards introduced the new Illinois Wine branding icon on 7-15-13. This branding icon will debut at the Illinois State Fair Aug. 8 – 18th, 2013.
Neeto Keeno! mlw
ISU Extension held a Northern Grapes Research Project field day on Saturday, 7-13-13. The field day involved a tour of vineyard research being done at three cooperating vineyards. Penoach Vineyard & Winery at Adel, IA - Hickory Creek Vineyard owned by Bill James of Adel, IA and Snus Hill Winery & Vineyards at Madrid, IA. Dr. Paul Domoto and Dr. Gail Nonnecke of ISU Horticulture are the researchers involved with these three trial locations. Here are a few pictures from this event:
 NGP Field Day RegistrationNGP Field Day, Penoach
(Above, Left) Dr. Stephanie Groves and Tammi Martin of the Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute helped out with the registration using the tasting room counter at Penoach Winery.
(Above, Right) Approximately 60 people attended the field day. Dr. Paul Domoto started them out here in front of Penoach Winery.
Dr. Nonnecke presents at NGP field dayLaCresent grapes on different treelis systems
(Above, Left) Dr. Gail Nonnecke (center) talked about the LaCrescent grape research being done at Bill James vineyard located north of Adel, IA.
(Above, Right) LaCresent grapes growing on 4 different trellis systems: L-R = Single High Wire, Vertical Shoot Positioned, Geneva Double Curtain and Scott Henry.
Frontenac rows at Snus Hill Winery
(Left) Rows of Frontenac growing on 3 different trellis systems at Snus Hill Winery. L-R = Single High Wire, Vertical Shoot Positioned, Geneva Double Curtain and Scott Henry.
Diane Larson-Snus Hill
(Right) Diane Larson – Co-owner of Snus Hill Winery leads the group on a tour of their very clean wine cellar.
Tabor Home WineryDove nest in Marquette vine
(Above. Left) Paul Tabor of Tabor Home Winery in Baldwin provided wine he had made from experimental Minnesota and Cornell Grape cultivars. Attendees were then asked to score each of these wines on a scorecard.
(Above, Right) Turtle Dove nest in Marquette grapes at Snus Hill Winery.
Check out ALL of the 60 photos of the 7-13-13 Northern Grapes Field Day facebook album here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000304374293&sk=photos  
On Tuesday July 16th I was given to opportunity to teach a group of Iowa high school teachers about the Iowa vineyard & winery industry, provide a tour of our ISU Horticulture Farm Research vineyards. We later visited the Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute on campus where Dr. Murli Dharmadhikari reviewed the basics of Red and White wine production. On Wednesday, July 17th we toured John 15 Vineyard at Scranton, IA; Snus Hill Winery at Madrid, IA and North River Valley Vineyards at Carlisle, IA. This entire two day workshop was sponsored through VESTA (Viticulture Enology Science Technology Alliance).
 Dr. Murli explains triangle testDr. Groves reviews wine chemistry
(Above, Left) Dr. Murli Dharmadhikari shows two vo ag teachers how to do a triangle wine sensory test
(Above, Right) Dr. Stephanie Groves reviews all the wine chemistry tests she performs at the Institute.
VEST tour400+ yearr old burr oak
(Above, Left) Nancy & Dean Rogers in center with our VESTA group.
(Above, Right) John 15 Renovated barn under the 400+ year old burr oak tree.
John 15 event roomNancy Rogers candies
(Above) John 15 event center in bottom floor of renovated barn.
(Above) Nancy Rogers makes grape jam candies and puts them in small decorative boxes. These sell very well for weddings. She also makes grape juice, grape syrup, grape jam, grape jelly, grape pie, and grape filled sugar cookies.
VESTA group tour
(Left) VESTA Group at Snus Hill Winery at Madrid, IA.
Corey Goodhue with VEST groupGoodhue's weed sprayer
(Above, Left) Corey Goodhue (L) shows the VESTA group all the hand tools they use in the vineyard.
(Above, Right) Homemade two row vineyard weed sprayer made my Corey Goodhue .
Check out my facebook photo album of this VESTA workshop and tour here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000304374293&sk=photos  

Articles of Interest

1. Seven easy ways to adjust your wine in the fermenter, Summer 2000, Winemaker Mag.:
2. Red wines may have premature oxidation problems, say Bordeaux researchers, 5-24-13
3. IA: Family land in Cascade used for 7 whites, 4 dry reds and 1 blush, 6-6-13 – Cedar
4. Harvest Machine Reduces Reliance on Labor, 7-15-13 – TheCalifornian.com
5. MN: Minnesota's nascent wine industry sees growth, and challenges, 7-17-13 –
6. MN: Frosty Minnesota's wine industry faces challenges, 7-17-13 – San FranciscoChronicle:

Calendar of Events

7-24, Winery Sanitation Workshop – Fennville, MI. Details here: http://store.chateauchantal.com/store/product/3522/MSU-Workshop-winery-sanitatio/
7-28, Minnesota Grape Growers Association Annual Picnic – Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery at Spring Valley, MN: http://mngrapegrowers.com/mgga-annual-summer-picnic
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/
8-8, Univ. of MO, Harvest Sensory Workshop - Barrens Winery, Perryville, MO Register here: please click here
8-13, Univ. of MO Harvest Sensory Workshop, LaBella Vineyards & Winery, Wellington, MO. Registrater here: please click here
8-26, Growing Great Fruits at Berry Patch Farm, Nevada, IA. Topics include strawberries, raspberries, apples, and blueberries. Details in PFI Field Day Guide.
9-(7-15), Clay County Fair will have a commercial vine/wine exhibit starting this year. Details later: http://claycountyfair.com/
9-10, U.S. Drinks Conference, Jacob Javits Center – NY, NY. Details: http://www.usdrinksconference.com/
9-21, USAronia Berry Field Day – 1681 U Ave. Homestead, IA. Details: http://www.usaronia.com/content/usaronia-berry-field-day
1-(23 & 24), Iowa Fruit & Vegetable Growers Assn. annual conference – Ankeny, IA. Details later here: http://www.ifvga.org/
2-(4-6), Midwest Grape Growers Conference – St. Charles, MO: Details: http://www.midwestgrape.com/
2-(20-23) Minnesota Grape Growers Conference Cold Climate Conference – St. Paul Minnesota. Details later here: http://mngrapegrowers.com/conference
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Michael L. White - CCA, CPAg, CSW
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