#251 - August 27, 2013


Finally!.... I am back from the Iowa State Fair

Spending 14 days setting up, working at the "Wine Experience" and tearing down after the Iowa State Fair puts a BIG kink in my ability to respond to client questions and requests in a timely manner. All this happens at the beginning of the grape harvest season. Not good! Hopefully my absence from the viticulture world is more than offset by the positive promotion of our industry we provide at the Iowa State Fair.
Fair attendance was down slightly this year (-4.5%) with an estimated 1.047 mm people attending. Many blamed the lower attendance to the many schools starting early this year. Even though attendance was lower, Fair receipts were up from last year. Record sales were seen at the Iowa Wine Growers Association’s Wine & Cheese Garden. This is good!
Here are some of the key numbers arising from the Wine Experience at the 2013 Iowa State Fair:
100,000+ visitors checking out the Wine Experience
133 - Wine Experience Volunteers
10,764 lbs. - of grapes stomped
190 - Rounds of competitive grape stomping
6 - Local TV Interviews 2
2 - Local radio station interviews
1 – Magazine interview
1 – A visit by ISU Cy and media video of him stomping grapes
80+ cases of Iowa wine samples tasted in Grand Father’s Barn
It was a GREAT Fair! The weather was good all 11 days with no rain. A special thanks to all the 133+ volunteers who helped work the 180 shifts at the Wine Experience. Below is a list of these special people who helped make the Wine Experience so successful. Forgive me if I may have left out someone. Some people brought up friends and/or relatives who I failed to get their names.
Thanks to the volunteers!
Check out my 137 pictures of the 2013 Wine Experience on my facebook album here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000304374293

Get Ready for the Clay County Fair – Sept. (7-15)

This will be the first year that ISU Extension & Outreach will have a Iowa wine & grape industry display in the Ag Learning Center at the Clay County Fair. I will be working the display and speaking about our industry on the first and last weekends of this fair. The display will be set up as a static information display during the weekdays of the fair. There will be several informational brochures available to the public who visit the display.
A message to you vine/wine types in Northwest Iowa: Feel free to stop by and spend some time telling the public about our industry.
The Clay County Fair is promoted as the World’s Greatest County Fair and has been operating in Spencer, Iowa since 1917. It attracts 300,000+ people each year.
See You at the Clay County Fair! http://www.claycountyfair.com/
FREE Midwest Wide CLASSIFIEDS for vineyards and wineries at Midwest Wine Press here:

Performance of recently released New York grape cultivars in Iowa trials

(Paul Domoto, Professor of Horticulture & Extension Fruit Specialist)
 Arandell grapes
(The cultivar "Aromella" was covered in the last issue of Wine Grower News #250. The cultivar "Arandell" will be covered in this issue.)
‘Arandell’ was named and released in 2013 by Cornell University and the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva, NY. It is a cross between NY84.0101.03 and NY88.0514.01. Vines are considered to be "moderately hardy" and exhibit a high degree of resistance to powdery mildew, downy mildew and Botrytis bunch rot. It is being evaluated as NY95.0301.01 in the 2008 NE-1020 Multi-state Evaluation of Cold Hardy Grape Cultivars Trial at the ISU Horticulture Research Station (HRS) and Tabor Home Vineyards & Winery (THV): http://viticulture.hort.iastate.edu/research/research.html#multistate .
 Glyphosate injury
Glyphosate injury on NY95.0301.01
Both plantings have been exposed to several freezing events and drought in 2012 that have affected vine performance (Table 1). Vines of NY95.0301.01 were planted in 2009, and have been difficult to establish with high mortality at THV (Table 2). Annual pruning weights, early production and cluster weights have been much lower than reported in New York (1.6 lbs pruning weight per vine, 8.5 to 17 lbs of fruit per vine, and cluster weights ranging from 0.15 to 0.27 lbs). Harvest dates have varied due to difference in the growing seasons (Table 3). Vines were found to be very prone to glyphosate injury when it contacted emerging suckers.
Table 1Table 2Table 3

Eagles Landing & Dubuque Heritage do very well at INDY

The Indy International Wine Competition was held from July 31 through August 2 at Purdue University. A total of 2,282 wine were entered into this competition of which 1,770 were from commercial wineries. Even though only two Iowa wineries entered their wines into this competition, they both did very well. Eagles Landing Winery at Marquette received 1-Best of Class, 2-Double Gold and 3-Silver. Dubuque Heritage Winery at Dubuque received 1-Best of Class, 1-Double Gold, 1-Gold and 4 Silver.
Wines from 39 states and 14 countries as far away as France, Australia, Chile and Greece were judged on appearance, aroma, taste, and aftertaste by 44 international judges. You can check out all of the results here: http://www.indyinternational.org/

Four Iowa wineries receive medals at Cold Climate Competition

The 2013 International Cold Climate Wine Competition (ICCWC) was held on 8-16-13 at the University of Minnesota’s Conference Center in Saint Paul, MN. Nearly 300 wines from commercial wineries in 12 states and Canada were entered. Awards were based on blind tastings by 21 expert judges, who include wine writers, restauranteurs, retailers and wine educators.
These four Iowa wineries received medals at this year’s competition: Train Wreck Winery at Algona, 1- Gold, 1 Silver & 2 Bronze; Fireside Winery at Marengo, 1- Silver & 1 Bronze; Tassel Ridge Winery at Leighton, 1- Bronze and Vine Street Cellars at Glenwood, 1- Bronze.
Check the results for this year’s competition here: http://mngrapegrowers.com/competition
Engustment: (from the Latin root gustis or taste) is the stage of ripening when aroma and flavor become apparent. (Starts at about mid-way between veraison and harvest.)

9-27, Post-Fermentation Winemaking Boot Camp – Alto Pass, IL

Where: Alto Vineyards – 8515 HWY 127 North, Alto Pass, IL 62905
Ph: 618-893-4898
When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 2013
Who: Bradley Beam, Wine Maker at Willett's Winery and Cellar
Enology Specialist for IGGVA
Michael Leonardelli, enology Extension Associate, University of Missouri Grape & Wine Institute
Topics Covered: Crushpad Equipment, fermentation management, co-inoculation, additions & adjustments, winery tour and a special spotlight on Norton grapes
Cost: $20 for IGGVA members, $60 for non-members
Please RSVP: no later than September 23 to bradleybeam@gmail.com . Cash and checks may be brought the day of theevent. Make all checks out to IGGVA
Note: Attendees are encouraged to bring some wine to share during the end-of-day social hour.

Neeto-Keeno Stuff

1. Iowa Decanted: http://www.iowadecanted.com
2. 50 States of Wine: http://www.50statesofwine.com/

Marketing Tidbits

1. Oldsters use Pinterest and Instagram more than teens do, 8-19-13 – Venture Beat:
2. Are you adjusting your marketing to boomers, 8-25-13 – SVB On Wine:
3. Winery Website Design for Millennial Wine Drinkers, 8-26-13 – talk is sheep marketing:

Videos of Interest

1. Iowa Wines, 5-17-13 – Iowa IPTV, 4:13 min.:
2. International Standards Coming to Iowa Wines, 8-13-13 – WHO –TV Des Moines:

Notable Quotables

"Beer is made by men, wine by God."
"Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages."

Show n Tell

I stopped by Mark & Kathy Behren’s vineyard on Tuesday (8-20-13) this past week. Their vineyard is located south of Carroll, IA just over the hill to the northeast of Templeton Rye. They have a well manicured 2.5 acre vineyard of Marquette, Frontenac, Frontenac Gris and Brianna. Everything is on a vertical shoot positioned (VSP) trellis system. The vineyard sits on top of a southeast facing hillside. A perfect location!.
 Kathy & Mark Behrensvineyard outhouse
(Above-L) Kathy & Mark Behrens with their dog "Brix" standing between rows of Marquette. 8-20-13
(Above-R) Every vineyard should have its own outhouse! 8-20-13
On Friday (8-23-13) Dr. Murli Dharmadhikari and I stopped by Danish Countryside Vines & Wines located just east of Elkhorn, IA for a visit. Allan & Carol Peterson own and operate this winery and vineyard. Their well manicured vineyard consists of Catawba, Concord, Edelweiss, Frontenac, LaCrosse, Marechal Foch, St. Pepin and Vignoles. Allan does a very good job of producing high quality dry and sweet wines. Danish Countryside currently shows 18 different wines on their website.
Danish Countryside Vines & WinesDanish Countryside Vines & Wines
(Above-L) Carol Petersen looks on from the sales counter as Murli and Allan taste some wine. 8-23-13
(Above-R) Allan Peterson adds yeast to a batch of fresh Peach juice as Murli watches. The fresh peaches were locally grown. 8-23-13
Enophile: (AKA Wino) is one who appreciates and enjoys wine.

Articles of Interest

1. New gadget can "Age" wine in minutes, inventors claim, 8-16-13 – Decanter:
2. SD: Baumbergers find niche in budding industry, 8-13-13 – Dell Rapids Tribune:
3. NE: How Herbicide Drift Threatens Nebraska Vines, 8-21-13 – Nebraska PBS & NPR:
4. The Science of Decanting, 8-21-13 – Wine-Searcher:
5. NE: Cherry county wine continues to earn national recognition, 8-23-13 – Ainsworth Star-Journal:
6. WI: Wine time: Man turns hobby into second career, 8-25-13 – Leader Telegram:

Calendar of Events

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
9-27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Post-Fermentation Winemaking Boot Camp –: Alto Vineyards , Alto Pass IL 62905, ph: 618-893-4898. 9-23 RSVP deadline to bradleybeam@gmail.com
1-(23 & 24), 2014 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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