#253 - September 11, 2013


$ Value of Grapes in a 750 ml Bottle of Wine

$Ton 130 gal./ton 140 gal./ton 150 gal./ton 160 fal./ton
$ 800 $1.23 $1.14 $1.07 $1.00
$ 900 $1.38 $1.29 $1.23 $1.13
$1,000 $1.54 $4.42 $1.33 $1.23
$1,100 $1.69 $1.57 $1.47 $1.38
$1,200 $1.85 $1.71 $1.60 $1.50
$1,300 $2.00 $1.86 $1.73 $1.63
$1,400 $2.15 $2.00 $1.87 $1.75
$1,500 $2.31 $2.14 $2.00 $1.88
$1,600 $2.46 $2.29 $2.13 $2.00


Honeybees on the crush pad - Not Good

I mentioned several good reasons not to have honeybees around vineyards in Wine Grower News #246 back on 6-27-13. The two main reasons I mentioned were:
1. Insecticide applications in the vineyard can be very detrimental to bees foraging for pollen and nectar in the vineyard.
2. Honey bees can become a serious nuisance when the grapes ripen at harvest.
I have received several calls within the last few days asking for ideas on how to deter honeybees away from the crush pad during harvest. Here are my recommendations:
  (Above) Honeybees on grape pomace.
David Klodd, 9-8-13
1. Wash down the press pad and equipment frequently to keep any sugar from attracting the bees.
2. Press inside of a closed building.
3. Press early in the morning or late in the evening when the bees are less active.
4. Press at night when bees are not flying.
5. Cover the hive(s) if you know where they are, with a bee net to keep them home while crushing grapes.
6. If possible, move the hives at least 2 miles away.
Spraying an insecticide to deter the bees can risk contamination of the grape processing equipment and risk killing out the hives where the bees are originating from. Once a honey bee finds a food source, they quickly fly back to the hive to inform the others. Rinsing down the press pad completely and often is probably the best way to deter honeybees. mlw
Buy & Sell Grapes on the Iowa Wine Growers Association’s FREE
Grape Exchange WWW site here:

Stop by 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 talking to 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. mlw
See You at the Clay County Fair! http://www.claycountyfair.com/
FREE Midwest Wide CLASSIFIEDS for vineyards and wineries at Midwest Wine Press here:
Northern Grapes News
Check out the latest issue of Northern Grape News- 8-28-12, Vol. 2, Issue #3
The first known reference to a specific vintage was made by Roman Scientist Pliny the Elder, who rated the wine of 121 B.C. "of the highest excellence".

9-21, 2013 Loess Hills Wine Festival – Council Bluffs, IA

Western Iowa Grape Growers Association (WeIGGA) is sponsoring the 2013 Loess Hills Wine Festival. The festival will be held on Saturday September 21st, 2013 from 2pm to 10pm at Tom Hanafan Rivers Edge Park (Iowa side of the Bob Kerrey walking bridge), Council Bluffs, Iowa. The Festival will conclude with a showing of the movie Bottle Shock on a big screen in the park.
This event continues to grow in popularity and is becoming the annual must attend event. The grapes have been harvested, the wine is fermenting and it is time to celebrate! This year will feature 5 Western Iowa Wineries including, Prairie Crossing, Sugar Clay, Vine Street Cellars, Prairie Hawk Winery, Wabash Wine Company and 1 local brewery, Keg Creek Brewery. There will be 3 great bands providing live music during the festival including, JB Acoustic (2pm to 4pm), MoJo Bag (4pm to 6pm) and Pink Kadillac (6pm to 10pm). The Loess Hills Wine Festival is a fun event for the entire family. Activities will include craft and local food vendors, hayrides, a grape stomp, food, live music and wine and beer tasting for the adults. Adult admissions receive a souvenir wine glass and 10 tasting tickets. Advance tickets for ages 21 and over (normally $30) are $15 per person if purchased before September 1st at WeIGGA’s web site http://www.weigga.org/html/admission.html VIP Tickets are $50 and Children ages 10 to 20 years old are $10. Children under 10 are free.
The schedule of events is as follows:
2:00 pm Doors open for VIP guests and VIP tastings
3:00pm Doors open for all
2-10pm Hayrides
2-8 pm Wine Tasting
2-10pm Wine available for purchase
6-8 pm Grape Stomp
3-8 pm Food Vendors Available
2-10 pm Live Music – JB Acoustic, MoJo Bag, Pink Kadillac
10 pm Showing of movie Bottle Shock
Information for this event may be found at: http://www.weigga.org/html/wine_festival.html . If you have questions or need additional information, please email festival@weigga.org .
WeIGGA is a non-profit organization and this is WeIGGA’s largest fundraising event with the proceeds helping us to continue to support our growing grape industry and Western Iowa tourism.
Society of Wine Educators logo
The next Society of Wine Educators, Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS) exam held on the ISU campus in Ames, Iowa will be from 11a.m. to noon Thursday, January 9, 2014. (121 days from now.)
Complete information here: http://www.societyofwineeducators.org
Questions: Contact Michael L. White mlwhite@iastate.edu or 515-681-7286

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 the event. Make all checks out to IGGVA
Note: Attendees are encouraged to bring some wine to share during the end-of-day social hour.

10-(19-20), Intensive Tasting Proficiency Training – Ames, IA

When: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun. October 19-20, 2013
Where: ISU Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute, Food Sciences Building, Iowa StateUniversity – Ames, IA
sensory flightThis 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 (& current tasting panelists): N/A (included with membership)
Non-members: $50 per person
For IQWC membership information, contact Joan O’Brien, Iowa Wine Growers Association, 515-262-8323, joano@agribiz.org , http://iowawinegrowers.org/
Registration: Space is limited. To make your reservation, contact Tammi Martin, Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute, 515-294-3308, tkmartin@iastate.edu  (Participants must be at least 21 years of age).

10-20, 1st Driftless Experimental Wine Festival –Hanover, IL

When: 2 – 4 p.m. Sunday, October 20, 2013 6
Where: Fergedaboutit Vineyard & Winery, 4595 W. Spear Rd. Hanover, IL 61641
What: The Driftless Experimental Wine Festival was initiated to bring together independent wine makers who produce wines made from grapes grown within the Upper Mississippi River Valley AVA (Northwest Illinois, Northeast Iowa, Southeast Minnesota, and Southwest Wisconsin), AKA the Driftless Area.
Wine makers, commercial or independent, are invited to exhibit wines made from northern cultivars grown in the Driftless Area. Wines for exhibition can be new, in process of aging or undergoing bench trials. Gerald Podraza of Mount Hope Vineyard said the objective of the Festival is to provide winemakers with feedback about wines they are developing. The Festival is also open to consumers.
All revenue generated from the Festival will fund college scholarships at Southern Illinois University in the academic specializations of horticulture and architecture (winery design.)
This event requires registration two weeks in advance.
Contact Gerry at: MountHopeVineyard@yahoo.com for more information.

3-30 to 4-15, 2014 Australia Winery & Vineyard Tour

Offered by the Washington State University Viticulture & Enology Certificate Program
Join us on this incredible winery and vineyard tour down under. We have insider tours and tastings planned with more than 20 winemakers. We’ll visit Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Tasmania, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley and McLaren-Vale.
If you would like more information, or you would like to sign up for the trip, please contact Theresa Beaver at: tbeaver@wsu.edu.

Viticulture Instructor / Manager Needed in Wamego, KS

Highland Commuity College is seeking a Viticulture Instructor/Vineyard Manager in Wamego, Kansas. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate viticulture courses, co-manage College vineyards, assist with curriculum development pertaining to mechanized vineyard equipment, and assist with industry support activities. Other teaching (such as Enology) is possible depending on qualifications. Candidates with a Viticulture degree are preferred, but persons with degrees in enology, horticulture, or a background in viticulture are encouraged to apply. Master’s degree preferred; Bachelor’s accepted. Program information: www.highlandcc.edu/pages/grapes. Contact: Eileen Gronniger, HCC HR Manager at 785-442-6010 or egronniger@highlandcc.edu. EOE.

Neeto-Keeno Stuff

1. Online Winemaking Calculators at the Australian Wine Research Institute:
2. Guide to using sheep in the vineyard Sept. 2013 Premier 1 Supplies Newsletter

Marketing Tidbits

1. Small Winery Marketing Newsletter: http://smallwinerymarketing.com/

Notable Quotables

One not only drinks wine, one smells it, observes it, tastes it, sips it and one talks about it."
--- King Edward VII of England
"In vino veritas, in aqua sanitas", i.e., "In wine there is truth, in water there is health."
--- Pliny the Elder (Roman scientist/naturalist)
"Data shows the average farm size has remained steady over the last 30 years, however, a closer look shows fewer "average" farms and considerably more large and small farms."
From: Data Reveals Midsize Farms are Disappearing, 9-9-13 Ag Professional

Show n Tell

Marlene and Paul Domoto
(Left) Paul Domoto was recently awarded a plaque by IFVGA (Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association) for his outstanding service to the fruit industry in Iowa. Please join me in congratulating him and also find attached a picture of him and and his wife Marlene.
Congratulations Paul on a job well done and to Marlene for letting you work all those evenings and weekends! mlw
Wooden Wheel Vineyards
(Right) Mike Vincent (center) explains how he uses "Flex Tanks" at his Wooden Wheel Vineyards at Keota, IA to the board of the Iowa Wine Growers Assn. Mike & Connie Vincent hosted the September IWGA board meeting at their winery on 9-5-13.
(Left) Brianna at Wooden Wheel Vineyards ready to pick. 9-5-13
Jerry Dietz, Red Dog Vineyards & Nursery
aeroponic system
(Above & Left) I stopped by Red Dog Vineyards & Nursery on my way up to the Clay County Fair to pick up some potted vines for my ISU Extension vine/wine exhibit. Jerry Dietz, owner of Red Dog showed me their new way of propagating grape sticks. They now use an aeroponic system that constantly splashes water onto the bottom of 2-bud cuttings. Callus and roots quickly develop and the plants are ready to be placed in growing containers in about 2.5 weeks. 9-7-13 9
Top Ten Activities for Adult Travelers
(Left) From: 2013 Trip Planning Survey by TravelIowa.com  
Wine Industry disply
(Right) Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute display in the Ag Learning Center at the Clay County Fair (Sept. 7-15) at Spencer, IA.

SWD’s Found in Grapes – NOT GOOD!

Spotted Drospophila flySpotted Wine Drosophila fruit flies are in Iowa. Unlike most other vinegar flies that require damaged fruit to attack, the SWD causes damage when the female fly cuts a slit and lays eggs in healthy fruit. These small flies love to lay eggs in grapes and many other soft skin fruits.
I received a call from a grape producer in eastern IA this week who had the1,000’s of SWD maggots in his picking bins after harvesting. I also found plenty of them on grapes in a vineyard in western Iowa this week. They seemed to be much more attracted to the over-ripe and damaged grapes. These flies are being reported in other parts of the state so I would assume they could easily be in YOUR vineyard today!
These SWD flies are approximately 1/8 of an inch in length and the two spots on the wings are very obvious. Learn more here in "Spotted Wing Drosophlila Arrives". 8-30-13 – IowaProduce.org E-Newsletter: mlw

Articles of Interest

1. High Pressure Treatments as an Alternative to Sulfur Dioxide Treatment in Red Wine, 9-3-13 - theAcademic Wino:
2. What is Bottle Shock, 9-3-13 – Sierra Foothills Wineries Blog:
3. NY: Grape prices drop slightly in Finger Lakes, 9-4-13 – Wines & Vines:
4. OR: Researcher, Pomace full of promise, 9-6-13 – Capitol Press:
5. MO: Winemakers pressing away despite late harvest, 9-6-13 – KRCG 13:
6. WA: Wine Science Center to break ground at WSA Tri-Cities, 9-6-13 Tri City Herald:
7. WI: Wisconsin’s Booming Grape Crop at Risk from Herbicide Drift, 9-8-13 – Wisconsin Watch.org:
8. WI: Mitchell Vineyard harvest begins with cool-climate grapes for Old Sugar Distillery's brandy and grappa 9-8-13 – The Daily:
9. Food Safety Modernization Act Affect on Wineries, Sept. 2013 – Wines & Vines:

Calendar of Events

9-(7-15), Clay County Fair – Spencer, IA http://claycountyfair.com/
9-21, USAronia Berry Field Day – 1681 U Ave. Homestead, IA. Details: http://www.usaronia.com/content/usaronia-berry-field-day
9-21, 2013 Loess Hills Wine Festival – Council Bluffs, IA. Details: http://www.weigga.org/html/wine_festival.html.
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
10-20, 2-4 p.m. 1st Driftless Experimental Wine Festival –Hanover, IL. Fergedaboutit Vineyard & Winery. Contact: MountHopeVineyard@yahoo.com
12-5, North Coast Wine Industry Expo 2013 – Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, Ca: http://wineindustrynetwork.com/wineindustryexpo/index.php
1-(17-18), 2014 Kansas Grape Growers & Winemakers Association annual conference. Ramada Topeka West. Detail later here: http://kansasgrapesandwines.com/
1-(19 &21), Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference at The Wilderness in the Wisconsin Dells. Details later.
1-(23 & 24), Iowa Fruit & Vegetable Growers Assn. annual conference – Ankeny, IA. Details later here: http://www.ifvga.org/
1-(28-30), Unified Grape & Wine Symposium, Sacramento Convention Center - Sacramento, CA: http://www.unifiedsymposium.org/
1-31 & 2-1, North Dakota Grape & Wine Association annual conference, Bismarck, ND. Details later: http://www.ndgga.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
2-(24-26), Michigan Grape & Wine Conference, Grand Traverse Resort – Acme, MI. http://www.michiganwines.com/conference#sthash.pvdgCis5.hDCqO3xj.dpbs
3-(11-13), Wineries Unlimited Conference & Trade Show – Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, VA: http://www.wineriesunlimited.com/attendees/2014-preview/
3-30 to 4-15, Australia Winery & Vineyard Tour - Washington State University. Details: http://wine.wsu.edu/education/certificate/international-winery-tours/australia-winery-and-vineyard-tour/
Michael L. White - CCA, CPAg, CSW
ISU Extension Viticulture Specialist
909 East 2nd Ave. Suite E, Indianola, IA 50125-2892
ph: 515-961-6237, fax: 6017, cell: 515-681-7286
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