#254 - September 27, 2013

Buy & Sell Grapes on the Iowa Wine Growers Association’s FREE
Grape Exchange WWW site here:

EPA Worker Protection Standard info Available on Flash Drive

Good morning Mike.
I’m sending you a flash drive that has "everything you ever wanted to know" about Worker Protection Standards; who has to train employees, what is required, and the actual training materials. Please take a look at it and let the grape growers know it’s available. I’ll be glad to send out a flash drive to anyone who contacts me or give you a bunch to have around for growers or provide them for any of your producer meetings.
Thanks for any help you can provide in getting the word about these flash drives.
Mike Bevins, Iowa State Horticulturist
Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship
Office 515.242.5043, Fax 515.242.5015
FREE Midwest Wide CLASSIFIEDS for vineyards and wineries at Midwest Wine Press here:

9-10, Joanna 3 Aronia Berry Harvesting Field Day – Council Bluffs, IA

Charlie and Jolene Caldwell, owner/operators of Black Squirrel Vineyard & Winery invited a small contingent of ISU Extension folks to visit their debut of harvesting Aronia berries on their organic farm located just northeast of Council Bluffs, IA. The weather was excellent for harvesting and the Joanna 3 harvester made by Weremczuk AgroMachines in Poland worked well. Charlie showed us how the harvester worked on some Aronia berries he planted 10 years ago. He harvested half of the row on each pass. The company literature indicated that it can harvest ¼ to 1/3 acre per hour. The machine weights approximately 3,440 lbs. and requires a tractor engine of a least 30 HP to run it. It requires a 540 rpm PTO.
Here a few pictures of this event:
 Aronia Berry wine
Aronia Berry Harvesting field day
(Above) Charlie Caldwell (R) started the field day by telling the group about his organic vineyard and aronia berry operation.
(Right) Charlie makes a good slightly sweet aronia berry wine made from organic aronia berries.
(Above) Joanna 3 aronia berry and currant harvester made by Weremczuk Agromachines in Poland. It harvest one side of the row at a time.
You can view more pictures of this harvester, aronia berries and the vineyard on my facebook album page here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000304374293
You can view a 5:09 minute video of this harvester in action here on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k4Ygiy32Ig
 SWE 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. (105 days from now.)
Complete information here: http://www.societyofwineeducators.org
Questions: Contact Michael L. White mlwhite@iastate.edu or 515-681-7286

10(12-13), VESTA Wine Chemistry Workshop – Illinois

When: Saturday & Sunday, October 12-13, 2013
VESTA logoWhere: Rend Lake College, Ina, IL
Who: Dr. Barry Gump, Florida International University
Cost: $150 each (includes classroom instruction, refreshments and lunch on Saturday)
Contact: Candice Fitch-Deitz, Illinois VESTA Coordinator: 618-437-5321, ext. 1724 or deitzc@rlc.edu
Full Details: HERE

10-(19-20), VESTA Wine Chemistry Workshop - Missouri

When: Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 19-20, 2013
Where: Missouri State University, Darr Agriculture Center, Sprinfield, MO
Who: Dr. Barry Gump, Florida International University
Registration Deadline: Oct. 9
Cost: $150, $75 for each additional participant. No cost to VESTA students currently enrolled in VIN 268
Contact: Shelley Lietzau, 417-837-2515 or slietzau@missouristate.du
Full Details: HERE
MOG = Material other than grapes

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

wine samplesWhen: 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 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. 5
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
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.

Neeto-Keeno Stuff

2. USDA NRCS Soil Quality Test Kit Guide, 88 pages:
3. Coolbot – turn any air conditioner into a refrigeration unit for $300.
4. Virginia Vineyard Suitability Investigative Tool:
Sommelier = (so-mel-YAY) French term for cellar master or wine steward

Videos of Interest

1. IA: Iowa Wine Industry Just Beginning to Blossom, 9-12-13 – KCRG TV9:
2. Dr Bruce Reisch shows how they breed grapes at Cornell University, 8-12-13, 5:54 min.

Marketing Tidbits

1. 5 Tips for Successful Business Logo Design, 9-13-13 – 99 Designs:
2. Three Questions to Ask Your Marketing Team, 9-21-13 – Seth Godin:
3. CA: From Fad to Fixture: Wines on tap are here to stay, 9-23-13 – Berkeleyside:
4. IA: More wineries adding beer to keep all customers happy, 9-23-13 – RadioIowa:
5. "Since the early 2000’s boxed wine sales have increased by an average of 20%......Internationally, bag-in box wine makes up over 50% of the wine sold in Australia, Brazil & Scandinavia."
--- Trends in Wine Packaging, The Grapevine 2013 Winery Issue
Crapp wineCrapp wineBees yak
Crapp Wine & Bees Yak Mead from River Valley Orchard & Winery in Humboldt, IA.
Unique Marketing?

Show n Tell

I stopped by to visit with Blake Smith and his wife Barb Schomaker on my way up to the Clay County Fair in Spencer on Saturday morning, 9-14-13. Blake and Barb showed me around their 12 acres of trellised blackberries. All 71 rows are trellised with the new ‘Rotating Cross Arm" RCA trellis system from Trellis Growing Systems and are irrigated. This 12 acre blackberry patch is located approximately 12 miles southeast of Spencer, Iowa. They currently sell blackberries on both the wholesale and retail market. Blake is considering selling to some wineries in 2014. You can contact Blake at 515-351-9206 or blakesmith@frontiernet.net
Blake Smith and Barb Schomakerblackberries
(Above-L) Blake Smith and Barb Schomaker standing in their 12 acre blackberry patch with the Rotating Cross Arm trellis system. 9-14-13
(Above-R) Blackberries ripening on the canes
irrigation meterwinter thermal blankets
(Above-L) Each blackberry row has a separate programmable irrigation system. 9-14-13
(Above-R) Large pile of rolled up thermal blanket material used to cover the blackberries over the winter. 9-14-13
I stayed at a motel in Okoboji while working at the Clay County Fair. I was surprised to see that the Iowa DOT had planted aronia berries in the west road ditch just north of Spencer on Hwy 71. A solid mile of aronia berries planted 3 feet apart and fully laden with ripe berries. There was also a row of what looked like currants planted right behind them. The currants has no crop. Some animal(s) or human(s) must have helped themselves.
aronia berries and currantsDOT planting
(Above) A solid mile of aronia berries and currants planted in the Iowa DOT road ditch along the west side of Hwy 71 just north of Spencer, Iowa. The aronia berry bushes were full of ripe berries ready for the picking. FREE aronia anyone?

Notable Quotables

"Wine is sunlight, held together by water."
--- Galileo Galilei
"it's a smile, it's a kiss, it's a sip of wine ... it's summertime!"

Articles of Interest

1. Social media insights: how to make the best use of video, 9-13-13 – Harpers.co.UK: http://www.harpers.co.uk/news/analysis/social-media-insights-how-to-make-the-best-use-of-video/349457.article
4. 2013 Harvest Report: MO, IA, KS, NE, OH – 9-20-13 – Midwest Winepress: http://midwestwinepress.com/2013/09/20/harvest-report-mo-io-ks-ne-oh/
5. OR: OSU receives $1.2 million to expand fermentation science program, 8-24-13 – Oregonian: http://www.oregonlive.com/beer/index.ssf/2013/08/osu_receives_12_million_to_exp.html
6. AU: Grapevine breeding breakthroughs just around the corner, 9-13-13 - GWRDC: http://www.gwrdc.com.au/grapevine-breeding-breakthroughs-just-around-the-corner/
7. WA: New Electronic Tongue Evaluates Wines in Washington, 9-25-13 – WSU: http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=3cd4b2a328519c34e51f46c1d&id=0a628c28cc&e=b8052e33ce
8. IA: Where have All the Monarchs Gone, Long Time Passing? 9-27-13 – ISU Horticulture Home Pest News: http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/2013/09-27/monarch.html

Calendar of Events

10-6, Kentucky Vineyard Society Fall Vineyard Field Day – UK Horticulture Research Farm, Lexington, KY. Details: http://kyvineyardsociety.org/
10(12-13), VESTA Wine Chemistry Workshop – Rend Lake College, Ina, IL. Full details: HERE
10-(19-20), VESTA Wine Chemistry Workshop - Missouri State University, Darr Agriculture Center, Sprinfield, MO. Full details: HERE
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/
1-30 to 2-1) Illinois Grape Growers Annual Conference & Winter Wine Festival, Crowne Plaza, Springfield, Illinois. Details later: http://www.illinoiswine.org/
1-31 & 2-1, North Dakota Grape & Wine Association annual conference, Bismarck, ND. Details later: http://www.ndgga.org/
2-(17 & 18), Ohio Grape and Wine Conference - Crowne Plaza Dublin, Columbus, OH. Details later: http://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/grapeweb/
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-(1-2), 16th Annual Nebraska Wine Industry Forum and Trade Show - Holiday Inn, Kearney. Details later: http://agronomy.unl.edu/viticulture.
3-(6-8), Iowa Wine Growers Association Annual Conference – West Des Moines Marriott, Details later: http://www.iowawinegrowers.org
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/
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ISU Extension Viticulture Specialist
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