#255 - October 15, 2013

 

Iowa Alcohol Beverage Laws and You

 
Iowa ABD record bookThe Iowa Alcohol Beverage Division (IA ABD) hired two compliance officers in 2012 to start doing compliance checks in Iowa. The IA ABD have also revised some of the administrative rules and have been holding Town Hall meetings throughout the state to help educate alcohol licensee’s of these new administrative rule changes. I would suggest you make it a priority to attend your local Town Hall meeting when it comes to your area.
 
In the meantime, the IA ABD has a publication titled "Iowa’s Alcoholic Beverages Laws and You". This 88 page publication spells out the Section 123 of the Iowa Code in a way that is easier to understand than the legal jargon in the laws. The publication provides the licensee with a quick, go-to guide if they have any questions about regulations or licensing. You can download this FREE publication here: http://iowaabd.com/alcohol/features/alcohol_laws/redbook
 
Wineries can contact Karen Freund at IA ABD to get additional information on dates of Tall Hall meeting and changes to the Iowa Wine law that may affect them here: freund@iowaABD.com.
 
 
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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. (86 days from now)
 
Complete information here: http://www.societyofwineeducators.org
 
Questions: Contact Michael L. White mlwhite@iastate.edu or 515-681-7286
 
 
 

A New CSW Study Guide is Now Available

 
SWE Study GuideThe Society of Wine Educators (SWE) has released the 2014 Edition of the Certified Specialist of Wine Study Guide. The new "flat-style" makes it more compact to use and carry. This new study guide is over 300 pages long - 50 more pages than the previous edition which was published in 2010.
 
The wine world is constantly changing. A "Study Guide Update" page has been placed on the SWE blog. Any changes in EU Regulations, re-naming of wine regions, newly-approved AVAs, or industry changes of any kind that affect the information in the new study guide will be noted here. (Note: any information that changes after the publication of the study guide will not be included on the CSW exam, but is provided for informational purposes only.) The study guide update can be found here: http://winewitandwisdomswe.com/study-guide-updates/
 
If you are studying for the CSW using a 2010 Study Guide, there is no need to worry. All CSW Exams that occur between October 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014 will include only those questions based on subject matter that is covered in both the 2010 Study Guide and the 2014 edition. After April 1, 2014, all CSW Exam questions will be drawn solely from the new Study Guide.
 

MGWII – New order form and services now available

 
The MGWII wine lab has a new order form and new services available! New services include microbial analysis, haze and sediment analysis, analysis of wine chemical components, and sanitation audits. Check out our lab web page for details: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/wine/lab
 
The MGWII is also pleased to announce that it is extending complimentary winery sanitation reviews until March 31st, 2014 for wineries in Iowa.
 
This onsite service involves completion of the following tasks for a winery:
Review of past/current issues
Evaluation of current sanitation practices
Identification of potential risk factors
Sterility testing of inputs (wines, water, dry goods, etc…)
Surface testing of up to 20 critical control points
 
The best time to schedule your sanitation review is immediately after the winery has performed their standard full sanitation procedures. The reviewer will need access to internal components of the equipment (i.e. bottling line and pump valves, etc…).
 
As part of the audit the customer will receive:
Executive summary
Recommendations for corrective actions for any problems
Recommendation for process improvement
Quantification of sterility and surface testing results (w/ images)
Additional Support also available
Identification of microbial contaminants
Chemical analysis of wine parameters
Custom troubleshooting and consulting
 

Fall Dormant Herbicide Applications in Vineyards

 
Dormant applications of pre-emergent herbicides in late fall to prevent weed germination next spring is a commonly used practice by corn and soybean producers. This frees up very valuable time needed to prepare for spring field preparation and planting. These dormant herbicide applications are applied when the average soil temperatures drop and stay below 50ºF. The primary method most herbicides breakdown is via microbial decomposition. Microbial activity drops rapidly when soil temperatures dip below 50ºF. This normally occurs around the last week of October in Iowa. A smaller amount of degradation can also occur via heat, chemical hydrolysis and sunlight. These pathways to degradation are why soil applied herbicides normally control weeds for only 5-8 weeks into the growing season.
 
The term "dormant application" for vineyard weed control in the fall is typically not specifically listed on herbicide labels. Highly soluble herbicides prone to leaching are not recommended for dormant fall applications. Dormant herbicide applications work best when the higher labeled rates are applied.
 
Further information about what herbicides can be applied in the fall, rates and approximate costs can be found here in Wine Grower News #218, 10-19-12: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/wine/growersnews/218-october-19-2012
 

Braud 524 Pull Type Grape Harvester – Fox Vineyard - Iowa

 
On Monday, 9-16-13 I had the opportunity to visit Terry & Karol Fox’s vineyard and watch them try out their new used Braud 524 pull-type grape harvester on Seyval blanc grapes. This early 1980’s model harvester has a very simple design and seemed to work very well. The Braud 524 can hold approximately 500 lbs. of grapes in a front storage compartment that can be dumped at the end of the row or it can use a conveyor system to unload into a tender unit running in an adjacent row.
 
All the grapes are immediately put into a refrigerated truck trailer after harvesting or delivered to the winery ASAP. Cold storage is very important for any commercial vineyard today and more so if one is using a mechanical harvester.
 
The Fox vineyard consists of 3 blocks encompassing 10+ acres of grapes. They are currently growing Catawba, DeChaunac, Marechal Foch, Seyval blanc, a few table grapes and a 2013 planted block of LaCrescent. The vineyard is located in south central Iowa approximately 2 miles north of Decatur City, Iowa along the east side of Interstate 35.
 
I wanted to thank Terry and Karol for allowing me to visit their vineyard and take some photos and video of their harvest.
 
grape harvesterSeyval blanc
(Above-L) Braud 524 pull-type grape harvester    (Above-R) Seyval blanc grapes
 
You can check out a 6:48 minute video of this Braud 524 harvester in action here on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hG3hHfgZUc
 

10-18, Deadline for AWS Amateur & Commercial Wine Competition

 
The 2013 American Wine Society amateur and commercial wine competition will be held November 5-7 at the Kalahari Conference Center in Sandusky, Ohio this year. The deadline for entry is October 18.
 
 
 

10-29, MU Viticulture Seminar – Columbia, MO

 
What: The Grape & Wine Institute at the University of Missouri presents the first in a three-part series of extension seminars focused on essential topics in vineyard management.
 
When: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
 
Where: Hampton Inn Conference Center, 1225 Fellows Place - Columbia, MO
 
Cost: $25 per person, includes lunch.
 
Agenda: The first seminar will feature Hans-Walter Peterson, Viticulture Extension Specialist from the Finger Lakes Grape Program at Cornell University presenting on Vineyard Nutrient Management.
10:30 am Registration
10:45 am Welcome
11:00 am Post-Harvest Overview
11:15 am Enhancing the Flavor of Next Year's Vintage - Misha Kwasniewski, Assistant Research Professor & Enology Program Leader, Grape & Wine Institute
12:00 noon Buffet Lunch
1:00 pm Rootstock Effects on Norton Nutrient Status - Jackie Harris, Viticulture Research Associate, Grape & Wine Institute
1:30 pm Utilizing Compost in the Vineyard - Arianna Bozollo, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Grape & Wine Institute
2:00 pm Vineyard Nutrients - Hans-Walter Peterson, Viticulture Extension, Cornell University
 
Full Details and Registration: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/476751
 

10-31, Deadline for 2013 Grand Harvest Awards Wine Competition

 
What: 2013 Grand Harvest Awards Commercial Wine Competition Open to all domestic and internationally produced wines.
 
Where: Santa Rosa, CA
 
When: November 19-20
 
Entry Cost: $75 by paper, $65 Online
 
Sponsored by: Vineyard & Winery Management
 
 
 
Argols: Name given to raw cream of tartar (potassium tartrate) crystals found in chunks.
 
 

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.
 
How can I register? Reservations may be accomplished by connecting with the following link Workshop Registration and by paying the $45 registration fee ($40 for NWGGA members) online (by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express).
 
Alternatively, registration can be done by mail by sending a check made to the University of Nebraska Viticulture Program and sending it to (University of Nebraska Dept. of Agronomy & Horticulture, Attn: Event Coordinator, PO Box 830915, Lincoln, NE 68583-0915).
 
Registration includes refreshments at registration, lunch, and hand-outs.
 
Workshop location: Southern Heights Presbyterian Church, 5750 S. 40th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska (corner of 40th street and Old Cheney Rd.)
 
 
FREE Midwest Wide CLASSIFIEDS for vineyards and wineries at Midwest Wine Press here:
http://midwestwinepress.com/classifieds/
 
 

3-(14-29), Wine Industry Tour of New Zealand – Purdue University

 
Purdue Wine Grape TeamJoin the Purdue Wine Grape Team and fellow wine industry professionals this spring for a once-in-a-lifetime Extension adventure in the southern hemisphere.
 
The group will travel to New Zealand for two weeks during harvest time between March 14 and 29, 2014. Arriving on the North Island on March 16th, they will explore Auckland and Waiheke, New Zealand’s island of wine, the Waitomo glowworm caves and Lake Taupo. Continuing on to the Port of Napier and Hawke’s Bay, they will visit wineries and vineyards along the way before reaching the capital Wellington. From there, a ferry boat will sail everyone to the South Island, where you will be are taken to the infamous wine regions of Marlborough and Nelson, and the Abel Tasman National Park. On the way to Christchurch, you may watch whales and other mammals in coastal Kaikoura. Next, will be a stop at Lincoln University in Canterbury, followed by a Waipara Valley winery tour. The spectacular scenery and the hot springs near Lake Tekapo will be a warm up for Queenstown in Central Otago where cool climate Pinot Noir and an opportunity to go bungee jumping, canyoneering, jet boating, or river surfing will conclude the adventure.
 
The cost of the program is $5,000 for double occupancy. A $1,000 deposit is due to hold your spot. The balance of the fees is due December 1, 2013.
 
Included in the fee: all transportation within New Zealand (bus, ferry, plane); dedicated driver and tour guide; all lodging in double occupancy rooms, breakfasts; several group lunches and dinners; wine tastings; admissions to major visitation sites.
 
Not included: airfare from the US to Auckland, New Zealand (approximately $2,000); special experiences (bungee-jumping, sky diving, etc.); gratuities for drivers and guides.
 
Further Details: HERE   Deadline for Enrollment: 10-31-13
 
Questions: Pease contact: Christian Butzke 765-494-6500 butzke@purdue.edu  Bruce Bordelon 765-494-8212 bordelon@purdue.edu
 
If you have problems with registration, please contact Shannon Harvey at sherrera@purdue.edu.
 

11-9 UNL Fall Viticulture Workshop – Lincoln, NE

 
When: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 8
 
Where: Southern Heights Presbyterian Church, 5750 S. 40th St. Lincoln, NE
 
Who: Dr. Horst Caspari – Colorado State University Viticulturist
Dr. Stephen Menken – Colorado State University Enologist
Dr. Paul Read – UNL Viticulturist
Steve Gamet – UNL Viticulture Technician
 
What: Status of Nebraska Wine Quality Assurance Program
Viticulture Research Updates
 
Registration: Reservations may be accomplished by connecting with the following link Workshop Registration and by paying the $45 registration fee ($40 for NWGGA members) online (by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express).
 
Alternatively, registration can be done by mail by sending a check made to the University of Nebraska Viticulture Program and sending it to (University of Nebraska Dept. of Agronomy & Horticulture, Attn: Event Coordinator, PO Box 830915, Lincoln, NE 68583-0915).
 
Registration includes refreshments at registration, lunch, and hand-outs.
 

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

 
1. 100 Largest Landowners in the U.S. Fall 2013 – The Land Report: http://fayranches.com/sites/default/files/2013_land_report_100_sponsored_by_fay_ranches.pdf
 
2. "Everywine" list of wine competitions: http://www.everyvine.com/wine-competitions/
 
3. Issue #2 of Iowa Decanted is out. Check out feature article and video with Lauren Chalupsky-Cannon of The Secret Cellar in Swisher, IA: http://www.iowadecanted.com/2013/09/30/movers-shakers-lauren-chalupsky-cannon/
 
 
 
Assemblage: The blending together of component wine lots to form a final composite intended for bottling, for aging, for sparkling wine production or some other use by the winemaker.
 
 

Videos of Interest

 
1. Future of Winemaking is in High Tech Robotics – Bloomberg. (8 California wineries now using robotic grape sorter tables.), 2:32 min.:
 
2. Concept of Wine Integration,Oct. 2013 – Great Wine News 1:58 min.:
 

Show n Tell

 
I was invited by the sponsors of the 4th Annual Hiney Wine & Arts Festival to bring up the grape stomp barrels used at the Iowa State Fair and announce two grape stomps. I was also given some vendor tent space to put up a ISU Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute information display. The Spencer Radio Group - CD107.7, Lite 104.9 and KICD AM 1240 were the sponsors. 10 Iowa wineries, 2 Iowa breweries and a large host of art and food vendors were set up to serve the approximate 2,500+ people who attended.
 
I have never seen so many people show up at 10 am in the morning wearing winter coats on and start forming lines to taste wine. It was a chilly 40-50°F and breezy day. Those northwest Iowa folks are a very hardy group. Everyone seemed to have a GREAT time!
 
The Hiney Wine & Arts Festival idea originated from the mythical Hiney Winery of Peterson, Iowa that the radio stations in Spencer have used in spoof advertisements for many years.
 
Hiney Wine grape stompline at tasting tent
(Above-L) Grape stomp at Hiney Wine & Arts Festival.
(Above-R) Line of people wanting to taste wine at Calico Skies Winery tent at the Hiney Wine & Arts Festival.
  
You can check out all of the 22 photos I took at the Hiney Wine & Arts Festival on my facebook album page HERE.
 
Iowa Senator Bob Dvorsky came to check out the Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute located in the Food Science Building on Thursday, Oct. 3rd. Senator Dvorsky covers Cedar county and northeast Johnson county and is the Chair of the Appropriations committee. "I think he was checking up on us and how his Iowa wine tax appropriations were being used." mlw
 
Iowa Senator Bob DvorskyMGWII lab
(Above-L) Senator Bob Dvorsky checking out one of the wine sensory booths we use in evaluating wines. 
(Above-R) Senator Bob Dvorsky asks questions of staff at the Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute while touring one of their wine chemistry labs.
 
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug(Right) Adult Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) found on 10-3-13 in Indianola, Iowa. This new invasive pest was first found in several counties in 2012. They were
reported in Burlington and Indianola, Iowa last week. They have now been found in 8 counties in Iowa.
 
Now is the time to look for them as they try to congregate on the south side of houses or entering to spend the winter.
 
Please let our ISU Extension Plant & Insect Diagnostic Clinic know if you happen to see one of these at insects@iastate.edu
 
 

Marketing Tidbits

 
1. Wine BizCast Episode 2: How to Retain Wine Club Members, 10-9-13 1 hr. video:
 
2. How Millennials are Changing the Wine Industry, 10-9-13 – Fox Business:
 
3. Drinking With Your Eyes: How Wine Labels Trick Us Into Buying, 10-11-13 – Capitol City
 

Notable Quotables

 
"Millennial consumers are "not tied to traditions that have usually governed wine, and it's because they are drinking wine at a social level," Ms. Gallo said. Unlike previous generations, young adults will try anything, including wine served over ice, from a screw-top bottle or even out of a box."
 
 
"Why do we buy organic? The first reason for which consumers choose to buy organic products is their concern about the environment (83%), followed by the integrity of these products with regard to GMOs and non-authorized substances’ residues (81%). The majority of interviewees (78%) indicated that they were prepared to pay more for organic goods. Most consumers also consider that the price premium should not be higher than 10-25 %."
 
From: EU: What People Think About Organic Farming & Foods, 10-10-13 – Teatro Naturale International
 

Articles of Interest

 
1. IA: Over the limit: ISU researchers test how size, shape and color of wine glass affect  how much you pour , 9-27-13 – ISU / Cornell : http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/09/27/winepours#sthash.LEHh9CUu.dpuf
 
2. What the Federal Shutdown Means for Wineries, 10-1-13 – WineAmerica: http://wineamerica.org/news/what-the-federal-government-shutdown-means-for-wineries
 
 
4. B.C. Wine Sensory Lab Receives Funding, 10-4-13 – Wines & Vines Magazine: http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=news&content=122532
 
5. WI: Used Wine Barrel Business Booming in Milwaukee, 10-5-13 – Midwest Wine Press: http://midwestwinepress.com/2013/10/05/steve-franzoi-john-gill-barrel-story/
 
6. GMO Winegrapes would be cool, 10-7-12 – Biology Fortified: http://www.biofortified.org/2013/10/gmo-wine-grapes/
 
7. For Omaha couple's winery, grapes flourish amid the cottonwoods, 10-7-13 – Omaha World Herald: http://www.omaha.com/article/20131007/MONEY/131009174/1697
 
8. Fungicide Exposure from Grapes May Be Linked to Thyroid Cancer: Another Reason to Go Organic? 10-14-13 – the academic wino:http://www.academicwino.com/2013/10/fungicides-grapes-thyroid-cancer.html/
 

Calendar of Events

 
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
 
10-29, MU Viticulture Seminar – Columbia, MO. Full Details and Registration: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/476751
 
11-3-13, Texas Grape Camp – Ladybird Johnson Pavilion, Fredricksburg, TX: http://www.txwines.org/grapecamp/
 
11-9, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. UNL Fall Viticulture Workshop – Lincoln, NE. Workshop Registration
 
11-(13-15), 2013 Wine Tourism Conference, Portland, OR. Details: http://www.WineTourismConference.org
 
11-15-13, Arkansas Grape Growers Assn. Inaugural Conference - Ozark, AR. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/265617
 
12-5, North Coast Wine Industry Expo 2013 – Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, Ca: http://wineindustrynetwork.com/wineindustryexpo/index.php
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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-(21-23), Indiana Horticultural Congress – The Wyndham West, Indianapolis, IN: http://www.inhortcongress.org/
 
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
 
2-27 to 3-1), 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/
 
6-(22-25), American Society of Wine Economists (AAWE) - Walla Walla, WA. http://www.wine-economics.org/2014-walla-walla/
 
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