#256 - November 5, 2013

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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. (66 days from now)
Complete information here: http://www.societyofwineeducators.org
Questions: Contact Michael L. White mlwhite@iastate.edu  or 515-681-7286

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

WSU: Free Online Training Shows How to Detect Tannin Levels

Taken from Washington State Univ. Voice of the Vine, 10-30-13
Hard cider is one of the fastest growing segments of the alcoholic beverage market, and as with any industry experiencing rapid growth, producers need solid information to ensure product quality and consistency. How to Test Tannin Levels in Apple Juice Using Lowenthal Permanganate Titration, a new online training module from Washington State University, teaches cider producers how to analyze their raw materials to provide a consistent mouth feel in their finished product.
Tannin provides astringency -- a sensation of dryness in the mouth. Tannin levels in apple juice, though, are anything but consistent. Not only do tannin levels vary among varieties of apples, but tannin concentrations will even differ in apples picked from the same trees in different years. To be sure to produce ciders with consistent tannin levels, cider producers should test each batch of juice.
How to Test Tannin Levels takes the guesswork out of determining tannin levels by demonstrating the relatively simple Lowenthal Permanganate Titration technique. This training module, featuring video and photography, includes segments on equipment and materials, setup, safety, and performing the laboratory procedure. This technique could also be used to test tannin levels in grape juice, tea, and other beverages.
How to Test Tannin Levels in Apple Juice Using Lowenthal Permanganate Titration was produced with the expertise of D. Scott Mattinson and John Fellman of the WSU Department of Horticulture, Fruit Physiology and Biochemistry Laboratory.
Interested people can register for the free Online training here: http://breeze.wsu.edu/tannin/event/registration.html.
unctuous: Rich, lush, intense wines with layers of concentrated, soft, velvety fruit are said to be unctuous.

1-(25-26) 15th Greater KC Cellarmasters Wine Classic Competition

Greater KC Cellarmasters
Who: Any Amateur winemaker can enter
Cost: $8 per wine, $1 per label
Deadline: Jan. 2-10, 2014
FREE Midwest Wide CLASSIFIEDS for vineyards and wineries at Midwest Wine Press here:

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: 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
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.

The ABCs of the FSMA: The Food Safety Modernization Act & Wineries

Northern Grapes ProjectThe Northern Grapes Project Webinar Series
Dr. Stephanie Groves, Iowa State University
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
12:00 Noon Eastern (11:00 AM Central)
7:00 PM Eastern (6:00 PM Central)
On December 21, 2010 the US Government passed the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), which was the first update to food safety laws in nearly 70 years. While wineries are exempt from a majority of the FSMA regulations, they are not exempt from inspections by the FDA. Dr. Stephanie Groves, research associate for the Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute at Iowa State University, will provide participants with an overview of the FSMA, specifying the requirements wineries will have to adhere to. We will also discuss how to establish/comply with cGMPs (current good manufacturing practices). Join this webinar so you will be prepared in the event of an FDA inspection!
Registration is NOT required if you received this email directly from Chrislyn Particka, as it means you are a member of the Northern Grapes Webinar mailing list.
All members of the Northern Grapes Webinar mailing list will receive an email the MONDAY before the webinar containing the web address (URL) for both webinar sessions as well as connection instructions.
Register her prior to 8 a.m. Monday, November 11th:
Registering for one Northern Grapes Webinar will place you on the mailing list, and you will receive announcements and connection instructions for all further Northern Grapes Webinars.
Feel free to email Chrislyn at cap297@cornell.edu with any questions, if you want to check your registration status, or if you would like to be removed from the Northern Grapes Webinar mailing list.
Further Northern Grapes Project information: http://northerngrapesproject.org/

11-(17-18), 13th Annual Iowa Organic Conference – Iowa City

IA Organic Conference When: Sunday & Monday, Nov. 17-18
Where: Memorial Union, University of Iowa State
Sponsored by: Iowa State University, University of Iowa, New Pioneer Food Cooperative - Iowa City
This year’s morning keynote speaker is organic farmer Bob Quinn, who has certified 4,000 acres of his family farm in Big Sandy, Montana, producing organic grains, alfalfa hay, vegetables and fruits.
Encouraging on farm biodiversity, Quinn will describe the benefits of multiple crops in terms of spreading risk and providing ecological services such as soil fertility through longer crop rotations and legume cover crops that fix atmospheric nitrogen. "The future increasingly must be organic," Quinn states, "in this era of limited oil stocks and the inevitable rise in price for petroleum based agri inputs." Organic agriculture relies on no synthetic products and is capable of producing yields that are similar to conventional agriculture. Among the farm’s other innovations, Quinn powers much of his equipment, including a modified Caterpillar™ tractor, using straight vegetable oil, grown and refined at the farm. In addition to the fifteen workshop sessions, there will be over forty educational and industry exhibits on display at the conference. The vendor set up and reception for conference goers begins Sunday, November 17, from 5 to 7 PM, with the full conference starting at 7:30 AM registration (Program from 8:00 AM to 5 PM) on Monday, November 18, in the UI Memorial Union Main Lounge. An organic focused film, "GMO OMG" will be shown at 7 PM Sunday night with a reception following. Discounted early registration ends November 1.

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

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. Scratch & Sniff Wine Book: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY_hbZxqjOU
2. Wine for Cats Goes On Sale in Japan, 10-17-13 – the Drinks Business: http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2013/10/wine-for-cats-goes-on-sale-in-japan/
3. Wine 101 for Women Infographic – Tizianowine: http://www.tizianowine.com/wine-101
4. GotMead.com: http://www.gotmead.com
monocepage: French term describing a wine made totally of one specific varietal.

Videos of Interest

1. IA: 10-(19-20) ISU Tasting Proficiency Class, 10-31-13 – iowa decanted, 3:47 min.:
2. IA: Garretson Family – East Grove Farms, 10-31-13 – iowa decanted 5:57 min. : (new elderberry and mead winery in southeast Iowa):
3. Winemaker’s Notes – Chambourcin Press, 9-6-12 Watch and learn as Jeff Martin at Easley Winery explains the thermovinification process of extracting color from red grape Juice, 2:37 min. :

Show n Tell

Dr. Murli Dharmadhikari of the Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute at ISU and I spent Tuesday and Wednesday Oct. 22 & 23) visiting wineries in North Central Iowa. There are quite a few new wineries that have opened up in North Central and Northwest Iowa over the last couple of years. Steve Larson of Train Wreck Winery in Algona and a Iowa Wine Growers Association board member rode with Murli and I on Tuesday.
The wineries we visited included: Soldier Creek Winery - FT Dodge, River Valley Orchards & Winery - Humboldt, Inspiration Winery - Linn Grove, Cat Tale Country Winery - Ocheyedan, Train Wreck Winery - Algona, 99 Bottles Winery - Garner, Old Bank Winery - Kanawha and Garden Winery in Callender.
It was a good tour. I am always amazed at the interesting people who get in this business.
Here are just a few of the unique things we found on this tour.
(Below) Mark Newman of 99 Bottles Winery showed us one small vineyard area where chickens were keeping the grass and weeds out of the vineyard and berry plants. I have seen chickens, ducks, geese and pheasants used for weed control before, but never like this:
99 Bottles vineyard
(Above) Mark laid down woven wire fence domes over his vineyard and berry plant rows. The domes are high enough that the chickens can run through them. The chickens enter the domes from the chicken house and cannot get out of the domed area. The area under the domes was completely clean of vegetation. Very low maintenance and low cost. The chickens do all the work.
Garden WineryOld Bank "cranberry" grinder
(Above-L) Bill & Cindy Bush purchased a12 acre/33,000 sq. ft. elementary school in Callender, IA in July of this year and have moved their "Garden Winery" into this building. They are planning to turn the rest of the building into event rooms and bed-n-breakfast suites.
(Above-R) Old Bank Winery in Kanawha uses a snow cone machine to grind up cranberries prior to fermentation. Good idea!
Cat Tale fermentation roomOld Bank Winery tanks
(Above-L) L-R Steve Larson of Train Wreck Winery, Murli and Duane Tracy of Cat Tale Country Wines in Ocheyedon, IA standing in Cat Tale’s fermentation room.
(Above-R) Variable capacity SS tanks raised up on rolling platforms for ease of use and mobility at Old Bank Winery in Kanawha, IA.
You can view the 45 photos of this 8 winery Northern Iowa tour and all the rest of my photo albums and videos here on facebook:
On a recent business trip to Dow AgroScience headquarters in Indianapolis, IN I was able to visit 3 wineries. Sleepy Creek Winery on my drive down to Indianapolis on Monday, Oct. 28 and then Easley Winery and New Day Meadery located in downtown Indianapolis on my drive back home on Wednesday, Oct 30th.
Sleepy Creek Vineyards is located approx. 20 miles east of Champaign, IL at Exist 206 on I-74. The vineyard and winery is located approx. 4 miles south of the 206 exit. Joe & Dawn Taylor started a vineyard there in 2002 that now consists of 10 acres of Leon Millot, Marechal Foch, Vignoles, Corot noir, LaCrescent, Frontenac, and a few table grapes. They opened their winery in 2007. Joe is currently serving as the president of the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association.
One very unique aspect about this winery are the series of spoof videos they put on the Internet. Now over 5 million viewers. There are 10 "Up the Creek" episodes you can view FREE here on Blip: http://blip.tv/upthecreek  Winery humor at its best!!
a unique fermentationhomemade bin
(Above-L) L-R Joe Taylor,with Tony his winemaker standing behind 5 maxi-bins filled with fermenting tomatoes and jalapeno peppers. This interesting wine has a devout following who are using it for cooking and for making Bloody Mary’s.
(Above-R) Homemade stainless steel maxi-bin dumping mechanism operated by a common hydraulic car jack.
Easley Winery in Indianapolis was established by Joan & Jack Easley in 1974. They, along with 10 others were able to change the laws in Indiana to allow wineries in the state in 1971. Joan & Jack are now gone, but the 2nd generation - Mark & Meredith Easley are now running the winery. Easley Winery is the oldest family run winery in Indiana.
I arrived unannounced, but at the spur of the moment Mark Easley gave me a VIP tour of the operation. The hospitality was fantastic. I cannot thank them enough for being so nice. Easley winery is open 7 days/week.
Easly WineryEasley Winery
(Above-L) Easley Winery has two horizontal bladder presses and use thermovinification (tube in tube heating) to extract color from their red wines. This process also takes the bitter green herbaceous taste out of the juice.
(Above-R) Streetside view of Easley Winery that was established in 1974. . This winery resides in the old Fertig Ice Cream Factory purchased by the founders, Joan & Jack Easley.
New Day Meadery was established in 2006 by husband & wife Brett Canaday and Tia Agnew. Brett makes the wine and Tia handles the marketing and operations. They are also bee keepers. What is very unique about this winery is that they sell 3 sparkling hard ciders and 7 sparkling meads. All these are on tap and they sell by the glass, refillable growler and keg. I tasted 3 hard ciders and 3 meads. They were all very good. I would highly recommend stopping by this unique meadery.
The commercial mead industry has grown dramatically over the last 10 years. I found 180 commercial U.S. meaderies on the GotMead.com website. This would not include the 100’s of other wineries who make mead(s) along with their grape and fruit wines.
cider and mead samplerNew Day Meadery
(Above-L) $5 sampler that holds 3 sparkling hard ciders and 3 sparkling meads.
(Above-R) Tia Agnew fills up a 1 liter refillable grower with a black currant sparkling mead.
You can view the 50 photos from Sleepy Creek Winery, Easley Winery and New Day Meadery and all the rest of my photo and video albums here on facebook:

Marketing Tidbits

1. "After experimenting with different content, we realized one thing that seemed to ignite our "facebook" community over and over again – celebrating real people and the larger community."
2. Grape Powder – Trout Springs Winery – Greenleaf, WI: http://www.troutspringswinery.com/Grape_Powder.cfm

Notable Quotables

"Over the past five years, the number of wineries in the state has increased from 15 to 25. The state’s winemakers are expected to produce a total of more than 105,000 gallons of wine this year, breaking six figures for the first time — a far cry from the 230 gallons produced 16 years ago, when the state had just one winery."
From: Growing a Wine Destination in SD, 10-22-13 – NY Times
"We talk as if people know already what they want. People do not always know what they want. Instead, give them a taste of something. They like it? A moment before they had not had it. They did not know they would like it."
From: Recognizing Consumers, Predicting the Future: 10-29-13 Sergio Hormazabal

Articles of Interest

1. AU: Screw cap wine damage levels greater than cork taint: Implications for producers, the retail sector and consumers, Sept. / Oct. 2013 – p. 38, Wine & Viticulture Journal of Australia: http://issuu.com/provincialpressgroup/docs/wvj_v28n5_lr_b02c6cf6dc26f4
2. Explore "loca-pouring" wines, 10-15-13 – Cornell Univ.:
3. WI: 15 Beer & Wine Facts That May Surprise You, 10-16-13 – Journal Sentinel:
4. Efforts to Improve Ag Research to Public Access Underway, 10-17-13 – Wallaces Farmer:
5. SD: Growing a Wine Destination in South Dakota, 10-22-13 – New York Times:
6. MN: Minnesota Wine Industry Continues to Grow, 10-24-13 – UMN Extension:
7. Thermovinification for Improved Red Hybrid Wine Quality, 10-24-13 – Midwest Wine Press:
8. A Great Global Wine Shortage Is Here—and It May Only Get Worse,10-29-13 – The Atlantic:
9. MO: Love Letters: Missouri Wine Country, 10-30-13 – Huffington Post:
10. IA: Spotted Wing Drosophila Update, 11-1-13 – ISU Horticulture Home Pest News (now in 9 counties):
11. IA: Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Popping Up in New Locations in Iowa, 11-1-3, ISU Horticulture Home Pest News (now in 10 counties):
12. CA: Plastic tanks catch on in wine industry, 11-3-13 – The Press Democrat:
13. $90 million – The Cost to Defend the 3-Tier System, 11-4-13 – Wark’s Fermentation:

Calendar of Events

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
11-(17-18), 13th Annual Iowa Organic Conference – Iowa City, IA: Details: http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/organicag/organicconference2013.html
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-(2-10), Deadline for 15th Greater KC Cellarmasters Amateur Wine Competition. Details: http://www.cellarmasters.org/wine-classic-information/
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-(?), A Fruit Brandy Distillation Workshop will be held at Mountain Grove, MO in early February. Suggest getting your name on the list if interested here: http://mtngrv.missouristate.edu/mtngrvcellars/
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-(5-7), Winemaker Magazine Conference – Leesburg, VA: http://winemakermag.com/1347-registration-options
6-(22-25), American Society of Wine Economists (AAWE) - Walla Walla, WA. http://www.wine-economics.org/2014-walla-walla/
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