Wine-Grower-News #276

Wine-Grower-News #276
Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute:
Information in this issue includes:
Which wine pairs well with Cicada-on-a-Stick?
ISU Research & Demonstration Farms Field Days
7-(11-13) 8th Annual Mid-American Wine Competition
7-10, IPM Workshop for Vineyards – New Lisbon, WI
6 Annual International Cold Climate Wine Competition
7-11, Dow AgroSciences “Enlisttm” Field Day & Plot Tour – Ankeny, IA
7-15, NDSU Fruit Field Day – Carrington, ND
7-22, Evening Vineyard Walk – Hudson, WI
Neeto Keeno Show n Tell Comments from Readers
Videos of Interest Marketing Tidbits Notable Quotables
Articles of Interest
Calendar of Events
Which wine pairs well with Cicada-on-a-Stick?
Hazel, my German Shorthair seems to be gaining weight lately. Could it be? Yes, it
definitely is. Hazel has been stuffing herself with 17 Year Periodical Cicadas, (Brood III
biggest of the broods). She runs through the grass with her nose a-snorting, tail a-wagging
and ears keenly trained on that cicada cirp. Cirp – Cirp – Cirp and then gobble. Hazel has
another one down.
Watching Hazel work the yard like a warm tongue on cold ice
cream reminded me that insects have been a mainstay food for
many peoples of the world for as long as bugs and people have
existed. Cicadas being one of the delicacies of the insect world.
For several weeks now Central, South Central and Southeast
Iowa have been inundated with Bigillions of 17 Year Periodical
Cicadas (Magicicada septenecim). They are probably going to
be around for another month. Why not make some use of them.
Cicadas on a Stick –
There are 100’s of cicada recipes on the WWW. Cicada on a
National Geographic
stick, cicada stew, chocolate covered cicada, boiled cicada,
cicada pizza, chocolate cicada ice cream, cicada salad, baked cicada, cicada tacos or deep
fried cicada. The recipes are endless and so are the
potential wine pairings. Since these cicadas belong to
the same phylum “Arthropoda” as do Shrimp, my guess
is you would start out with a nice dry to semi-dry Seyval,
Vignoles or LaCrescent. The chocolate covered cicadas
would demand a nice dry or fortified Chambourcin,
Frontenac, Marquette or Norton.
For you folks willing to venture into pairing wines with the
insect world, here are some good recipe resources to get you started.
1. How to catch, kill and cook cicadas, 5-27-13 – Thrillist:
2. How to cook cicada, according to 3 Virginia Chefs, 5-29-13 bon-appetit:
3. Are Cicadas Safe to Eat? Cicada Recipes and Cooking Tips, 5-31-13 – Leesburg Patch:
4. Cicadas set to descend on East Coast can be tasty dishes when well-prepared, 4-11-13 –
NY Daily News:
5. Cooking & Eating Cicadas ---Yum!, 5-18-11, Tennessee Farm & Home - Video
6. Cicada Recipes: Bugs Are Low-Carb, Gluten-Free Food, 5-15-13 – National Geographic,
3:15 min.:
Entomophagy: (from Greek ἔντομον éntomon, "insect", and φᾰγεῖν phagein, "to eat") is
the consumption of insects as food. The eggs, larvae, pupae and adults of certain insect
species have been eaten by man since prehistoric times and continue to be an item of
the human nutrition in modern times
8th Annual Mid-American Wine Competition
Entry Deadline: June 30, 2014
Competition Dates: July 11, 12, 13, 2014
7-10, IPM Workshop for Vineyards – New Lisbon, WI
What: This workshop is designed for both beginners and
seasoned growers. The workshop will cover all the
major insect and disease pests of grapes, how to
scout for them, and discuss possible management
options. Participants in the workshop will gain
field experience with scouting and coming up with
an appropriate management plan based on their
scouting results. This workshop will also have UW-Extension
Entomologist, Christelle Guedot, teach us how to look for spotted winged drosophila
and discuss her latest research findings. In addition, we will cover how to calibrate
your sprayers with hands-on demonstrations.
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. T)hursday, July 10th
Where: New Lisbon, WI (Location will be provided after you enroll.)
Sponsored by: The UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS)
Registration Deadline: 7-3-14.
Cost: $30 regular, $25 student. Please enclose fee. Payment must be made at time of
registration. Enclose check (payable to UW-Madison CIAS) and send registration
form and payment to:
Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
Attn: Regina Hirsch, Vineyard IPM Workshop
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ag Bulletin Building
1535 Observatory Drive Madison, WI 53706
Questions? Contact Regina Hirsch at 608-335-7755 or [email protected]
Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute Updates:
When: Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Deadline to enter: Closes at 11:00PM CDT on
Thursday, August 7, 2014. Wine must be received
in-hand by 4:30PM, August 11.
Sponsored by: University of Minnesota & MN
Grape Growers Association
7-11, Dow AgroSciences “Enlisttm” Field Day & Plot Tour – Ankeny, IA
(Dow AgroSciences asked me to share this news release with specialty crop producers. The
following workshop and tour has been specifically oriented toward specialty crop produers.)
Dow AgroSciences Enlist™ Weed Control System 2014 Technology Center
You're invited to join Dow AgroSciences for an Enlist™ Weed Control System field day and
plot tours!
As we prepare for the launch of new technologies and products, Enlist will be a tool in the
battle against glyphosate-resistant and hard-to-control weeds. The field days will provide an
opportunity to have an interactive discussion regarding the Enlist traits and Enlist Duo™
herbicide featuring Colex-D™ Technology. The technical session will also provide hands-on
experience with spray drift, volatility, nozzle technology, crop tolerance and more at the Dow
AgroSciences Technology Centers.
Dow AgroSciences is committed to bringing technology forward in a responsible manner. As
a key stakeholder in the specialty crop industry, we invite you to join us at our Ankeny Tech
Center for a tour reserved just for you.
Ankeny, IA • July 11 at 12:30 pm – 4pm
Lunch will begin at 12:30 with the field tour to follow. Registration and more information can
be found at the link below:
RSVP at:
If you need accommodations or transportation, please let us know on the registration form
and we can make those arrangements for you. Once you make your selections, a Dow
AgroSciences representative will contact you to make your travel arrangements.
Don't miss this exciting opportunity to experience farming's future. Please register by July
4 to reserve your spot. And, if there are others in your organization who you think would
like to attend, please pass this invitation along. We look forward to seeing you at our
Technology Center this summer.
7-15, NDSU Fruit Field Day – Carrington, ND
What: Fruit Project Field day
When: 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 15th, 2014. Tours start at 9:30am. Lunch at noon. Arrive early
for parking reasons.
Where: NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center, 663 Hwy. 281 N. • PO Box 219
Carrington, ND 58421-0219 (701) 652-2951
Who: Guest speaker – Dr. Bob Bors of University of Saskatchewan-Saskatoon. He is the
project leader of the domestic fruit program which includes the dwarf hardy cherries
and haskaps that have been part of the Grape Growers plant buy the past several
Dr. Bors heads up one of the most active and exciting university fruit programs in
North America. His current research and breeding priorities involve maintaining a
prairie gene-bank and breeding haskaps, grapes and apples. Other fruit crops bred
on a smaller scale include cherries, Saskatoons, strawberries, plums, pears and
hazelnuts. Research emphasis includes: mechanically harvested fruit crops, valueadded processing, and disease resistance.
Check the CREC website: or Fruit Facebook
page for details closer to the event.
Registration: No need to register – just come!
Horticultural Professionals and Serious Growers: Contact me for a further meeting with Dr.
Bors in the afternoon/evening. He would like to meet you, too. Reply soon and I will send
out a group email in a week or so especially for you. [email protected]
7-22, Evening Vineyard Walk – Hudson, WI
When: 3:30 p.m. Registration, 4 to 7 p.m. Vineyard walk, Tuesday July 22nd.
Where: Trout Brook Vineyard 1212 Trout Brook Rd N., Hudson WI
Cost: $20 each
Registration deadline: July 17th Make checks payable to: UW-Extension Please mail
registration form and payment to: St. Croix County, UW Extension, 1960 8th Ave., Ste 140,
Baldwin, WI 54002
Questions: St. Croix County UW-Extension 715-531-1930 or e-mail Heidi Doering at
[email protected]
Show n Tell
Iowa Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds made a visit to the ISU
Midwest Grape & Wine Industry Institute on campus this past Monday, 6-16-14. Bob &
Sharman Wersen - Tassel Ridge Winery, along with encouragement from the Iowa Wine
Growers Association were instrumental in setting up this visit. I was invited to attend and tag
along for the presentation and tour. I want to thank the Governor and Lt. Governor and
everybody involved is arranging this. It was good to show off what we are doing at ISU. mlw
(Above) (R) Dr. Murli Dharmadhikari
shows Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and
Gov. Terry Branstad one of the wine
labs at ISU. 6-16-14
(Above) Bob Werson of Tassel Ridge
Winery reviews some facts and figures of
the Iowa grape & wine industry (L-R)
Bob Wersen, Dr. Murli, Lt Gov. Kim
Reynolds, Governor Terry Branstad and
Steven Leath – ISU president. 6-14-14
Note: 5 more additional photos of this visit can be found here on my facebook album page:
Judging for the Illinois State Fair Wine Competition was held Monday - Wednesday, June
16-18th of 2014 at the Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, IL. 12 Judges
evaluated 171 amateur wines and 257 commercial wines during this period. Bradley Beam
directed this event and the Illinois Grape Growers & Vintners Association sponsored this
event. I participated in the commercial wine
judging held on Tuesday and Wednesday. I was
very impressed in how organized this event was
set up. Every step of the process ran smoothly
and very professional. mlw
(Right). 24 different Gold’s and Double
Golds chosen from the day prior to compete
for the 9 “best of competition” categories of
the Illinois State Fair. 6-18-14
Note: 15 more additional photos of this judging
can be found here on my facebook album page:
Doug & Susan Danenberger of Danenberger Family Vineyards (DFV) invited the wine
officials and wine judges involved with the Illinois State Fair to their winery and vineyard for
and evening meal on Tuesday, June 17th. It was an evening to remember. The Chef at the
Land of Lincoln Community College culinary program prepared a FANTASTIC meal along
with appetizers prior in the outdoor Argentine grill and Forno Bravo Pizza oven. It was a
beautiful evening. Warm temps and NO mosquitoes.
The following pictures describe our experience and the features of this unique winery in the
middle or corn and soybean fields in Southern, IL. I want to thank the Danenberger's for
their special hospitality. It was a very enjoyable evening and the wine was very good. mlw
(Above) Google aerial of the 3 acre
Danenberger Family Vineyards
winery, home and vineyard
surrounded by corn & soybean
fields. 6-17-14
(Above) Doug Danenberger (C) sits in
front of his outdoor Argentine Grill and
Forno Bravo pizza oven. 6-17-14
Note: 40 more additional photos of DFV can be found here on my facebook album page:
I stopped by East Grove Farms located about 5 miles southeast of Salem, IA in Henry
County on my way back from the Illinois State Fair Wine Judging on Wednesday afternoon.
I arrived just in time to meet up with Kurt Garretson - son of Joel Garretson and brother of
Justin Garretson. All three are involved with their elderberry/aronia/grape farm and winery
that had their grand opening on 6-21-14. I met all three of these guys about 2 years ago
when Joel entered the Iowa Wine Growers Association Amateur Wine competition and won
the Iowa Amateur Winemaker of the Year award.
This a very unique operation. It is located on the oldest continuously owned farm in Iowa
(settled in 1837) and it uses organic farming practices. I want to thank Kurt for giving me the
tour. Unfortunately I punctured the sidewall of my tire while touring the farm. The tour ended
up costing me approx. $150 more than I intended to be. Thank goodness for "Fix a Flat Tire
Inflator". It got me all the way home to Indianola, Iowa. mlw
(Above) 2013 Google Maps aerial
photo of a portion of the 900 acre
East Grove Farms site.
(Above) Entrance into 114 year old Garretson
home restored into a winery.
Note: 25 additional photos of East Grove Farms can be found on my facebook album page:
My final quick stop (tire was slowly going flat) on my way back from Illinois was at Wooden
Wheel Vineyards & Winery located approximately 11 miles west of Washington, Iowa on the
south south of Hwy 92. Michael and Connie Vincent are the owners/operators of this
operation. Michael is the winemaker, Connie is the vineyard manager and they both work in
the winery tasting room and event center.
(Left) Michael recently had repainted
his motorcycle. He put his Steel Horse
Wines homepage address on the rear
fenders. The Steel Horse brand will
represent their non-estate wines vs
the Wooden Wheel Vineyards brand
that are 100% estate wines.
Nice bike. Nice paint job. Nice way to
write off a bike! 6-18-14
Comments from Readers
6-18-14 Hi Mike,
Haven’t had much time recently to chat with you as we’ve been so busy on the farm this
year. I saw the scare crow in your last newsletter and thought I would share ours. I can’t
attest as to their effectiveness for deer control but from a distance from the road, they look
real enough for folks driving down the road to wave hello to them. We were clearing the old
terraces of locust trees this spring and kept the stumps high enough so that we wouldn’t hit
them with a mower. Then we got the idea to decorate them with leftover spray paint and old
hats. Kids and adults love them and enjoy getting their pictures taken with them. Our
attorney calls them our branch managers.
Joel Garretson - East Grove Farms – Salem, IA
(Left) –
Neeto Keeno
1. The world’s only “carb free” sweet wines from Chateau Thomas – Plainfield, IL:
2. “Winter Injury to Grapevines and Methods of Protection” MI State Univ. 44pp.:
3. Top 5 Classic Winery Vehicles, 6-22-14 – the drinks business:
4. Xerces Society:
Videos of Interest
1. American Wine Story, Three Crows Media – 1:47 min.:
Marketing Tidbits
1. The world’s first interactive wine label. It’s coming. 6-18-14 – Los Angeles Times:
2. CO: Infinite Monkey Theorem, Microstar partner in wine kegging operation, 6-18-14 –
Denver Post Business:
3. Trends in Wine Labels for 2014, 6-16-14 – WineSur:
Notable Quotables
“Wine is sunlight held together by water.”
--- Galileo
“According to the 2013 annual crush report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a ton of
grapes from the most bountiful district in the Central Valley averaged $340 while a ton of
grapes from Napa averaged $3684 (a ton of Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa averaged
From: Gross Margins: Breaking down the price of a bottle of wine, 6-10-14 – Wine
Wine to Water is an organization that provides clean water and sanitation to third world
countries all over the world. Since 2004 they have provided clean water to over 250,000
people, 5,000 new wells and 25,000 water filters.
Articles of Interest
1. Congress want to save honeybees by banning some pesticides, 6-6-14 – Roll Call:
2. Potato Protein Isolate granted approval as wine treating material, 6-13-14 – TTB:
3. CA: Vineyard erosion rules effort restart, 6-16-14 – North Bay Business Journal:
4. OR: Vineyard retailer halts herbicide sales, 6-19-14 – Wines & Vines:
5. Tips to Improve Grower and Winery Relationships, 6-19-14 – Growing Produce:
6. Cold pasteurization for preservation of wine instead of sulphite addition, 6-22-14 – Teatro
Naturale International
Calendar of Events
6-(22-25), American Society of Wine Economists (AAWE) - Walla Walla, WA.
6-(23-27), 65th American Society of Enology & Viticulture (ASEV) & 39th Eastern Section
ASEV Conference – Austin, TX:
7-10, The Outlaw Wine Trail, Mobil Bottling Line & more. Nissen Wine – Hartington, NE.
Details later:
7-11, Dow AgroSciences “Enlisttm” Field Day & Plot Tour – Ankeny, IA
RSVP at:
7-13, Minnesota Grape Growers Association’s Annual Picnic:
7-(14-15), Intensive Tasting Proficiency Training - Contact: Tammi Martin, Midwest Grape
and Wine Industry Institute, 515-294-3308, [email protected]
7-15, NDSU Fruit Project Field Day – NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center
Details later
7-17, Miletta Vista Winery – St. Paul, NE. “The Phoenix” rose from the ashes! Come see
the winery rebuilt after the fire, wines better than ever, and vineyard management topics.
Details later:
7-22, Evening Vineyard Walk –Trout Brook Vineyard 1212 Trout Brook Rd N., Hudson WI
Questions: St. Croix County UW-Extension 715-531-1930 or e-mail Heidi Doering at
[email protected]
8-11, ISU Fruit & Vegetable Field Day – ISU Horticulture Station, Ames, IA
Details later:
8-(13-15), Society of Wine Educators 38th Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.
9-(21-30), UMN Global Learning Adventures Tour – Italy
11-8, 2nd Annual Wine Tourism Day:
11-(9-14), Hands-on Brandy Distilling Master Class. American Distilling Institute.
McMenamin’s Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Distillery, Hillsboro, OR
2-(27-28), 2015, Iowa Wine Grower Association Conference – The Hotel at Kirkwood –
Cedar Rapids. Detail later:
3-(5-7),18th Annual Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Forum and Trade Show. Omaha
Marriott hotel, Omaha Nebraska. Details later here:
FREE Midwest Wide CLASSIFIEDS for vineyards and wineries
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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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