May 22, 2013 FBV Monthly Meeting & Annual Summary
Location: Bob Bowles Community Center in Barnardsville.
Time: 6:30 PM
Thank you once again for the hospitality Bob!
Members-Wineries-Vineyards and guests present with hometown region:
Bob Bowles-Barnardsville, NC.
J D Diefenbach of Broad River Winery and Vineyard-Black Mountain, N.C.
Karen and Bob Binns of Parker Binns Winery and Vineyard-Mill Spring, NC.
Tom Mincarelli of Eagles' Nest Sustainable Micro Home Winery and Vineyard-Black Mountain, N.C.
Bill Fish- Flat Rock, N.C.
Paul Kovavich of Falderal Winery-Hendersnville, N.C.
Alan Staton of Dalton's Corner Winery and Vineyard-Zirconia, N.C.
Steve Bookspan from SCORE volunteer organization- Hendersonville, N.C.
1- Minutes report by Secretary John Kinnaird from the April 17, 2013 FBV meeting at Bob Bowles:
John Kinnaird was not present to share the minutes and he has posted them on the FBV blogsite for April.
*NOTE* FBV monthly meetings will now be on the Third Wednesday of each month unless rescheduled. June 19, 2013 is the next meeting and the location is to be announced.
April Minutes were approved by all in attendance.
2- Treasurer report by Judy Fland: Judy was out of town.
FBV member & guest policies in effect:
a- Fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.
b- FBV member dues are $25 per year for a single person or couple membership.
c- Members joining the second half of the year only owe one-half (50%) of dues or $12.50.
d- Members in "good standing" may have their winery/vineyard web/blog site link posted in the FBV monthly meeting report for each meeting attended.
e- Potluck dinners are always optional and are after the business part of the meeting schedule.
f- Guests may attend two complimentary meetings before they owe dues and become a full member.
g- Members may submit GPS and elevation information about their wineries and vineyards as well as information of their activities to the Treasurer for the database project. *NOTE* (see 9-A below).
3- Presidents report by Alan Staton:
Alan discussed the possibility of the FBV forming a new and specific website for the purpose of promoting Western North Carolina and surrounding area quality wines, and for informing visiting and new wine consumers to WNC's unique boutique wines. The rating and information will be provided by a custom panel of wine judges that will be trained by FBV.
Alan also discussed the continued non FBV monthly training sessions for a panel of wine sensory evaluators that can also judge homemade wines for events in Western North Carolina.
A discussion on how wine lab testing and wine fault testing performed by App. State and the North Carolina Wine Growers Association in the eastern parts of North Carolina, may not be in the best interest to consumers, and that other methods of evaluation would be more consumer friendly.
A FBV Banner will be made for display at Bob Bowles Wine and Food competition in Asheville on August 25, 2013.
4- Vice President of "Public Relations" report by Chuck Blethen: Chuck was out of town.
5- Vice President of "Educational Activities" report by Paul Kovovich:
Paul is going to schedule an educational trip to a winery-vineyard with a wine lab that we may tour at Over Mountain Winery & Vineyard.
* NOTE* This optional event will NOT be held on a usual FBV monthly meeting date.
OLD and NEW COMMITTEE PROJECTS REPORTS:
6- FBV Logo and Artwork: Jamie Fish has submitted many renditions for the FBV logo and one has been chosen to be used on the FBV website and other areas. Thank you for the great work Jamie!
7- Lab Testing for Wine and Vineyard Soil and Grape Tests (Alan-Chuck-John-Paul-Tom):
Alan is still working with AB TEC BioNetwork to get a list of wine tests and equipment needed in the Bio-Center that can be rented by the hour. The committee has not had a meeting or made a report as of date.
8- Winemaker-Grapegrower Survey, Forum and Festival (Pete-Bob-Paul-Tom):
A- The "Survey" for Home Winemakers and Grape Growers (Bob-Pete-Paul-Tom):
After several meetings and much editing the "survey for home winemakers and grape growers" is completed. The "Survey" has not been sent out yet. Bob Bowles will send the "Survey" out to some of his email contacts and inform FBV of the results. Other methods of distribution of the "Survey" are needed to be implemented.
Tom Mincarelli recommended the "Survey" be included with the FBV membership form. The Membership form and "Survey" form may also be located on the FBV Website with a link to it on the FBV BlogSite.
B- Micro-Winemaker Forum (Peter-Bob-Paul-Tom):
AB TEC. BioNetwork has listed the forum in their spring catalogue and the date was set for March 16, 2013. Not enough people signed up so the forum was cancelled until fall.
The next date for the first Winemaker Forum is November 9, 2013 at the AB Tec. Campus at the NC BioNetwork Business Center Laboratory lecture room on the second floor. Pete will keep adjusting the details and informing FBV of progress and event schedules. Non FBV winemakers are also welcomed to join in the forum.
C- Micro-Winemaker Festival (Paul-Tom-):
Paul stated the possibility of a Winemaker Festival is still in the works. The committee has not had a meeting or made a report on this event as of date.
9- JD Diefenbach's Project Reports (JD):
A- GIS Map and DataBase of Wineries and Vineyards in WNC and other close areas: All members have submitted the requested latitude, longitude, and elevation information to JD for the GIS map project.
The first phase of the GIS map will allow specific location and information of vineyards in WNC is almost complete. The map will also display locations of railroad tracks and electric power company high tension feeder lines. These features are important for preparation in advance for "Spray Drift" which can damage or destroy vineyard and other crops.
JD will present the functions of the mapping system when it is ready at a future monthly meeting. The map-site will have a designated "site administrator" and each vineyard operator will be able to set up their page and keep it updated through the "site administrator".
The ARCVIEW program feature will allow a simple click on the GIS map location to observe each vineyard and will display specific information.
The new map will be a major display tool for FBV to promote the wine grape and vineyard industry in Western North Carolina.
B- Home Winemaker Competition at the WNC Agricultural Center:
JD has talked with Mr. Matt Buchanan at the WNC Ag. Center in November and again recently. JD will visit Mr. Buchanan in person to see if a Home Winemaker competition can be held this year. Last year the Ag. Center allowed a beer competition on premises. Wine would only be tasted by judges and not to the public.
JD will invite Mr. Buchanan to one of our FBV monthly meetings.
10- Asheville Wine and Food Competition (Bob Bowles-Alan-Chuck-John):
A trained FBV evaluation panel will attend the judging for the second time this year. The scheduled date of the competition is August 25, 2013.
Bob has not decided how the rating system will work this year.
There will be no judging of commercial wines.
FBV is going to resume practicing evaluation and training sessions in June.
A new FBV logo banner with Jamie Fish's artwork will be displayed at the judging section.
All home winemakers should be getting their best wines ready for the event and stay in contact with FBV for details.
11- FBV Blog and Website Report (Alan-John):
The FBV website has a Home Page.
The FBV blogsite that belongs to John Kinnaird is the main outreach and meeting logging system in use.
Tom mentioned that the FBV By-Laws need to be completed for FBV specific needs and voted on. The next meeting in June or July would be a good time to complete the By-Laws. Absentee members in good standing should also be allowed to vote for the annual officer elections by email within a designated length of time.
13- New Business:
After Chuck and Jeanie Blethen, and Pete and Judy Fland return from their Europe trip after June 13th, sessions for "wine evaluation training" that are not scheduled on monthly FBV meeting dates will be scheduled for sometime in June. The training sessions are panned to occur as frequently as possible.
Chuck and Tom will organize the training process. An official committee name for this training session is needed.
To all French Broad Vigneron members,
We are now accepting officer nominations for the 2013-2014 year.
If you would like to serve as an officer or would want someone in a particular office please submit the name or names to any of the current officers or submit it in person at the May meeting.
The officer positions and responsibilities are as follows:
President--- Running and setting the meeting agenda. Setting up the meeting location each month.
V.P. of public relations---The public face of the group. Relays and sends out correspondence to members and potential members and stays in contact with our outside interests.
V.P. of education --- Responsible for setting up our monthly education sessions.
Treasurer --- Responsible for the monetary part of our group, checkbook, bank account etc.
Secretary --- Keeps notes of meeting and post them on our blog.
Final vote on positions will be held at our June meeting and new officers will assume their roles beginning July 1st.
Thank you for your thoughts and time on this matter.
President, French Broad Vignerons
President, French Broad Vignerons
John Kinniard has volunteered to run for the President of FBV if nominated.
Alan Staton has volunteered to run for the Vice President of Education if nominated.
Tom Mincarelli has volunteered to run for Treasurer, Secretary or VP of Public Relations if nominated.
14- Good of the Order:
(where members can discuss things that concern or benefit FBV and/or members).
Steve Goodspan said his organization provides help for groups like the FBV and may be of assistance.
A FBV Banner will be made for display at Bob Bowles Wine and Food competition in Ashville on August 25, 2013.
Bob and the FBV has not decided how the home winemaker rating system will occur this year.
Bob Bowles donated a Sony micro-cassette recorder for the secretary to use at meetings. The recorder will need some new casstette's and batteries. Thank you Bob!
JD Diefenbach brought a bottle of his home grown and made Chambourcin wine for all to taste and evaluate.
Tom Mincarelli brought a bottle of his 2011 100% Lodi Merlot for all to taste and evaluate.
Bill and Jamie Fish are in a Wine Tasters Guild from Michigan and will be offering to supply some of the wine and experience as well as how the process works via telephone or email conferencing.
Chuck Blethen is also applying for the Wine Tasters Guild offerings.
Karen and Bob Binns have offered to host a meeting or evaluation training at their Winery-Vineyard.
15- Adjournment: Meeting adjourned with no objections.
16- EDUCATIONAL SESSION:
Tom Mincarelli demonstrated the Vinmetrica SC-300 Wine Analyzer and Pro Lab Set he sells. Demonstration tests were made for Free SO2, TA and pH. Use of transfer pipette's, pipette's and burette's was demonstrated as well as safe handling, storage and disposal procedures for Acids, Reagents and Titrants.
Tom is also providing a growing list of wine and must lab testing analysis services, and will be posting the individual costs on his" Eagles' Nest" website.
The session ran out of time for the group to view the free online "Sulfite Calculator" application from Winemaker Magazine.
sulfite calculator link
Tom will volunteer to demonstrate it's various uses and benefits at another FBV meeting.
SC-300 Wine Analyzer and Pro Lab Set
The group was small but accomplished much!
Cheers soon~!!!~ Tom Mincarelli