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Help our small winery establish our tasting room - Become a permanent part of a new space to relax, have fun, and experience our wines!
Help our small winery establish our tasting room - Become a permanent part of a new space to relax, have fun, and experience our wines!
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Topolos Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain, Where our Zinfandel Comes From
Topolos Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain, Where our Zinfandel Comes From

 My wife and I (Michael Barber) have been making award winning wine from Sonoma vineyards since 2007 for our label 'Barber Cellars.'  Now there's one last step to making our business a complete success.  On average, a tasting room and the direct sales it generates accounts for a little over 50% of the revenue of California wineries.  That's huge!  California is one of the only places in the world where this is true.  Like many California wineries, we make wine in a licensed warehouse location right next to such respected brands as Carol Shelton, Cobb, Moonlight Brewing Co, etc...  It's perfect for wine production, but it's not very romantic.  That's why we want to start an offsite tasting room.

There's a saying in the wine business that goes 'In winemaking, you start with a large fortune to make a small fortune.'  It's true - this stuff is expensive - and we started with no fortune.  We have saved and built and struggled through the years and have carved out a name for ourselves, pushing our wines to restaurants and shops throughout the bay area and beyond.  For this last and most important step - we need your help!

Our Hometown - Petaluma - Gateway to Sonoma Wine Country!
Our Hometown - Petaluma - Gateway to Sonoma Wine Country!

 Our vision is to establish a comfortable and unique tasting room experience in downtown Petaluma.  Petaluma is our hometown, gateway to Sonoma wine country, and right next to Sonoma Mountain where our grapes come from.  It has a beautiful and historic downtown, lots of foot traffic, and not a lot of competition from other tasting rooms.  Our tasting room will be a place to sit comfortably with friends and family and enjoy our wines.  Petaluma is in the middle of the best cheese country in California, and local cheese tasting will be a big part of our tasting room.  And of course - you'll be able to buy any of the wine and cheese you taste.

Our target is $20,000, which is the estimated budget to cover an initial lease on a retail space, renovations, and required permits.  We are offering a bunch of unique experiences for anyone who helps us - anything from entrance to our opening party, to your own permanent name plaque in the tasting room, to an airplane or charter bus tour through wine country.  Please check out our rewards - donate what you can - and become part of our tasting room and family!

Mike Barber at the Winery
Mike Barber at the Winery
Helicopter Reward: You Know You Want to Fly in This Over Vineyards!
Helicopter Reward: You Know You Want to Fly in This Over Vineyards!

Risks and challenges

The challenge will be to find the right space in Petaluma, and, when we do, to get the word out and build up excitement for the new tasting room. We already have a lot of advantages. Petaluma has great foot traffic and no other downtown tasting rooms. The local support for our unique room would be tremendous, especially because of our focus on local vineyards and cheeses. The lease here would be easy to maintain as retail leases are much less expensive than tasting hubs like Sonoma square and Healdsburg square. I have a retail lease specialist looking at potential sites and we have a few in mind. We already have all the necessary permits and licenses to legally establish an offsite tasting room, and we would get the word out on our new space through local publications like the Press Democrat and Petaluma Gazette while hosting a bunch of opening events. All the pieces are here - we just need that initial funding to secure the lease for a space, renovate, and set up furniture/registers/etc...

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    Any donation of $10 or more gets you on the list to our kickstarter-people-friends-family only opening night gala party at our new tasting room - an evening of fun, food, and music to show our appreciation!

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    T-shirts! To say thanks for a generous donation: we'll send you a shirt from the winery, white text on a black or grey T, with a small winery logo on the back and one of our product names in our fonts on the front. You choose: 'Mr. Beast', 'Zin Master', or the soon to come 'Barber Cellars Single Malt Rye Whiskey' logo. Check out our website to see the fonts/names.

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    Cheese is a big part of where we live and will be a big part of the tasting room. We're in the heart of the Sonoma cheese trail where some of California's best, artisanal cheesemakers operate. For $50 you and 5 guests will be treated to a special tasting room experience highlighting a huge selection of local cheeses.

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    A donation of $300 or more makes you our hero. A small, personalized plaque (3x6 inch) with an engraved name of your choice will forever either hang on our wall of awesomeness or be polyurethaned into our tasting bar counter (we haven't decided yet) in our tasting room. If the tasting room ever moves, wherever we go, your name will be proudly displayed for as long as we're pouring wines!

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    Food-Games-Education at the Winery! In addition to the gala and plaque rewards, you and five guests will be treated to an intimate, educational, and tasty seminar at the winery. After discussing the vineyards and winemaking process, we will then serve you a multi course meal and discuss the science behind pairings. After the meal we'll put our pool table and dart board to use and play some games at the winery!

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    You are an incredible wine master and deserve special treatment! In addition to the gala and plaque rewards, we will take you and guests on a personal, intimate visit to one of the most beautiful vineyards in Sonoma County: the Topolos vineyard of Sonoma Mountain. This hidden gem is tucked away on a hard to access east facing slope on the mountain and is the most gorgeous vineyard ever. It is a dry farmed field blend vineyard from which we get all of our zinfandel grapes. Here we will have cheese and a picnic lunch, discuss the vineyards and winemaking, lounge in the vineyard sun, and talk about how fantastic life is! We'll do this right before harvest, so the vineyard is at its most pristine.

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    I can't believe how awesome you are! To show our utmost appreciation, we're getting you and five other guests of your choice a personalized tour through the Sonoma wine country on a small luxury chartered bus. We've developed many relationships with wineries and experienced most of what Sonoma has to offer over the years. We will expose you to some of the most beautiful vineyards and wineries our county has to offer, and work with you to tailor a fantastic day of fun suited to your personal preferences. This is a day of activity- multiple stops on a personalized, multi hour tour of our wine country- conducted by a winemaker. All you'll have to do is get up to Sonoma County to begin the tour! And yes- you'll also get entry to the opening party and a personalized plaque.

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    Our biggest reward - and our best experience - Sonoma wine country by land and sky! Mike Barber's father is perhaps the best personal plane pilot in the world - a world record holder and aerobatic stunt pilot. Before your tour of the vineyards, he will pick you and 3 guests up in his 6 seater bonanza A-36 airplane for an aerial view/tour of Sonoma wine country (don't worry- no upside down loops.) After landing at Charles Schultz airport in Santa Rosa, you will then enjoy many hours of personalized tours (transportation included) of the best that Sonoma has to offer. The full VIP treatment in the air and on the ground! Pick up locations include: San Jose, Petaluma, Napa, Santa Rosa.

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    Same as our airplane tour, only this one is a helicopter! You and two guests will go for a helicopter flight over wine country before touching down at the Chalk hill winery landing pad! Arrive like a true VIP! The tour begins at this beautiful place before we take you around for more experiences.

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