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A short doc about the connection between the Univ.of Minnesota's wine grape growing program and the vineyards & wineries in MN & WI.
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Working in the TV business is not for the faint of heart, or those looking to punch out at 5pm on a Friday. 

So, when there is time to relax, touring wineries in our area is what we love best. Because the journalist within never sleeps, we have discovered the reason there are so many vineyards and wineries popping up in Western Wisconsin and Minnesota are thanks to the University of Minnesota's cold hearty grapes. It's a grape that can withstand the frigid temps of the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes and the Dairyland State. Pretty cool right?

In the 1970s the Minnesota Grape Growers Association and the University of Minnesota start to work together to form grapes that could thrive in the midst of a harsh winter.

That knowledge has sparked our curiosity and left us wanting to know more about a topic we feel many other wine lovers would also love to hear about it, and appreciate the history.

Our angle is to talk to the University and gain as much knowledge about the unique grapes as possible. We will also talk to the wineries thathave started bottling their own labels thanks to the technology. 

The first winery in Minnesota opened in 1978. Today there are more than 30, just in the Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin area. And, we want to get to the root of how this has all become possible. 

Who will reap the benefits of this documentary? The people who will be able to take away the most from this project are the vineyards and wineries.  This documentary will bring attention to a product that most of the general public probably doesn't know about. The circulation of this documentary will bring attention to the businesses and create interest. Basically, it's the classiest form of advertising there is for their wines. 

We are very excited to get started on this project!

Risks and challenges

This project like all projects has risks and challenges. We understand having proper planning in the pre-production stage helps eliminate those obstacles.

If there is one thing we have both learned from working in live TV it's how to handle unpredictable situations that arise. Here are some of the unique challenges we might encounter during the process.

- Having too much information
- Keeping the documentary short enough for a web audience to consume
- Weather - (It snowed 14inches on May 1st!!!!)
- Scheduling days for shooting interviews with the people
- Gear malfunctions
- Getting side tracked by wine tastings :)
- Affording the cost of renting gear ($200 - Lenses & $350 Lighting)

That all being said, producing high-end video projects can be expense. We want to rent lens and lighting gear to make the video look great. Some other expenses will be travel, fuel, paying a graphic designer to make graphics and a logo, submission to film festivals, etc.

Any money that is raised above our goal will got back into the project to make it better along with submitting to more festivals.

We thank you for your help and support!

Marcus & Emily Taplin

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    If you LOVE wine and find this project interesting!

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    1 "Cold Hardy Grapes" Wine glass, a downloadable version of the finished documentary and special thanks in credits.

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    We will share a glass of wine with you during a Google Hangout and discuss the documentary, 2 "Cold Hardy Grapes" Wine glasses, bottle stopper, a downloadable version of the finished documentary and special thanks in credits.

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    Dinner with producers of "Cold Hardy Grapes" at one of the vineyards, 2 Wine glasses, bottle stopper, a downloadable version of the finished documentary and titled as an Executive Producer for this project.

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