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Update #9

Upcoming Events, T-Shirt Rewards + YouTube Channel Launch

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I'm happy to announce that sizing inquires for Dirt Don't Lie t-shirt rewards will be going out to everyone that backed our project at that level or higher. We hope to have them in your hands...err...on your torso by the end of the month.

While we continue to capture photos, interviews and footage of the 2014 vintage in Santa Barbara County this month, we are giving locals a preview of the project through a multimedia art installation in a tasting room and a video booth at the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival

Along with our behind-the-scenes Instagram and real-time vineyard updates on Twitter, we recently launched a wine farmer Q&A series on YouTube

In the next week, we're planning to release our podcast series and launch the project website, which will begin to bring together content from all of these channels. I'll post an update soon.

Cheers!

-Wil & the VINTAGE 2014 team


Update #8

March Production Update + behind the scenes video

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Over the past few weeks, we've been full steam ahead - capturing time lapse video footage, audio interviews with wine farmers and still photography of dormant vines waking up unusually early in Santa Barbara County, California. 

Our project website will go live in early April, but for our Kickstarter backers, we wanted to share a preview of what we've been up to.

Last summer, Wes Hagen of Clos Pepe Vineyards was one of the people who helped me understand and appreciate limited production wines, so we started things off by visiting him one afternoon in March. 

 Thanks again for your continued support - we're excited to give you a glimpse into the untold story of wine farming in 2014. 

Cheers,

Wil & the VINTAGE 2014 team 


Update #7

February Production Update

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Over the past few weeks we've been planning and coordinating on a lot of fronts. I'm happy to announce that we will begin production on VINTAGE 2014 in just 2 weeks. 

As you may already know, due to an unusually dry dormancy in California, there will be some unique challenges associated with this grape growing season. We are prepared to capture the impact on wine farmers and by following their stories, see the results of their efforts as the season progresses.

We will be rolling out several social media channels over the next few weeks, including behind-the-scenes production photos via instagram

Our Twitter feed, which is now live, allows local wine farmers to share their own updates from the vineyard by simply using the hashtag #VINTAGE2014 in their tweets.


We all welcome and encourage your participation in this production, so please share your favorite content, give us feedback and stay tuned for more updates as we begin to follow the vines on their journey to your glass.

Cheers!

Wil & the VINTAGE 2014 team


Update #6

24 hours left to help make it happen!

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Well, here we are. One day and a few thousand dollars away from kick-starting our idea of documenting the most important, yet under-publicized aspect of winemaking. I'm optimistic, excited and energized about where we are.

I can't begin to explain how wonderful it feels to have old friends, colleagues and total strangers come together around his project.

I am pleased to introduce our initial vineyard & winery sponsors who understand and support our vision. Wine lovers around the world will get an inside look into the 2014 vintage through the eyes of the people at:

Of course, this is just the beginning - as we go into full production next month we aim to create partnerships with even more vineyard locations and personalities to help tell a comprehensive story of what is looking to be a very unique vintage. 


If you haven't jumped on board and are considering being involved, now is the time to show your support.

We'll be following up with all winery & vineyard backers next week to begin planning our production schedule. Individual rewards, such as the coveted Dirt Don't Lie t-shirt will be sent to backers according to the schedule outlined on the project page. 

Hope to see you on the backers list - 

Wil & the team @ VINTAGE 2014


Update #5

Local Musicians Selected for Documentary Soundtrack

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One of our hopes was to be able to have all original music for the documentary project - which is easier said than done. Composing songs that compliment the visual elements is challenging in itself. With our plan to release episodes and other content in real-time, it adds another layer of complexity.

Working with local Santa Barbara County musicians will allow us to not only add another facet of wine country to the documentary project, but more importantly will allow us to all work together collaboratively throughout the year.

I'm happy to announce that brothers Jacob Cole (guitar/vocals), Samuel Cole (drums) and their cousin Joel Martin (bass) will be scoring the documentary and performing at our live vineyard screening events. 

Collectively known as Saint Anne's Place, I've had the pleasure of meeting and hearing the band live several times in 2013. Their deep blues, rock and soul roots will definitely add to our documentary and ultimately produce a stellar soundtrack that will be available free to backers or for sale on iTunes.

We have all agreed that 100% of sales from the VINTAGE 2014 soundtrack will be put towards a scholarship fund for local students studying viticulture. More on that to come.

To hear Saint Anne's Place and learn more about them, check out: http://saintannesplace.bandcamp.com/

Cheers,

Wil & the VINTAGE 2014 team


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