Indiegogo Prep Work

KCC15Our team met late last week to discuss filming updates and have a business strategy meeting prior to launching our Indiegogo (crowd funding campaign).  We talked about the places where we’ve shot, locations where we are planning to go, and the nuts and bolts of creating an interesting and captivating documentary film about what’s happening in the Midwest wine industry.

We’re pleased with the process we’ve achieved so far and our “pitch piece” (the fundraising appeal video we’ll launch soon) is making good progress — thanks to Kirk for his editing finesse.  Our team is developing several “perks” for those that invest in our film and we’re looking forward to sharing that with you in February.  We’ll have ways for you to donate both financially and through in-kind donations (of stuff or services or time).  Wouldn’t it be cool to know you were instrumental in making the first feature length motion picture about the exciting Midwest wine world!?!?

You can help right now by signing up for our email list (don’t worry we won’t inundate you with tons of emails and we would never sell or give your email address away) – Sign up for our Mail Chimp Now!

Over this past weekend we scouted a few eastern Iowa wineries: Tabor Home Vineyard and Winery (Baldwin), Iowa Grape Vines (Maquoketa), and Wide River Winery (Clinton).  We tasted some really nice wines, met some great folks and got a deeper understanding of what’s happening across the region.  Here are a few pictures we snapped.

Tabor Home Vineyard (Baldwin, IA). Iowa’s first estate winery.
Wide River Winery (Clinton, IA) medal display.

Remember to tell your friends about our wine movie.

Thank you – the Wine Diamonds Team!


All About Them Bubbles!

A couple weeks ago we caught up with Kirkwood Community College enology and viticulture program lead Lucas McIntire (and head winemaker of The Winery at Kirkwood) who had just released a brand new sparkling wine.  A lovely sparkling wine crafted in the traditional method.

Making the Pitch Piece

It’s been a long time in the making but our team was able to finally get together and put the finishing touches on our pitch piece, our fundraising appeal video.  The three producers of Wine Diamonds met at Kirkwood Community College last night in the wine cellar of the KCC enology and viticulture program.  While there we quickly filmed a couple of segments and then headed off to the Hotel at Kirkwood where Lucas McIntire (Kirkwood’s program lead and winemaker) was sampling his wines and his brand new sparkling wine.

We filmed until 8:30 and then followed Lucas and some new friends back to the winery for a sample of the Frontenac Gris – absolutely delicious and probably the best white wine I’ve had in the Midwest!

Here are some photos from last night. Visit our Facebook page to view the entire album.

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Having a laugh at the Hotel at Kirkwood between takes!
Shooting an intro to one of our "on-the-road" segments.
Shooting an intro to one of our “on-the-road” segments.
An impromptu wine appreciation class in the lab at Kirkwood.
An impromptu wine appreciation class in the lab at Kirkwood.
Lucas McIntire, Program Lead and Winemaker at Kirkwood Community College.
Lucas McIntire, Program Lead and Winemaker at Kirkwood Community College.