WD Special Screenings Winter Tour

screening-tourThe Wine Diamonds team is pleased to announce a Special Screening Tour for winter 2017.

Wine Diamonds: Uncorking America’s Heartland™

Documentary

Runtime: 76 minutes

Forget everything you thought you knew about wine!  Wine Diamonds: Uncorking America’s Heartland™ explores the difficulties and excitement of creating a new wine region in the Heartland and rewrites winemaking history in the process. The documentary begins by tracing the historical significance of one the early grape breeding pioneers of the Midwest, Elmer Swenson, and then explores the challenges of grape production, wine making and consumer acceptance in the upper Midwest. Five winemaking families share their personal stories of struggle and success as they attempt to create a new wine region. World renowned wine authorities, Doug Frost (Master Sommelier and Master of Wine) and Tim Hanni (Master of Wine) answer the big questions about cold-hardy grapes and wine. The film ends on a high note as key figures in the wine industry imagine the future of this new nontraditional wine region.

January 23 – Wisconsin Grape Grower Association, annual conference, Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI.*

February 6 – Iowa Wine Growers Association annual conference, Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, Ames, IA *

February 11 – NewBo Market, Cedar Rapids, IA* (Sponsored by: Linn Area Community Credit Union).

February 16-18 – Minnesota Grape Growers Association, Cold Climate Conference at Double Tree, Bloomington, MN *

*Special Screenings

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Minneapolis Welcomes Wine Diamonds

Made a quick trip to show our movie trailer and a short clip of our film to the Minnesota Grape Grower Association’s annual Cold Climate Conference in Minneapolis this past weekend.  This was our first chance to show both the trailer and a clip to an audience that is part of the industry.  Got many nice comments, a few tears (during the Elmer Swenson clip), and enjoyed the opportunity to share.

We’ll be at the Iowa Wine Grower Associations’ annual conference at the end of February to show the trailer and a clip too!  Look forward to connecting with Iowa industry.

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Brad Johnson (Producer) describing the premise of the documentary to the Minnesota Grape Grower Association’s Cold Climate Conference attendees.

Wine Conference a Blast!

The Wine Diamonds film team were out in force this past weekend during the Iowa Wine Growers Association‘s annual conference in Cedar Rapids at The Hotel at Kirkwood, on the campus of Kirkwood Community College.   The producers would like to extend gratitude to the IWGA for providing us space to showcase our promotional video and provide outreach to industry professionals.  We received a very warm reception from winery owners and vineyard operators, plus many words of encouragement from conference speakers and vendors.  We certainly felt appreciated and wish to thank the IWGA Board of Directors for making accommodations for us and giving us full access to roam and interview members, vendors and speakers.

In addition to being able to explain our project in person to industry and show our video, there were many highlights during our weekend at the wine conference.  On Friday night, we were on hand for a first – a Guinness record attempt for farthest wine cork flight.  We asked our media friends from KGAN CBS 2 and KCRG ABC 9 and the Cedar Rapids Gazette to come out and cover the event too and were happy they could make it.  The traditional method sparkling wine industry in Iowa is very young, so only three winemakers were on hand for the competition.  After the final cork landed the winner was Andrew Morris of Breezy Hills Vineyard and Winery (Minden, IA) with a new record of 45 feet 11 inches!  Congratulations!

On Saturday our film team was onsite for a day of impromptu interviews with industry leaders, winery and vineyard owners, and speakers.  We had modest expectations for the interviews, given the fact most attendees were there to network and learn and not to be bothered by a film team, and we were very pleasantly surprised by the willingness of participants to frankly discuss issues and to provide us with some amazing quality content.  We’re looking forward to processing the footage soon!

Here are a few photos from our weekend.  Enjoy!

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There are perks to the job. This photo was taken after the Guinness record attempt (from left to right: Rob Bauer, Brad Johnson and Kirk Monson).
We interview Mike Vincent, IWGA Board Member and owner of Wooden Wheel Vineyard.
We interview Mike Vincent, IWGA Board Member and owner of Wooden Wheel Vineyard.
We interviewed Master of Wine, Tim Hanni. He was one of the featured speakers at the IWGA conference.
We interviewed Master of Wine, Tim Hanni. He was one of the featured speakers at the IWGA conference.
The team films Dr. Murli during a break at the IWGA conference.
The team films Dr. Murli during a break at the IWGA conference.
Wine Diamonds interviews IWGA Board Member and Train Wreck Winery winemaker and general manager, Steve Larson.
Wine Diamonds interviews IWGA Board Member and Train Wreck Winery winemaker and general manager, Steve Larson.