Santa Barbara wineries to premier Vintage 2014 films with Dec 10th Twitter Tasting

Nearly a year in the making, Kickstarter project Vintage 2014 is set to premier three short films online Wednesday, December 10 with a live simultasting of wines from growers and wineries featured in the eagerly anticipated documentary.

VINTAGE2014Wine bloggers, food writers and wine industry professionals from around the country are being invited to apply to receive a bottle of wine produced from vineyards featured in the films, and join in the conversation. The bottles will be opened simultaneously at the beginning of the one-hour event, scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM PT/7:30 CT/8:30 ET.

The brainchild of Producer and Director Wil Fernandez, VINTAGE 2014 is a multimedia documentary set in Santa Barbara County, California, during the 2014 wine grape growing season, marked by historic drought and treacherous heat spikes.

“My aim is to demystify the perceived pretentiousness of wine by bringing to light the agricultural aspects of winemaking,” said Fernandez.

The crowd-funded project brings together cinematographers, visual artists, musicians and writers using modern technology to give voice to wine growers through a unique sensory experience. Using widely adopted cross-platform technologies, VINTAGE 2014 seeks to tell eye-opening stories through short films, podcasts and photo essays. Time lapse video, macro photography and grape-vine leaf pressings promise to create an appreciation for the plant that is often forgotten once wine is in the glass.

We met Wil in summer 2013 when he was traversing the United States with pop-up wine tastings of Central Coast California wines. We tasted some fantastic wines from that area including Clos Pepe Estate, Flying Goat Cellars, Palmina, Refugio Ranch and Riverbench during the Houston stop.

Some of the wines from the Central Coast Pop Up Wine Tour
Some of the wines from the Central Coast Pop Up Wine Tour

Last November we joined Wil in a fun and exciting Simultaste of Clos Pepe Pinot Noir. More great Santa Barbara wines followed when we visited the area as part of the 2014 Wine Bloggers’ Conference in July. Even more incredible wines followed at an exclusive Speakeasy event hosted at Clos Pepe Estate by the enigmatic winemaker (and damned fine brick oven pizza chef) Wes Hagen.

Vintage 2014 Producer Wil Fernandez sips Clos Pepe in anticipation of winemaker Wes Hagen’s pizza

Clos Pepe Estate Winemaker slices pizza at an exclusive Speakeasy event


We been watching the VINTAGE 2014 project evolve since we backed it on Kickstarter. It is the next best thing to being in the vineyards, without having to worry about putting on sunscreen or getting up at the crack of dawn for harvest!

Participating wineries for the December 10th online premier will include:

• Event Moderator (@DirtDontLie)
• Wil Fernandez (@WilFernandez), Producer & Director, VINTAGE 2014
• Jonathan Nagy (@ByronWinery), Winemaker, Byron Winery
• Chris Hammell (@BienNacido), Vineyard Manager, Bien Nacido Vineyards
• Wes Hagen (@WesHagen), Winemaker & Vineyard Manager, Clos Pepe Estate Vineyard
• Karen Steinwachs (@ButtonwoodWine), Winemaker, Buttonwood Farm, Vineyard & Winery
• Laura Booras (@Riverbench), General Manager, Riverbench Vineyard & Winery
• Bill Wathen (@FoxenWinery), Winemaker & Vineyard Manager, Foxen Vineyards and Winery
• Michael Larner, (@LarnerWine), Winemaker, Larner Vineyard & Wines
• Ryan Carr (@CarrWinery), Winemaker & Vineyard Manager, Carr Winery
• Eric Carucci (@CARRUCCIwines), Winemaker, Carucci Wines

Over a dozen wine enthusiasts from around the country will be selected to receive a bottle of wine produced from the very same vineyards, to be opened simultaneously at the beginning of the one hour event. To get more information on the event and request wine samples, please complete the form here. Individuals will be selected by the wine producers and notified by email on December 1, 2014.

Any wine enthusiast can join in on December 10th at 5:30 PM PT/7:30 CT/8:30 ET to ask questions about the vintage, wines and the project. By using the hashtag #vintage2014 on Twitter, messages will automatically become part of the discussion.

We are excited to be joining Wil, Wes and the other participants for the online premier! You can follow us via twitter @WineWonkette @HoustonWino and @AnotherWineBlog.


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A licensed attorney, Amy is a wine-lover, foodie, photographer, political junkie and award-winning author who writes about Wine, Food, Beer & Spirits. As Managing Editor & Tasting Director for Another Wine Blog, she travels all over the world's wine regions to share her experiences with her readers and legions of twitter, Instagram and Facebook friends and fans. Amy holds certifications through the International Sommelier Guild, and is also certified, with honors, as a California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). She is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers, The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas and regularly attends Houston Sommelier Association events. Amy is also a contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books, and was most recently published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Gratitude.
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