Monthly Archives: March 2013

Jura Wine – The book, launching the Kickstarter campaign

Excited to report that I have launched a campaign to fund the production and first print run for the book I’m writing on Jura wines, to be called simply, Jura Wine. I’m thrilled that 48 hours after going live it is already 20% funded, but there is still a long way to go. Creating the campaign has been a great exercise in concentrating the mind both in producing the video and writing the text to promote it.

Jura wine bookIf you are not familiar with the Kickstarter crowd-funding site, it allows individuals with a project to raise funds through contacts and strangers alike, whilst offering rewards for certain amounts pledged. For my Kickstarter project, the main (and so far most popular) reward is the book itself, delivered anywhere in the world on publication in April 2014 for a £25 pledge (about $40).

Effectively, this is an advance purchase of the book.

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Planning a trip to the Jura
For anyone who hopes to include the Jura on their travels in the next 12-18 months I have also put together rewards starting as low as £8 for the two Wine Travel Guides to Jura, through £100 for a personal itinerary, to £300 for a telephone or email consultation and a much bigger amount for me to guide you and your friends around the region. Take a look at the page for the details. All except the £8 reward include the book too.

A private guided tasting on Jura wines
Two other rewards are offered for me to lead a tasting of Jura wines for you and a group of friends, anywhere in the vicinity of London, Geneva or Annecy, or further afield by separate arrangement. As an experienced educator I love sharing stories and presenting wines from regions I know well, and now that Jura wines are more available in the UK and beyond, the logistics are ever more possible.

Why a Kickstarter campaign?
For me this Kickstarter campaign is not only about the money it will raise to produce a professional book, properly edited and designed, and with fine photos and maps, it is also to hold me accountable to those who pledge funds. If I had a publisher, I would have a contract signed. With self-publishing my contract is with both those who have pledged time and support in helping me produce the book, and with those who have pledged money in this campaign.

Kickstarter works on an all-or-nothing basis. If I do not reach the relatively modest target set at £7,500 (about US$11,500 or €8,800), those who pledge the money pay nothing, and I receive nothing, simple. If this is the outcome, I will proceed with an e-book, but not the printed book, and I am unlikely to have funds for professional photos, maps or an all-important editor.

Wink Lorch on KickstarterPlease help this campaign succeed by sharing the information with anyone around the world who reads English, confirmed Jura wine lovers and others. As you will read in the Kickstarter text, this is a book for wine professionals and amateurs alike – in my view there is only one chance to bring out a comprehensive book on the Jura wine region and I’m grabbing it.

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Some Tweets and Facebook updates about this project so far have included:

Peter Liem: “Want to read an up-to-date, English-language book on the wines of the Jura, written by a world-renowned expert on the subject? Good luck, because THERE ISN’T ONE. Fund this Kickstarter project, and Wink Lorch will write and publish this book on Jura wine, with additional sections on food and travel. We need this!”

Fiona Beckett: “Exciting and bold Jura book project … Needs supporting by April 22 to get off ground.”

Caroline Henry: “I am really excited about this book – Wink is definitely the most apt person to write it!!! So common why don’t you join me and buy a copy en primeur and back this project!! Best part is that we will not have to “cellar” the book when we get it in 18 months ;-)”

It’s lovely to have this support and I will blush if I share any more comments about being a “Rock Star” “THE Jura expert” ….Magnus Reuterdahl who is a blogger and features in the Kickstarter video even wrote his own post about the video and the project.

Will you join these supporters of the book, please? Most importantly, please share the Kickstarter project for Jura Wine – The Book with others around the world.

UPDATE: Tuesday April 2nd
Thanks to all the support the campaign is now 47% funded with 121 people having pledged. There are just under three weeks to go and those who have pledged would I know love to receive their rewards, which they will only do if the target is reached. Take a look at the first update post on Kickstarter, and also a very supportive blog post from New Yorker Arnold Waldstein.

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International Jura wine news for early spring 2013

Hampered so often by either snowy or very wet weather these first months of the year, if only they could finish the pruning the Jura producers would surely have a spring in their step. Positive news stories abound especially for those who export. Looking at statistics for year ending July 2012, exports had reached 7 per cent, the highest ever figure.

Marquis d'Angerville

Marquis Guillaume d’Angerville and oenologist François Duvivier ©Wink Lorch

Burgundians create Domaine du Pélican
Last month I was among the first outsiders to taste from barrel the future Domaine du Pélican wines from Montigny-les-Arsures in the Arbois AOC. This is the new venture from the highly respected Volnay estate Domaine Marquis d’Angerville who purchased ten hectares of vines last year. Its first wines are therefore from 2012, mostly Chardonnay and Savagnin, but with some reds too. The quality is looking really good and I was able to share the news with subscribers to Jancis Robinson’s Purple Pages. Here is a link to the PDF of the article headed “A (famous) new name in Jura” where you can read all about the background to the purchase and prospects for the estate.

First Jura wine tasting for professionals in London
On the 14th May the first ever Jura tasting will be held for wine trade and press in Central London, the venue will be confirmed soon. Hosted by the CIVJ, the regional wine promotion organisation of Jura, there will be 25 producers attending. These range from a couple of very large producers with no current UK importers, through to some well-known names imported in a small way, overall a good selection of excellent estates big and small. On the provisional list, I can count at least ten producers who work organically or are in conversion. I will be there, conducting a masterclass during the event and will post more details on a page here, when details shape up.

Nez dans le Vert logoThird edition of Le Nez dans le Vert
Back in the region, the organic wine producers’ fair Le Nez dans le Vert will be taking place again at Domaine de la Pinte just outside Arbois on Sunday 23rd March (consumers) and Monday 24th March (trade). This year the fair has 34 producers, including some newcomers, and some who are newly converting to organic viticulture, a pre-requisite for showing wines at the fair. Amongst the new converts are two Pupillin growers who I’m delighted to see there, Jean-Michel Petit of Domaine de la Renardière and Julien Mareschal of Domaine de la Borde, who I wrote about, highlighting him as a new young grower in the region, for Wine Report, way back in the 2006 edition. Details of all the producers  and the event are shown on the official Nez dans le Vert website.

Discover Jura Wine – The Book
Just a reassurance here that I’m working hard on my Jura book, which will be named Discover Jura Wine, with a sub-title still to be finalised. I will be launching a Kickstarter project in the next couple of weeks to raise funds for a really professional publishing job, and this will serve also to create more awareness and provide even stronger motivation for me too. I am currently juggling with writing the book, some other much-needed work, and writing all too occasional blog posts, which of course also benefit the book. Do take a look at  the wine information pages on this site – I have recently added one on Crémant du Jura. I would love your support in spreading the word about my future book and raising funds for it too – the link above goes to my Kickstarter profile.

And finally… the 1774 turns up in London!
I discovered by chance that the bottle of 1774 Arbois Vin Jaune, auctioned by Christie’s last year (or it could be the other one, but I doubt it… still to be confirmed) is alive, well and awaiting a buyer in the locked vault of Hedonism Wines. This very new shop in Mayfair, London opened last year and appears from reports to be the ultimate expensive wine store. The centuries-old Jura wine is yours for just £72,000. My advice: yes, it will be an extraordinary, hedonistic experience, but honestly you could consider pledging just over 1% of that to my Kickstarter project, and receive a personalized tasting from me plus my book of course, as a ‘reward’. Watch this space for details.

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