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Jura Wine Book receives worldwide support

I am delighted to share with you that the Kickstarter Campaign for funds to publish the Jura Wine book reached its target amount yesterday with pledges flowing in from all over the world. It is a testament to the growing interest from wine lovers for this tiny region, thirsty not only for the wines but for more information too.

Jura cows and vines

The verdant Jura scenery: Montbéliard cows for Comté cheese and vineyards close to Poligny ©Mick Rock/Cephas

If you have already pledged, thank you so much and you will have read on the Kickstarter update I posted yesterday that the project now has professional wine photographer Mick Rock of Cephas Picture Library on-board. Mick’s photos,along with some from me, from Brett and others, together with brand new maps by Steve de Long will bring the region and the text to life. Steve has also agreed to design the book and help with the printing logistics.

The Jura Wine Book Kickstarter campaign continues for another 11 days and extra funds will be put to very good use for a more sensible print-run, extending the photography budget and eventually converting this blog into a proper website to help sell the book. I really hope that the sum can be pushed up to £10,000 and beyond (Kickstarter of course take a commission and credit card fees, so what I actually will receive is about 10% less).

Want five books to give away or sell?
Recognizing how many wine professionals were interested, a few days ago I added a new Reward to the Kickstarter campaign for those who pledge at least £95 (about €115 or US$140) to receive five books delivered to one address worldwide next year on publication. If you have already pledged £25 for one book, you can click ‘Amend my pledge’ and then change to the five book option. Of course all who pledge will have their name mentioned in the book as the people who helped get the book published.

Read all the Kickstarter updates here including links to some of the many blog posts written in support.

For those interested in some of the motivation for me using Kicksarter and how it is working, you can listen to an interview with me for IWineRadio recorded a few days ago.

Update on other news
We had some wonderful tastings at Le Nez dans le Vert and in visits afterwards, all good research for the book. We also had two amazing meals in Arbois at La Balance and at the great Jean-Paul Jeunet, and experienced eating local fresh frogs (whole), in season only mid-March to Aprilm at a restaurant outside the region up towards the Jura mountains, Le Moulin des Truites Bleues. I’m hoping that my partner Brett will post a series of articles on these food experiences here or on his own blog soon.

Wink Lorch and Olivier Grosjean

Promoting a prospective and a current wine book with Olif ©Brett Jones

At Le Nez dans le Vert blogger Olivier Grosjean was signing copies of his new book in French Tronches de Vin (slang for ‘faces of wine’), a series of wine producer profiles written by five wine bloggers all with an interest in organic and/or natural wines (it has a preface from Alice Feiring). For anyone who reads French this is well worth buying. Olivier’s writing style on his blog I find hard to understand, but his insightful profiles on 11 Jura producers in this book are much clearer and easier, with somewhat less local dialect and popular argot.

Plans for the Jura trade tasting in London on May 14th are going really well, and I think that the producers are excited, or at least they should be because I hear there have been some great acceptances already. Perhaps this will finally help create a buzz for Jura wine in the UK.
UPDATE: Take a look at the page listing all the producers at the London trade tasting, plus one suggested wine from each if you are short of time.

So all we need now is a book on Jura wine – your support is hugely appreciated!
UPDATE: £14k+ raised – thank you all!

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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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