Imagine if Long Island wine region had rules and regulations like Bordeaux or Burgundy or Loire or Mosel. A project like this would not happen. The DOCG would not let this happen. We are kind of lucky we are on Long Island and we are lucky to have these guys here.
Regan and Carey Meador, owners and of one of the newest vineyards on Long Island, SOuthold Farm + Cellar have started and at the time of this writing have completed their Kickstarter campaign. They want us, you and me, to help bring Weird Grapes to the North Fork.
You won’t see chardonnay on their land. You won’t see merlot either. And I probably won’t see cabernet franc either wich is a real bummer. But you will see some legrein, goldmuskateller and syrah — for starters.
What The Meador’s are asking for is for you tho help them plant one acre of teroldego.
HUH? What’s teroldego, well it’s a wierd grape. You can find more about it from New York Times wine writer Eric Asimov.
The money they raise will not only go to plant some teroldego, according to their Kickstarter page:
But helping us raise this money is about more than just Teroldego… it’s about…
- helping a fledgling start up.
- fostering even more diversity in the wine world.
- planting the first of a variety ever on the North Fork and bringing more Weird Grapes to the North Fork of Long Island.
- joining our Planter’s Club. Some wineries have wine clubs and someday we will too, but our Planter’s Club will always be a special group of people to us. Perks abound, first access to our estate wines and no monthly purchase will be required.
Again our plan is to plant two acres of this varietal come spring 2013. Normally that would cost upwards of $30,000, so we wanted to put it out to our friends, family, the greater wine and Kickstarter worlds to help us raise $15,000 to help get one acre of these suckers into the ground, but we have to hit our goal and deeply need your help!
Imagine they reach $30,000 with this campaign they only need about $6000 more. That would be weird and cool all at the same time. The fact that something like this can happen here, in America, on Long Island makes this a worthy thing to consider. I contributed, I hope you do to.
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