Saturday, October 20th at 5:30pm
“Most people, including wine experts don’t know this, said Brad Johnson director of the film, but less than 100 years ago Iowa was the sixth leading producer of grapes in the United States. The 1900 U.S. agricultural census shows Iowa produced 7,403,900 pounds of grapes and 76,301 gallons of farm-processed wine. Three historical events significantly altered the fate of this wine growing region: Prohibition, the advent of potent and highly volatized herbicides (e.g., Roundup or 2,4-D), and the improvement of cheaper and more efficient row-crop farming (e.g., corn and soy beans) and our film shares this story of struggle and rise of a new wine region.”
The Wine Diamonds: Uncorking America’s Heartland documentary film begins by tracing the historical significance of one the early grape breeding pioneers of the Midwest 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.
For the past year Wine Diamonds has gained attention across the United States earning acclaim in several film festivals, including being chosen a Gold Award Winner (Spotlight Documentary Film Festival), Semi-Finalist (Atlanta DocuFest), and earning five Official Selections in other film festivals.
Each Wine Diamonds ticket purchase will include a tasting of local wines selected by The Restaurant at 1900's Beverage Boss (and Master of Wine and Master Sommerlier), Doug Frost, and movie snacks by The Restaurant at 1900.
As a thank you for participating in our screening event tonight we are happy to offer you a 20% discount on the purchase of a DVD or Digital Download using this promo code: DOUGFROST. Discount is available until November 20, 2018. Visit: www.winediamondsfilm.com to get your film.