A Meadery in Planning
When you are really passionate about something, it never seems like you’ve achieved a lot until you force yourself to sit back and reflect. That is probably the biggest reason I like being interviewed. It gives me a chance to pause and tally up what I have accomplished.
Georgia Organics heard about some of my latest accomplishments and plans for the future. They asked me to tell them more, so I sat back and started reflecting.
- In late 2010, working with Montaluce Winery, I planned, produced and promoted their first batch of mead. A little more than 2,000 bottles were produced.
- This mead debuted at the Georgia Organics Annual Conference in March 2011 and received a resoundingly warm reception.
- By early June the first batch of mead was mostly sold out exclusively through direct sales at the winery.
- Also in early June, for reasons yet to be explained to me, Montaluce decided to end their business relationship with me.
- Mid June the mead won a Double Gold Medal at the 2011 International Eastern Wine Competition. Double Gold is a unanimous gold medal judgement from the panelists.
- In early July, Deborah Geering profiled me and the mead in an online column for Atlanta Magazine.
- In mid July, the dreams of my own meadery greatly intensified with increasing support and motivation from my friends and family.
Now I’m planning to make a major leap forward. The process of planning a small 5+ acre farm meadery has begun. In addition to the mead, I plan to produce a portion of the fruit, herbs, flowers, honey, and other mead ingredients on site.
For more details you can read the Georgia Organics interview and stay tuned for updates.