We are going to bring Scholium winemaking to a historic building on the banks of the Los Angeles River.
whole section of Los Angeles, adjacent to the river, was planted to
grapes from the 1830s to the early 1900s, when the advent of the
transcontinental railroad changed everything. Vineyards and orchards
were ripped out and replaced with warehouses, all over the banks of the
Our mission is two-fold: to return winemaking to the
city and to explore the unknown vineyards and growing areas of Southern
California. Many of the vineyards are old or represent the traces of a
grape growing culture from the birth of state; some are utterly new and
fascinating. But all of them represent a world that is not yet known
outside of a narrow area. Exploration and celebration. History without
nostalgia. Something new and radical, but deeply traditional at once.
Project has never had a permanent home. Here, we will create a large
and substantial home. Here, we will make wine, in the heart of a city,
and host lectures, tastings, conferences, cook outs— perhaps dance
This is a tremendous undertaking; there is no way that we could accomplish it on our own. That is why we are turning to you.
have sought 100 dear friends and allies to help us initiate this
project. Your participation at this stage will allow us to secure the
property and begin the tremendous task of reconstructing the old
buildings and outfitting a working winery. We seek 100 pledges of $2000
each. You may, of course, offer a pledge as a gift for or on behalf of a
friend or beloved. You may also combine forces to make a group
contribution. Email me and we will discuss the details.
In return for your support, we will
you in perpetuity as founders of the winery, and so will welcome you
and your guests forever without charge at the winery and in the tasting
room; and will guarantee you places at all special events;
will create an architectural commemoration of your support at the winery
(wait till you see it; we are not talking about a bronze plaque);
and, of course,
we will host you at an amazing party to celebrate the opening of the tasting room in 2019.
is something so special about this. This offering will not be repeated
or expanded. We will limit participation to 100 founders. Your ranks
will never swell.
Should you have questions, I am here to answer them.
me and I will answer them or we can set up a call. This is not an
investment— it is your opportunity to place yourself in the origin of
something great and remarkable, and to sew yourself into its future
We will thank and reward you with an invitation to the opening banquet, with perpetual free access to the winery and the tasting room, and to most events. Some galas might require you to pay . . . .
You may also mail us a check or use venmo or pay pal. Just email me and I will hook you up.