New releases, a virtual tasting with the winemaker, and lots of yummy cheeses!
Each year, I eagerly await the Spring and Fall releases from Donkey and Goat Winery out of Berkley, California. I've been following Jared and Tracey Brandt for nearly six years on their journey to share natural wines with the world, and I'm still just as smitten as I was the first time I tasted one of their wines (2013 'Stone Crusher' Roussane).
For a little background:
Donkey & Goat produces natural wines, which incorporate both practice in the vineyard and the cellar. According to the Brandts, "that is what distinguishes natural wine– the extension of natural farming philosophies that drive the practices for sustainable, natural & biodynamic farming into the cellar."
Fruit used at Donkey and Goat is sourced from sustainably farmed vineyards in the Sierra Nevada, Mendocino, and Napa Valley. As for winemaking, the process is simple: "nothing is removed and nothing is added." All the wines at Donkey and Goat are unfined and unfiltered.
The newest release from this dynamic team includes an old vine Carignan, a spicy, chillable Mourvedre, and a textured Grenache rose.
2019 Old Vine Carignan, $35
If you could bottle up the sensation of a foggy morning walk through a pine forest, it would be our Old Vine Carignane. At first, you’ll notice the scent of late summer blackberries and wild strawberries. As the wine opens, a subtler hint of dried wood, pink peppercorns and rosemary emerges. Somewhere between the first and last sip, you’ll find yourself deep in the woods. Enjoy with rosemary potatoes and medium-rare lamb roast.
2019 Twinkle Mourvedre, $35
A pretty nose of crushed raspberry and strawberry laced with a light dusty fringe. This is a racy and light bodied red wine that leads with flavor profiles matching its aromatics: strawberries, raspberries, a touch of orange zest and pomegranate. Serve chilled, preferably on a porch on a warm Summer day.
2019 Isabel's Cuvee Grenache Rose, $40
Strawberries and passionfruit and tangerine! Oh my! Isabel’s is fresh and juicy like a homegrown clementine with undercurrents of white peach and rainier cherries. If kisses were a color, it might resemble a fresh bottle of Isabel’s. Pair with easy picnic sandwiches and juicy strawberries, but only with excellent company.
If you have access to Instagram, I'd highly recommend that you tune in to the team's account on Saturday, April 25 for a wine and cheese tasting featuring a couple of these new releases. Want to pick up a bottle or two to drink along with Jared? We've got the above in stock now, but quantities are limited.