VOLUME 9, ISSUE 44
July 28, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Anderson Valley: Newfound Perception of Quality 17th Annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival May 15-18, 2014 Anderson Valley, California Highlights of the Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival Technical Conference Press Tasting of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Tastings with Winemakers: Drew, Balo, Bink, Knez and Signal Ridge Two AV Wineries of Special Mention: Maggy Hawk and Domaine Anderson More Sips of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Pinot Briefs
Donkey and Goat
Tracey and Jared Brandt are the "donkey and goat" behind these sustainably farmed wines operating out of a 2,800-square-foot warehouse space in Berkeley, California. They follow a path apart from mainstream winemaking, eschewing commercial yeasts, using sulfur dioxide only in the spring following harvest, and fermenting in old wood and concrete vessels. They source grapes from non-irrigated vineyards, preferring less-manicured vineyards in the Sierra Foothills.
Jared hails from Salt Lake and Tracey was raised in Texas and North Carolina. They met while working for the IGN gaming company. In 2001 Jared left his job to become a winemaker. The couple went to France seeking an internship and ended in working in the Rhone Valley.
A single Pinot Noir was produced in 2009 from Broken Leg Vineyard in the Anderson Valley. Total production is 3,000 cases annually.
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