VOLUME 9, ISSUE 39
March 29, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Adventures on the Pinot Trail: World of Pinot Noir - The Seminars Adventures on the Pinot Trail: World of Pinot Noir: The Tastings Talisman: 2010 Pinots are a Giant Step Up from the Ordinary Pfendler Vineyards: Exceptional Wines in 2012 Honor Peter Pfendler Bernardus Winery: Pinot Noir Transcends the Ordinary Winter Games: Taste of International Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted California Wines Sips of Recently Tasted Oregon Wines Pinot Briefs On The Pinot Trail: Rocking K Vineyard Cottages
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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