Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Want to support local wines? As well as young married couples making their dreams come true?
Donkey & Goat winemakers, Tracey & Jared, will be pouring tonight at Pourtal Wine Bar in Santa Monica, CA.
Pourtal is a rocking little wine bar I have mentioned in the past because of their innovative wine program. And I don't mean the Enomatic tasting machines, although those are great for experimenting.The wine director, Rachel Bryan , along with owner, Stephen Abronson, runs very cool themes. This month, they featured wines made by couples, hence the Donkey & Goat appearance tonight.
But the real magic is not the idea behind the theme, but Rachel's canny & sophisticated choices to round out their offerings. She seems to know the right balance of giving customers what they want (comfort wines) but also pushing their wine boundaries via unknown varietals and wine regions.
Jared & Tracey Brandt studied winemaking with the famous Eric Texier in France. Now they make wines very naturally and from mostly organic vineyards. They just released their new grenache rose, roussanne, chardonnay (unfiltered and blended with green grape verjus), and several syrahs.
Here is some info on the Donkey & Goat winemaking style:
Native Yeasts, no cultured yeasts used for fermentation
No new oak, only neutral oak barrels
Foot stomped grapes, no machines
Little to no sulfur added at fermentation, minimum added at bottling
No fining or filtration
*I really like these wines and will soon be representing them in the Southern California market.
Posted by Amy Atwood at 8:34 AM