Friday, February 01, 2008


Ginger Chocolate and Syrah

Tracey and I had the pleasure of trying to pair our "Recluse" with chocolate at Charles Chocolates today. Our host, Traci Prendergast, presented us with both the usual suggestions and some really unusual ones. The Ginger Chocolate Bar was the clear winner. I was shocked but it really works.

We are going to feature these locally produced chocolates at our open house. Traci will be on hand to answer all of your chocolate questions as well. I can't wait!

Friday, January 11, 2008


Missed posting about a great article

Portfolio covered us and numerous other bay area urban wineries in October. While I read the article, I failed to link to it which I blame on harvest...


As the morning fog begins to burn off, winemaker Tracey Brandt punches her forklift under a large plastic container filled with syrah grapes, hauled in the day before from the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada. She moves the grapes over to a stainless-steel chute, where volunteers pick spiders and debris from the small, intensely blue-purple fruit before sliding the bunches down into the destemming machinery.

The area surrounding the winery isn’t made up of the acres of cool, misty vineyards or gently rolling hills you might expect to find. Instead, A Donkey and Goat Winery, which specializes in sustainable winemaking, is situated in a flat expanse of weathered red-brick warehouses and sleek modern lofts in Berkeley, California. Among its neighbors are a Chinese herbal-medicine company, an organic-sauerkraut producer, a children’s clothing maker, and a manufacturer of custom-molded rubber products.


Read Mickey Butts' whole article on Portfolio's web site at: www.portfolio.com

Thursday, January 24, 2008


A blast from the past

Tracey found her first post on Mark Squire's board today. It is from when we were looking for our first wine job. Check it out at the board.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008


Worth a read and an interesting trend.

Very interesting story in the LA times today regarding wine making and trying to please the critics.

The LA Times requires registration - free.

I look at Cellar Tracker now and then to see what people think of our wine. I highly suggest doing this with a grain of salt since many of the posters have an agenda. That said, many don't.

Anyway, it is really interesting to look at user "TJaehnigen" and his reviews of our 2004 Chardonnay. Our wines require time and, in his notes, you can see this first hand. I don't know who he is - if I did, I would offer him another bottle of the 2004 in year or so. Would be interesting to see what he would think then...

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