After blogging about the upcoming East Bay Vintners annual Passport event, I noted that a certain Berkeley winery would not be representing the goods this year.
So I emailed Tracey Brandt of A Donkey and Goat and she confirmed my suspicions: the winery chose not to renew its EBVA membership this year. It’s an economic decision, Tracey told me.
Here it is in her words:
“We made a strategic decision for the year to mix up our marketing dollars. We did not pour at Rhone Rangers and will not pour at Family (Winemakers) but will get into more smaller events in more markets. The EBVA was both a cost and labor investment so we are stepping out for now.”
But it’s all good. They still call the East Bay home and are throwing their own snazzy open house this Saturday, March 28 from 1 to 5 p.m.
The Brandts will welcome spring with the debut of five new wines, noshes from local purveyors, and groovy tunes courtesy of the Michael LaMacchia Trio. Admission is $20 and includes a Riedel glass. Or (and I heart this), bring your own glass and pay 15 bones in cash at the door. Sweet.
Some new goodies to anticipate: In addition to their well known Syrahs and Chardonnays, the Brandts will be introducing their first ever Mourvedre (yes they did) and a teensy tiny production of Roussanne, which, if they’ve heard about how I chug Jeff Cohn’s Marsanne-Roussane blend, I’m sure they’re saving for me.
Want to hit this thing? Call 510-868-9174 or email tracey(at)adonkeyandgoat.com for tickets or with questions.
Oh, and before I forget: Do you love Syrah? If you love pepper and game and inky goodness and oh that beaming magenta ring around the whole pool of loveliness, I suggest you join A Donkey and a Goat’s Secret Agents of Syrah campaign.
They’re trying to save the world (or at least the wine drinking population) from drinking over priced, overly hyped, and average “f!@*ing wines wines,” as they say. In other words, overly tannic cocktail wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Did I say that?
Anyhoo, as an agent, you can help spread the word on Syrah via videos on Facebook.
The smoothest agent, or the agent with the coolest video submission, will receive a grand prize magnum of the winery’s limited production, hand bottled 2006 Fenaughty Vineyard Syrah.