Donkey and Goat Winery

Donkey and Goat Winery is among my personal favorites for local wineries for a few reasons.  To start, the wine is awfully good.

Secondly, they have a perspective.  They published a manifesto online a while back.  There’s been a whole movement toward more natural wines over the years, although more natural always seems to include the usual amounts of sulfur as well as artificial yeast. Plus, the grapes tend to get picked at the same time by those interested in less tannic wines, as well as those, interested in more tannic wines.

Like I said, Donkey and Goat has a perspective and it’s different enough to warrant your attention.

For quite some time Donkey and Goat Winery focused largely on Rhone varietals.  For some reason the most natural among the winemakers tend to do that, although over the last vintage or two they seem to have branched out quite a bit.  They now make a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (doesn’t everyone these days?) Where Donkey and Goat Winery shines, in my opinion though is in their Rhone varietals.  A Mendocino Ridge Syrah isn’t that easy to sell (if we’re being honest) but it’s incredible. Roussane, GSM and more Syrah vineyards than one can count.  It’s all part of the attraction at Donkey and Goat.

How Donkey and Goat Winery fits with Uncorked Ventures: I’m personally a fan of Rhone varietals, so I tend to try and not ship them too much, since people tell me that they show up too often as it is.  But, these are truly outstanding and I love to tell the story about more natural winemaking, as well as, how wineries actually make wine outside of their individual marketing tales. Plus, this is truly an urban winery that I drive by a few times per week.  Overall, they’re a fit in our online wine club for quite a few reasons.