Winemaker Dinner with Berkeley’s Donkey & Goat Winery at Comal

Berkeley, CA; August 1, 2013 – Donkey & Goat was recently singled out by NY Times wine critic Eric Asimov as being among the leaders of a wine renaissance happening in CA:


A new wave of energetic California winemakers has helped to push stylistic boundaries while bringing more attention to older producers who had been considered behind the times or out of fashion. 

He praised their minimalistic style and made special note of their manifesto, which eloquently describes their uncompromising and rigorous approach to natural winemaking.


On Tuesday, August 27th, Comal will welcome Donkey & Goat Winery owners, husband-and-wife team Jared and Tracey Brandt, for a special dinner showcasing a selection of their wines from the El Dorado appellation in the Sierra Foothills paired with dishes by Comal’s executive chef Matt Gandin. Dinner guests will have the opportunity to engage in lively conversation with Jared and Tracey and learn firsthand about their winemaking approach.


This is the third in a new series of producer dinners (previous dinners include Wind Gap Wines and Arnot-Roberts Wines) held in Comal’s private dining room, Abajo.  Both previous events sold out in advance.



DATE/TIME:  Tuesday, August 27th at 6:30 PM

PRICE: Tickets are $90 inclusive of food, wine and gratuity

RESERVATIONS:  Space is limited – to purchase tickets, follow this link:

ADDRESS:  Comal is located at 2020 Shattuck Avenue (at University Avenue) in Berkeley


Dinner Menu:

Early Girl tomato gazpacho cucumber, papalo

2012 Grenache Gris Rosé, “Isabelle’s Cuvée” El Dorado

Jamón Serrano cantaloupe, chile arbol, mint

2012 Chardonnay, “Improbable” El Dorado

Goat and chepil tamal mole amarillo, queso fresco

2012 Grenache Blanc, 100% Skin Fermented, El Dorado

Oxtails in ancho chile adobo fresh shelling beans

 2012 Grenache Noir, El Dorado 

Oaxacan chocolate budin Maldon salt, whipped crema


About Donkey & Goat:


Donkey & Goat is a family owned and operated winery located in Berkeley, California. Tracey and Jared Brandt craft their natural wines from Rhône varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown in the Anderson Valley, Mendocino Ridge, and the undiscovered El Dorado appellation in the Sierra Foothills. Named one of five “Winemakers to Watch for 2011” by Jon Bonné at the San Francisco Chronicle, Tracey and Jared trained in France, and their maverick winemaking has helped pave the way for the natural wine movement.

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