Donkey & Goat wines are made by wife & husband winemaking team Tracey and Jared Brandt in West Berkeley, California. After losing their day jobs during the dot com crash, they enrolled at UC Davis, learning the science of winemaking and then headed to France to train under Eric Texier - an up and coming Rhone winemaker who taught them the art and craft of making wines that express their terroir. The vineyards, which are organic and sustainable, are in the Anderson Valley, Mendocino Ridge, El Dorado and Chalone AVAs. Donkey and Goat is focused on two categories – Rhone varietals and Chardonnay. That may seem odd, but the Brandt’s love both and given that wine for them is as much a passion as a business, they make wines that they personally enjoy drinking. The wines are nuanced and balanced and don’t give everything away immediately. They’re made to be enjoyed with food. If you like these wines by themselves you’ll love them over meal with good friends.