“Winemakers to Watch in 2011,” by Jon Boneé.
In his annual prediction of where the industry is headed Mr. Boneé profiles five winemakers to watch in the New Year. He says, “…one of the pleasures of 2010 was how many small labels are on the rise, where vintners are making wines that are starting to redefine the standards of California wine…. Maybe it’s their Berkeley home base, but Jared and Tracey Brandt take a sort of pride in rejecting the mainstream of California wine. That isn’t to say their Donkey and Goat wines are esoteric – the Four Thirteen is an outstanding Rhone-style blend by any yardstick. But any time you hear a scuffle over so-called natural winemaking, the Brandts are in the midst of it.” Read more