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We’re Throwing a Party!
Sunday, May 31st

Join us for our Summer Pick Up Party at the winery on Sunday, May 31st. We’ll be pouring four new wines with summertime bites. Plus select wines from our cellar will be available for purchase in addition to the new wines and special offers.
Sunday, May 31st
1 – 4 PM
1340 5th Street, Berkeley
Tickets are $15 in advance, $25 at the door
Wine Club Members get 2 free tickets with advanced RSVP

16 Important Names To Know In Natural Wine (Plus An Entire Country)

# 1 Tracey and Jared Brandt of Donkey & Goat….American husband and wife Jared and Tracey Brandt went to Europe to follow their passion: wine.  Their homage to Châteauneuf-du-Pape called 513 is dense, like great old-world Grenache-based wines, it still shows an exuberance of fruit and acidity that is decidedly new.

On April 16th,  I had the pleasure to host a dinner at Cafe Boulud in Palm Beach Florida.  The evening was a true treat.   Mariya Kovacheva, Chef Sommelier,  with the assistance of Cindy Woodman led the wonderful evening.

Rick Mace, Chef de Cuisine, and Eric Snow,  Chef Patissier,  created a wonderful meal that allowed the wine to sing.

Truly inspired menu!

Truly inspired menu!

We are thrilled for what will be our first dinner in Florida on April 13th.  We will be joining Kori Blacker and her team for what should be a great meal.   Menu, subject to change, is listed below:

Bruscetta w/ Miso Yogurt, Alvarez Farms Radishes, Toasted Sesame Seeds & Gyo Micro greens

2013 “Sluice Box” White Blend

 

Seared Scallops w/ sweet corn puree, oven dried tomato & scallion

2013 “Stone Crusher” Roussanne

 

Springer Mountain Chicken Confit w/ Luxardo Cherries, Pecans & Roasted Sweet Potato

2013 “Helluva” Vineyard Pinot Noir

 

Smoked Pork Belly w/ roasted porcini mushroom, white beans & grits cake

2013 Testa Vineyard Carignane

 

Beet Braised Short Rib Farrotto w/ Carrots & Parsnips

2013 Grenache Noir

 

Shortbread Biscuts topped w/ Farm fresh Strawberries & Whipped Cream or

2013 Five Thirteen Red Blend

Contact Royal Palms directly at 904.372.0052 for a reservation.
296 Royal Palms Drive, Atlantic Beach, Florida 32233

A few weeks back, we had the honor of hosting the team from Bi-Rite in San Francisco.   It was great to taste with Trac, John and the team.     And they invited us to come pour in San Francisco.   We of course said yes, since like us,  Bi-Rite has a natural wine manifesto.

Come join us from 4 to 6.

Bi-Rite

3639 18th St.
San Francisco, CA
94110

 

March 21 — Oakland, CA — Bay Grape

Join us and many more for the Pet Nat Zoo tasting at Bay Grape.  5 PM to 9 PM
heavypetnat

Nice write up on StoneCrusher.

The Chef immediately declared it an excellent wine for pairing with vegetables, especially the Kaboucha squash and mild Thai red chili soup she had made that afternoon. As we slowly tasted our way through the bottle—finishing the last glass with Blue Lupine, a blue cow and goat cheese from Weirauche Farm and Creamery in Sonoma.

http://annwalkercatering.com/blog/?p=244

 

March 14 — Berkeley, CA — Pickup Party @ Donkey & Goat

WINE CLUB MEMBERS ONLY
We recently had the honor of hosting a very special event where Chez Panisse alumni Anthony Sueuga spent an entire afternoon preparing Spanish Paella over an open fire in our back yard. The Paella was sublime and the afternoon spent watching (and smelling) his art was unforgettable. We are thrilled to have convinced Anthony to return for our (members only) pick up party.It is not too late to join the party, please visit our Wine Club website.

 

March 12 — Oakland, CA — Ordinaire

Join Tracey & Jared at Ordinaire from 5p – 9p as we debut our new Spring Wines!
Ordinaire, 3354 Grand Ave, Oakland, (510) 629-3944
No RSVP required – just stop by!

 

April 7 — Los Angeles — Alma Winemaker Dinner

Alma is arguably one of the best restaurants in America and Chef Ari is celebrated from coast to coast. We were honored to have Ari & Ashleigh offer to feature our wines with their 9 course Tasting Menu, where each will be paired with Donkey & Goat wines. This will be a very special night, with both Tracey & Jared in attendance, not to be missed! $130+ service & tax.

Donkey & Goat + ALMA

snacks

2014 Lily’s Cuvée, Pétilliant Naturel, Anderson Valley

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central coast

2014 Isabel’s Cuvée, Grenache Gris Rosé, Gibson Ranch, Mendocino

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asparagus & smoked trout

2013 Grenache Blanc, El Dorado

&

2012 Grenache Blanc, Skin Fermented, El Dorado

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frozen duck liver with smoked maple, carrot & coffee granola

2013 Sluice Box, White Wine Blend, El Dorado

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egg yolk with caramelized sunchoke, chives & smoked date

2013 Untended Chardonnay, Anderson Valley

a stew of cod, favas & preserved citrus

2013 Stone Crusher, Roussanne, El Dorado

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liberty duck roasted on the bone, peas, morels & last year’s salted plum

2013 The Prospector, Mourvedre, El Dorado

geranium & meyer lemon

pine, parsnip & sour apple

2011 Wayward, Late Harvest Chardonnay, El Dorado

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petit fours

Reservations at OpenTable or by email or calling Tuesday through Saturday 2:30 – 4:30pm:
Phone: 213.244.1422
E-Mail: info@alma-la.com