Green Winery, A Donkey and Goat, Opens Its Doors for a Green Harvest Event that Celebrates Natural Winemaking

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Committed to being green, A Donkey and Goat Winery hosts a harvest wine tasting event featuring two eco-friendly promotions: Bring Your Own Glass (BYOG) for 40% off admission and the Take Back the Tap campaign.

A Donkey and Goat Winery

Our aim is for BYOG to reduce the carbon footprint from the production, etching, and trucking of the souvenir glasses

A Donkey and Goat winery (http://www.adonkeyandgoat.com)], a wife and husband-owned winery producing sustainably crafted artisanal wines, will open its doors on Saturday, September 13 from 1:00-5:00 PM for a unique wine tasting experience. Join the winemakers, taste the latest releases, and celebrate the harvest. A Donkey and Goat is located at 2323B Fourth St. in Berkeley, CA.

For the first time, A Donkey and Goat is hosting a green event featuring an eco-friendly wine tasting experience through two promotions: Bring Your Own Glass (BYOG) and Take Back the Tap.

Additionally, this harvest event gives attendees the opportunity to taste newly released wines from four wineries in two locations for one admission fee. A Donkey and Goat will be pouring its releases at its winery (2323B Fourth St. in Berkeley, CA) alongside dept. C Wines. At Eno Wines (805 Camelia St. @ 5th), attendees can taste releases from Eno Wines and Broc Cellars.

As part of its BYOG promotion, attendees who arrive at either location with their own glass will receive a 40% discount on admission. Regular priced entry to the open house is $25 and includes a souvenir glass. BYOG and receive entry for $15.

"Our aim is for BYOG to reduce the carbon footprint from the production, etching, and trucking of the souvenir glasses," explained Tracey Brandt, A Donkey and Goat co-owner and co-winemaker. "It should cut down on waste too since most souvenir glasses end up in the landfill, or are retired into a cabinet never to be seen again."

Keeping with their green theme, A Donkey and Goat will not be serving bottled water. Instead, it will serve East Bay Municipal Utility District tap water from their stainless steel tanks. The organization Food and Water Watch will also be on site to promote their Take Back the Tap campaign by educating attendees on the eco and health benefits of drinking tap water. Reusable stainless steel canteens will be available to all who want one.

"We've been to countless events where plastic water bottles are discarded half full. It got so depressing to watch the recycling cans fill up with all that waste, so we decided to do something about it," continued Jared Brandt, Tracey's husband and winemaking partner.

Attendees at the harvest event will also enjoy live music from Michael LaMacchia while sampling culinary creations from local purveyors.

Beyond this harvest event, A Donkey and Goat employs natural winemaking and green practices everyday, including:

  •     Verjus (unripened grape juice) is used in place of tartaric acid to naturally achieve a desired acidity and a delicious Chardonnay.
  •     Native yeasts are used rather than cultivated yeasts.
  •     Enzymes, nutrients, or color enhancers are never added to the wines.
  •     A Donkey and Goat partners with growers who do not practice chemical based farming.
  •     Pressed grapes are ecologically recycled by returning them to a farm.
  •     Tracey and Jared drive a Prius for vineyard visits.
  •     The winery has an efficient on-demand hot water system and energy efficient lighting.
  •     No air conditioner is used in the winery.

About A Donkey and Goat Winery
A Donkey and Goat is a Berkeley, California based urban winery that specializes in natural winemaking for their Chardonnay and Rhône varietal wines. These distinctive, soulful wines are produced using France's classic, labor intensive techniques, such as adding "verjus" (unripe grapes) to acidify their Chardonnay, and never using cultivated yeasts, enzymes, nutrients, or color enhancers. Current fall releases include the 2007 Tamarindo Roussanne, the 2006 Fenaughty Vineyard Syrah, the 2006 Vieilles Vignes Vineyard Syrah, and the 2005 Brosseau Vineyard Reserve Syrah. The winery was founded in 2003 by husband and wife team Tracey and Jared Brandt who are the "donkey and goat" behind these sustainably farmed and artfully produced wines. Learn more about A Donkey and Goat on their blog at http://www.adonkeyandgoat.com/Blog_2008.html. Follow A Donkey and Goat on Twitter @donkeyandgoat.

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