The patio outside Donkey and Goat on Fourth Street was transformed for the Spring Release party
The patio outside Donkey & Goat on Fourth Street was transformed for its Spring Release party. Photos: Frances Dinkelspiel.

Close to 400 people came to Jared and Tracey Brandt’s Donkey and Goat on Saturday to try the urban winery’s new spring releases and taste food prepared by chefs from Gather restaurant. Visitors got the chance to try Prospector, a wine made from Mourvèdre grapes, a 2008 syrah made from the Fenaughty vineyard in El Dorado County, and many other wines. There was grilled calamari, pig’s head cuts, and other delectables to eat.

Wines for tasting were paired with suggested offerings from the grill.
A chef from Gather works the grill at the wine tasting event.
A crowd was eager to try the food prepared by Gather restaurant.

Frances Dinkelspiel

Frances Dinkelspiel (co-founder) is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California,...

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  1. I have to agree with both Bilked and Shamazon…execution of events at D&G always leave much to be desired! Long lines, running out of food early on, and a general lack of organization. Not suprising as this always seems to be their MO at these events!

  2. I too was at this event (and am actually pictured in the bottom picture). The wine was great, and the food, once you got to it, was good. I totally agree with biked – the execution of the event was pretty awful. Wine in one place, food in another, no direction as to what you were waiting in line for, and waiting for half an hour for a little plate of food is not my idea of a good time. Especially since I would have had to do that five times to try each of the food items. That being said, before going to another event I would check as to what the set-up was going to be!

  3. it was nice in concept, but poorly executed to be honest. I went expecting an amazing time, but instead was surprised by the unlabeled lines leading to a mosh-pit of food and general disorganized mayhem. They should have restricted ticketing to half the number of people.

  4. Jared and Tracey make great wine. I’ve known them informally for a few years and it’s been great fun to watch them make a go of it and become successful. They seem to have a good balance of talent, business savvy and hard work.

  5. Wow, I wish I had heard about this in advance. Sounds like fun.

    For those who are interested in local Berkeley breweries, Triple Rock still has a few of their specialty beers from SF Beer Week on tap, and they’re really worth checking out. The white chocolate milk stout – which uses TCHO cocoa nibs – is exquisite.