2015 Donkey & Goat "Twinkle" California Rhone Blend
If you're looking for a Beajolais-style wine for Thanksgiving, or just a light-bodied red to enjoy with similar fare, but you'd like to see what's new in Domestic wines first, try this one. Donkey and Goat is a small winery in Berkeley run by a couple who adhere to a "natural" wines philosophy, and seek out small lots from family growers, often little gems of vineyards in overlooked areas of California. In 2015 they would up with an unusually light-colored Mourvèdre, but found that its was quite a charm when tasted cool. Blended with Grenache and a little Syrah to round it out, this is a nice red to enjoy chilled — about 55 degrees. The winery's tasting note: "Bright red fruit aromas jump out of the glass and surprise those expecting a gamey Mourvèdre. This is a very pretty nose of mulberry and strawberry laced with herbs like sage and spiced apple and rose petal. This is a nervy, light bodied red wine that finishes with black currants, cherries, and a subtle sweet and spicy background of nasturtium."