Inspired by the f$*k-all/do-anything attitude of California punk in the late 1970’s, Brendan Tracey, a New Jersey native who’d attended high school in France, moved from San Francisco to Paris where he helped launch a local FM station in 1981. After years of working as a Disc-Jockey, Program Director and finally News Reporter and Presenter, Brendan abandoned his career of 27-years, to study winemaking at the Lycée Viticole in Amboise.
While earning his Baccalauréat Viticulture-Oenologie in 2009, Brendan Tracey apprenticed with Thierry Puzelat, a pioneer of natural, organic winemaking in France; and followed with three months at the “Cave Coopérative des Vignerons de Mont-Prés-Chambord”. Inspired by Thierry Puzelat and Philippe Tessier, Brendan employs natural yeasts, and a semi-carbonic maceration on his red wines. Making wines from organically farmed fruit, Brandan sees himself as a humble assistant to nature. “Each year,” he writes, “each variety, terroir and climatic situation imposes decisions on the way grapes are grown, harvested and fermented.”
|Rue de la Soif White, Touraine
Sauvignon Blanc in an oxidized style. Unfiltered.
|Capitalism Rouge, Gamay/Côt, Touraine
"Capitalism Rouge" is a funky, vin de Soif style cuvée. Yves Tanguy, the surrealist painter, is Brendan's great uncle & that's him on the label. Practicing organic.