One thing I love about Instagram is that I’ve made all of these internet friends. I’ve never met most of them IRL and I don’t even know many of their names, but I feel as though I know them because I’ve seen their lives play out on my phone screen. This has become especially true of the wine community in Kansas City. I’ve started interacting with so many wine lovers and wine professionals in the city, most of whom I’ve never met but constantly chat with on the Gram. One of my Insta-friends posted about a natural wine tasting at a local liquor store I had never been to but was within walking distance of my office. I decided I had to go.
When I showed up, I was glad I did because I saw a host of wines, some of which I had had before and loved (Dufaitre Gamay, for instance) and ones I had been dying to try. One such wine I had been dying to try was the Donkey & Goat Gadabout white blend. I had read extensively about Donkey & Goat’s sustainable practices and interesting blends but had a hard time locating their wine in the city. I was contemplating ordering some online but that shipping fee is a bitch! Also, I didn’t want to take the chance of it sitting outside in a box in the Kansas July heat. So I was thrilled to see it was in the tasting line up and available for purchase!
Donkey & Goat is owned by Tracey and Jared Brandt who are pioneers of California natural winemaking. They make small batches of wine without filtering or fining anything and list the ingredients on the bottle. What’s not to love? Gadabout literally means, “a person who travels often or to many different places, especially for pleasure.” This was music to this hedonist’s ears. I’ve often told people that I work to live, not live to work. I am lucky enough that I absolutely love my job, but I am not one to put in 50-60 hour work weeks. I enjoy my time off immensely and I think I am a better worker for it.
You can tell the wine is unfiltered as it appears fairly cloudy. I for one love unfiltered wine and find it to be way more interesting and funky than its filtered counterpart. The bouquet of the Gadabout is so subtle, smelling of ginger tea and a used bookstore, more specifically The Dusty Bookshelf, my favorite bookstore in my college town of Lawrence, Kansas. On the palate it is super floral, tasting of fresh jasmine and pear blossoms. I think I would be my happiest if I could take a bottle of this into The Dusty Bookshelf, sit on one of their worn chairs with Alice, the cat, on my lap, reading a book and drinking this wine.
One of my favorite movies is Before Sunset, part of which takes place in a Parisian bookstore, Shakespeare & Co. Independent used bookstores always remind me of that movie and make me nostalgic for the first time I watched it in high school. It’s kind of the perfect film, in my opinion. It takes place in real time and is basically just a filmed conversation between two people who may or may not be in love with each other (watch and find out…) There is little background music and you quickly get lost and the film and then, like that, it’s over.
The Gadabout makes me nostalgic for walking the streets of Paris with my lover which I have never even done, so it’s powerful shit. I know I’ll make it to Paris someday with my lover in tow; I took seven years of French for Christ’s sake. But until then, I can sip Gadabout and watch Before Sunset, dreaming about being a gadabout myself and traveling often or to many different places especially for pleasure.
A photo I took at a local bookstore today.