Did Mandy Heldt Donovan just ruin her wine? Why the Napa winemaker intentionally added brettanomyces to her Pinot GrisFebruary 07, 2019
Donovan inoculated a wine with brettanomyces, a spoilage yeast that most winemakers here spend their careers desperately trying to avoid. That's a sacrilegious notion in some circles, especially Napa Valley, where Donovan lives. Here, brett is regarded as an uncontrollable agent of destruction.