Brendan Tracey
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    Brendan Tracey

    Loire

    Originally from New Jersey, French on his mother's side, Brendan arrived in France at the age of fifteen to improve his language skills and he has not gone back. Except for an interlude between 1977 and 1980, when he joined various bands from the hardcore punk movement in California as a singer and guitarist. "That's when I realized that you can take things into your own hands, regardless of the dogma that it takes institutional training or in-depth expertise to achieve something in a certain field. That goes for winemaking, too," Brendan says. Back in France on the Loire, he looks after a free radio and discovers the wines of the area with some of the best natural wine winemakers*. Nevertheless, in 2008 he enrolled in the Ecole de viticulture d'Amboise and trained under the genius of Thierry Puzelat. In 2010 he started without a vineyard but with purchased Pineau d'Aunis grapes, which he fermented spontaneously through a semi-carbonic maceration*. Today, Brendan buys grapes in the equivalent of about 5 hectares of vineyard to make free wines that release a blatant energy equal to punk and make the bottles empty as fast as Anarchy in the U.K. is long.