Laura Brennan Bissell

Inconnu Wine | Berkeley, CA

I did not go to school for winemaking, matter of fact, I did not go to college until I had already starting working in wine, and only briefly due to a fleeting obsession with becoming a neuroscientist.

My earliest introductions to wine were stealing the cast aside bottles my parents' friends would bring over for parties (they were not wine drinkers in the slightest), snatching bottles from a hotel my boyfriend and I worked at in high school, and drinking it from the bottle at the punk shows of my youth... the content getting better over the years.

Though I am originally a native of the Washington DC Area, I moved to the Bay Area when I was 22 to become a tattoo artist, but instead spent the majority of my time on bicycles, collecting records, reading books, drinking beer, and touring around the US with bands. In my mid 20s I moved to Barcelona where I was very involved with performance poetry, experimental music, and truly developed my love for beautifully simple food, and low intervention wine.

After sending off a very embellished CV, I moved back to California in 2011 to work a winemaking internship at Unti in the Dry Creek Valley. Despite much skepticism from peers, I made my first vintage the following year, figuring the only way I'd ever been good at learning things was by doing them myself, and learning from my own mistakes and successes. In 2013 in hopes of learning more about vineyards I began an internship with Matthiasson, which was without a doubt an invaluable experience that I will forever be grateful for.

My wines are made with spontaneous ferments, low sulfur, low intervention, and ethically farmed grapes. All of that said, I am not dogmatic in my practices, and believe that good wine is the ultimate goal.

INCONNU is my winery, and Lalalu are my wines that are intended to be a much needed vin de soif take on Californian wine. I believe that wine does not always have to be a complicated labyrinth, and that it should generally be enjoyed and not fussed over.