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It’s All Fine With Me

Date: Mon, Aug 9, 2010 Winery Blogs

I almost fell backwards off the ladder and onto my ass.  My involuntary yelp startled the forklift operator who reflexively reached halfway out of his cab to pull the emergency stop on the conveyor belt.  The grapes piled up accordion style, then came to a brisk halt.  Everyone was looking at me.  I had barely [...]

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New Review & Other Tidbits

Date: Mon, Aug 2, 2010 Winery Blogs

Wine blogger Keith Hoffman at Brain Wines updated his review of our 2008 Doctor’s Vineyard Pinot Noir after re-tasting the wine recently. Here’s what he said back in November 2009:   Nose:   Crisp, plum-steeped, spring water. Elegant leathers. Light lavender. Violets. Candy. Taste:  Clean, amazingly so. Smooth plum and light spice. Mature earth.  Mature cherry. Perfect structure and sexy mouthfeel. Overall:  [...]

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Video – Blending Our Rockpile Zinfandel

Date: Mon, Jul 26, 2010 Winery Blogs

Last week, we had a blast blending our 2009 Rockpile Zinfandel.  Check out our short video below. If you can’t see the video, please click here.     P.S.  If you need a refresher on the origin of the galette references, please click here.

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Brian vs. Food

Date: Fri, Jul 23, 2010 Winery Blogs

Sure, Kerith can run a half-marathon in under 1:45 and burn through 1,500 calories. Shoot, anyone can do that.  But it takes a real competitor – a man’s man – to ingest that many calories in the short time between dropping your wife at the starting line and picking her up at the finish. And I am just [...]

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Spittin’ Pretty

Date: Tue, Jul 20, 2010 Winery Blogs

I really enjoyed my month long anesthesia vacation, I mean “rotation,” during my surgical internship.  It was a nice break from general surgery.  Nobody threw sharp instruments at your head when you misidentified a blood vessel.  The hours were better.  You could flip through a trashy magazine, hidden inside the cover of the New England [...]

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100-Point Wine

Date: Thu, Jul 15, 2010 Winery Blogs

I’ve never had a 100-point wine. I’ve had a slew of wines that have scored in the 90-94 point range (which fall into the Outstanding category) and even a few that have reached 95 or 96 points (which are considered Classic).  But I’ve never had a 100-point wine. A lot of people, especially inside the wine industry, discount [...]

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Bruliam Gets Legal

Date: Tue, Jul 13, 2010 Winery Blogs

  In an upcoming post, I’ll be regaling you with the enthralling story of winery compliance and state and federal registration.  In the interim, we thought you’d all enjoy seeing this fabulous sign which is legally required to hang right outside our front door for the next 30-days in order to register our home office. And for [...]

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Video – Blending Our 2009 Pinot Noirs

Date: Mon, Jul 12, 2010 Winery Blogs

Check out a brief video of this year’s pinot noir blending session below.  If you can’t see the video, please click here.   By now you all know that blending is the art of winemaking.  As you blend, taste, and spit, you strive to craft a composite wine that outshines each component individually.  What one wine lacks in [...]

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Wine Wednesday Goes Awry

Date: Thu, Jul 8, 2010 Winery Blogs

The pinot noir was tepid and so was the sauvignon blanc.  The bucolic serenity of sprawling grapevines harmonized with guttural spews of exhaust.  A serpentine parade of FedEx trucks stretched from the “Welcome!  Tasting Room Open!” sign on the gravel road to a nearby storage shed, each transport vehicle awaiting full palates of wine shipments.  [...]

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Bruliam Gets Crushed

Date: Tue, Jul 6, 2010 Winery Blogs

  For those of you who may think that winemaking is a glamorous gig, our winemaker Clay Mauritson proves otherwise in this great shot from the 2009 harvest.  You’ll be drinking that pile of de-stemmed fruit in just a few short months – it’s our 2009 Rockpile Zinfandel! As a reminder:  With summer travel in full swing for [...]

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Bruliam in 2010 (Part II)

Date: Thu, Jul 1, 2010 Winery Blogs

As you recall from Part I, we’re moving our production to Mauritson Wines in 2010. Next up in this series:  Sourcing Premium Wine Grapes (or, can Kerith bake our way to another 90-point wine).  Under our previous winemaking arrangement, choosing grapes was simple – all we had to do was select from a menu of pre-arranged vineyards.  [...]

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Wine Wednesday Returns

Date: Mon, Jun 28, 2010 Winery Blogs

Wine Wednesdays: we’ll drink the wines so that you don’t have to.    Happy summer to all.  We at Bruliam Wines are thrilled to announce the highly anticipated return of our greatly lauded summer fluff series.  Good Morning American brings you a summer concert series, and I spew discordant logorrhea, every single week.  Rejoice loyal readers; [...]

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Please Don’t Touch My Bunghole

Date: Mon, Jun 21, 2010 Winery Blogs

The girl who bikes next to me in spin class graduated from the same local high school as I.  We finished maybe five years apart (plus or minus 15 years).  When I get amped up over the extended Cure / Depeche Mode remixes that carry us over 17 minute “hill” excursions, her eyes glaze over.  [...]

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Summer Sendoff

Date: Tue, Jun 15, 2010 Winery Blogs

This morning, if all goes according to plan, we will pull out of our driveway at 5am in the Swagger Wagon, cruise through LA downtown traffic at 6:45am, and make it over the Tejon pass and down to our Starbucks stop at the southern tip of the central valley around 8:30am.  By the time you [...]

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