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Bake Not, Want Not

Date: Mon, Nov 9, 2009 Winery Blogs

I had been dissed for sure but worse than that, I’d been ignored.  A “dis” implies an acknowledgement followed by the deliberate rebuff, but I hadn’t even been acknowledged.  In fact, I yearned to be dissed, to relish that singular moment of acceptance before being thrown to the rabid, foaming dogs.  Instead, my ego was [...]

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Fermentation Basics (Part III)

Date: Thu, Nov 5, 2009 Winery Blogs

Herein, dear Brigade, we commence our final musing on normal fermentations for the 2009 harvest season.  When we last convened, we’d abandoned our heroic yeast to fight a lonely battle against the rising tide of ethanol toxicity.  But as I’d mentioned last week, those plucky yeast rely on some nifty tricks to fortify their body [...]

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Bruliam Goes Back To China

Date: Tue, Nov 3, 2009 Winery Blogs

  Many thanks to Brigade member Clark for this great shot taken in Dongguan, China.  Our son was very impressed with the cool van in the background.

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Ode to Healdsburg

Date: Mon, Nov 2, 2009 Winery Blogs

We spent this past weekend at our place in Healdsburg.  It was great to bring the kids back to their “wine cottage” and have them participate in exciting events like the Pumpkin Car Race at the farmer’s market (see a picture of our entry at the bottom of the post), and a real harvest party [...]

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Bruliam in Stockholm

Date: Tue, Oct 27, 2009 Winery Blogs

  Finally, Stockholm can be known for something other than just a weird syndrome.  Now its claim to fame will be for serving as a location for yet another fantastic Bruliam Brigade picture.  Many thanks to Brigade member Julia H. for this great shot from the banks of the Norrstrom.

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Fermentation Basics (Part II)

Date: Mon, Oct 26, 2009 Winery Blogs

Blogging about how sensational our Doctor’s pinot tastes and smells is a joy.  Fermentation mechanics are not, but it is the essence of winemaking, so Brigade, we must soldier on with our science lesson.  Today we’re going to talk about the most exciting part of the fermentation curve in greater detail.  We’re going to focus [...]

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Opening The First Bottle

Date: Thu, Oct 22, 2009 Winery Blogs

On Tuesday we opened a bottle of the 2008 Doctor’s Vineyard Pinot Noir for the first time.  The last time we tasted the wine, it was sitting in a stainless steel holding container ready to be pumped into the bottling line.  That was exactly two months ago, and we decided to wait until now to [...]

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Bruliam Qualifies

Date: Tue, Oct 20, 2009 Winery Blogs

  As mentioned in a footnote of a previous post, Kerith did an awesome job last week at the Long Beach Marathon.  She finished in 3:42, qualifying her for the Boston Marathon.  And she did it all while properly represting Bruliam Wines.  Way to go – we’re all very proud of you!!  

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Fermentation Basics

Date: Mon, Oct 19, 2009 Winery Blogs

2008 Vintage Now On Sale.  Click Here to Pre-Order   Dear Brigade, we must backtrack.  With the frenzied push of harvest and press behind us, we now have time to examine grape fermentation in greater detail.  The hard working, harvest interns at CrushPad provide us with near daily e-mail updates detailing the progress of our fermenting musts [...]

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Our Wine is Now For Sale!

Date: Wed, Oct 14, 2009 Winery Blogs

It feels like a million years in coming, but we finally have wine to sell! Starting this morning, you can place your pre-orders for the 2008 Doctor’s Vineyard Pinot Noir through our site by clicking here or going to the Our Wines tab on the website. When you place your order, your credit card will be charged [...]

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Rockpile Video

Date: Mon, Oct 12, 2009 Winery Blogs

In what is one of our best videos to date (if we must say so ourselves), we present a behind-the-scenes look at the making of our new 2009 Rockpile Zinfandel.  You’ll get to meet our consulting winemaker Clay Mauritson and see the action going on during harvest at Mauritson Wines. If you can’t see the video below, please [...]

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September Poll Results

Date: Tue, Oct 6, 2009 Winery Blogs

Wow!! In our most hotly contested Brigade poll ever, Connor and Alexis in Hawaii have narrowly edged out Howard at BMW Welt by a final vote of 151 – 140. Since both of these entries have garnered more votes than any of our previous polls, we’ve decided to award them both a prize. As usual, the first prize [...]

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Doctor’s Vineyard 2009 Sorting Video

Date: Mon, Oct 5, 2009 Winery Blogs

A day after we took in our Split Rock pinot noir fruit from Sonoma Coast, our Doctor’s Vineyard fruit from the Santa Lucia Highlands arrived at the vineyard. By the time you read this, fermentation will actually be done on both of these vineyards and we’ll have pressed the wine and moved to barrel for aging.  [...]

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Harvest Craziness Continues

Date: Fri, Oct 2, 2009 Winery Blogs

We just got back from Northern California to take in our Anderson Valley pinot noir grapes and our Rockpile zinfandel grapes.  And, as I write this, I’ve got another window open on the screen to book flights back up to the San Francisco for tomorrow morning.  Our first two pinots – the Sonoma Coast from the Split Rock [...]

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