At least I’m not the one responsible this time. After a smack on the proverbial ass with a ruler, I shut up, fast. At this point, I’ve spent the better part of a year writing about not writing about smoke taint. I even prefaced a recent comment in an online (closed forum) wine class with [...]
It’s time again for the annual Wine Blog Awards. We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve been nominated in two of the top categories – Best Writing on a Wine Blog and Best Overall Wine Blog!! How, you might ask, did we come to be nominated for these prestigious awards? Well, we nominated ourselves. ‘Cause that’s how we [...]
It’s that time again – time to vote for your favorite Brigade picture! We’ve got some great contenders this month! As ususal, the winner will get $250 donated to the charity of their choice. If you haven’t submitted your Bruliam Brigade picture yet, what are you waiting for? And if you’ve already sent one in but [...]
Many, many thanks to Brigade member Alison G. who sported her Bruliam t-shirt all over the Vancouver winter games. Check out her three great pictures below. If you can’t see the pictures, please click here.
Barrel tasting ignites a specific strain of anticipation. In barrel, wine is still evolving, so you never know what you’re going to get. Tannins are polymerizing, wood components are integrating, and chemical compounds are seducing, oxidizing, and reducing their neighbors. After all, if the wine were finished, it would be in a bottle. And so [...]
Many thanks to Brigade members Kathy and Candy who took this shot during a whale watching trip in Baja, Mexico. They’ve decided that if they win the charity contest the $250 will go to the juvenile diabetes foundation.
A few years ago, I used to tease my husband that Tyler Florence was my #2 fantasy. I’d imagine myself decked out in La Perla and Laboutins, whipping up something splendid in my kitchen, when I’m interrupted by the doorbell chime. When I opened the door, a hunky Tyler Florence would be lazily leaning against [...]
Kerith and I aren’t opposed to getting down and dirty when it comes to ferreting out good wine bargains. Cleaning out an alcoholic’s wine cellar for “his own good”? Sure, we’ll do that. Playing the “trade discount” card at wine tastings? Heck yeah. Descending like rabid vultures on a restaurant’s going-out-of-business wine sale? You better [...]
As promised, the sweetbreads cooking video is posted below (if you can’t see the video, please click here to watch). A special thank you is in order to Chef Joe at Cucina Urbana who coached me through a lot of the prep work involved. Sweetbreads are delicious and may be prepared with a straightforward sauté. However, they [...]
Many thanks to Brigade member Sean R. who has been busy spreading the gospel of Bruliam across Europe. Here he is pictured with his viola teacher and member of the Ysaye Quartet, Miguel da Silva, holding the bottle. Miguel is a French wine afficionado, but was apparently quite pleased with our wine. As a reminder to our [...]
Upstate New York wineries have begun issuing yellow and red “warning” cards to rowdy and inappropriate tasting room customers. Having spent a solid eight years slogging through the cold, relentless winters of upstate NY, this is pretty frigging hysterical, on many levels. (I’ll leave the snide remarks about people braving a blizzard to sample a [...]
On Monday, Kerith authored a brilliant post titled Wine Blogging Is Dead (please click on the link and read it if you haven’t already). That same morning, I flipped through the most recent edition of Inc. magazine and, as usual, made a point of reading Joel Spolsky’s column. Joel is an accomplished writer and founder of [...]
“Wine blogging is the attention-seeking barking of lonely poodles.” Ouch! But wait, it gets nastier. Ron Washam, creator of the wickedly funny Hosemaster of Wine website, dedicates his own blog to eviscerating other wine bloggers. He portrays wine bloggers as a self-important, puffed up crew of verbose and prolific hacks with no audience beyond mom and [...]
Although our 2008 Doctor’s Vineyard just scored a 91 point score from Wine Enthusiast, it wasn’t always that great. In fact, in our first barrel sampling last year the wine had some serious structure problems. You can get a recap of that tasting by clicking here. So how would the 2009 first taste measure up? Well, we knew [...]