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I Heart Phenolics

Date: Mon, Jan 11, 2010 Winery Blogs

While getting my hair colored for the holidays, my hairdresser recounted the itinerary from his recent South African getaway.  His trip included a stay in Stellenbosch, a famous wine growing region, where he lustily overindulged in the local red wines, which he “absolutely cannot” tolerate here “because of sulfites.”  He went on to explain that [...]

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What Are You Going To Do Next?

Date: Thu, Jan 7, 2010 Winery Blogs

On December 31st at 1pm, I packed 15-years of my professional life into three white cardboard file boxes and turned out my office lights at Sagient Research for the last time.  My departure had been in the works for almost 18-months, but right then in the finality of the moment, it seemed all too sudden [...]

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Bruliam’s Up In The Air

Date: Tue, Jan 5, 2010 Winery Blogs

  Many thanks to Brigade member (and 747 pilot!) Laurie R. who took us around the world on one of her flights during the Thanksgiving holiday.  These pictures were taken in Dubai, right before take off to Leipzig, Germany.  We begged her to actually fly in the shirt, but she wisely decided that keeping her job was [...]

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Pay The Corkage Fee

Date: Mon, Jan 4, 2010 Winery Blogs

Are you looking for a New Year’s Resolution you can really keep?  One you can sustain for 365 days with minimal deprivation, asceticism, or hardship?  One you can contemptuously flaunt with derisive success while your neighbor schleps to Weight Watchers?  One that showcases your will power, persistence and gut-wrenching drive while your office mate surreptitiously [...]

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Bruliam on the Inca Trail

Date: Tue, Dec 15, 2009 Winery Blogs

Our June poll winner, Paula S. is back at it again!  And, just as she promised when she won over the summer, Paula wore the Bruliam colors proudly on her recent hike on the Inca Trail.  The first picture is after she climbed the Ollantaytambo temple complex in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.  The [...]

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Will Work for Grape

Date: Mon, Dec 14, 2009 Winery Blogs

The most common misconception about Bruliam Wines is that we actually own grapevines.  Contrary to popular belief, one needn’t own vines to produce wine.  Most anyone can buy grapes from farmers and make the kind of wine that they love to drink.  But that seems counterintuitive to folks.  So instead the conversation usually goes something [...]

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Gift of the Magi

Date: Mon, Dec 7, 2009 Winery Blogs

Wine touring with children is different from wine touring without them; it’s worse.  Over the recent Thanksgiving holiday, we were brazen enough to attempt this suicide mission with not only our three children but also an additional 5 kids ages 6 and under.  We were joined by two other families, other parents with equally barbaric [...]

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Vote for the November Poll Winner

Date: Thu, Dec 3, 2009 Winery Blogs

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 [...]

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Wine Is On Its Way

Date: Tue, Dec 1, 2009 Winery Blogs

We’re pleased to announce that all pre-orders shipped on Monday afternoon.  Depending on where you are, you should receive your wine in the next 1-4 days. A couple of pointers for getting the maximum enjoyment out of your bottle of 2008 Doctor’s Vineyard: 1.  Don’t open it the day it arrives – PLEASE!  While we understand that [...]

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A Pinot Perfect Thanksgiving

Date: Mon, Nov 23, 2009 Winery Blogs

In their annual pre-Thanksgiving Wall Street Journal column, John and Dottie proclaim, “There is no perfect wine for Thanksgiving dinner,” which really takes the pressure off of those guys looking to impress their fiancée’s Screaming Eagle-guzzling dad.  On the other hand, our most beloved WSJ wine columnists strongly endorse savoring an American pinot noir with the [...]

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Bruliam in Restaurants!

Date: Thu, Nov 19, 2009 Winery Blogs

On the Monday following Thanksgiving we intend to release all of the pre-orders for shipping, so you should have your wine by December 7th.  If you haven’t already placed an order, there is still time to get an order in and receive the wine for the holidays.  In addition to the overwhelming pre-order response we’ve received [...]

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Bruliam Flies For Football

Date: Tue, Nov 17, 2009 Winery Blogs

  The Bruliam Brigade was out in force last weekend at London’s White Hart Lane to see the Premier League matchup between Tottenham and Sunderland.  Tottenham won 2-0.  Go Spurs!!  The Brigade also took in the Chelsea vs. Manchester United and Liverpool vs. Birmingham matches later in the weekend.  Unfortunately, after a day of beer, English [...]

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Between A Rock and A Hard Place

Date: Mon, Nov 16, 2009 Winery Blogs

Like so many life experiences, I knew about it, I’d read on it extensively, but I’d never experienced it firsthand.  After all, I never thought it could happen to me.  In fact, just this past summer, I’d boasted in an online discussion that I’d never suffered a stuck fermentation (in my oh-so-extensive single year of [...]

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Second Opinions

Date: Thu, Nov 12, 2009 Winery Blogs

It is always good to get a second opinion.  Whether to question a medical diagnosis or to confirm your worried belief that a pair of jeans makes your butt look too big, a second opinion can be very helpful.  The same is certainly true of wine and as we approach our intended release date for [...]

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