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Register for the Spring Release Party!

Date: Mon, Apr 15, 2013 Winery Blogs

Please join us on Saturday May 18th from 2pm to 3:30pm at Cucina Urbana for our Spring Release Party.  We’ll be pouring 5 new wines and the restaurant will be serving up delicious snacks. Tickets are $30/person.  For more information … more

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Frankenberry

Date: Wed, Apr 10, 2013 Winery Blogs

“Where you are is as important as where you aren’t.” A friend from a very high profile winery was offering me marketing advice. Explaining why her winery doesn’t participate in those ubiquitous, cattle call consumer tastings, she said, “It’s the … more

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Bruliam Does Dallas

Date: Thu, Mar 21, 2013 Winery Blogs

For the first time ever, I’ve taken Bruliam on the road. After 18 months of waffling over whether or not to join the Sonoma County Vintners Association, we broke down and committed to marketing in earnest. This week, I traveled … more

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Video – Pruning Torrey Hill Vineyard

Date: Wed, Mar 6, 2013 Winery Blogs

As a first step towards the 2013 harvest, Kerith and the crew recently pruned our estate vineyard in the Russian River Valley – Torrey Hill. Check out the video below.  We’re even offering a donation to the charity of your … more

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A Rose By Any Other Name

Date: Mon, Feb 11, 2013 Winery Blogs

Chapter 1- Precious, My Precious I never intended to make precious rosé. I was going for “perky pink,” “gulp-able beside the pool,” or say, “chug-able at a backyard barbeque.” Rosé was pitched as an easy side project. Ferment some juice, … more

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Winemaking Lesson #28: Your Kid Thinks You Suck

Date: Wed, Jan 23, 2013 Winery Blogs

“You must not be a very good winemaker, mom.” I swerved around to face my 6 year old daughter. It was instinct. Of course I paused to put down the 10 inch Santoku first. “What did you say?” I fake … more

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Happy Trails to You

Date: Mon, Jan 7, 2013 Winery Blogs

Last Monday I took my first run in my new neighborhood. After running through Dry Creek Valley for the last four years, I was ready for a change of scenery. But it was not without regret. My old loop overlaps … more

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Rime of an Ancient Winemaker

Date: Mon, Nov 5, 2012 Winery Blogs

Twas 8 weeks before Christmas, and all through the land Jew boys and Jew girls tried hard to understand Why Christmas should rule the T.V. and the mall While the Hanukkah story gets no play at all. Now every … more

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Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There!

Date: Thu, Oct 25, 2012 Winery Blogs

I’m anxious, neurotic, and methodical to a fault. I perseverate over minutiae and struggle to be flexible (yoga notwithstanding). Ubiquitous truisms like, “Relax, it’s just wine,” and, “Don’t worry. You can fix it later,” make me insane. The worst, I … more

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If Cab is the King and Pinot is the Queen, then I guess Zin is the B-I-T-C-H

Date: Mon, Oct 15, 2012 Winery Blogs

“If Cabernet is the king of wines and Pinot Noir is the queen, well then I guess Zinfandel is the B-I-T-C-H.” I was sorry I’d even asked. I was just trying to be friendly. Last week while sorting my Rockpile … more

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Stopping By Vines on a Foggy Morning

Date: Mon, Sep 17, 2012 Winery Blogs

Sampling berries is one of the great perks of winemaking. Every vintner partakes in the same pre-harvest ritual, walking the vineyard rows, picking berries to eat and analyze, looking for tell-tale signs of ripeness. I always pull my samples first … more

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Torrey Hill Harvest Video

Date: Mon, Sep 10, 2012 Winery Blogs

Yesterday morning we harvested our estate pinot noir vineyard – Torrey Hill.  Come along for a quick 5-minute recap of the beautiful morning.  If you can’t see the video below, please click here.  

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The Name of the New Vineyard Is……

Date: Wed, Sep 5, 2012 Winery Blogs

With our start to harvest a few days away, we thought this was a good time to unveil the new name of our pinot noir vineyard in the Russian River Valley. The name we’ve chosen is…(drum roll please)…. Torrey Hill … more

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When You Kill Your Darlings, Use a Weed Whacker

Date: Tue, Aug 28, 2012 Winery Blogs

I’d always thought it was an F. Scott Fitzgerald quote. But most folks on the internet attribute the line to William Faulkner. “Don’t be afraid to kill your darlings.” It might as well have been Cormac McCarthy. It’s got a … more

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