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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
We did it! With a little bit of 11th hour wheeling and dealing and a whole lot of pure dumb luck, we managed to acquire a ton of coveted Rockpile Zinfandel grapes from the famed Mauritson family. We took in the grapes on Tuesday in Healdsburg. Best of all, Clay Mauritson (who is not only one of [...]
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 [...]
Last week we took in our first fruit of the 2009 harvest season. You can see our video on the Split Rock (Sonoma Coast) sort below. If you can’t see the video, please click here. We started fermenting these grapes on Saturday and they should be ready to press into barrel sometime in the next 5-7 days. [...]
Many thanks to Brigade junior member Connor G. (with a little assistance from his personal sherpa Alexis G.) for this awesome picture taken atop the Haleakala Crater at Maui’s Haleakala National Park.
It is hard to believe, dear Brigade that a full year has passed since we last convened to discuss harvest. The pleasant musing of callow youth and inexperience offered up romantic incantations to the wise, old farmer, squeezing a single berry betwixt a dirt-stained thumb and forefinger, proclaiming harvest time had come. Harvest was ordained [...]
Hi all – we’ll be up in San Francisco on Sunday 9/20 and Monday 9/21 sorting fruit for our 2009 vintage. We have space available on Monday 9/21 if anyone wants to join us – we’re currently scheduled for 3pm, although that time is subject to change based on when the fruit is picked and when the [...]
Many thanks to Brigade member Julia K. for two great shots from Italy. On top, Julia is at beautiful Lake Como and below she is in Sesto, Italy with a view of the Dolomites in the background. Apparently, the Bruliam shirt gave her the extra boost she needed to climb to the top that day.
People often confuse my technical wine acumen with being an exceptional wine taster, when in fact, I am not. Plagued by seasonal allergies since elementary school (in addition to pudge and a headgear), I have been sticking all kinds of medicinal concoctions past my nares for over 20 years. My sense of smell is actually [...]
With all of the excitement over the first bottle of the 2008 vintage, it may feel as though we’ve been neglecting the 2009 harvest. In fact, we’re counting down the days until the process of sorting, soaking, fermenting, and pressing begins anew. Overall, it’s been a great growing year in California – the right amount of [...]
Many thanks to Brigade member Howard W. for this Bruliam picture taken outside the BMW Welt facility in Munich, Germany. Make sure to check the link if you’re not familiar with his facility – super cool!