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Pinkalicious Bottling Video

Date: Mon, Mar 10, 2014 Winery Blogs

Our Spring Release is only a week away, and it will include our 2013 Rose of Pinot Noir.  To help get you in the mood, here’s the scene from a few weeks ago when we bottled this pink nectar (coincidentally … more

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Hey Big Spender!

Date: Thu, Feb 6, 2014 Winery Blogs

I love HGTV. Cue an upwardly mobile, Middle America, archetype family. Pan out to a cluttered galley kitchen as their adorable toddler dumps her 7200-piece puzzle on the kitchen table-satellite office-gift wrapping station. The exhausted, harried, and very pregnant wife … more

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Pruning Gaps Crown Vineyard – Video

Date: Sun, Jan 26, 2014 Winery Blogs

Last week I was lucky enough to meet Rob Harris of Price Family Vineyards for a pruning tutorial at Gaps Crown. We started off in Bruliam block 13, clone 777, which is cane pruned on the Guyot system. It’s a … more

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Trials and Tribulations

Date: Tue, Jan 21, 2014 Winery Blogs

If harvest is about getting dry wine to barrel as quickly as possible, then elevage is about thoughtful tinkering. Like layering different spices in a curry, each barrel has a different personality and brings a unique element to the final … more

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Drunk Poetry Jam

Date: Fri, Jan 10, 2014 Winery Blogs

Last night we were going through a packet of in-class work that came home from school and found this gem from one of our 2nd grade twin girls. We’re not quite sure whether to be embarrassed or proud. t

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365 Days of Bacon

Date: Mon, Dec 23, 2013 Winery Blogs

One student at our kids’ school lives in a commune. No joke. A free-spirited, idealistic, bread-kneading, Birkenstock-wearing, throwback commune. This is salient as it epitomizes the fringes of Sonoma County. It embodies the ideological and physical demarcation known as “West … more

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The Best Things in Life are Free, Like Rose

Date: Tue, Dec 17, 2013 Winery Blogs

I make rosé because I like to drink it. Brian says I’ve already made enough rosé to drink a bottle a day, 365 days/year. Clearly, he does not share my pinkalicious devotion to all things rosy and bright. I know … more

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Hey Mr. Wizard, What Happens When Scientific Method Fails?

Date: Mon, Dec 2, 2013 Winery Blogs

“Don’t be too much of a pain in the ass this year,” Brian warned. “You may not be invited back.” And with his words evaporated my big dreams of randomized controlled trials, divvying my one and two ton lots into … more

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Happy Holidays from Bruliam Wines

Date: Tue, Nov 26, 2013 Winery Blogs

I am grateful for my job, good health, and my family. I’m grateful no fermentations stuck this harvest season. I am grateful to watch sunrise over vineyards and call Sonoma County my home. I’m grateful I can still run 10 … more

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Big Boy Pants

Date: Thu, Oct 3, 2013 Winery Blogs

Bruliam Wines is big of heart but small in scope. But even we, “the smallest winery you’ve never heard of,” grow incrementally. When you start with a single barrel of wine, you expand by log scale. Now into my 6th … more

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Bottling the 2012 Pinots

Date: Mon, Jul 1, 2013 Winery Blogs

We will bottle the 2012 pinots in about a month. It’s both exciting and anxiety provoking. Inevitably, there will be some contention regarding our foils/glass/corks/labels/labor or something we overlooked as too obvious to screw up. Our new Torrey Hill labels … more

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Perception Versus Reality: A Tale of Two Labels

Date: Mon, Jun 3, 2013 Winery Blogs

By any metric, our kids seem to be living the high life. Just check out our new label. My kids are unfazed by their legless dog, which quelches any arguments about who’s supposed to walk him. And they’re oblivious to … more

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New Label for Inaugural Estate Pinot

Date: Tue, May 28, 2013 Winery Blogs

While we’re rather proud of our burgundy-colored play on the periodic table, we thought it appropriate to design a new label for our inaugural pinot noir from our estate vineyard – Torrey Hill.  We asked our kids to work together … more

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May is a Bloomin’ Rough Month

Date: Tue, May 14, 2013 Winery Blogs

This weekend marks our annual pinot noir release party, and the public inauguration of our home ranch, Torrey Hill Vineyard. It goes without saying that I’m all nerves. Our 2012 rose of pinot noir is a mix of juice from … more

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