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Another Review

Date: Wed, Jun 9, 2010 Winery Blogs

We just received another strong review for the 2008 Doctor’s Vineyard Pinot Noir.  This came in today from Dr.  Rusty Gaffney who authors the industry favorite PinotFile newsletter.  Rusty has been a big supporter of our blog from the get-go and we’re excited that our wine lived up to high standards:   2008 Bruliam Doctor’s Vineyard Santa Lucia [...]

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Fan Mail

Date: Tue, Jun 1, 2010 Winery Blogs

Dear Mr. McInerney: Please find enclosed one extra large pair of women’s underpants and one magenta sharpie marker for you to use to autograph my left buttock.  A pre-paid/pre-addressed mailer is also included to facilitate return of the aforementioned autographed panties to me.  Thanks in advance.  I am really and truly your biggest fan, Mr. McInerney.  [...]

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Bruliam in 2010 (Part 1)

Date: Tue, May 25, 2010 Winery Blogs

As we announced a couple of weeks ago, there are many changes afoot for Bruliam Wines in 2010.  Over the course of a few posts, I’ll walk you through the different elements of our new business model and describe how we arrived at various decisions covering some of the major winemaking issues. The first thing we did [...]

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Blinded by the Wine

Date: Thu, May 20, 2010 Winery Blogs

There is a little bit of Rachel Berry deep inside all of us, some more than others.  If Taylor Swift’s music pierces the soul of anguished tween girls across the Midwest, then Rachel Berry embodies every over-achieving, approval-seeking, type-A adolescent.  These are the girls who grow up to become overbearing, validation-craving, histrionic Jewish mothers.  During a recent [...]

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Pairing Otterpops and Uncrustables

Date: Mon, May 17, 2010 Winery Blogs

“Golf’s big problem: No kids.  Still intimidating for beginners, the game isn’t attracting young people.”  Now that’s a Wall Street Journal headliner you’ll never confuse for a reference to the wine industry.  Can you imagine reading “Tasting room’s big problem: No kids?”  Of course not, although fledgling wine drinkers are often intimidated.  But it’s really [...]

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Witch’s Brew

Date: Tue, May 11, 2010 Winery Blogs

This past weekend some friends joined us for a Zinfandel blending party at Alderbrook Winery in Healdsburg.  The event was designed to replicate the blending process winemakers’ use to orchestrate the final composition of the finished wine.  For this exercise, Alderbrook provided each participant with three different glasses of Zinfandel, base wines “A-C,” plus a [...]

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Leaving CrushPad

Date: Wed, May 5, 2010 Winery Blogs

Go ahead and pick your overused cliché:  change is a good thing; change we can believe in; change is inevitable. Change is all of the above and more.  For us, change is what we’re jumping into with both feet for the 2010 harvest.  After making our wine at CrushPad for the past two years, we’ve decided [...]

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Raven Education in Arts Program

Date: Mon, May 3, 2010 Winery Blogs

Run by Matt and Shelly Proschold, the Raven Education in Arts Program (REAP) provides unique theatre and literacy opportunities for school-aged children in Healdsburg and the surrounding communities.  The Program underwrites tickets for the local schools to attend these unique youth theatre productions and ensures that all Program attendees receive a copy of the book on which the [...]

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Healdsburg Jazz Festival Education Program

Date: Mon, May 3, 2010 Winery Blogs

The Education Program of the annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival provides a series of musical workshops to supplement the underfunded arts programs in the Healdsburg public school system.  Classes include instruction in percussion, song, and dance and serve to introduce children aged 6-14 to the music, histroy, and culture of Jazz.  Visit:  Healdsburg Jazz Festival Education Program.

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Mindy Mooch

Date: Tue, Apr 27, 2010 Winery Blogs

“Mooch” – derived from French “muchier,” to hide, lurk If you can’t pad your bra, ladies, then pad your wine cellar.  As we slog though this relentless tide of economic misfortune, I have perfected an irrefutable strategy to enhance the quality of the wine you drink without costing you a single penny.  Would you like to upgrade [...]

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Anatomy of a 91 Point Wine Score

Date: Thu, Apr 22, 2010 Winery Blogs

Deep down I’m a neurotic, self loathing, low self esteemed, guilt-tinged fat kid.  Which is probably why every time I read it, it feels like nothing short of an old school bitch-slapping.  I can’t get past the first line without envisioning myself curled up in the fetal position in some crack den with Steve Heimoff [...]

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Bruliam in Lubeck

Date: Tue, Apr 20, 2010 Winery Blogs

  Many thanks to Brigade member Krisit R. who sports one of our few ultra-cool Bruliam tech-shirt in front of the Holstentor in Lubeck, Germany.

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Jay McInerney, Why Don’t You Ever Call?

Date: Mon, Apr 19, 2010 Winery Blogs

It was my Sophie’s Choice.  How could I decide whom I loved best when two equally luminous beacons of vino-rrific wine writing shared my heart?  Even worse, how might I love anew without denigrating the memory of my original paramour?  Unfortunately after reading Jay McInerney’s inaugural Tastings column for the Wall Street Journal, my heart [...]

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March Poll Results

Date: Tue, Apr 13, 2010 Winery Blogs

Wow!! In yet another very closely contested Brigade poll, Alison at the Olympics edged out Candy and Kathy in Baja by a final tally of 168-105. Since both of these entries were clearly big hits, we’ve decided to award them both a prize. The first prize is $250 donated to the charity of Alison’s choice.  Second prize is $150 donated to [...]

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