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!
The bidding for Buliam’s first bottle of pinot exploded overnight to over $500!! And there are still seven days left before the auction closes. Remember, to bid (or just follow the fun) you must click on the link below: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170377972582 Remember, 100% of the proceeds are going to the Wounded Warrior Project – so not only are you [...]
In an early flurry of activity, the bidding on our first bottle of pinot has jumped from the opening bid of $100 all the way to $250! But, there is still time to get in on the action – the auction is live for another 9 days. To bid, you must click on the link below: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170377972582 Remember, 100% [...]
Our very first bottle of Bruliam wine is now up for sale on E-Bay and 100% of the final sale price will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. To bid, you must click on the link below: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170377972582 Once there, you can place your maximum bid and click on the blue “Place Bid” button. You’ll then be asked to sign [...]
Last week we detailed the brand new approach to restaurant wine lists that the new Cucina urbana is bringing to the San Diego dining scene. Today we’re lucky to nab an interview with Cucina urbana general manager and defacto sommelier Ben Kephart. Ben crafted Laurel’s fantastic wine list and is now confronted with the challenge of [...]