Upstate New York wineries have begun issuing yellow and red “warning” cards to rowdy and inappropriate tasting room customers. Having spent a solid eight years slogging through the cold, relentless winters of upstate NY, this is pretty frigging hysterical, on many levels. (I’ll leave the snide remarks about people braving a blizzard to sample a [...]
On Monday, Kerith authored a brilliant post titled Wine Blogging Is Dead (please click on the link and read it if you haven’t already). That same morning, I flipped through the most recent edition of Inc. magazine and, as usual, made a point of reading Joel Spolsky’s column. Joel is an accomplished writer and founder of [...]
“Wine blogging is the attention-seeking barking of lonely poodles.” Ouch! But wait, it gets nastier. Ron Washam, creator of the wickedly funny Hosemaster of Wine website, dedicates his own blog to eviscerating other wine bloggers. He portrays wine bloggers as a self-important, puffed up crew of verbose and prolific hacks with no audience beyond mom and [...]
Although our 2008 Doctor’s Vineyard just scored a 91 point score from Wine Enthusiast, it wasn’t always that great. In fact, in our first barrel sampling last year the wine had some serious structure problems. You can get a recap of that tasting by clicking here. So how would the 2009 first taste measure up? Well, we knew [...]
Wow!! In another very closely contested Brigade poll, Laurie in the cockpit edged out Paula on the Inca Trail by a final tally of 105-84. 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 Laurie’s choice. Second prize is $150 donated to [...]
We were thrilled to receive the first barrel samples of our 2009 pinots last week. First up, we taste our Sonoma Coast pinot noir from the Split Rock vineyard. The wine exhibited some great fruit and earthiness. One might even say it was a little funky. If you can’t see the video, please click here.
In the Broadway musical “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” a bereft, famished Snoopy laments that Charlie Brown has forgotten his supper. When Mr. Brown arrives moments later with his dog dish, Snoopy culls his deepest baritone and intones, “Behold! This brimming bowl of meat and meal, which is brought forth to ease our hunger.” [...]
91!!!!! We can’t believe we’re actually typing this, but we’re thrilled to announce that we got our first review back and our Doctor’s Vineyard 2008 Pinot Noir scored a 91 from Wine Enthusiast! Remember all of those posts we did denigrating the magazine scoring system? Well, we clearly didn’t know what the heck we were talking about. In [...]
We had a big thrill this weekend at Cucina Urbana when we got to see our wine on their list and on display in their wine shop. Order up a bottle next time you’re in!
We hardly knew thee. Well, that’s not exactly true. We actually knew you all too well. For those of you who have been following our journey since the beginning (almost 2 years!!), you’ll recall that our original plan included crafting two different pinot noirs for our inaugural 2008 vintage – the Doctor’s Vineyard Pinot Noir from [...]
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 [...]
Only one of my children is truly wine obsessed. While we eat dinner, she waits patiently nearby, one ear tuned to the TV and the other to the clink of our glassware. Every ten minutes, she saunters over to investigate. “Is it wine time yet?” she propositions. Exasperated by the repeated interrogation, Brian and I [...]
Many thanks to Michael T. who sports his Bruliam t-shirt and his Bruliam bottle in the snow in New York. Hopefully the wine held up to the cold…
My wine consumption started in college, with Gato Nego, a South American red decorated with a miniature plastic cat leashed to the bottle neck by a teeny cord. My wine education started with the Wall Street Journal. I have been reading John and Dottie’s weekly “Tastings” column for so many years now that I consider [...]