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The last month has been a whirlwind of activity for Bruliam. Kerith’s been hard at work at the winery perfecting barrel cleaning, lab measuring, and bulldogging. I’ve been hard at work at the winery tasting through our wines to help with the final blends. Clearly, Kerith’s got the easy part of this gig. Here’s a rundown of what we’ve been up to and what’s upcoming:

2010 Pinot Bottling: We’ll be bottling our three 2010 pinot noirs next week. In the past month we’ve conducted a number of blending/tasting sessions to put the final touches on these wines. In years past we’ve had a lot more blending options, but this year it’s just us and our little lots of wine. Fortunately, all of our growers gave us a good range of clones and we employed a varied oak program to add some nuance through the aging process. The end result? I think these are the best wines we’ve ever made. We’re excited to share them with you after they’ve had a few months to rest in bottle.

2011 Harvest: This year is shaping up to much like 2010 – late rains and a colder than usual summer. This means lower yields, but hopefully more concentrated flavors. Bad for farmers, hopefully good for winemakers. This should translate into another excellent vintage, but there will be less wine to go around.

Bruliam Now Available in Healdsburg!: In case you missed our last post, we’re very proud that our 2009 Rockpile Zinfandel and our 2009 Split Rock Pinot Noir are now on the wine list at Dry Creek Kitchen. Whether you’re local or an occasional visitor, make sure you get in there and support them (and us!).

More Shipping Options: Now that we’re in Healdsburg and have more shipping options available to us, we can help facilitate wine shipments to more states. If you’ve tried to order wine on our website and been thwarted by the lack of shipping options, just drop us an e-mail at We’ll be happy to help you out.

Project Zin in October: For those of you who are fans of Pigs ‘n Pinot, our good friends Clay and Carrie Mauritson along with Chef Charlie Palmer are launched a zin-focused version of that seminal event, Project Zin, with all the proceeds benefiting the Sonoma County Down Syndrome Support Group. We’re planning on getting a group together for the festivities on October 29th, so let us know if you’d like to come along!

Bruliam Row Tag: Finally, something seemingly innocuous but immensely cool to us. The picture below is the Bruliam row tag identifying our block at Soberanes Vineyard in Santa Lucia Highlands. Soberanes is a joint project from the Pisoni and Franscioni families (of the famed Garys’, Rosella’s, and Pisoni vineyards). Since it was a Gary’s Vineyard pinot noir that first captured our hearts 10+ years ago, it’s a dream come true to see our name on one of their vineyards. Other wineries sourcing fruit from this vineyard include Kosta Browne, Roar, and Siduri. Can’t wait for you guys to taste the 2010 vintage – it absolutely rocks.