Riesling is Bad Ass, Part Deux

Riesling is the ONLY grape varietal that has an international organization to support it and a self-proclaimed overlord. In 2007, the International Riesling Foundation (IRF) was formed. Its mission is to increase awareness, understanding, and sales of Riesling wines through a comprehensive, integrated system of industry cooperation, research, trade education and consumer communication. The IRF has board representation and members from every major Riesling producing country—Germany, Austria, France (Alsace), Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. I have [...]

By |December 13th, 2019|Categories: Brooks Blog|

Riesling is Bad Ass

  As an adjective, “badass” is defined as: Tough, uncompromising, intimidating. At Brooks, we have built our brand around our commitment to Riesling. So why do we think these terms best describe this noble grape? Tough: Riesling is cold weather hardy, ripen later and are literally thick skinned. Uncompromising: Riesling is the truest expression of place—it always clearly reflects the climate and soil it is grown in. It is grown in so many regions around the world. Intimidating: It is [...]

By |November 26th, 2019|Categories: Brooks Blog|

Why We Love 2019 and Some Fun Facts

Harvest, one of the most energetic times of the year. Soooo anticipated. Anyone who has worked one knows it is HARD work and a lot of it. There is so much you learn about a vintage from bud break to bloom. Throughout the season, you are proactive and responding to Mother Nature (and yes, she deserves the stature of capital letters). The goal of those decisions is to ensure the grapes you produce are the perfect fruit at picking time. [...]

By |October 29th, 2019|Categories: Brooks Blog|

How it Feels to be a Top 100 Winery

Dear Friends, Wine scores are a complicated matter. Different wineries have different goals for either submitting or not submitting wines. The review process for each magazine/reviewer is different. When the person reviewing the wine changes, so can the palate behind the review. So what is the strategy for Brooks? One of the primary reasons we submit wines is not for the scores alone but, more importantly, to keep the people reviewing the wine up-to-date on what we are doing. Continuity [...]

The Legacy Continues

(Part 1 - The Day Jimi Passed Away) I arrived at his house in McMinnville around 10pm. It was filled with people, the vast majority of which I did not know. Overwhelmed and anxious, I looked for, and finally found, Pascal and his mom, Bozena. The three of us escaped the crowd and went into Jimi’s office. Silence. Shock. There were few words exchanged. Bozena and I clearly knew the reality of the situation but Pascal, just 8 years old, [...]

The Day Jimi Passed Away

It was 9:13 on Saturday morning, September 4, 2004.  I had just woken up, which is odd for me as I am an early riser but I must have needed the rest.  My husband let me know he had to run into the office for a bit, said it was beautiful outside and suggested we make something fun for dinner.  I love to cook so it sounded like a great idea. I went to the kitchen, made some coffee, [...]

By |September 7th, 2019|Categories: Brooks Blog|