"We make wine we like, because we might have to drink it" explained Judi, who serves as vineyard manager and assistant winemaker. It's advice they took to heart from Wes Hagen from Clos Pepe Winery. He told them early on to only grow and produce what they really like. Wine is really hard to sell if you're not passionate about it, he explained.
This was a flawed wine, scoring 11.5 points out of a possible 60. Comments ranged from "Yuck! Toss it!" to "I get burning tyres. (Brian is British) And the mailman's used rubber bands. Actually not nice."
Initially Brookside will be sourcing all of its fruit to make its wine, but eventually he plans on planting vineyards and opening a tasting room. With today's economy, quality fruit is readily available and it doesn't make sense to plant vineyards... yet.
When they decided to locate the winery on De Portola Road, more than a few eyebrows were raised. There were only two other wineries on the road at the time: Keyways and Filsinger. Keyways was open only occasionally; Filsinger was open on weekends only. Several owners of wineries on Rancho California Road told them they were making a big mistake. They honestly wondered if they were making a mistake themselves.