When she was a little a girl, her dad used to say, “You can be whatever you want after medical school.” So she did. After completing medical school (University of Rochester), a general surgery internship (Loma Linda University), and pathology residency and fellowships (University of California, San Diego), she thought winemaking sounded more fun. So she went back to UC Davis and started Bruliam in time for the 2008 harvest. That year she made a single barrel of wine- just 25 cases.
Since then, Bruliam has grown significantly. Today Kerith cherry picks her fruit from the top vineyards in Sonoma County and Santa Lucia Highlands, including her home ranch in the Russian River Valley, Torrey Hill Vineyard. Kerith works alongside the best growers and considers her luck extraordinary.
Named for her three kids, Bruno, Lily and Amelia, the “Bruliam” name and logo are a riff on the Periodic Table of Elements. It's also a cheeky nod to her past career in medical science.
Since its inception, Bruliam Wines has always maintained a strong charitable mandate. To date, Bruliam has made donations to over 70 individual charities, selected by mailing list members and restaurant partners.
Because of Kerith’s unique, dual perspective of academic science and hands-on winemaking, she is often asked to speak at industry events. Sometimes people even listen.