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Bird Day 2010

Date: Wed, May 5, 2010

The weather was perfect and the birds were chirping and the people were munching, sipping and staring through binoculars. Yes, Bird Day at Schlumberger was once again a total blast! And best of all, together we helped to raise much-needed funds for the fine folks at the Sonoma County Bird Rescue Center. [...]

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Frog Safari: Part 2

Date: Wed, Apr 21, 2010

First, a quick note: If you haven’t already read PART 1 of this blog please click here to get caught up. I was in a bit of a rush so I grabbed the first bottle of wine I came across in the Cellar — the 2003 Michel-Schlumberger syrah. I’ve always worshipped the syrah from our [...]

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Frog Safari: Part 1

Date: Sun, Apr 11, 2010

Armed with binoculars, a Coors Light I got from the Vineyard guys and two hours of time to kill before the Big Event, I headed off on a reconnaissance mission. The evening was spectacular. The birds and the bees were going off with that “first good sunny day after a long cold, wet [...]

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A Day with the Fishes…

Date: Fri, Mar 26, 2010

This was not your typical winery event. In fact, it didn’t really seem like an “event” at all – more like a buncha really nice folks simply hanging out together, sipping amazing wine, wandering around on a beautiful day looking at birds and learning about steelhead trout and salmon and the creeks in which [...]

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Our Winemaker Is A Chicken

Date: Thu, Mar 25, 2010

OK — Mike Brunson is not a chicken.  But our chickens are really an integral part of our winemaking — so I guess that makes them more like ‘assistant winemakers’.  I think Mike could live with that. Bug eaters, organic manure spreaders (and creators), wine ‘finers’, meal providers — these chickens of ours at Michel-Schlumberger are pretty [...]

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What’s In a Name?

Date: Mon, Mar 22, 2010

Michel-Schlumberger is a mouthful…in many ways.  Clearly the wines are stunning & delicious, but just saying the name is often a challenge.  We recognize this — and we embrace it!  Here’s the latest in our ‘Do You Know Michel-Schlumberger?’ video series.  Enjoy — and let us know how you say ‘Michel-Schlumberger’.  One thing is clear — [...]

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Fish Day at Michel-Schlumberger

Date: Wed, Mar 10, 2010

You can feel it in the air. The excitement is as thick as this morning’s fog in Dry Creek Valley. Yes, folks, we are merely days away from the kick-off of our new (and exciting) Worms to Wine Nature Series at Michel-Schlumberger. In case you haven’t heard yet, this year we will [...]

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Do You Know…the Way to Michel-Schlumberger?

Date: Wed, Mar 3, 2010

We are thrilled to start a new chapter at Michel-Schlumberger — a chapter that is less like a book…and more like a…movie!  With the help of our friend Hardy Wallace, we are creating a series of videos designed to let all of you ‘discover’ this special place.  Click below for our first in a series [...]

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The Taming of the Franc

Date: Sat, Feb 20, 2010

WOW – it’s a stunningly incredibly gloriously refreshingly sunny day at Schlumberger today! That’s one reason this week’s post is gonna be short and sweet – frankly, after the many weeks of cold rain I’d much rather go wander outside and experience the Estate rather than sit here on my computer and write about [...]

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The New Kid.

Date: Wed, Feb 17, 2010

A pretty cool thing happened at the winery this week.  A new kid in town who has made quite a name for himself joined our staff.  His name is Hardy Wallace and for those of you who don’t know who he is, let me provide a brief background on him. Early last year, Murphy Goode Winery [...]

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Fungal Fun

Date: Mon, Feb 8, 2010

Many of you know me as wine educator and tour guide here at Michel-Schlumberger but what you may not know is that I am an amateur mycologist of twenty seven years.  Every fall I go out into the woods and collect mushrooms for study and consumption as well as lead forays for those new to [...]

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Some Pollen With Your Red Wine?

Date: Fri, Feb 5, 2010

These days, if you were to pull up a barstool at the Boar’s Nest in Dry Creek Valley (the local’s spot for a pint or four) and eavesdrop on the general conversation, at least some of it would probably sound like this: Local Guy: “More rain a comin’, I hear.” Other Local Guy: “Yup. [...]

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The Little Picture

Date: Wed, Jan 27, 2010

“The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust Years ago, I had just finished a SCUBA certification course in Thailand and our instructor was taking us out to a dive site noted for regular sightings of Whale Sharks, the world’s largest fish (up to 40 [...]

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“The Right Thing To Do”

Date: Thu, Jan 14, 2010

We’ve spoken and written about it often — and now is a great time to actually experience it.  Wine Creek, the tiny but oh-so-important stream running through Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate is flowing steadily, and the salmon and steelhead are back to spawn. For those unaware, this tiny tributary is reportedly one of the last three native [...]

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