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The Difference

Date: Tue, Jan 12, 2010

                To the common passerby, it may appear that most winegrowers do things exactly the same way as everyone else. Once you start to gain just a bit of viticultural knowledge, you start to realize that there are some differences. The more you learn, the more you realize that every farmer does things a little differently [...]

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The Incredible Edible Egg

Date: Thu, Jan 7, 2010

Happy New Year! Wow, that year went by crazy fast. I guess maybe that was because of all the really fun stuff that went down at the Michel-Schlumberger in 2009 (”time flies…”, after all). I guess that’s also why I’m pretty darn fired up to be back at work after a relaxing Christmas break. We’ve got [...]

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Begin Again

Date: Wed, Jan 6, 2010

In the beginning (John 1:1)….no wait, in the big inning (Jon Miller, San Francisco Giants broadcaster, April 5)…that’s more like it.  We all love beginnings.  My favorite beginning is the day pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training (February 18th)   because it means that opening day is not far behind.   There is just something to the sound and [...]

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Merry Christmas!

Date: Tue, Dec 22, 2009

  Wishing you the very happiest of the holiday season.  See you in 2010! tony

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Whipped Cream & Other Delights

Date: Tue, Dec 15, 2009

So I was chopping chard in the kitchen last week when my lovely wife, Lorraine, blurted out, “My favorite album cover of all time!” Although her declaration came straight out of the blue I was not taken aback – she has a very endearing way of sometimes saying seemingly nonsensical things at weird times. “So what is [...]

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Live Forever…

Date: Thu, Dec 3, 2009

It’s getting cold and dark these days. The vines are dormant and the summer crops are gone from the organic garden and I’ve resorted to using a small space heater under my desk in my heat-challenged office and many of the vineyard workers have headed South to Mexico for a much-deserved winter break. Meanwhile, the [...]

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Worms to Wine Nature Series

Date: Tue, Nov 17, 2009

Alright folks, I’ve got some really good news this week. I’m very proud and excited to announce a brand-spanking new program at Michel-Schlumberger for 2010 – the Worms to Wine Nature Series. We’ll be hosting six fun and informative nature-related events that showcase various elements of our organic and sustainable farming practices at our Estate. [...]

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Bored? Why, No…

Date: Mon, Nov 9, 2009

I’ve worked at Michel-Schlumberger for something like 14 years. It always amazes me to tell that to folks because I’ve always been the type of guy who’s always on the move. I get bored very easily and I love to learn new stuff. Status quo is my biggest turn-off. But I’m not the only one [...]

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Done Deal!

Date: Wed, Oct 14, 2009

Hey folks! Really sorry I’ve been blog-free for a few weeks. As you can imagine it’s been a bit crazy with Crush in full swing the past month. But I’m back and I’m very, very pleased to announce that Harvest 2009 is officially over at Michel-Schlumberger — the last grapes were picked on Sunday, just [...]

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Lest Ye Be Judged…

Date: Fri, Sep 25, 2009

Last night my lovely wife and I had a bottle of 2006 Michel-Schlumberger ‘Le Fou’ pinot noir. Wow — what an experience! Right off the bat the wine was showing luscious fruit, fine structure and acid for age-ability, and a hint of that nearly indescribable “forest floor” aroma that typically characterizes a fine Burgundy. After [...]

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Earth, Wind, Fire, Water & Wine

Date: Tue, Sep 22, 2009

Here’s something a little different — the other day, a helicopter came down and swooped up water from our lake… and I just keep thinking how awesome this place is. There is never a dull moment here at Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate, especially with harvest in full swing, but there is still room for unexpected events.  The other [...]

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Harvest Q&A With Brunson

Date: Sat, Sep 19, 2009

  So Harvest 2009 is cruising along at Michel-Schlumberger. All the pinot blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir and zinfandel has been picked and squashed and is bubbling away in barrels, bins and tanks. The big reds aren’t far behind. It rained a bit yesterday (no picking today) so I have a chance to get caught up on catching [...]

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My Anniversary

Date: Fri, Sep 18, 2009

I’m delighted to say September 15 marked my 18 month anniversary working here at Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate.  I have recently taken over the Wine Club giving me an amazing opportunity to further enhance and showcase our unique winery.  I will be contributing to the BenchLand Blog and wanted to introduce myself. I was born and raised [...]

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Bird Day

Date: Fri, Sep 11, 2009

Wow – talk about an OUTSTANDING event! I hope you were there because, if not, you missed the event of the season. This past Saturday we hosted Bird Day at Schlumberger – a fundraiser for the Bird Rescue Center of Sonoma County. With the super-human assistance of about 15 volunteers we were able to pull [...]

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