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Woodsy the Gopher Killer

Date: Tue, Mar 3, 2009

“Give a hoot – Don’t pollute Never be a dirty bird. In the city or in the woods, Help keep America Looking good.” Woodsy Owl The Woodsy Owl PSA (Public Service Announcement) was developed by the Forest Service and ran on TVs across the nation in the early ‘70s.  I guess it worked because as a small child I was mesmerized.  [...]

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We Are A “Best Winery Blog” Finalist

Date: Fri, Feb 27, 2009

We are very pleased to be selected as one of 4 finalists for Best Winery Blog at the American Wine Blog Awards. It’s only been about 6 months since we started blogging here and it’s been an incredible experience. What we hoped to do when we started was to share a bit of what I [...]

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A Slow, But Delicious, Ark

Date: Wed, Feb 25, 2009

Have you ever tasted a Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter tomato?  Probably not. This tomato originated in West Virginia in the 1930s.  It was developed by a man named Charlie Byles who owned a radiator repair shop and had no plant breeding experience at all — this tomato was the only breeding work he ever did.  [...]

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A night of Cabernet………

Date: Tue, Feb 24, 2009

This past weekend we hosted our Annual Library Cabernet Dinner at the winery. As usual at Michel-Schlumberger Events, almost everyone who sat with us at dinner-were old friends and wine club members….. and the few who were new to our winery or to this event became one of these two things by the end of [...]

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Water, Water, Everywhere…And All the Fish Did Spawn!

Date: Fri, Feb 20, 2009

Over the past six days, we’ve received over ten inches of rain on the Bradford Mountain gauge and just over eight inches at the Winery gauge. It’s been wet here. We’re all smiling now. I walked the property on Saturday in the pouring rain (really fun…when’s the last time you played in the pouring rain?) [...]

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Water, Water, Everywhere…And All the Fish Did Spawn!

Date: Fri, Feb 20, 2009

Over the past six days, we’ve received over ten inches of rain on the Bradford Mountain gauge and just over eight inches at the Winery gauge. It’s been wet here. We’re all smiling now. I walked the property on Saturday in the pouring rain (really fun…when’s the last time you played in the pouring rain?) [...]

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Pétanque Season At Michel-Schlumberger - Grab A Glass & Play!

Date: Tue, Feb 17, 2009

  For those of you who have not been up to Michel-Schlumberger in about the last year or so, time to come on up and check out our Pétanque court.  Pétanque, if you are not familiar with the sport, is a lot like Bocce in Italy - except it is played with metal boules rather than [...]

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Dry Fashion Tips for Wine Country

Date: Mon, Feb 16, 2009

I hope I’m the only one who’s had the displeasure of seeing fashion massacres like calf-high two-toned socks with Teva sandals and shorts or heavy gold jewelry and pearls and white or cream pumps on a winery tour. Listen-we may not be in the big city but there are certain things a woman or man just [...]

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March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb….

Date: Thu, Feb 12, 2009

This title could be thought to describe the weather or it could be thought to describe March in wine country. Why? Three words. Barrel Tasting Weekends. 2 whole weekends (this is 6 days including Fridays) where each winery staffs everyone they have phone #s for and lays in wait for the thousands of thirsty wine [...]

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A Bee Story

Date: Wed, Feb 11, 2009

True story. My wonderful mother is over 80 years old but you’d never guess it by hanging out with her.  When she’s not out walking or doing water aerobics you’ll find her working at the Food Bank or cooking up goodies for a charity fundraiser.  Busy as a bee, she is.  But all is not completely [...]

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Where in the World is Michel-Schlumberger…….this weekend?

Date: Fri, Feb 6, 2009

Merlove baby. What? That’s right, it’s a movie about Merlot, and what do you know but we actually make an awesome Merlot! We decided to step up to the plate and flaunt it. At Michel-Schlumberger we’ve always been a fan of a good wine by any name-and we think it pretty much sucks when a grape [...]

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Conversation About Conservation

Date: Mon, Feb 2, 2009

Mike Brunson Shadow Chat The 2009 growing season has begun here at Michel-Schlumberger with Javier Sr. and crew working their way through both of our ranches pruning all blocks. This is an interesting endeavor this year because we normally do a few days and then tie the vines while it rains. Guess what? No rain this [...]

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Changing fashion keeps us fresh; some comes with sweet regrets.

Date: Fri, Jan 30, 2009

Where are you on a Thursday night? Some of you are running back from the dryer in the basement, others banging pans in the kitchen to fix dinner started too late. Like me, I do this trick most nights and the hunger consumes me before I consume it. Just now, I am re-heating some of [...]

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Sweet Kisses and Heater Bees

Date: Wed, Jan 28, 2009

It’s cold out there.  Of course, my Nor Cal definition of cold is laughably different from you folks more north and east.  But I’ve had to scrape my windshield over 20 times before driving to work so far and typically I scrape only 3 or 4 times in an entire winter.  But, alas, with cold, [...]

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