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Estate Secrets

Date: Tue, Dec 9, 2008

There are many hidden spots here at Michel-Schlumberger, that have been carved out over the years. One of my favorites is up on Tranquility Hill, which is in a wooded area above the lake that most people just pass by. This spot has a small bench a plaque dedicating it to Jacques and his wife Barbara.  In [...]

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Thanks Caitlin

Date: Fri, Dec 5, 2008

  With the grape and olive harvest season now ‘officially’ behind us, it’s time to tuck everything in and get to planning the coming year. This can be tough when the weather is as nice as it has been. Colors are flashy and the wind drives the sudden movements of anything not attached to the ground. [...]

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Eatin and Drinkin and Gettin Merry like Christmas

Date: Thu, Dec 4, 2008

Call me crazy-but when Halloween is over and done and the calendar page flips to November it officially begins to feel like the ‘holiday’ season to me. And as we eat our way through Thanksgiving…it is absolutely ‘on’.  Maybe it’s because I want the excuse to play Christmas music, watch old holiday movies, or decorate [...]

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The Second Harvest

Date: Wed, Dec 3, 2008

This time of year, after we’ve tucked all the wines in, we start to get all fired up about vacation (these plans can include, but are not limited to, trips to Mexico, salmon fishing trips up north, trip to Argentina and just kicking it around beautiful Sonoma County).  That is until we remember that we [...]

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You’re Gonna LOVE This…

Date: Tue, Dec 2, 2008

Writing about organic and sustainable farming can be awful gloom and doom-y sometimes.  But not today.  In my last post, you may recall (or maybe not), I was lamenting the likely appointment of former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack to the position of Secretary of Agriculture.  Vilsack has been an ardent supporter of Monsanto Corporation, genetically [...]

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The Fog and the Family

Date: Mon, Dec 1, 2008

The hillsides here at Michel Schlumberger have been covered in a shroud of fog the past few mornings.  Driving to the winery is when I do my best thinking and I liken it to shaking off the cobwebs of sleep and getting into the groove of work.  In this case, it was the bounce back from a long holiday weekend of fun and [...]

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And ANOTHER Thing…

Date: Fri, Nov 28, 2008

Here’s a strange thing.  President elect Obama’s leading pick for the position of Secretary of Agriculture is former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack.  This guy is a long time and close friend of Monsanto.  He was voted Governor of the Year by the nation’s biggest biotechnology group, the Biotechnology Industry Organization.  He has also been referred [...]

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New twists on old classics

Date: Wed, Nov 26, 2008

Remember when you were a kid at the table on Thanksgiving Day and you just let the cranberry sauce platter keep passing you by (that gelatinous stuff that sliced like beet colored congealed gravy and wiggled)? Things have changed-now YOU’RE the adult who cooks Thanksgiving Dinner or at least contributes to it. You can make any [...]

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This wine story is blogalicious

Date: Tue, Nov 25, 2008

  I am a wine salesman. I travel the countryside of life chatting with folks about Michel-Schlumberger Cabernet. I dine at the finest restaurants. It is a wonderful life. Sometimes, in the middle of a weary day, I look forward to home cooking – my own. To execute this escape from the wine wars, I book [...]

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How to Survive Thanksgiving

Date: Mon, Nov 24, 2008

There have recently been untold columns on which wine to pair with the Thanksgiving feast.  It seemed that immediately after Halloween, all media outlets, from the monthly food magazines to the morning talk shows, began to pick up the story…which by the way, is generally the same story every year.  This is not one of those posts.  I promise.  But just to [...]

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You Can’t Eat Money

Date: Tue, Nov 18, 2008

Congratulations to everyone who survived the elections.  This year it seemed like all sorts of very controversial things were up for vote across the nation, from gay marriage to medicinal marijuana to giving farmed chickens some extra leg room.  But here’s one you might have missed in all the excitement.  Voters in Lake County California [...]

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Block by Block

Date: Mon, Nov 17, 2008

  I talk quite a bit about our vineyards each day, educating our customers about how we farm these benchlands on western edge of Dry Creek. One of the most interesting things going on here is block specific farming.  We have roughly 80 acres under vine and we’d be crazy if we tried to manage those [...]

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Pinot Noir-yummy with so many things…..

Date: Thu, Nov 13, 2008

I was hanging out in Venice Beach this week at the quintessential Abbot Kinney restaurant, Joe’s and drinking some of our Pinot Noir.  Here’s what we ate: Braised Lamb Shank, White Ban & Date Puree, Red Dandelion Greens, Vanilla Herb Oil, Reduction of Braising Jus Pan-Roasted Atlantic Salmon, Ragout of Roasted Pumpkin, Chestnut, Maitake Mushroom, Grilled Scallion, Allspice [...]

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A Bee Blog

Date: Wed, Nov 12, 2008

Q:  Why did the bee sting the beekeeper?   A:  Wouldn’t you be mad, too, if somebody took your honey and nectar?   That corny (but sublime) joke was told to me many years ago by a professor in a graduate level Biology class.  It’s weird how I don’t remember actually learning much in that class but I vividly [...]

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