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To Decant a Young Wine

Date: Mon, Nov 10, 2008

Turning down Wine Creek Road this morning, I remembered an interesting conversation I had with a customer a few days back. The gentleman and his wife wanted to know if I recommended decanting the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, if I thought it would ”improve” the wine.  The subject of decanting can quickly go down the slippery slope of wine [...]

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Beef stew for you

Date: Fri, Nov 7, 2008

Mike Brunson wants you to try a bottle of Merlot and so do I.   To help you enjoy this taste challenge, I offer up this delicious beef stew recipe.   A perfect pairing for a rainy November evening.  Let me know what you think about the Merlot, the stew and the pairing.   I loved it a [...]

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Date: Thu, Nov 6, 2008

  The word terroir may seem a bit pretentious to some. This may be because of it’s perceived affected “Frenchy” pronunciation or because initially the only people who talked about terroir were in the wine industry or were wine snobs showing off their substantial knowledge of all things wine related. However, there is something to say about [...]

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The Well-Balanced Bistro

Date: Wed, Nov 5, 2008

Chef Ralph Tingle is a good, earnest guy who could put several reams of typing paper to use whipping out a few chapters of his bio about his well-lived life-to-date: stints at Taillevent in Paris, Le Cirque in New york, Le Fetzer in Hopland, to name a few. Fortunately for Ralph, typewriters are in upstairs [...]

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Spring is in the Air!

Date: Tue, Nov 4, 2008

At least in my mind it is.  Yeah, it’s been cold and rainy for the past four days (it is November, after all) but I can’t help thinking about the sunny days ahead.      It’s not that I’ve got a problem with Fall (I LOVE the rainy season) – it’s simply because I can’t help but [...]

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Blog-Fishing for Comments on Merlot

Date: Mon, Nov 3, 2008

I really enjoy Merlot.  Had some last night as a matter of fact.  It seems that poor Merlot has taken some hits in the past decade.  There was a point in the nineties that Merlot was all the rage (kinda like the current buzz with Pinot Noir).  Everybody was planting it, everybody was drinking it, [...]

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This Weekend

Date: Fri, Oct 31, 2008

As many people know-the 1st weekend of November is when the annual Food and Wine Affair event goes on in Sonoma County. For those of you that do not make up part of the 3500 people who did buy tickets for this event this year-here’s what else is going on: BIG Cellar Stash Sale here at [...]

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Fall Colors

Date: Thu, Oct 30, 2008

Visiting Michel Schlumberger during early November is one of the best times to really see the seasonal change in our vineyards.  It also is prime time to cozy up to a tasting of Reserve Cabernet.  There’s something about this shift in season that really brings out the best qualities in red wine. Don’t get me wrong, if you bring the mussles, [...]

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Date: Wed, Oct 29, 2008

Michel-Schlumberger Crush 2008 is officially over.  The very last tank of fermenting Cabernet was pressed off on Wednesday.  There’s still plenty of work to do (racking and barreling, mostly) but at least the crazy stuff is finished.  And after a couple months of working nearly everyday the cellar and vineyard crews will finally get a [...]

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Looking Back on Harvest…

Date: Tue, Oct 28, 2008

The last press load of every year makes me think about how hard we’ve worked and usually makes me consider how quickly two months can blow by.  This year was no exception. We started on August 22 with a bit of Pinot Blanc.  The PB crop load was about the same as last year even [...]

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Dinner at the Opera

Date: Fri, Oct 24, 2008

I spend a lot of time living in hotels, airports and rental cars.  Most times I love it; meeting new people, seeing the country, talking about food and wine.  Sometimes I hate it; flight delays, snowed in at airports, canceled meeting, no samples, missing my wife, etc. Thursday night looks to be in the “love it” [...]

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Fall and Winter Tourism in Sonoma County

Date: Thu, Oct 23, 2008

Why come to wine country after crush has ended, and before the summer months are here? To give just a few reasons: There are less people traveling, meaning: less traffic on the roads, fewer customers in the tasting rooms, smaller tour groups, and more attention from winery staff. It also means you’ll spend less money on lodging/dining [...]

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It’s almost a wrap

Date: Wed, Oct 22, 2008

Changes is constant here at Michel Schlumberger. As we are nearing the end of our Friday Night Courtyard Music Series (we’ve two more to go!), I’d like to thank all of the musicians who came early and stayed late to play here.   We’re obviously not a big venue drawing thousands of fans but I’ve heard many a musician [...]

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Good Plants for Bad Bugs

Date: Tue, Oct 21, 2008

Last week I was sitting and feasting and drinking and chatting with a very nice lady at one of the Michel-Schlumberger harvest luncheons.  Not surprisingly, the topic soon turned to gardening.  She told me she had started a small vegetable garden in her back yard for the very first time and was quite dismayed when aphids [...]

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