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Giving Back

Date: Mon, Oct 20, 2008

Our vineyards live a tough life.  They are cared for by a crew of vineyardists who sing around them (rain or shine) and handle each vine anywhere from nine to twelve times per season. Our vineyards are tucked in and surrounded by permanent cover crop.  They have plenty of company (besides our crew) with worms, [...]

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Visit the Dry Creek Kitchen and Experience Healdsburg from the Inside Out

Date: Fri, Oct 17, 2008

You can’t knock around Healdsburg, California too long before Chef Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen hits your “good meal” radar. When it opened a few years back, most of us in the town felt the place was out of place. A restaurant of uncommon quality tucked beautifully into a hotel that was best discovered in [...]

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Being near the end-just gets you that much closer to the beginning……….

Date: Thu, Oct 16, 2008

Yes, harvest is over. Pretty much everyone in Sonoma County is finished bringing in their grapes if they aren’t doing late harvest wines…… However, don’t let this fool you into thinking that wine country goes to sleep from October-January. The creeping of the seasons towards the end of the calendar year-just brings the beginning of the [...]

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Clone 6 Cab…Magic

Date: Wed, Oct 15, 2008

  Now that harvest 2008 is complete, I’m inspired to chat about our Clone 6, or ‘Jackson’ clone Cabernet Sauvignon.  There is something about our little corner of the world, this unique side-pocket sticking out of the west side of Dry Creek Valley, that seems to lend itself so well to Clone 6.  Well, it lends itself well to the [...]

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God Save The Monarch!

Date: Tue, Oct 14, 2008

So there I was, checking out all the little flags Kate Frey just put out to mark the boundaries of the new garden beds, and I looked up and saw something very exciting.  A Monarch butterfly was flittering around the Butterfly Bush, feasting on nectar from the tight clusters of purple flowers.  This was the [...]

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Last of the Cab!

Date: Mon, Oct 13, 2008

Yes!  The 2008 harvest is finished!  We brought in the last of our Cabernet Sauvignon Thursday.  The vineyard crew was very excited knowing that they had finished bringing in the grapes that they had worked on all year.   It’s a great feeling.   As we do every year, we had our Harvest Party the following day. [...]

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Stella restaurant in Boston

Date: Fri, Oct 10, 2008

I love Stella restaurant in Boston.   I am at Stella all the time, check out my credit card statement.  My wife and I have actually put a no-Stella rule into our dining out play book because we are there so often.  I have had brunch (one of the best in Boston) and dinner in the [...]

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Winery Experiences

Date: Thu, Oct 9, 2008

Going into our 5th week of harvest luncheons this season, we are no strangers to festivity here at Michel-Schlumberger. For a small estate winery - we offer a lot of opportunities for folks to come and spend time with us in lots of different settings. As a hospitality manager, I often wonder which of our [...]

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Salon Music

Date: Wed, Oct 8, 2008

Last Friday was the first significant rain we’ve had this season.  It was nice to finally see some moisture in the sky.  We had to scramble a bit for our Friday Night Music and move the festivities into the salon. Steve Pile played and he put on a great show.  One of the benefits of the indoor action [...]

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We’ll Rest When We’re Dead…

Date: Tue, Oct 7, 2008

It’s a jungle out there.  At least that’s what it sounded like last week when I went out to the garden after work to score some delectables for supper.  The oak tree was filled with all sorts of birds, hopping from branch to branch, and of all them chirp, chirp, chirping up a storm.  The [...]

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Top Harvest Excuses

Date: Mon, Oct 6, 2008

So, here we are in the first week of October and we’ve still got some Cabernet Sauvignon out there (even after the 1.5″ of rain we received on Fri/Sat.).  Things are going well with tanks full and pumpovers/punchdowns in full effect.  Some days are a bit longer than others and it got us talking about [...]

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At the end of the road, stop at Applewood Inn

Date: Fri, Oct 3, 2008

“Weekend warriors wax poetic about this woodsy retreat tucked away in the Russian River Valley that’s worth the drive on a foggy curving highway for superb French-accented California cuisine and wines from a great, very local, very exclusive list served by a knowledgeable, helpful staff; the warm welcoming and ultraromantic setting “make it a fabulous [...]

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Stars…!

Date: Thu, Oct 2, 2008

Pictures of our harvest luncheons last week: Tony, Mike, and I with our Canadian Harvest Luncheon guests Friday’s luncheon              A starry evening at our Stargazer’s Winemaker Dinner We all had so much fun last week, now we’re ready to do it again-with 3 more luncheons this week (we can still take a few more people on these…..).  Join us [...]

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Hands On

Date: Wed, Oct 1, 2008

Back in the day, I used to work in the cellar here at Michel Schlumberger and during this time of year, I always get a hankering for the days of yore when I would be hauling hose, sanitizing, punching down, pumping over with the rest of the crew. Part of the joy of making wine [...]

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