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Cork Dorks-Keep on Walkin

Date: Mon, Jan 26, 2009

If anyone out there has worked in an industry that is perceived by the general public to be glamorous, romantic, or just really cool, then you’ve probably come in contact with your industry’s version of a cork-dork.  A cork-dork (also known as ‘Eno-Dweeb’) is a person who feels the need to exhibit every little bit [...]

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Meet Mike Brunson

Date: Tue, Jan 20, 2009

Yeah, there’s the ultra-fresh organic produce and the hot sticky buns and those guys playing that crazy Peruvian pan flute music but here’s the coolest reason to shop at your local Farmer’s Market – you get to actually meet the person who raised the food you buy and eat.  To me that’s a very comforting [...]

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B&B’s: The Way to Go

Date: Mon, Jan 19, 2009

With Priceline.com and other such types of websites, it’s easy these days to shop around for affordable lodging before heading for a vacation weekend somewhere. I’ve found some great deals on Priceline-don’t get me wrong, but sometimes you really do get what you pay for. For instance, I found what I thought was the deal of [...]

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Cold, very cold.

Date: Fri, Jan 16, 2009

I just looked at the weather forecast and the high for the next four days is 15 and a low of -6.  Really? Oh, let’s not forget wind chill factor with the constant 15-20 mph winds.  I live in Boston and this is the time of year when you really hate living in Boston.  The [...]

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Mendoza

Date: Wed, Jan 14, 2009

I just got back from Mendoza — Argentina’s most notable wine region at the foot of the Andes.  It makes me laugh to write that since I, too, have slogged through my share of blogs from wine writers depicting their enviable adventures to “that precious little villa in Tuscany” or an endless description of that [...]

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How to give an upscale dinner party without an upscale budget……….

Date: Thu, Jan 8, 2009

I love to entertain. In my book there’s nothing better than having a group of friends over for some food and wine. When I throw a dinner party-I can’t help but want everything to be perfect. I’m more about the ambiance and comfort level than I am about minutia but I do like those extra [...]

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Can’t Beat the Terroir Out With a Stick

Date: Wed, Jan 7, 2009

I recently read an article by one of my favorite wine writers, Dan Berger, on Randall Grahm, one of my favorite winemakers (and prolific writer in his own right).  In the article, Grahm states that there are “two kinds of wines in this world, and one of them is based on the Old World paradigm, [...]

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Books

Date: Tue, Jan 6, 2009

I love Winter a lot.  Especially around the Holidays & the first part of the year when I can just go into hibernation mode and focus on not focusing.  I guess maybe I’m a bit boring but this time of year I’m happiest crashed on the couch with dogs, a cup of good tea and a book [...]

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Looking back on 2008…….

Date: Mon, Jan 5, 2009

It’s 2009!  Looking back on 2008 at Michel-Schlumberger I realize how much has happened here during the past year.   In the past year we’ve hosted guests here at the winery for luncheons and dinners on 20 different occassions.   We’ve participated in 3 different annual weekend long Russian River Wine Road Events  (http://www.wineroad.com), during which we saw close to a thousand [...]

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Things To Ponder On A Cold Winter’s Night…

Date: Mon, Dec 22, 2008

Here’s something I get asked a lot:  “Are you guys busy growing grapes and making wine all year or do you have an off-season?” Good question. Generally, we’re swamped all year.  In the Spring we’re mostly pruning the vines and racking/blending in the Cellar.  The arrival of Summer necessitates all sorts of care for the vines in [...]

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Worms to Wine

Date: Wed, Dec 17, 2008

Let’s get one thing straight, right off the bat – there are a TON of really, really good wines out there.  I mean, think about it – these days there are great Winemakers all over the world, producing all sorts of amazing varietals in every imaginable style at every price point.  To be honest, that’s [...]

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Frost Protection

Date: Tue, Dec 16, 2008

    This time of year can be cold on the west side (throw your gang sign) of picturesque Dry Creek Valley. We’ve already had a couple of days right around 32 degrees. That’s why we moved the Old English Southdown Babydoll Sheep into the vineyards. We figured a little wool near the vine would help with [...]

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Supper Clubs are IN

Date: Mon, Dec 15, 2008

I love Supper Clubs. What’s better than a big group of people who love food and wine, getting together and sharing these two things? The price. The price per person for your typical Supper Club gathering is minimal compared to a typical food and wine evening out on the town. Restaurants or caterers can offer lower [...]

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If a blog falls in the forest…

Date: Fri, Dec 12, 2008

I am new to the world of blogging, at least the writing side of the blog world.  I have been reading and enjoying blogs for many years.  Benchlandblog is the first time I have ever posted anything.  I can’t help but think that every post just floats out into the dark space of the interweb [...]

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