Michel-Schlumberger Winery not only produces great wines, but offers a unique view of the winery’s history, organic farming, and winemaking practices on their daily tour at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, by appointment only. The tour includes the bee-keeping area, an explanation of the vineyards’ natural habitat, and concludes with a generous tasting. While the winery is known primarily for its red wines, I decided to purchase La Bise Pinot Blanc (available on their website to Wine Bench Members only). The estate, once former partner Jean-Jacques Michel’s private home, is very welcoming and casual. Tastings are offered both inside and in an outside courtyard.
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Elizabeth Smith is a native of Asheville, North Carolina. She is a Virginia community college French and Spanish professor turned California wine industry professional turned financial relationship manager. Her experience includes relationship and membership management, direct-to-consumer sales, freelance writing, social media marketing, travel management, and community college education. Elizabeth holds a doctoral degree in community college and foreign language education from George Mason University, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in French from The University of Tennessee – Knoxville and Western Carolina University, and Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s advanced wine certification. Elizabeth won the 2017 Born Digital Wine Award for Best Tourism Content with a Focus on Wine for her piece entitled, Lodi: Beyond the Zinfandel. As a previous winner, she served as a judge for the 2018 Born Digital Wine Awards. Elizabeth’s passions include travel, tourism, craft beverages, food, and fitness. She is always on the move to new destinations and loves discovering inspirational stories and places to share. View all posts by Elizabeth