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 French and Spanish professor turned wine and travel professional. In 2013, her part-time role as executive assistant to a wine broker and importer became her stepping stone into the wine business. In January 2014, she moved from Virginia to the Napa Valley to begin her second career. Her wine industry experience includes wine club membership management, direct-to-consumer sales, and social media marketing. Elizabeth holds a doctoral degree in community college and foreign language education from George Mason University as well as Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s advanced wine certification. She has written about wine and wine destination travel for various media outlets such as American Winery Guide, Basil & Salt Magazine, Plum Deluxe, Snooth, The SOMM Journal, Wine Industry Network Advisor, and her own website. 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.” View all posts by Elizabeth