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“good tour & tasting”

Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate
Ranked #52 of 162 things to do in Healdsburg
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Winery with a reputation for excellent Bordeaux varieties.
Reviewed 24 August 2011

We had a great time walking amongst the vines at this gem of a winery in Dry Creek. Went there on the recommendation of our innkeeper. You can really tell that they live their mission - there's a big explanation of all the predators and good critters they attract in order to not use pesticides. Tasting was lovely, in the Italiante courtyard, and we could have sat there for a lot longer if we hadn't had another tasting to go to. Good find.

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Reviewed 12 August 2011

Do the tour.

While it was not a free tour, it was WELL worth the $20/person. Frank spent over two hours with our party, giving us lessons on bees, bats and botany along the way. And the tasting lasted probably a good half hour as we enjoyed a wide variety of wines outside in the courtyard.

Good wine, and a really enjoyable afternoon.

1  Thank CentralPA04
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

To give them their fair shake it was Bestille Day so there was a picnic and events going on also. Their wines were good, a very nice Bordeoux blend but slightly overpriced for this side of the mountain (not Napa). Service was sporatic and our "guide" was more into himself then the wines. There are much better wineries in the area to spend an hour at.

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Reviewed 2 July 2011

My husband and I visited for my 40th birthday. We arrived about 10:30 AM thinking we would just stop to taste but saw on the sign that there were tours offered at 11 AM and 2 PM. The gate was not yet open so we buzzed and asked if there was room on the 11 AM tour for us. Happily, they were able to accommodate us. I would highly recommend making a reservation though to ensure that you don't miss out.

Our host, Frank, made us feel comfortable and just let us explore while he finished preparing for the day. We were touring with one other couple who were on their way. Once they arrived, we began the tour. We got the full court press of the grounds with amazing views, paired with all sorts of interesting facts about how the winery/vineyards are set up, cared for, growing, processing, etc. We loved every minute! Frank's knowledge and love for the craft are so evident and we greatly appreciated all that he shared.

After the tour, we went back to the estate manor to taste. The wines were delicious and Frank shared a special pinot in the tasting in honor of my birthday. The experience was such a great way to start off our celebration! We ended up joining the Wine Bench and look forward to our first shipment.

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Reviewed 1 June 2011

Ended up visiting this slightly out-of-the-way place quite by accident, having met a staff member at Willi's Seafood Bar, who directed us there. Thoroughly knowledgable and accommodating staff. Beautiful chateau setting, and not cheesy like 'faux-chateaux' found in wine country. Nice white/red wines overall (though not all of them were up to standard). Liked the wines enough to join their club. We have visited more than 60 wineries in Sonoma County, and this experience would be in top 10.

1  Thank Patrick S
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