Recently, my sister, Annie and her boyfriend, John, came to SF for a visit. In accordance with the CCC’s Rules of Good Hostessing, we, of course, spent a day in wine country. We are lucky in the Bay Area to live so close to a bounty of incredible wineries, it’s sometimes hard to chose where to go. This is why for all things wine I turn to my wonderful friends, Pamela and Anton. They know wines and they know wine country. In addition to one of my favorite wineries, Medlock Ames (see my review here), Pamela and Anton also suggested Michel-Schlumberger and Dry Creek Vineyards ending at Rustic for a late lunch. Yes, it was a wonderful day!
After a fantastic start to our day at Medlock Ames, we moved onto Michel-Schlumberger, quite possibly the most elegant winery in Sonoma. Jean-Jacques Michel planted the first vines here in 1979. The Dry Creek Valley soil and climate are ideal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Chardonnay grapes. In 1991, Jacques Pierre Schlumberger joined with Michel bringing with him a 400-year family history of wine making. Of note, Jacques Pierre is a descendant of Conrad and Marcel Schlumberger founders of Schlumberger, a global company that serves the technology and project management needs of the oil and gas industry.
In addition to wine tasting, you can also do a food pairing at Michel-Schlumberger. Perfect for the peckish taster. The food was delish and the wines were lovely. The zinfandel was the crowd favorite. It was particularly special because, our host, Ryan, was the vinter for this wine. He and father founded Leonhardt Vineyards and they have been making Zins since 2007. Don’t tell the folks at Michel-Schlumberger but you can buy Ryan’s wine at Trader Joes!
Founded in 1972 by David S. Stare, Dry Creek Vineyards was the first in the area. Before the winery, Dry Creek Valley was rather desolate with only a few family farms and prune orchards. I went crazy for their sauvignon blanc and joined the wine club.