April 2018 Newsletter

April 2018 newsletter

Vineyard Tasting Room is Now Open!

Fall 2017 Special – Stock up, while giving back!

Fall 2017 News from the vineyard

As this Newsletter was being prepared numerous fires sprung up in Napa, Sonoma and Mendecino counties threatening much of the Northern California Wine Country. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected or threatened by these fires and our gratitude to those responding to these emergencies.

Michaud Vineyard will donate part of our sales for the remainder of October to charities benefitting those affected by these fires.


Fall shipment:


We wanted to let you know that your fall shipment will be going out next week! An adult over 21 must sign for it. Some find it easier to have their wine club shipments sent to their work. If this would work better for you, please let Belinda know right away,


Tasting Room open by appointment-COME VISIT! and help needed:


We are currently looking to hire staff for the new tasting room at the vineyard. We plan to be open Fridays – Sundays. Please contact Belinda

for more details.


Harvest update:


Harvest was earlier this year due to a mild winter and earlier spring. We received 16” of rain and the warmest growing season on record. The timing of the heat was perfect, however and the vines produced a delicious crop. The quality of the fruit and flavor are excellent and even better than 2016 (which was great too)!


We are using a new organic fertilizer spray on the vine leaves. And although the vineyard is not certified organic, it is sustainable by only using as much resources as needed. We hand hoe vs. using herbicides.

The vineyard has a cover crop that is mowed to prevent erosion which allows soil to accumulate organic material needed to thrive. This also

provides a habitat for beneficial insects that eat things like the grape leaf hopper.


Approximately 50,585 lbs. of Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Grenache, Tempranillo, Barbara, Marsanne, Roussanne, Sangiovese and Syrah grapes were picked. That’s 35 tons! 10 tons were sold to  Birichino Winery, Mountain View Winery, and Caraccioli Winery. The rest will make its way into our estate grown Michaud Vineyard wine.


Upcoming events:


We will be planning a get together at the vineyard soon. Stay tuned for more details!




Michael Michaud

Owner and Wine Maker

Hike at Pinnacles with winemaker Michael Michaud and BBQ lunch at Michaud Vineyard, May 2017

Michaud Vineyard Spring 2017 wine club release party – beautiful day!

March 2017 News from Michaud Vineyard

News from the Vineyard!

Did you catch the article “The Hidden Treasures of Monterey” in Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Dec. 2016? Michaud Vineyard was highlighted, and we are proud to share some current wine reviews:

2014 Pinot Noir – 93 Points 2013 Pinot Noir – 93 Points
2013 Chardonnay – 92 Points 2010 Chardonnay – 92 Points
2014 Syrah – 91 Points 2015 Marsanne – 90 Points

The tasting room at Michaud Vineyard (in the Chalone AVA, next to the Pinnacles National Park), is open by appointment only, until completion. 95% of the remodel construction is complete. The last details of refinishing the floor, painting the interior and pouring a patio slab in the front are in the works. We are pleased with the down-home atmosphere, and rustic experience it will offer.

We have already had two special visitors. Julien Michaud, Director of Finance, Westin Maui (no relation!), and his parents from Savoie, France. Julien’s father, Pierre owns a restaurant and hotel in France, and plans to put Michaud Vineyard wines on his wine list offering.


(Aengus and Heather at the new tasting room.)

Aengus Wagner, Wine Director at Nepente in Big Sur, also visited our new tasting room. He has been a fan of Michaud Vineyard and Chalone wines for a long time.  Likewise, Nepente is one of Michael’s favorite spots in Big Sur. Look for us at the Big Sur Wine and Food Festival at Carmel-by-the-sea Nov. 2 – 4, 2017.

Looking for a wonderful afternoon outing? Chalone Vineyard’s tasting room is open again to the public. As many of you know, Michael was the winemaker and general manager at Chalone Vineyard 1979 – 1997. 1997 – present Michael has worked his own vineyard and label. Michael is back consulting at Chalone Vineyard, and working with their outstanding winemaker Gianni Abate.

Take a picnic with you and visit Chalone Vineyard and, down the street, Michaud Vineyard (be sure to call ahead for an appointment: 408-602-1960). It’s a breathtakenly beautiful area, and less than a 2 hour drive from the Bay Area.



Please Save-the-Date for our Wild Flower Walk and Picnic

at the Vineyard on Saturday,

May 20th, 11:00 am to 2:30 pm.

Details coming soon!


Michaud Vineyard

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Michael was featured in the latest edition of Wine Enthusiast magazine, December 2016

Michael was featured in the latest edition of Wine Enthusiast, December 2016. Here is an excerpt:

Wine & Ratings

The Hidden Treasures of Monterey

Get to know the winemakers and vineyards who are shaping the future of Arroyo Seco, Chalone and Carmel Valley in California’s Central Coast.

By Matt Kettmann


Rugged and Remote

Like the out-of-place volcanic spires of the nearby Pinnacles National Park that shoot toward the sky, the remote, rugged Chalone AVA is an anomaly. Despite scarce water, nearly impervious soil and treacherous chaparral all around, about 300 acres of vineyard survive against all odds. It also produces what just might be the most distinctive wines in California.

The region’s late pioneer, Dick Graff, built the Chalone brand into one of the first globally respected American wineries, thanks to success at the historic Judgment of Paris tasting in 1976. The region’s Pinot Noir and Chardonnay remain incredibly ageworthy and reflective of the terroir.

Today, the Chalone AVA is being discovered by a generation of winemakers that is finding success with more obscure varietal grapes like Mourvèdre. After years of relative isolation, due in part to Diageo’s hands-off ownership of the Chalone brand from 2004 until earlier this year, the public is being invited back, with tasting rooms slowly opening in the area.

“There’s a wild element to the wines up here,” says Michael Michaud, who worked with Graff in the 1970s.

Michaud bought his own property in the early 1980s to produce his namesake wines, which can now be tasted on site. He’s also back consulting with Chalone, a move made by Bill Foley when he bought the brand in January from Diageo.

Too Much of a Good Thing?

“The thing you’re fighting is tannin,” Michaud says. “There is so much sunlight that you get the flavors naturally, but you get tannins, too. The wines age beautifully.”



  • Michaud 2014 Pinot Noir (Chalone)
    Pressed cranberry, underripe raspberry and white pepper form the alluring aromatic base …
    93 Points Central Coast $40
  • Michaud 2013 Pinot Noir (Chalone)
    Dark hibiscus and pomegranate notes meet with black plum, hearty clove, allspice …
    93 Points Central Coast $40 Cellar Selection
  • Michaud 2013 Chardonnay (Chalone)
    Deep yellow in color, scents of chamomile, daffodil, yellow lilies, toasted Marcona …
    92 Points Central Coast $39
  • Michaud 2010 Chardonnay (Chalone)
    Fairly dark yellow in color, this slightly aged wine offers dried lemon …
    92 Points Central Coast $39
  • Michaud 2014 Syrah (Chalone)
    Baked blackberries, baking spice and a gingerbread touch make for a lavish …
    91 Points Central Coast $39
  • Michaud 2015 Marsanne (Chalone)
    Clean and light aromas of apples, sharp nectarine, yellow lilies and crushed …
    90 Points Central Coast $39
  • Michaud 2013 Marsanne (Chalone)
    Light honey and apple-syrup aromas meet with hints of marzipan and sweet …
    89 Points Central Coast $39

Michaud Vineyard Updates, Hearty Soups and Chardonnay Wine Pairings

News from Michaud Vineyard

Michaud Vineyard ChardonnayFall has returned, the vines are heading into dormancy, leaves are falling and the first rain of the season has arrived. In the cellar the wines are fermenting away, bubbling in their barrels. It has gotten a lot cooler, a time of year when a good soup is appreciated. We often think of red wine in the colder seasons, however Chardonnay is often a better accompaniment with vegetable, chicken or sea food soups. In my formative years, just getting introduced to wine, I had the great fortune to taste many great European wines and my favorites were from Burgundy. The wines of Burgundy, Chardonnay and Pinot noir, show at once grace, strength and complexity and a wonderful balance of all components. They also have the ability to age and become something more in the bottle. We often hear the white wines don’t age, well many don’t, but if you have ever had the pleasure of tasting 10, 15, 20 year or older Chardonnay from Burgundy or Chablis, then you know how exciting a bottle aged white wine can be.

One of the aspects of the white wines from the Chalone AVA is that they can age and develop for 10 – 20 years and not only retain fruit and acidity but develop subtle nuances and become a rewarding experience for those with patience. During my years as Chalone Vineyard’s winemaker, I had the opportunity to taste older Chardonnay, Chenin blanc and Pinot blanc. Some had hit their 20 year anniversary. They had become more interesting in many cases, than they were when they were first bottled.

Being mostly a one man band and quite busy with the farming and winemaking, I produced a bit more Chardonnay than I was able to sell. No worries, I knew it would just get better in the bottle!

Right now the 2002, 2003 and 2004 Michaud Chardonnay are in a superb state. We pour these in our Saratoga Tasting Room and people love them, especially those folks that say they don’t like Chardonnay! We also have a newsletter-only special offer so sign up for our newsletter today.

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14598A Big Basin Way
Saratoga, CA 95070


Hearty Soups and Michaud Vineyard ChardonnaysSoup a great family project!

Carrot soup, Minestrone, Corn Chowder, Cream of Mushroom, Onion soup Gratinée, Pumpkin Soup, Vegetable soup, Tomato Cream soup, Leek and Potato soup, Stracciatella alla Fiorentina, Classic Deli Matzo Ball Soup, Japanese Miso Ramen with Sliced Pork and Egg, Greek Chicken and Lemon soup with Orzo, Steamed Clams in Garlic Seafood Broth, Cream of Shrimp, Consommé with Grilled Seafood, New England Clam Chowder, Provençal Fish Soup, Sherried Crab Bisque, Scallops å la Nage and Oyster Cream soup are some of the possibilities. I found recipes for these in Williams Sonoma’s Soups book or online at

Don’t feel like cooking? There are some very good soups available at Trader Joe’s or your local specialty market.

Michaud & Martella Tasting Room Hosts A Saratoga Pop-Up Event

Please Join Us!

Saratoga Pop Up Event at M4 Tasting Room

Michaud & Martella “M4″ Wine Tasting Room
14598A Big Basin Way
Saratoga, CA 95070