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

Harvest party at Vineyard in Chalone, Sept. 2016

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.

M4 Tasting Room News

We have a new website. Please check it out – and don’t forget to bookmark it!


M4 Tasting Room
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

Michaud Vineyard Updates and Wine Pairing Recipes for Halloween

News from the Vineyard

Michaud Vineyard

2012 was a small harvest for us with grapes of unusual concentration. After a long dry season, we are looking forward to the forecast rain, this week. The vines are thirsty!

A recent review from

Wine Review: 2010 Michaud Vineyard Chalone California Marsanne

A well made Rhone varietal produced in the famous Chalone AVA. This wine is 100% Marsanne and showcases the textbook honeysuckle and almond aromas that this varietal is associated with—the flavor profile indicates Marsanne qualities … orange zest, apricot and honey flavors …. Culinary pairings are broad and the  flavors of the wine will work well with complex dishes. 158 cases produced.  Rating: Very Good | 14.2% ABV

M4 Tasting Room News

M4 Tasting Room

Our M4 Tasting Room is newly opened and already getting some rave reviews on Yelp! Please check ’em out then come visit us and post your own glowing review. This is a glorious time of year to enjoy the lovely Autumn sun on our patio. Our wines are waiting for you!

Our new website will be up and running within the next few weeks. We’ll be posting our upcoming events there as well as tasting room specials you’ll definitely want to take advantage of.

M4 Tasting Room
14598A Big Basin Way

Michaud Vineyard Wines

Special Offer on Michaud Vineyard Wines

2010 Marsanne, 2004 Chardonnay and 2005 Pinot noir, 1 bottle each, just $99.01 includes $.01 shipping!!!

Call to order (650) 529-0973 or visit our website:

Our “Black and Orange” Themed Halloween Dinner Menu and Wine Pairings (recipes are below):

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup – pair with our 2010 Marsanne
Pumpkin-Turkey “Ghoulash” With Caraway Noodles –  pair with our 2004 Chardonnay 
Salmon & Steak  – pair with our 2005 Pinot noir
Mimolette and Beemster cheeses with pumpernickel bread – pair with our 2005 Pinot noir

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Squash Soup

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup – pair with our 2010 Pinot Blanc or our 2010 Marsanne

Recipe by Antoinette Muto of Los Angeles, California | Photograph by Scott Peterson |


2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 1/4 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into 1-inch cubes
4 1/4 cups (or more) vegetable broth
1 Gala apple, peeled, cored, diced
1/2 cup apple juice
Light sour cream
Chopped fresh chives


Melt butter in large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and nutmeg; sauté until onion begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Add squash, 4 1/4 cups broth, apple, and apple juice. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer uncovered until squash and apple are tender, about 30 minutes. Working in batches, puree soup in blender until smooth. Return soup to pot. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Bring soup to simmer, thinning with more broth if desired. Ladle soup into bowls. Garnish with sour cream and chives.
Pumpkin-Turkey “Ghoulash” With Caraway Noodles –  pair with our 2004 Chardonnay 
Recipe by Rori Trovato | Photograph by Tina Rupp |

2 large turkey thighs (1 3/4 pounds each), skin removed, meat cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup Hungarian sweet paprika or Hungarian hot paprika (or a mixture of both)
2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 large onions, chopped (about 3 cups)
2 large russet potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds total), peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 cups low-salt chicken broth
14 1/2 ounces pure pumpkin (1 can)
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 large fresh thyme sprig plus 3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
1 1/2 pounds egg noodles
5 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon caraway seeds
sour cream

Place turkey, paprika, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper in large resealable plastic bag. Seal bag; shake. Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Remove turkey from spice mixture (reserve spice mixture in bag). Add turkey to pot; cook 5 minutes. Place onions and potatoes in bag with spice mixture. Seal bag; shake to coat. Add vegetables to pot; cook 5 minutes, turning occasionally. Add broth, pumpkin, garlic, bay leaf, and thyme sprig; bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until potatoes begin to fall apart, about 1 hour.

Discard thyme sprig. Stir in 1 tablespoon chopped thyme. Season stew with salt and pepper.

DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 days ahead. Chill uncovered until cold, then cover and chill. Rewarm stew over medium heat before serving.
Cook noodles in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain noodles; return to pot. Add butter and caraway seeds to noodles. Toss until butter melts. Divide noodles among bowls; top with stew. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons chopped thyme. Serve, passing sour cream alongside.

World’s Best Grilled Steak – pair with our 2005 Syrah

By Chef Dee.
Photo by Azparzych
4 -5 choice beef steaks
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons ketchup
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon pepper
Blend all ingredients, pour over steaks.
Marinate 3 hours, turning frequently.
Grill to your liking.

Grilled Lemon Salmon – pair with our 2006 Pinot noir
By MizzNezz.
Photo by Michelle Figueroa
2 teaspoons fresh dill
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 lbs salmon fillets
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 chicken bouillon cubes, mixed with
3 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
1 lemons, thinly sliced
2 slices onions, seperated into rings
Sprinkle dill, pepper, salt and garlic powder over salmon.
Place in shallow glass pan.
Mix sugar, chicken boullion, oil, soy sauce, and green onions.
Pour over salmon.
Cover and chill for 1 hour, turn once.
Drain and discard marinade.
Put on grill on med heat, place lemon and onion on top.
Cover and cook for 15 minutes, or until fish is done.
bread and cheese
End your “black and orange” Halloween dinner with Mimolette and Beemster Cheeses, bakery fresh Pumpernickel bread and our 2005 Pinot noir.

Taste Michaud Vineyard Wines At The California Wine Festival, Monterey

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Michaud Vineyard at the California Wine Festival, Monterey Peninsula

News From Our New Wine Tasting Room in Saratoga, CA

Michaud Vineyard Wines

Our tasting room is finally open for business and may we just say that the city of Saratoga is very excited about that as they strive to make Saratoga a wine destination.  We’re more than happy to do our part of course.  Picture yourself relaxing our our patio, thoroughly enjoying Michaud Vineyard and Martella wines as you take in the lovely views and watch the world go by.  The breeze blows softly, the muted sounds of conversations fill the air.  You’re lulled into this feeling of utter contentment and are so relaxed you’re not compelled to move for hours.  It’s just too lovely and satisfying.  Since we took this photo, we’ve added large red umbrellas to our patio and soon we’ll be serving small plates to pair with our wines.  And we have Wi-Fi!  What a perfect way to spend an afternoon!  Come on by – we’re waiting for you!

Michaud/Martella “M4” Wine Tasting Room
14598A Big Basin Way
Saratoga, CA 95070
Click here for Google Maps directions 
HOURS: Thursday 3-8, Friday 1-9, Saturday 1-9, Sunday 1-5.
Occasionally for local special events, M-W, 4-8.

Just A Bit More About The Michaud/Martella “M4” Tasting Room Grand Opening Weekend

On our “official” opening weekend (August 3 – 5), we rocked the house with non-stop visitors!  It was amazing!  Friday was so busy we didn’t close until 9:30 p.m. (closing time is 8 p.m.).  On Saturday and Sunday, we were full each day from opening to closing time.  We did vertical tasting of Michaud Vineyard Chardonnays from 2001 to 2010 (with a few missing years in between).  The favorites were our 2001, 02, 03, 05 and 10. They’re all available for sale in our tasting room (and on our Michaud Vineyard website).  Test them for yourself and see if you agree.

Recipe Pairings

We found some recipes similar to the Sent Sovi wine pairing menu.  I’ll be the first to admit, I can’t cook like Josiah Slone of Sent Sovi but I’m going to give it my best shot.

Goat Cheese & Apple Strudel (just substitute the cherries for the apples)

Join our Michaud Vineyard Wine Club Members get free tastings and 20% off all wine purchases at our tasting room.

Join us at the Michaud/Martella “M4” Tasting Room Cheese and Wine Pairing Special Event this Saturday, August 18th!

5 cheeses, 5 wines, only $20!

Cheese Pairing Event at Michaud Martella Wine Tasting Room, Saratoga, CA

Michaud/Martella “M4” Tasting Room
14598A Big Basin Way
Saratoga, CA 95070

Click here for Google Maps directions 

Our New Saratoga, CA Tasting Room Grand Opening is August 3, 4 and 5 – Join Us!

Our New Saratoga, CA Tasting Room Grand Opening is August 3, 4 and 5.  Come on by!!

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

HOURS: Thursday 3-8, Friday 1-9, Saturday 1-9, Sunday 1-5.
Occasionally for local special events, M-W, 4-8.We have WiFi!

Michaud/Martella Winemaker Dinner, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Tasting Room Grand Opening in Saratoga, CA

You are cordially invited to the Michaud/Martella Winemaker Dinner which follows our ribbon cutting ceremony with the mayor of Saratoga.

Michaud/Martella Winemaker Dinner Menu

Tasting Room Grand Opening August 3, 4 and 5

Michaud/Martella “M4” Tasting Room
14598A Big Basin Way
Saratoga, CA 95070
Click here for Google Maps directions 

HOURS: Thursday 3-8, Friday 1-9, Saturday 1-9, Sunday 1-5.
Occasionally for local special events, M-W, 4-8.

We have WiFi!

AnchorHow The Michaud/Martella “M4” Tasting Room Came To Be

Michaud/Martella Tasting Room, Saratoga, CAAfter the 10 winery “co-op” tasting room, where Michaud Vineyard had a counter, closed, I began earnestly looking for a new location. As many of our Wine Club Members and Mailing List Customers live in the San Francisco Bay Area, it made sense to look there.

Michael Martella a long time friend and Winemaker for his own brand- Martella Wines as well as Winemaker for Thomas Fogarty Winery, mentioned that he had found a small space for a tasting room in the village of Saratoga. He was open to sharing the space and we began a 9 month process of research, negotiation, planning, permitting and finally construction. We passed our final inspections Friday, the 13th of July. We opened the door on Bastille Day July 14th, Vive la France!

On Thursday July 26, we will have a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Mayor of Saratoga and city officials at 5 pm. Following the Ribbon Cutting we are hosting a reception on our new patio. Dinner with two winemakers, across the street at Sent Sovi, follows the reception.

Our Grand Opening follows on August 3rd, 4th and 5th.