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On this page are links to pdf files of our current and past newsletters, Winemaker tasting and vintage notes for each wine going back about ten years, and our press kit.


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Recent Newsletters

Fall 2016 NewsletterFALL 2016

The Vicissitudes of Mountain Viticulture

In this issue we describe the challenges faced with our beautiful hillside farming.

Releasing: 2013 Au Paradis, 2013 L’Esprit des Pavots, 2015 L’Après-Midi, 2014 Mon Plaisir, Ma Belle-Fille, Point Rouge, Ma Danseuse, and Clos du Ciel.

Spring 2016 NewsletterSPRING 2016

Les Pavots Continues to Evolve

In this issue we describe the Michael family's philosophy behind the evolution of our Les Pavots Vineyard.

Releasing: 2013 Les Pavots, 2014 Le Moulin Rouge, 2014 Le Caprice, 2014 La Carrière, 2014 Belle-Côte, 2014 Cuvée Indigène.

Fall 2015 NewsletterFALL 2015

Natural Winemaking: The Reds

In this issue we explain the natural techniques we use to produce our red wines.

Releasing: 2012 Au Paradis, 2012 L’Esprit des Pavots, 2014 L’Après-Midi, 2013 Mon Plaisir, Ma Belle-Fille, Point Rouge, Ma Danseuse, and Clos du Ciel.

Spring 2015 NewsletterSPRING 2015

The Second Generation Steps Forward

In this issue we introduce the next generation, Paul and Emily, and their approach to the transition.

Releasing: 2012 Les Pavots, 2013 Le Moulin Rouge, 2013 Le Caprice, 2013 La Carrière, 2013 Belle-Côte, 2013 Cuvée Indigène.

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Fall 2014 NewsletterFALL 2014

Introducing Au Paradis

In this issue we introduce the newest addition to our family of wines, Au Paradis, a Cabernet Sauvignon from our Oakville AVA vineyard in Napa Valley.

Releasing: 2011 Au Paradis, 2011 L’Esprit des Pavots, 2013 L’Après-Midi, 2012 Mon Plaisir, Ma Belle-Fille, Point Rouge, Ma Danseuse, and Clos du Ciel.

Spring 2014 NewsletterSPRING 2014

Fifteen Kinds of Excellence

In this issue we provide an overview of our portfolio of hand crafted wines and a bit of the history.  The winery now makes 15 different bottlings. 

Releasing: 2011 Les Pavots, 2012 Le Moulin Rouge, 2012 Le Caprice, 2012 La Carrière, 2012 Belle-Côte, 2012 Cuvée Indigène.

Fall 2013 NewsletterFALL 2013

Entourage - A Meeting of Professionals

We provide a glimpse of the winery's Entourage process: engaging wine industry professionals to advise on our efforts and the overall trends of the industry. 

Releasing: 2010 L’Esprit des Pavots, 2012 L’Après-Midi, 2011 Mon Plaisir, Ma Belle-Fille, Le Moulin Rouge, Le Caprice, Ma Danseuse, and Clos du Ciel.

SPRING 2013 NewsletterSPRING 2013

A New Dawn in Communications

We provide an overview of the winery’s social media activities.  Over the past few months, the winery has quietly created a presence in this important new communications arena.  Also, we cover a basic why and how on decanting wine.

Releasing: 2010 Les Pavots, 2011 La Carrière and Belle Côte.

SPRING 2012 NewsletterFALL 2012

Natural Winemaking: The Whites

We explain a little about the techniques we use to produce our white wines. Also, we provide a glimpse of the role the Michael Family plays as champions of California wine in Europe.

Releasing: 2009 L’Esprit des Pavots, 2011 L’Après-Midi, 2010 Mon Plaisir, Ma Belle-Fille, Point Rouge, Le Moulin Rouge, Le Caprice, Ma Danseuse, and Clos du Ciel.

SPRING 2012 Newsletter SPRING 2012

Les Pavots, the Culmination of a Dream

We detail the central role Les Pavots, both the vineyard and the wine, plays in the Michael Family’s vision for a great wine estate. 

Releasing: 2010 Belle Côte, La Carrière, Cuvée Indigène; and 2009 Les Pavots.

FALL 2011 Newsletter FALL 2011

Introducing Our Three New Pinots
We proudly introduce a trio of estate Pinot Noirs from our Seaview Vineyards

Releasing: 2009 Mon Plaisir, Ma Belle-Fille, Point Rouge, Le Moulin Rouge, Le Caprice, Ma Danseuse, Clos du Ciel, 2010 L’Après-Midi, 2008 L’Esprit des Pavots.

SPRING 2011 Newsletter SPRING 2011

Two Decades of Expert Farming

We salute Javier Aviña, our vineyard manager, and his contribution to the quality of our farming. Javier has just celebrated 20 years with the winery.

Releasing: 2009 Belle Côte, La Carrière, Cuvée Indigène; and 2008 Les Pavots.

Serving Up the Bounty FALL 2010

Serving Up the Bounty
A few of the basic methods we use to serve our wines here at the winery, and why they work to present the wines at their best.

Releasing: 2008 Mon Plaisir, Ma Belle-Fille, Point Rouge, Le Moulin Rouge, Le Caprice, 2009 L’Après-Midi; 2007 L’Esprit des Pavots.

A Noble Trio Completed SPRING 2010

A Noble Trio Completed
Announcing the addition of a new Estate vineyard in the Oakville appellation of Napa Valley, which will produce our new Bordeaux-style bottling.

Releasing: 2008 La Carrière, Belle Côte, Cuvée Indigène; 2007 Les Pavots

L???Esprit des Pavots FALL 2009

L’Esprit des Pavots
How “the little brother” relates to Les Pavots.
Le Caprice
A new bottling of non-estate Russian River Pinot Noir.

Releasing: 2007 Ma Belle-Fille, Point Rouge, Le Moulin Rouge, Le Caprice, 2008 L’Après-Midi, 2006 L’Esprit des Pavots.

SPRING 2009

Sorting Out the Harvest
Our red berries have to make it past 20 pairs of hands...

Releasing: 2007 La Carrière, Belle Côte, Cuvée Indigène, 2006 Les Pavots.

FALL 2008

Two and a Half Decades
The Michael family celebrates the 25th anniversary of the winery by recalling the beginnings.

Releasing: 2006 Mon Plaisir, Ma Belle-Fille, Point Rouge, Le Moulin Rouge, 2007 L’Après-Midi, 2005 L’Esprit des Pavots.

SPRING 2008

Gems from the Quarry
Releasing our tenth vintage of La Carrière Chardonnay gives us the opportunity to conduct a ten-year vertical tasting.

Releasing: 2006 La Carrière, Belle Côte, Cuvée Indigène, 2005 Les Pavots.

FALL 2007

Pinot Noir: Putting Down Roots
A look at the new Seaview Estate Pinot Noir vineyard, plus our two non-estate bottlings.

Releasing: 2005 Mon Plaisir, Ma Belle-Fille, Point Rouge, Le Moulin Rouge, 2006 L’Après-Midi, 2004 L’Esprit des Pavots.

A Paradox on Ida Clayton Ridge SPRING 2007

A Paradox on Ida Clayton Ridge
The ridges and canyons channel the flow of marine air and create varied micro- climates on the estate.

Releasing: 2005 La Carrière, Belle Côte, Cuvée Indigène, 2004 Les Pavots.

FALL 2006

Preserving our Liquid Assets
The “Fish Friendly Farming” movement, water management and watershed health.

Releasing: 2004 Mon Plaisir, Ma Belle-Fille, Cuvée Indigène, Point Rouge, Le Moulin Rouge, 2005 L’Après-Midi, 2003 L’Esprit des Pavots.

SPRING 2006

A Family Passion
Winemaker Luc Morlet becomes PMW’s consultant as his brother Nicolas Morlet replaces him as full-time winemaker.

Releasing: 2004 La Carrière, Belle Côte, 2003 Les Pavots.

Fall 2005 Newsletter FALL 2005

Preserving Craftsmanship
The “Craftsman” theme can be found literally in our winery design and furnishings as well as in our winemaking philosophy.

Releasing: 2003 Mon Plaisir, Ma Belle-Fille, Cuvée Indigène, Point Rouge, Le Moulin Rouge, 2004 L’Après-Midi, 2002 L’Esprit des Pavots.

SPRING 2005

Hands and Hearts Join to Fight Cancer
The Sir Peter and Lady Michael Foundation produces the culinary book, “Hands and Hearts” to launch a campaign to fund groundbreaking cancer research.

Releasing: 2003 La Carrière, Belle Côte, 2002 Les Pavots.

My Daughter-in-Law FALL 2004

My Daughter-in-Law
The inaugural Chardonnay release from the Ma Belle-Fille vineyard, is named for Emily Michael, daughter-in-law, or belle-fille, of Pete and Maggie.

Releasing: 2002 Mon Plaisir, Ma Belle-Fille, Cuvée Indigène, Point Rouge, Le Moulin Rouge, 2003 L’Après-Midi, 2001 L’Esprit des Pavots.

SPRING 2004

Building a Family Legacy
The Sir Peter and Lady M's vision of the winery as a multigenerational family legacy.

Releasing: 2002 Belle Côte, La Carrière, 2001 Les Pavots, 2002 L’Après-Midi.

FALL 2003

 

Tasting Ten Vintages of Point Rouge
Mark Aubert, Luc Morlet and a panel of wine critics and sommeliers taste and discuss Point Rouge Chardonnay.

Releasing: 2001 Mon Plaisir, Cuvée Indigène, Point Rouge, Le Moulin Rouge, 2002 L’Après-Midi.

SPRING 2003

Hand-Crafted Wines
“Hand crafted” is not just a slogan. Luc Morlet describes ten ways of babying a grape.

Releasing: 2001 La Carrière, Belle Côte, 2000 Les Pavots; 2001 L’Après-Midi.

FALL 2002

Handcrafted Vineyards
“Great wines come from great fruit— which comes from great vines!” Every vine gets hands-on attention 15 to 25 times each year.

Releasing: 2000 Mon Plaisir, Cuvée Indigène, Le Moulin Rouge, 2001 L’Après-Midi.

SPRING 2002

Knights Valley History
Eadweard Muybridge was famous for inventing odd ways to spell his name, his pioneering motion studies, and for murdering his wife’s lover in Knights Valley.

Releasing: 2000 La Carrière, Belle Côte, 1999 Les Pavots, 2000 L’Après-Midi.

FALL 2001

A Story of Wine Lovers
Stories of the passion for great wine that brought skilled and talented people to Peter Michael Winery.

Releasing: 1999 Mon Plaisir, Cuvée Indigène, Point Rouge, Le Moulin Rouge, Crête d’Or.

 

Peter Michael Winery Overview

Peter Michael Winery Overview


Peter Michael Winery Overview

A detailed synopsis of the winery’s history, ownership, vineyards, winemaking and wines.

PRESS KIT

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Winemaker's Tasting Notes


Each Winemaker’s Tasting Notes card focuses on one wine and vintage. On the first page are vineyard facts; on the second page are harvest, tasting with cellaring estimates, and wine information.

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