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News - Bob Siebenberg - Supertramp drummer

September 2019

Hello everyone,

In my last newsletter I told you about 'Volatus', my daughter's winery. Now I want to share this article written by a Supertramp fan who recently visited it.

Best,
Bob.

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"FANCY SOME SUPERTRAMP WINE?"
By RAMZI MUSALLAM
August 2019

I took the opportunity on a recent visit to California to drop into a relatively new winery that is producing some wonderful wines with a unique connection to Supertramp. Volatus winery was set up in 2004 by Victoria and Hal Schmitt. Victoria’s dad happens to be Supertramp’s long term drummer Bob Siebenberg and her brother is Jesse Siebenberg, who played on the ‘Slow Motion’ album and subsequently toured with the band.

Hal Schmitt is a former naval aviator flying F-18s and spent his latter years as an instructor with ‘Top Gun’. His love of wine goes back years and he spent many years learning the wine business through helping an established local wine maker and very shortly after deciding to strike out on his own with the help of his brother he met Victoria and started his own label which takes its name from the Latin for ‘to fly’. While Hal takes care of many of the technical details Victoria heads up marketing and design, taking the lead on creating the graphics and imagery used on the bottles as well as managing their new tasting room on the west side of Paso Robles.

Hal and Victoria share a passion for photography and also have their own photography school and when they escape their wine business spend time photographing the beauty of the Paso Robles wine country, teaching clients photographic techniques, or traveling the county with their wine and photography tours.

Recently they established their own tasting room at Volatus, which is open from 11:00 to 17:00 every Sunday to Friday. On occasion Jesse pops over from his base in nearby Ojai to play with bandmates on the lawn while Victora and Hal entertain clients and friends. If you are lucky Hal will fire up his pizza oven and rustle up one of his special pizzas to accompany tastings of some of the wines. We were lucky enough to try a couple and partnered with the two ‘Supertramp’ wines and can happily testify they were fantastic!

The two reds feature crossed drumsticks and pay homage to Victoria’s father, Bob. These are the ‘Long Way Home’, which is a smooth 100% Tempranillo (the major grape used in Rioja), and the ‘Bloody Well Right (or is that red!)’ which is 100% Tannat, one of the healthier wines with elevated amounts of antioxidants. This wine is a very dark purple with a bright magenta rim

I can’t recommend these lovely wines enough. There are others of course, most of which have names taken from Hal’s flying career, and also a very nice Rose which is currently fantastic value at $90 for a case of twelve bottles. Sadly, despite their name Volatus wines aren’t yet flying over to Europe but that could change in time. In the meanwhile you could just take a Jumbo across the water to California, have breakfast in America and drink some bottles of ‘Bloody Well Right and ‘Long Way Home’!

And if you time your visit for the kick-off of Harvest Fest weekend on the 18th October 2019 you can see Bob and Jesse perform with their band, The Heavy 29s performing classic surf-folk rock sounds while a hog roast dinner is lovingly prepared by two Central Coast barbeque masters. It will be a fantastic evening of great music, fabulous food and fine wine. Contact Victoria for more details.

More information on Volatus can be found at their website https://www.volatuswine.com/

Victoria and Hal, along with their Supertramp wines.

(Original article at THE LOGICAL WEB)

May 2019

Hello everyone... So here’s the thing. You know I’m glad you are interested in what’s going on in my life and am grateful for you interest. I feel guilty for not writing more and I know it’s been a long time since I have written but here goes.

August 2017

Hello all... A few words about the departed Russel Pope. He was part of the Supertramp family and effort before I was. I don’t know how long before me, but I think a while. Certainly long enough to have a good handle on the cast of characters and fill me in when I first came around.

April 2017

Hello everyone... Here’s an extract taken from an early draft of a chapter in my book, "The Best Seat in the House". As reported before, I’m having some of it edited and then I’ll look for a publisher. I’ll be interested in the feedback. Many thanks.

October 2016

Hello all... It’s been a busy couple of months for me. The band I play in with Jesse has been playing in a great variety of venues. We do a few fundraising shows among them being ‘Save The Wave’, a fantastic organization that puts a focus on activity that will spoil coastline use all over the world.

June 2016

Hello everyone... Apologies again for the delay in writing something, but I’ve really been flying around. Let’s start with the baseball season. Our team did very well this year. We are a young team of very talented players. We had three players chosen to the All League First Team, two freshman and a sophomore.

December 2015

Hello all... I am very pleased that many fans are enjoying my new album. I am especially pleased that they are recognizing the influences that have mattered to me for so long. I do continue to write songs and enjoy the process as much as I always have. I take my time and work on things when I feel like it.

August 2015

Hello everyone... I will assume we all know that it is true that the Supertramp Tour has been cancelled. The reason that has been reported is true: Rick is in ill health and must focus on getting well. My prayers are with Rick and Sue that Rick is a great responder to treatment and we all get the result we hope for.

February 2015

Hello everyone... I guess the big news in my life right now is that my son Jesse is expecting his first child at the end of this month. I think he should name him after me, don’t you? Besides that, I have returned to coaching baseball. I am the new Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Yosemite High School.