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  • MacRostie Wins in San Francisco Magazine Best of Wine Country Awards

    SF LogoThe Best of Wine Country Awards recognize the wine country community for its excellence in all things that make wine country so great — the creative, innovative, philanthropic, eco-friendly and unique components of wineries we know and love. Earlier this year, we invited you to check out the award categories and submit your entries. All nominees had to be located in Northern California from Lake County to Carmel.

    On June 15th, 2017 The Best of Wine Country Awards Steering Committee voted on the final nominees and winners based on the nominations received online.

    On August 23, 2017 all nominees plus guests of San Francisco magazine gathered at The Pearl SF for a celebration and awards gala announcing the winners.

    We are incredibly grateful and proud to have been named ‘Best Winery in Sonoma’ and ‘Best Tasting Room in Napa and Sonoma’. Thank you to our extraordinary team, our partners and especially to our amazing guests.

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  • California Winery Advisor

    Top 11 Sonoma Wine Tasting Finds

    by Allison Levine
    August 2016

    “When visiting Sonoma, where does one get started wine tasting? As a region, Sonoma County encompasses more than fifty miles from Carneros in the south to Cloverdale in the north. It is home to seventeen American Viticultural Areas (AVAs). Some are well-known such as Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley, to name a few, and others are lesser known such as Moon Mountain, Fort-Ross Seaview and Green Valley. Sonoma is home to the state of California’s oldest commercial winery, Buena Vista, as well as the oldest continuously operating family winery, Gundlach Bundschu. And, there are more than 425 wineries on almost 60,000 acres. That means there are a lot decisions to be made before you start a Sonoma wine tasting adventure.

    Unlike Sonoma’s neighbor to the east, Napa, where there are wineries located off of the main highway, many of the wineries in Sonoma are spread throughout the valley. So where do you begin? It is easier to find some of the bigger known wineries in the county, but seeking out small and medium sized boutique wineries is what I prefer to do. Here are eleven Sonoma wine tasting finds that are worth a visit throughout the valley.”

    MacRostie Winery and Vineyards
    “MacRostie Winery was originally opened in 1987 by Steve MacRostie. A visionary, MacRostie was one of the first people to plant in the fog-shrouded vineyards of Sonoma County. After thirty years, he sold to Distinguished Vineyards and Wine Partners in 2011 but still guides the winemaking along with winemaker Heidi Bridenhagen.

    MacRostie produces pinot noir and chardonnay from numerous sites including the fifty-eight acres from the Wildcat Mountain Vineyard that was planted in 1998. In February 2015, MacRostie Winery opened the winery and tasting room on Westside Road.

    Sitting on twenty-eight acres, thirteen of which are planted to pinot noir, the Estate House is a modern facility with views overlooking Sonoma County. From the moment you walk up and are greeted with a glass of chardonnay to sitting on the patio or in the living room, you may never want to leave.”

  • WINE SPECTATOR

    Touring Sonoma Grape by Grape

    by Tim Fish
    June 15, 2016

    wine-spectator-logoMacRostie’s single-vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs take center stage at its stylish new tasting room. Perched above Westside Road, the space offers sweeping views of the Russian River Valley, the distant Maya-camas mountains and Mount St. Helena. Visitors are met at the entrance with a glass of rosé or Chardonnay, followed by a sit-down tasting curated by a “wine ambassador.” Take a seat on one of the elegant outdoor patios or relax in the airy lounge and revel in the beauty of the scenery while learning about the different vineyards the label sources. Tastings range from a mini-vertical of Pinot Noir to a flight of six wines. You can also book a tour of the estate, which includes a private tasting paired with local bites.

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  • Alaska Airlines Magazine

    Wine Appreciation: Tasting and touring during the 40th anniversary of Wine Road Northern Sonoma County

    by Carey Sweet
    May 2016

    MacRostie Winery & Vineyards, and Estate House
    “Winery owner Steve MacRostie is a legend in Sonoma County, having founded his winery in 1987; he released his first Carneros Chardonnay that same year with grapes from land where the San Francisco Bay meets southern Napa Valley and Sonoma County. But for a long time he was a man without a real tasting room, operating a small winery out of a bare-bones industrial warehouse just southeast of the town of Sonoma.

    Samples were tasted at a picnic table on asphalt, yet the wines were outstanding, eventually featuring grapes from his own 58-acre Wildcat Mountain Vineyard – planted in 1998 in the Carneros AVA – and from legendary Sonoma County winegrowing families such as the Duttons and Sangiacomos.

    As I walk to the front door of his new estate winery and tasting room on Westside Road in the Russian River Valley AVA, I’m impressed. Designed by noted architect Doug Thornley, the modern wood-and-glass building is gorgeous, nestled into a hillside in the Healdsburg region. Opened early last year, it’s finally the fitting tribute to MacRostie’s art, and is surrounded by his own 13-acre Thale’s Pinot Noir vineyard, named in honor of his wife.

    Before I can take it all in, a ‘wine ambassador’ greets me in the parking lot with a glass of 2013 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, a blend drawing from MacRostie’s partnership with 30 area Chardonnay vineyards. Every guest gets such a welcome, the host explains, so as to savor the delicate floral aromas, and notes of lemon, peach stone, pie-crust spice and candied orange peel as we walk past the entry gardens.

    The interior of the building also brings a taste of luxury to Sonoma County, from the polished concrete floor to the leather chairs, chandeliers with glass globes, landscape abstracts on the walls and gleaming oak tables.

    I’m here for the Elevated experience, which includes vineyard, barrel-room and fermenting-room tours, and a seated tasting of five wines, with a lavish charcuterie board featuring regionally sourced delights such as blue cheese from Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. and olive oil-sel gris (sea salt) flatbread from Rustic Bakery, alongside prosciutto and Spanish marcona almonds.

    I take a seat on the tasting room balcony, basking in the sun with a 2013 Wildcat Mountain Chardonnay, a weighty but unusual jewel boasting crushed-gravel notes kissed with lemon and honey.

    The winery’s ambassadors are equipped with presentation boards to show the various vineyards and climates of Sonoma County and highlight the vineyards MacRostie relies on. It’s marvelous to taste the 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – exploring its distinctive black cherry, blackberry, tobacco and bergamot spice nuances – while learning that the wine features an array of fruit from Thale’s Vineyard, the neighboring Flax Vineyard on Westside Road, and two vineyards in nearby Green Valley.

    The ambiance is upscale yet pastoral. Cows and sheep graze on hillsides in the distance; guests relax on couches with their dogs at their feet; and at one point, winemaker Heidi Bridenhagen pops in with her 6-month-old niece to greet everyone.

    Steve MacRostie, onsite as he usually is, makes the rounds, too. ‘I’ve always been a wine hobo,’ he says with a laugh, clearly admiring his new palace. ‘It’s good to finally have a home.'”

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  • SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

    Hot trend alert: Napa wine lounges, instead of tasting bars

    by Mary Orlin
    February 4, 2016

    sjmerclogo“The standard winery tasting bar is so 2012. Who wants to elbow their way in, just to taste a few $20+ sips? In Napa and Sonoma, the term tasting room is out — and ‘hospitality house’ is in. Instead of bellying up to the bar, you relax in intimate living rooms and wine lounges, served by a ‘wine educator,’ in lieu of a ‘pourer.’ And you don’t winery hop, you relax and stay a while. Here’s just a sampling of new winery tasting experiences.”

    MacRostie Winery and Vineyards
    “Sip wine in the winery’s new Estate House, where the patios overlook 13 acres of pinot noir vines, and the indoor lounge, with its soaring wood ceilings, concrete floors and modern industrial decor, boasts views from every angle. Try the Estate House Tasting ($20-$25), with MacRostie’s exceptional Russian River and Sonoma Coast chardonnay and pinot noir wines, or the Elevated Tour & Tasting ($55) of single-vineyard wines paired with savory bites.”

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    5 Essentials for a Sonoma Weekend Getaway

    by Robert Michael Poole
    November 27, 2015

    “Nowhere else in the United States has the art of wine-making been perfected as much as in California, which accounts for 90 per cent of the country’s entire output…

    …Many of the wineries in the region offer tasting sessions, but the variety is extraordinary, from simple outdoor barrels used as makeshift tables, to our favorite, the spectacularly situated MacRostie Winery and Vineyards.

    Founded in 1987, the vineyards here are locally-famed producers of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, led by founder Steve MacRostie and winemaker Heidi Bridenhagen. Considered pioneers of Sonoma, MacRostie preferred the fog-shrouded vineyards of the area in order to make Burgundian-variety wines, in comparison to the Bordeaux varieties of Napa Valley.

    Now with over 30 Chardonnay and 15 Pinot Noir vineyards, the winery opened this year its new estate on Westside Road in the Russian River Valley, with indoor and outdoor terrace tasting rooms overlooking Sonoma county, where in-house experts will gladly detail each offering to drop-in guests.”

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  • THE DAILY MEAL

    MacRostie Winery Steps Into the Future: A warm and welcoming place to enjoy fabulous wine

    by Gabe Sasso
    November 13, 2015

    “…The experience at MacRostie is exceptional. From the moment I stepped out of me car I was greeted by a welcome wine, until I was bid farewell on the way out the door I had a fantastic time.

    To begin with, the room is warm and inviting with a welcoming wine country feel. There are a number of spots you can sit with different types of seating both inside and out. A lot will depend on your group size and some will depend on where you’re going to be most comfortable. The unvarnished truth is it would remarkably difficult not to feel at home anywhere on their property. There are several tasting options in a number of price levels and options that are suited for both small and larger groups. Some involve food pairing and a personal wine ambassador for the length of your stay.

    The experience at the MacRostie Estate House is as good as the wine has always been, which is to say fabulous…”

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  • SONOMA MAGAZINE

    Tasting: Winery Tasting Rooms to Visit

    by Virginie Boone
    November/December 2015

    MacRostie Winery and Vineyards
    “Relatively new to Westside Road, the MacRostie Estate House is an elegant place to enjoy elegant wines, including vineyard-designated Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, from Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Sonoma Coast. Daily tastings are held on one of three patios or indoors, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with reservations recommended ($15 to $25).”

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  • FODOR'S

    12 Delicious New Experiences in Sonoma

    by Kristine Hansen
    October 28, 2015

    MacRostie Winery and Vineyards
    “In March, MacRostie Winery and Vineyards—a boutique winery putting out amazing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines—debuted its glam Estate House. Now, visitors to the winery just outside of Healdsburg in the Russian River Valley can arrive daily (between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.; reservations encouraged) and plunk down on the patio of this designer-y home, which overlooks the winery’s 13 acres of vineyards, and taste through one of three flights of wine ($15-$25). On chilly days, a sectional sofa and Scandinavian-style dining sets await inside the house.”

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  • SONOMA MAGAZINE

    Winery Tasting Rooms: Wineries Serve Up a Taste of Harvest

    by Virginie Boone
    October 2015

    “Fall for winemakers is a flurry of activity, marked by sleepless nights, carb loads and plenty of cold beer as they crush ton after ton of ripe grapes. It’s also a great time to visit tasting rooms and wineries to take in the surrounding chaos and get a glimpse of the hard-earned glamour behind the scenes of making wine. Special tastings and harvest events are on the docket at many wineries. Check websites to find out what, where and when. Wine writer Virginie Boone recommends these wineries for late summer and long day’s-journey-into-harvest jaunts. They are open to the public, typically from around 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Contact the individual tasting rooms to confirm.”

    MacRostie Winery and Vineyards
    “New to Westside Road, the MacRostie Estate House is an elegant place to enjoy elegant wines, centered around single-vineyard designated Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, mostly from Russian River Valley, with a few options from Carneros and the Sonoma Coast. Daily tastings occur from one of three patios or indoors, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with reservations recommended ($15-$25).”

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  • 7x7

    9 Lovely Wineries You Must See Along Sonoma’s Wine Road

    by Garrick Ramirez
    September 3, 2015

    MacRostie Winery & Vineyards

    Designed by San Francisco’s Gould Evans, the stylish MacRostie Estate House raises the stakes for its tasting room peers. With interiors layered in warm wood, tan leather, and polished concrete, it feels more akin to the chic Wine Country abode of a well-to-do friend. Sip the region’s famed pinot noir and chardonnay as you take in sweeping, hilltop views through floor-to-ceiling windows or from one of three outdoor patios.

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  • ABOUT.COM

    Top Dry Creek and Alexander Valley Wineries: Where to Find the Best Healdsburg Area Wineries for Visitors

    by Betsy Malloy
    August 2015

    MacRostie Winery and Vineyards
    “Wine aficionados have known about MacRostie since they had to seek them out in a warehouse. Now, they have possibly the most beautiful wine tasting room in all of California. And the friendliest, most attentive staff, too. In fact, they’re so friendly that you can’t get to their front door before they greet you and offer a glass of Chardonnay. The wines are great and they offer some interesting tasting flights that allow side-by-side comparisons. With several comfortable seating areas, they can accommodate quite a few guests without feeling crowded. As word gets out, they’re going to be in demand, so I recommend making reservations ahead of time.”

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  • PAPERBLOG

    Wine Tasting Through the Russian River

    By Jamie Gall
    July 6, 2015

    “With over 550 Wineries within Sonoma County, often times, there are certain areas and regions that I don’t get to as nearly often as I’d like to. One such case is the Russian River Wine Appellation. After partaking in a full weekend of Wine Tasting within this area during the annual Russian River Passport Weekend, I have a feeling I will be frequenting more often.”

    MacRostie Winery & Vineyards
    “This past February, MacRostie opened up their brand new property off of Westside Road in Healdsburg, and let me tell you, this property is stunning. With no wine involved, a visit to this winery is needed for the views alone, but then you add in the wine. As another local mentioned later Saturday evening, to her, MacRostie, is still making the same wines that she remembered drinking years ago, and has kept the taste of what she first loved about those wines from the beginning. And one thing that MacRostie excels at is also what the Russian River is fast becoming well known for: their Pinot Noirs.”

  • WINE COUNTRY GETAWAYS

    The Top Westside Road Wineries

    by Joe Becerra
    June 17, 2015

    MacRostie Estate House – “Newest winery on Westside Road, spectacular setting”

    “Traveling from Healdsburg on Westside Road, on the right your eye will catch the beautiful rolling vineyards and the spectacular MacRostie Estate House tasting room. You will be greeted with a glass of wine. Tasting is sit down fashion either inside or out on the terrace. Visitors usually get two wine glasses to enjoy and compare two different Chardonnay wines and two Pinot Noir wines. It is a great way to educate your palate and discover the subtle differences in two wines. Veteran winemaker Steve MacRostie brings a new style of wine tasting to Westside Road.”

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  • WINE COUNTRY GETAWAYS

    MacRostie’s new digs on Westside Road

    by Joe Becerra
    June 17, 2015

    “After 28 years of making very fine Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Sonoma Valley, Steve MacRostie finally has his dream tasting room and Pinot Noir winemaking facility. It is a beautiful piece of vineyard property located on scenic Westside Road that runs along the Russian River. There are many beautiful attractions along this road, and the MacRostie Estate House adds another element of splendor to the area.

    Steve MacRostie – wine pioneer in California

    Early on in his career, Steve established himself as pioneer winemaker with his tantalizing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines. Steve began making wine in 1974 and soon became interested in producing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in a true Burgundian style – fresh, crisp, and food friendly. In 1987 he established his MacRostie label and began producing wine in Sonoma Valley. He sought out vineyards in the Sonoma Coast region that provided the terroir ingredients of fog and cooling breezes. His main winemaking facility is in a warehouse-style building in Sonoma Valley. The opening of the MacRostie Estate House in the Russian River Valley marks a new era in Steve MacRostie’s winemaking career.

    MacRostie Estate House

    What a wonderful spot to enjoy Chardonnay and Pinot Noir! We visited the Estate House last week. As we walked toward the entrance, the doors opened and we were greeted with a delightful glass of Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. This is standard for all visitors who arrive at the tasting room. What a very nice welcoming touch. Beautiful vineyard views of the Russian River Valley surround the tasting room. Besides the welcome glass of wine, there are two other features seldom found in a wine tasting experience. Wine tasting at MacRostie is sit down, elegant but not over the top. One can sit outside on the terrace or in the main area at tables or on a relaxing chair or sofa. The server comes to you and explains the wine. The staff goes through some serious training, so a tasting is very educational. A second added touch is a side-by-side comparison of wines. There are two glasses at each table setting, sometimes three depending on the tasting. This gives wine country travelers the ability to compare two wines of the same varietal made from different vineyards or in a different style. We tasted the Russian River Valley Chardonnay alongside a vineyard Chardonnay, the Wildcat Mountain Vineyard. In the Pinot Noir category, we enjoyed the Russian River Chardonnay and the Goldrock Ridge Vineyard from Annapolis on the Sonoma Coast. The side-by-side tasting is a great way to educate your palate and to discover the subtle differences in two wines.

    The MacRostie Estate House also has a separate small winemaking cellar equipped with state-of-the-art winemaking equipment. This is where Pinot Noir will be made from the 2015 harvest of their Russian River Valley vineyards. These days Steve takes a secondary role in the winemaking, tending to more of the vineyard management and business aspects of the winery. The main winemaking duties belong to Heidi Bridenhagen, who handles the majority of the winemaking duties. Steve says he appreciates the fresh ideas that the young people he hires bring to his winemaking methods.

    To get to the MacRostie House, take Mill Street under Highway 101. Mill Street becomes Westside Road. Drive for about nine minutes on Westside Road and look for the winery on the right. Take it slow and enjoy the beauty of this area of wine country. The MacRostie House is open daily from 11am to 5 pm. Reservations are recommend especially on weekends.”

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  • San Francisco Chronicle

    MacRostie Estate House adds Aesthetic Impact to Westside Road

    by Paige Porter Fischer
    April 25, 2015

    SF-Chronicle-logo“Westside Road winds through some of the most picturesque vineyards in Sonoma, past hillsides that look like green corduroy, ribbed with grapevines producing some of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in California.

    The drive — beginning at Wohler Bridge, which crosses the Russian River, for which this valley is named — snakes through tunnels of statuesque oak trees, past weathered barns that beg for photos, and venerable wineries like Rochioli, Gary Farrell and Williams Selyem. But there’s one new driveway along this hallowed back road that demands that you put on the brakes…”

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  • Urban Daddy

    The Big Mac: An Idyllic Winery on Westside Road

    April 24, 2015

    Urban_Daddy_Logo“And suddenly it’s Friday.

    Might we suggest a jaunt to the MacRostie Winery and Vineyards, the esteemed estate that’s finally got a “What’s a new word for idyllic?” tasting room, open now.

    …And then you’ll find yourself gazing off into the sun setting on the horizon, working your way through one of the three tasting options (the “Evolution” is three pinots), and maybe, as a thought exercise, trying to come up with a single thing wrong with this entire scenario.”

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  • Vinesse Today

    MacRostie Estate House: Setting a New Standard

    by Robert Johnson, April 14, 2015

    “Many are saying that it sets a new standard, bringing something elevated, new and gorgeous to Russian River Valley wine country.”

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  • 7x7

    5 Relaxing Places to Drink in Wine Country

    by Carey Sweet, April 10, 2015

    MacRostie Estate House (Healdsburg)

    Steve MacRostie founded his 20-acre winery and vineyards in the Russian River Valley in 1987, but now he’s celebrating the opening of his very own tasting room. Called the Estate House, the hilltop venue is done in rich grained woods, leathers, and glass showcasing the signature MacRostie’s Scottish thistle motif. Focus on the Pinot Noir, like the  2011 Twin Hill Ranch label.

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