October 2015


    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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    MacRostie chardonnays keep their balance

    by John Foy
    October 1, 2015

    “For decades, I’ve enjoyed chardonnays made by Steve MacRostie.

    MacRostie founded his eponymous Sonoma County winery in 1987 after more than a decade as the winemaker at Sonoma’s Hacienda Winery. I appreciated Hacienda’s balance, and, in the 1980s, had its wines on my list at Le Delice restaurant. And in the 1990s, MacRostie chardonnay retained a prized placed on my list at Sonoma Grill.

    As a chef, I valued balance. Too much alcohol, oak flavor, tannins or fruitiness in the wine destroyed my dish; MacRostie’s chardonnays never did that…”

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    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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