November 2015

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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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    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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    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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