Festive greetings from the Russian River Valley! With another year drawing to a close and the holidays approaching, there is so much that we are grateful for here at MacRostie—most especially our amazing community of club members. One of the great delights of 2023 was the fact that we were able to resume our full slate of events. We love hosting events! There really is no better way to share our passion for wine with our members, which is why we were thrilled to hold our second annual Nightwing Estate Summer Party in August, where over 200 guests experienced the beauty of our new estate vineyard while celebrating the finest in Sonoma County food and wine.
And because not all of our members can regularly make it to wine country, we took MacRostie on the Road again in 2023, hosting unforgettable events in Tampa, Houston, Austin, Washington D.C., New York, and Dallas. We participated in more than 45 events in 2023, where we connected with many old friends and made countless new ones.
This past year also marked Heidi Bridenhagen’s 10th anniversary as our winemaker. What Heidi and her team have accomplished over the past decade is extraordinary. In addition to garnering more than 475 scores of 90 points or higher during her tenure, in 2023 Heidi earned double honors from the North Bay Business Journal, which named her one of its “Forty Under 40 for 2023,” and presented her with the “Winemaking Excellence Award” at the Women in Wine Awards. With a female winemaker, assistant winemaker, and grower relations manager here at MacRostie, we are proud to be a Women-Led Winery helping to chart a path toward greater equity and representation in the wine industry.
Under Heidi’s dynamic leadership, 2023 saw us unveil a host of fantastic new wines, from our inaugural Nightwing Vineyard Pinot Noir to our debut Blanc de Blancs and Blanc de Noirs sparkling wines to our first-ever Clockwise Zinfandel from the famed Monte Rosso Vineyard. This spirit of exploration and winemaking artistry will continue in the coming year, with the scheduled release of several fantastic new wines, including our first Nightwing Vineyard Late Harvest Chardonnay dessert wine, a single-vineyard Bennett Valley Syrah from Clockwise, and our debut Pinot Noir from the iconic Fiddlestix Vineyard in Santa Barbara County’s renowned Santa Rita Hills AVA.
From all of us here at MacRostie, thank you for your support. Your patronage and passion for our wines is a constant source of inspiration. May your holidays be filled with joyful gatherings and unforgettable wines!
The MacRostie Team