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  • MacRostie in Vino Magazine

    Vino Magazine
    December 2020
    by Jernej Kovač

    “The last day before leaving for the airport, we stopped in the Russian River Valley, where the colder climate and mists of the Pacific Ocean are especially pleasing to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. What was quickly confirmed was that MacRostie is, for a reason, an award-winning wine cellar for both, wines and the tasting experience. It is certainly not unimportant in what ambience and mood we taste the wine. If it a wine is a »big one«, it deserves that kind of space, too. And here he has it. Minimalist-modern design of the wine cellar tasting room with large panoramic windows, where the interior extends into a large terrace with open views of the picturesque surrounding vineyard hills. Here, as elsewhere, in a relaxed atmosphere, personal approach and perfect service, we tried the excellent Chardonnays and fruity Pinot Noir with an earthy touch, which are typical of the coastal part of Sonoma.

    But the real experience is made, or not, by people. In a conversation with the cellar’s staff, they confided in us that they are employed in completely different profession, but for their soul, in their free time they are engaged in what they like best: wine, guests and hospitality. Thus – as volunteers participate in the cellar as wine tastings hosts. The payment is in the form of tips, and at the end of the day, in addition to the satisfaction of working, which also perfects them in life, they can take open wine left over from the tastings to their home.”

  • It’s Cheese O’Clock in California

    The Mercury News 

    October 16, 2020
    By Jackie Burrell 

    “Last spring, cheese experts Janet Fletcher and Laura Werlin teamed up with cheesemakers and winemakers to bring attention to, as Werlin put it, ‘the great cheeses of America.’ The virtual Cheese O’Clock series proved so crazy popular, they’re doing an encore with four themed wine and cheese tastings in November and December.

    The Thursday Zoom sessions are free. But unless you like watching other people nibble, sip and swoon while you go cheese-less and wine deprived, you’ll want to purchase those blue-ribbon fromages and wine pairings ahead, so they’ll be on your doorstep in time to taste along.

    Cheese selections are $65 for four or five cheeses. And we’re not talking petite wedges — the shipment for a recent session we joined included a round of Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt. Tam, a whole Nicasio Foggy Morning fromage blanc and more. The paired wines are $90 to $105 for two bottles, shipped straight from the wineries.

    Tastings are on Thursdays at 4 p.m. Pacific (7 p.m. Eastern). Here’s what lies in store.

    How the West Was Won, Nov. 12: MacRostie Winery winemaker Heidi Bridenhagen and Central Coast Creamery’s cheesemaker Reggie Jones, whose Ewenique cheese joins a lineup that also includes Laura Chenel’s Goat Brie, Beecher’s Cheese’s Flagship Reserve, and Rogue Creamery’s Caveman Blue.”

  • Tripadvisor 2020 Travelers’ Choice Winner


    August 2020

    Congratulations MacRostie Winery and Vineyards on being a Travelers’ Choice Winner. Each year, we comb through reviews, ratings, and saves from travelers everywhere, and use that info to award the very best.

  • “New Releases From California And Oregon – MacRostie, Far Niente, Abbot’s Passage, And Argyle”

    “This winery in Carneros Sonoma was founded in 1987 by Steve MacRostie, one of the early proponents of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Sonoma County. The winery today offers numerous examples of these two varietals from single vineyards located in several AVA in Sonoma, such as Russian River Valley. Petaluma Gap and Sonoma Coast, as well as other regions in California. Heidi Bridenhagen is the winemaker, and is involved with MacRostie in finding the best vineyards from which they can source outstanding fruit each season.
    by Tom Hyland
    May 27, 2020

    2019 MacRostie Pinot Noir Rosé – Excellent

    Deep orange/coral hue; aromas of orange jelly and watermelon. Medium-bodied, this has impressive texture and a dry finish with notable persistence. I love the complexity and character of this rosé! Enjoy over the next two years. 

    2018 MacRostie Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay – Very Good

    Light yellow; aromas of vanilla, golden apples, mango and pineapple. Medium-full, with good concentration, this offers good freshness and pleasant tropical fruit, but lacks complexity. Good acidity, moderate wood notes. Enjoy over the next 2-3 years. 

    2018 MacRostie Mirabelle Vineyard Chardonnay – Outstanding

    Bright, light yellow; inviting aromas of lemon zest, red apples, and saffron with a subtle note of honey. Medium-full with very good concentration. Lengthy finish, very good acidity, excellent varietal purity, impressive complexity and balance. The wood notes are nicely integrated and the overall wine is very appealing and delicious. Lengthy finish with subtle notes of almond in the finish. Enjoy over the next 3-5 years. 

    2017 MacRostie Hellenthal Vineyard Pinot Noir – Very Good

    Delicate garnet; red cherry, strawberry, beet, delicate wood. Medium-full with very good concentration. Subdued style, nicely balanced, but I’d prefer a bit more fruit definition. 3-5 years. 

    2017 MacRostie Rodgers Creek Pinot Noir – Excellent

    Delicate garnet; cola, bing cherry, marjoram. Medium-full, impressive complexity, medium-weight tannins, excellent persistence, good acidity and a nice sense of finesse. Enjoy over the next 5-7 years.”

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  • Fodor’s San Fransisco – Napa and Sonoma – Healdsburg Sights

    Fodor’s Travel San Francisco

    by Daniel Mangin 
    Published 2020

    MacRostie Estate House

    “A driveway off Westside Road curls through undulating vineyard hills to the steel, wood, and heavy-on the-glass tasting space of this longtime Chardonnay and Pinot Noir producer. Moments after you’ve arrived and a host has offered a glass of wine, you’ll already feel transported to a genteel, rustic world. Hospitality is clearly a priority here, but so, too, is seeking out top-tier grape sources-30 for the Chardonnays, 15 for the Pinots – among them Dutton Ranch, Bacigalupi, and owner Steve MacRostie’s Wildcat. With fruit this renowned, current winemaker Heidi Bridenhagen downplays the oak and other tricks of her trade, letting the vineyard settings, grape clones, and vintage do the talking. Tastings, inside or on balcony terraces with views across the Russian River Valley, are all seated.”

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  • How Wineries Are Keeping The Juices Flowing During The Pandemic

    by Lana Bortolot
    March 31, 2020

    “Forced to shutter their tasting rooms, U.S. wineries, which rely heavily on direct-to-consumer sales, are having to think fast on their feet. Survey results released last week by the National Association of American Wineries painted a grim picture of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the wine industry. Ten percent of the U.S. wineries responded, with the average respondent estimating a 63% decrease in sales during March. Anticipating business for April was also dark: on average, wineries expected a 75% decrease decline (with the median estimating an 80% loss). If able to resume operations on April 30, the average business recovery time was estimated to be three months. That could be a big ‘if.’

    While waiting it out, wineries are finding ways to cope, discounting product and shipping rates and tying in charitable-giving incentives. And even in uncertain times, wine-industry leaders large and small are stepping up relief efforts—from cash and in-kind donations to employee and peer support. Here’s a roundup of who’s doing what to keep the juices flowing.

    In Sonoma ValleyBricoleur Vineyards is donating 10% of all wine purchases to the Redwood Empire Food Bank. Inman Family Wines is donating 5% of their proceeds to Meals on Wheels. MacRostie Winery and Vineyards will donate $10 to No Kid Hungry for every online order. Ram’s Gate Winery is donating 5% of net proceeds from their spring release to Meals in Wheels San Francisco. Winery Sixteen 600 will donate 10% from every order to the Redwood Empire Food Bank and the Undocufund to help people most effected by the ongoing pandemic and shutdowns.

    The Donum Estate is charging a $10 flat-rate shipping for orders of any size (code FRIEND10), and will donate $10 to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Response Fund for each online order.

    For every 10 meals ordered through its dinner club, Kivelstadt Cellars will deliver one free meal to a service industry worker affected by the crisis at no cost, and is rolling out a donation meal program this week.On April 2, Three Sticks Wines will partner with Healdsburg’s SingleThread Farm restaurant and Sonoma Family Meals to donate 200 meals to the Graton Day Center, an advocacy organization for day laborers and other workers and their families. Another day of sponsored meals is forthcoming (TBD).


    Numerous prestige Napa wineries are offering free or reduced shipping, including Long Meadow Ranch and Stony Hill wineries (use the code SENDWINE at checkout for Long Meadow; code NEEDWINE for Stony Hill purchases); and Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel. Sonoma’s MacRostie Winery and Vineyards offers a 1¢ shipping on 12+ bottles, $10 ground shipping on 3-11 bottles (plus that $10 donation to No Kid Hungry for every online order).”

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  • Sonoma Coast Wineries Need Your Love Now More Than Ever

    Here are 29 excellent bottles of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir to look for.

    Food & Wine

    by Brian Freedman
    March 18, 2020

    “Despite the way that wineries are often portrayed in the movies, many of them are small family businesses that exist just a single bad harvest or ill-timed hail storm away from financial disaster. As restaurants close and in-person tastings have been greatly diminished, this is a good time to support your favorite wineries by stocking up on their bottles. The pandemic is impacting businesses across the entire swath of the economy, and wine producers are no different. Stocking your cellar is arguably the best way to support them right now, and it has the ancillary effect of making these strange, terrifying days seem a little less fraught. Wine has always been a source of sunshine in dark times, and we could all use that now more than ever.

    Sonoma Coast has become one of the most popular, important sources of Pinot Noir in the United States. Due to its large size, however, and the range of sub-AVAs, or American Viticultural Areas, within it, you can’t discuss Sonoma Coast in terms of any sort of consistent style.

    Andy Peay, one of the legends of Sonoma Pinot who has been at the forefront of the movement for the West Sonoma Coast to gain AVA status, says that painting the entire Sonoma Coast AVA with a broad brush is just as inaccurate as saying that you do or don’t like all California wines.

    ‘I’m in the very northwest corner of the West Sonoma Coast,’ he told me. ‘We don’t get out of the low-70s at the hottest time of the day in July or August.’ Fog from the Pacific Ocean comes through the Petaluma Gap, and while it warms up during the day, it gets a lot warmer in Russian River Valley and inland because the fog burns off, he said. Those differences throughout Sonoma Coast, and from pocket to pocket, can be felt and tasted in the wines.

    ‘The term ‘Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir’ means nothing and everything at the same time, simply because there is so much diversity in the region as far as microclimates and soil types,’ said Vanessa Wong, the owner of Fishtown Social, a wine bar in Philadelphia.

    The wines are, in general, absolutely delicious, and the overall quality is very impressive across the board. Below are 29 wines from throughout Sonoma Coast worth looking out for. They come from boutique producers and famously large ones, and run the gamut in terms of price and the number of bottles that were made. Some are more lean and mineral in character and others are riper and more generous. What they lack in consistent style, however, they more than make up for in exemplifying why the diversity of Sonoma Coast and the ambition and vision of its top producers are so outrageously exciting right now.

    2017 MacRostie Hellenthal Vineyard Pinot Noir Fort Ross-Seaview

    High-toned and aromatic lifted. On the palate, a chocolate and caramel core anchors the generous red and black cherries, kirsch, and rosemary. Perfect with pulled pork.”

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    Sonoma Does Tasting Rooms Right

    by Sara Schneider
    May 2018

    Robb Report“A slow, quiet evolution has transformed Sonoma’s wineries into the best places to taste this summer.”

    “In western Sonoma—and the Russian River Valley in particular—the Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays are second to none in the world. Yet many of the tasting rooms where the wines have been poured have, until recently, been a little dated and more than a little rustic. Over the past several years, though, a stealth remodel has taken hold and a handful of new tasting rooms have redefined the Sonoma style—rustic still, but modernized and refined. Weathered wood shares space with glass and steel, and lounge seating turns Pinot and Chardonnay tastings into a luxurious experience. You might say the tasting rooms have caught up with the wines—together making an excellent destination for wine touring this spring and summer. Here are six of the best new spaces.”

    MacRostie Winery and Vineyards

    MacRostie’s stand-alone tasting ‘house’ combines weathered ceilings and tables with concrete for immense appeal. But its use of glass to take full advantage of the tasting room’s elevated perch is ingenious. The roof extends over the terrace outside for an indoor-outdoor view that stretches east over the valley to the Mayacamas Mountains and beyond, all the way to Mount St. Helena on the east side of Napa Valley. Reservations required on weekends.”

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    6 Fun-Filled Mother-Daughter Getaways To Book ASAP

    by Sara Holzman
    April 18, 2018

    STAY: The Farmhouse Inn in Forestville, Calif.—a boutique hotel with chic rooms equipped with fireplaces, patios, and customizable bath scrubs—partners with 23 local wineries offering complimentary tastings to Farmhouse guests. A favorite: The MacRostie Estate House, producers of Sonoma Coast Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Located on a hilltop in the heart of the Russian River Valley, the winery has three patio terraces for tastings, each with an epic view of the valleys below. After a long day of tastings, kick back and roast s’mores (with homemade marshmallows) at one of Farmhouse’s outdoor fire pits.”

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    Tasting: Wineries Worth a Visit

    by Jean Saylor Doppenberg
    April 2018

    MacRostie Winery & Vineyards
    “The elegant Estate House has three patios and indoor seating for tasting single-vineyard designated Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, most sourced from Russian River Valley fruit, with free from $20-$25. Two stars of MacRostie’s portfolio are the 2015 Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay and 2015 Thale’s Vineyard Terrace Block Pinot Noir. An elevated tasting ($75) available on weekends includes a tour and wines paired with bites of cheese and chocolate. Reservations are required on weekends and strongly encouraged for weekdays.”

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    Tasting ‘Sonoma Strong’

    by Lyle Norton
    December 3, 2017

    “Sonoma County has experienced tragedy from the recent fires. There was loss of life and property, and we all see areas of scorched earth where beauty once prevailed. The land will recover, and the community has begun the healing process with an outpouring of community support.

    Thanks to the efforts of firefighters and other public service personnel, most of the landscape remains unchanged, including our famous vineyards. Sonoma County is open for business, and the experience of great wine, food and natural beauty is very much intact. The following recommendations are intended to deliver it all for a memorable day-trip.

    …Leaving town and traveling west, Healdsburg Road, passing over Highway 101, soon intersects with the iconic Westside Road that weaves through the heart of the Russian River Valley. Not all estates along Westside Road are open to the public, but MacRostie Winery and Vineyards, Gary Farrell and Thomas George Estates offer special tasting experiences that focus on cool climate chardonnay and pinot noir. All of their single-vineyard releases feature noted local vineyards like Olivet, Durrell and Wildcat Mountain.

    They all offer a broad menu of tasting experiences, held in modish settings, that are both exceptional and pricey. Indulge yourselves while enjoying fine wines like the 2014 Gary Farrell Durrell Vineyard Chardonnay Sonoma Valley (94-pt). Reservations are required at each.

    …Sonoma wineries are surely open for business and many are dedicating profits to assist fire victims. Enjoy some of the finest wines on the planet and help Sonoma County rebuild itself. Your taste buds will thank you.”

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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.”


    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.”


    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.”

    Full Article Here


    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.”

    Full Article Here


  • 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…”

    Full Article Here

  • 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.”

    Full article here

  • 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.

    Full article here