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Gary Farrell

Updated: Jan 17


Back on August 3, 2018 I visited the newly renovated Gary Farrell Winery for my 100 Wineries In 100 Days Challenge.

In Part 2 of this blogpost I detail my first time trying Gary Farrell wines and falling in love with the winery.

Right now, let’s discuss my most recent visit.


August 2019 I was invited by Emily Martin Events to attend a blogger tasting at Gary Farrell Winery.

HELLO?!?!? I JUMPED at the opportunity!

I canceled my previous plans (eeeeekkkk!!!) in exchange for an afternoon at what I consider:

Russian River Valley’s Pinot Paradise!


For this particular blogger tasting we partook in Gary Farrell’s:

Exploration Tour & Tasting

A 90 minute tour.


Starting with an insider tour of the wine making facility where all the magic happens!

From barrels, to steel tanks, a concrete wine egg, and the grape sorting table there is so much that goes into making flawless Gary Farrell wine.

After the tour, a communal tasting awaits with a selection of five wines each paired with an artisan cheese.

Sommeliers from the winery visit the cheese making facility to carefully select cheeses for the pairing.

Before I even sat down at the impeccable table setting, my eyes spotted a cheese with beautiful dried flowers!


My favorite wine was the 2015 McDonald Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir.

I’m typically a Sonoma Coast Pinot girl, but this Pinot intrigued me.

The McDonald Mountain vineyard is nestled in a cooler climate area right in between Russian River Valley and the Petaluma Gap.

Small and extremely flavor packed grape clusters with just the right balance of acidity.


Images by Elise Aileen Photo


Now let’s discuss my experience here for 100 Wineries In 100 Days:

Known as a “Grand Cru” of the Russian River Valley.

Perched high on a ridge above Sonoma County Russian River Valley is Gary Farrell @garyfarrellwinery


One of the prettiest wineries in Russian River valley.

Panoramic views of vineyards and Redwoods.


The term breathtaking is overused.

Not in the case of Gary Farrell though.

THIS view is absolutely breathtaking.

Since the 1970’s Gary Farrell, a vintner in the Russian River Valley AVA, was known for crafting exceptional Chardonnay and Pinot wines.

He founded Gary Farrell Winery in 1982.

Gary had an obsession with: