Updated: Jan 17
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I visited MacRostie Winery and Vineyards for my 100 Wineries In 100 Days Challenge in the summer of 2018.
This winery made such an imprint on me that I categorized them as:
‘Sheila’s ULTIMATE FAV’
Quite an honor!
I only bestow this ‘award’ on very select wineries out of the 100 visited.
These wineries have to blow me away in:
Views, ambiance, welcoming staff, wine, experience and fun!
Hands down MacRostie Winery has it all!
In Part 2 of this blogpost, I detail my first time experiencing MacRostie 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 MacRostie Winery.
HELLO?!?!? I JUMPED at the opportunity!
I canceled previous plans (eeeeekkkk!!!) in exchange for an afternoon at what I consider:
Russian River Valley’s Pinot Paradise!
My favorite moments of this particular tasting were:
A story about Steve MacRostie, founder of MacRostie Winery. Steve is known to come into the winery and randomly sit with guests. At first, guests look at him bewildered and think….excuse me, who are you? Then their jaws drop when he discloses that he is the founder of the winery. Steve loves chatting with guests, answering their questions, and delighting in their experience of MacRostie wine.
As a Pinot lover I enjoyed learning that Heidi, MacRostie’s winemaker, finds great artistic joy in exploring Pinot from many different regions of CA: Carneros, Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley, and Anderson Valley. In fact, MacRostie makes 19 different Pinots! MacRostie is a terroir based winery. Heidi’s goal is for each pinot to reflect the unique terroir from which it originated.
I really appreciate the fact that MacRostie rotates their wine flights. Hurray! I personally love visiting this winery and would love to bring more of my friends. I like knowing that each time I visit there might be a new flight to savor.
In October 2019, MacRostie will release BUBBLES!!!!! This is very exciting news. I had no idea MacRostie’s sister winery is Argyle in Oregon. One of my favorites. Argyle is known for their bubbles. I look forward to trying MacRostie bubbles, and if they end up being anything like Argyle’s award winning bubbles, we are in for a treat!
Steve MacRostie’s wife Thale is an integral part of the winery. I love a winery that spotlights incredibly talented and passionate women. MacRostie is all about WOMEN POWER! Thale makes stunning floral arrangements for MacRostie wine events. The vineyard that we overlooked during our blogger tasting is named after Thale, a 13 acre Pinot Noir Vineyard. Thale vineyard grapes were 3-4 weeks from harvest ready!
CUPCAKES!!! MacRostie is all about making every tasting experience special. From birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions…don’t be surprised if a plate of cupcakes comes out to surprise you. The cupcakes pair perfectly with the wine.
DOG FRIENDLY! I am a dog lover! MacRostie welcomes furry friends with open paws. A few of the staff bring their dogs to work. Guests can sit out on the patio with their dog companion. Happy dogs paired with exceptional wine.
PART 2 Summer 2018
Now, let’s explore my experience when I visited Macrostie for my 100 Wineries In 100 Days Challenge!
I’m that dreaded wine taster.
Rolling in 45 min before closing….right when MacRostie was setting up for a private rehearsal dinner????♀️