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Pendleton ESTATE VINEYARDS & WINERY

Updated: Jan 12

Ambiance

  • Hidden jewel and treasure are words I’ve heard to describe Pendleton winery.

  • Driving to the winery is an adventure. Nothing treacherous but it’s fun to imagine, as you head out there, that you are galavanting around the European wine countryside.

  • Think Austria. Green rolling hills surround the winery. The kind of hills Julie Andrews frolics down while singing ‘the hills are alive!’

  • Located 2,000 feet above Alexander Valley. Getting here is a much needed retreat from civilization.

  • A 20 acre wine growing estate. On the property is the winemaker’s French Style Villa with Air B&B options for guests who want to stay.

  • Seriously, if I didn’t live so close by, I would be staying here for weekend getaways.

  • Pendleton is the NORTHERN MOST winery in Sonoma County.


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Cost:

  • Honestly, I can’t remember….is there even a tasting fee? I don’t think so.

  • If there is a tasting fee it is 100% worth it!

  • Michall, the winemaker, is incredibly down to earth. I get the sense he wants guests to savor his wines.

  • He’s not caught up in expensive barriers that limit people from approaching his wine.

  • Moderately priced wine between $24-$30 considering the fact everything he produces in 100 cases or less.

  • His wine goes fast!


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Appointment Needed? 

  • Yes. Essential to make an appointment.

  • Don’t be like me and call the day of…luckily Michall was available.

  • This is the type of wine tasting experience you plan around.

  • Make the appointment. Go around lunch time. Put together a yummy picnic.

  • Possibly consider bringing a swimsuit to enjoy their pool on a nice day.

  • Plan to spend at least an hour and a half here.


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Wine Pick

  • I went home with the 2015 Mourvedre.

  • Pendleton produces the only 100% Mourvedre in the entire valley!

  • Such a treasure.

  • I found his Rosé captivating as well. A GSM: Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre.

Dog Approved

  • Yep!

  • The winemaker and his family have two Golden Retrievers.

  • Jackson and Misty Mae!


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Social Media Worthy

  • Totally. Vineyard and rolling hill views for days!

  • Need I say more?

  • This is an iconic wine tasting experience:

  • become friends with the winemaker

  • frolic in the vines

  • pose in front of a breathtaking view…

  • This is what everyone envisions when they think of a dreamy wine tasting experience.

Feel Good Vibes

  • The winemaker’s daughter, Leslie, might be your new spirit animal.

  • The girl is an ARTIST!

  • A funky, sassy, colorful, hilarious, whimsical, knock your socks off artist.

  • Her watercolors turn into labels for some of dad’s wine.

  • I purchased some Bad Dog Wine because hello?!?!? My chocolate lab is a total bad dog and needs to pose with the bottle.

  • My boyfriend is not much of a wine lover like me. I kinda dragged him to this tasting.

  • 1) Because I’m horrible with directions and he is my navigating hero.

  • 2) Because a private wine tasting experience is much more fun with a buddy.

  • Low and behold, we step out of the car and the winemaker is wearing a Firefighter T-Shirt.

  • My boyfriend is a firefighter.

  • They had an instant connection and it was fun to hear them shoot the breeze about firefighting.

  • Plus, drinking wine that came from the hands of a former firefighter is special.

  • Michall does everything: vineyard picking, wine making…the only thing he doesn’t do is bottling.