Discover your new favorite
Discover your new favorite
"Personally, I didn’t need any more evidence that Sonoma generally has its mojo working and is making some of the best wines ever to come out of the region. But I got a thoroughly inundating reminder of that when I visited the second (2016) incarnation of the Sonoma County Barrel Auction . . "
Winemaker James MacPhail didn’t grow up in the wine industry. Raised just north of San Francisco, members of his father’s family have been pillars of the local business community since the 1880’s.
The idea behind producing wines from one designated vineyard is that such a piece of land, its geology and geography, its soil, bedrock and micro-climate, will result in a wine distinctive in character from a different vineyard, say one across the valley or even down the road. - Fredric Koeppel
"With the amazing ability to stand in one place and assess virtually the entire catalog of North Coast Pinot Noir terroir, from Carneros on San Pablo Bay, through Sonoma Valley and the Mayacamas, the expanse of the cool Sonoma Coast, Sebastopol, Green Valley, Russian River Valley, and arching up through the cool, moist, mountain-rimmed Anderson Valley of Mendocino, there could not be a better place to begin my journey than the MacPhail Family Winery Tasting Lounge @ The Barlow." - Hoke Harden
Winemaker James MacPhail and his wife Kerry recently met with Pam Wood and Tom Kees from the Golf, Grape & Grub show for an interview. Listen and learn a bit more about the past and present of MacPhail Family Wines.
"Pinot Noir grapes from the MacPhail Mardikian Estate Vineyard were blessed as harvest began by Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery, who were visiting the Tibetan Art Gallery at the Barlow."
"Of several winery tenants, MacPhail Winery holds tastings in a room with a central sculpture made of Radio Flyer wagons. On the patio, it offers wines by the glass and cheese plates." - Elaine Glusac
"The MacPhail Tasting Lounge is new to Sebastopol’s The Barlow. Found at 6761 McKinley Street, in downtown Sebastopol, MacPhail showcases Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, and more.
They have several types of wine tastings; including an Intro Tasting, a Single Vineyard Tasting, and a Terroir Tasting in the new soil room, where they educate visitors on why the dirt (aka terroir) from four different vineyards in Russian River Valley, Anderson Valley and the Sonoma Coast AVA makes for four very different wines." - Sonoma County Day Trips
An interview with Winemaker James MacPhail
"Also in The Barlow: a couple of galleries and boutiques. And, of course, several wine-tasting rooms: MacPhail Family Wines, where pinot noir reigns and the Radio Flyer wagon outside signifies the family’s values of joy and togetherness..." - Krista Minard
"A two-story cascade of crumpled ruby-red Radio Flyer wagons—meant to mimic wine pouring out of a bottle—grabs immediate attention inside this swank industrial space, a showcase for the distinguished Pinot Noirs of namesake winemaker James MacPhail. The wagons represent family and continuity to MacPhail, who, peers sometimes joke, "never met a vineyard he didn't like." Maybe so, but he knows how to pick them..."
"These new releases from James MacPhail are outstanding examples of California (and Oregon) single vineyard Pinot Noirs. They are from among California’s finest vineyards such as the Sangiacomo, Dutton, Pratt and Rita’s Crown. These vineyards are located in ideal growing areas for Pinot Noir, especially along the Sonoma Coast and Green Valley. They produce ripe and elegant wines with good acidity and freshness and reveal distinctive characteristics." - Mike Potashnik & Don Winkler
"Wine lovers, near and far come to MacPhail's for two reasons: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. With more than 20 years of experience producing small batch varietals, James MacPhail's passion for great wines is proudly on display at The Barlow."
"Guests walked up the red carpet to a table next to the theater and received star-shaped cookies and a passport for tastings at Wind Gap Wines, MacPhail Family Wines, Marimar Estate Vineyards and Winery and La Follette, all located down the street at the Barlow." - Eloísa Ruano González
"The towering sculpture made of stacked Radio Flyer wagons will catch your eye; the magnificent The Flyer Russian River Valley Pinot Noir will capture your heart. Überwinemaker James MacPhail’s personal touch is everywhere at this artsy, industrial lounge in The Barlow culinary and arts center, from oversize photos of his Bernese mountain dog to the knowledgeable yet playful staff." - Matt Villano
"MacPhail and The Barlow, a Perfect combination" - Gabe Sasso
"With just one stop you can discover why Sonoma’s long time “Wine Guy” decided that MacPhail Family wines topped his awards list for 2014." - Wine Country This Week
"James MacPhail is one of California’s finest young winemakers. With their new tasting room located in the Barlow in Sebastopol, a stop to taste is a must. If you’re lucky enough to find James there, after a chat you’ll know why his wines are so good. Which leads me to announce, MacPhail Family Wines, as my winery of the year. His MacPhail Pratt 2012 shows cherry berry flavors and is rich in the mouth. If I made a Pinot, this is the one I’d want to make." - Tom Simoneau
“Looking for somewhere fun to visit in Northern California?” - Jennifer Kaplan
“MacPhail is a mecca for lovers of pinot” - Laura Ness