Why Wine is Never a Bad Idea

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A case of wine for you and $10 for Whole Planet Foundation — tit for tat — as if you need a reason to drink more wine. This month MacMurray Ranch Wines support our work. Read on to learn more about their brand…

Nestled in the Middle Reach of Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, our ranch has been a farmstead since the 1850s, when Col. George Porter built a home here for his family beside a small stream – now called Porter Creek – that flows into the nearby Russian River. Generations of Porters farmed livestock and crops on the rich silt soils of the valley floor until Hollywood legend Fred MacMurray bought the ranch in 1941. Fred embraced the rancher’s lifestyle, raising prize-winning cattle, while his children rode horses through the hills.

Wine grapes were first planted here in the mid-1990s. Today, 450 acres of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris vines flourish where cattle once roamed. The original buildings have been faithfully restored, and the 1,500-acre property is now home to old-growth oaks, redwood trees, birds and indigenous wildlife. And, of course, our collection of world-class wines.

With five vineyards throughout some of California’s most sought-after Pinot Noir regions, MacMurray Ranch is synonymous with one of the world’s most celebrated varietals. Long revered for its delicate fruit flavors, elegant texture and expressive perfume, Pinot Noir is as fickle as it is elegant, as mysterious as it is dramatic. And, no vineyard expresses this exquisite grape quite like those of MacMurray Ranch.

Chris Munsell, a veteran winemaker with more than 20 years of experience at the helm of California’s top wineries, carefully selects grapes from MacMurray Ranch’s own estate vineyards to craft an award-winning collection of elegant Pinot Noir wines.

Each MacMurray Ranch wine embodies the distinct characteristics of the varietal and the region where it is grown – from the earthy quality of the Russian River Valley Reserve Pinot Noir to the striking aromas of red strawberry, raspberry and plum in the small-lot Winemaker’s Block Pinot Noir.