Press & Reviews


Spring 2024 Release Letter

By Cleo Pahlmeyer, March 2024

SPRING RELEASE2022 Wayfarer Pinot Noir 'The Estate'2022 Wayfarer Chardonnay 'The Estate'   Dear Friend, The 2022 vintage marks Wayfarer’s 10th anniversary, but our journey was set in motion more than two decades ago. In 1998, my father, Jayson Pahlmeyer, fell in love with the land that would become Wayfarer Vineyard.  Our winemaker at the time, Helen Turley, brought Jayson to this remote site, and as he breathed in the cool ocean air and bathed in the warm sun, he knew… Read More

Fall 2023 Release Letter

By Cleo Pahlmeyer, September 2023

Dear Friend, I am honored to introduce the final release of our 2021 wines, the Wayfarer Block Selection Pinot Noirs and Cuvée Cleo Chardonnay. The 2021 vintage is Wayfarer’s tenth, but Wayfarer’s beginnings started more than 20 years earlier when my father, Jayson Pahlmeyer, first stepped foot on the warm earth and breathed in the cool coastal air of what would become Wayfarer Vineyard. Read More

Cleo Pahlmeyer's Pinot Passion Project Has Become the Main Attraction

By James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, June 14, 2023
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On the West Sonoma Coast frontier, Wayfarer's fruit-driven Pinot Noirs stand out Read More

Spring 2023 Release Letter

By Cleo Pahlmeyer, April 2023

Dear Friend, As spring brings new beginnings, I have been reflecting on Wayfarer’s new beginning that was set in motion three years ago. Wayfarer first came to be when my dad, Jayson Pahlmeyer, discovered the site and planted Wayfarer Vineyard in 2002. A decade later, I introduced the first Wayfarer estate wines. Read More

Amazing Grace

By Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, January 19, 2023
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These are wines of amazing grace without sacrificing structure and layers. Read More

Wayfarer awarded 100 Points for The Traveler 2019 Pinot Noir

By Jeb Dunnuck,, July 2021

Lastly, the 2019 Pinot Noir The Traveler, from a suitcase clone selection in the vineyard, is more in the style of the Paige's Ridge and Golden Mean with its more linear, focused, incredibly pure personality. Bright wild strawberries, framboise, candied orange, spring flowers, and exotic spice notes all emerge from the glass, and it’s incredible on the palate, with a medium to full-bodied, flawlessly balanced, multi-dimensional mouthfeel that keeps you coming back to the glass. This is pure… Read More

Sonoma County: Latest Releases from the 2018 Vintage

By Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate, September 2020

Wayfarer has released an absolutely stunning set of 2018s, and these Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays are some of the best wines from the vintage. Jayson and Cleo Pahlmeyer and their winemaker, Todd Kohn, have proven that the Wayfarer vineyard, discovered by Helen Turley in 1998 and located down the road from Marcassin, has indisputably earned its reputation as a California grand cru.  Read More

Vinous Live! with Antonio Galloni and Cleo Pahlmeyer

By Vinous, Vinous, May 4, 2020
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Watch the conversation between Antonio Galloni and Cleo Pahlmeyer on YouTube. ••

Spotlight On: Cleo Pahlmeyer

Wine Spectator, October 2019

Cleo Pahlmeyer of Wayfarer and Pahlmeyer talks about her first sip of wine, what she's learned since then, and how her husband's wine knowledge complements hers.Watch the video HERE.  ••

The 13 Highest Scoring Pinot Noirs We Rated in 2018

Wine Enthusiast, January 11, 2019

As we look forward to tasting in 2019, it’s the perfect time of year to take in the best wines we scored in 2018. Here’s your Pinot Noir wish list. Read More