Press & Reviews


Tasting Wine Before Its Time: Experiencing Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir

By Rusty Gaffney, PinotFile, January 2017

One of the vagaries of tasting and rating Pinot Noir is that the wines are often presented for review shortly before or after release, and often have not recovered from the shock of bottling or had enough time in bottle to develop their full charm. Predicting how Pinot Noir will evolve is a skill that comes with experience, but is tenuous at best and fraught with uncertainty.I had the unique opportunity to taste the 2014 vintage Wayfarer Pinot Noirs on two occasions seven months apart that… Read More

Top 100 Cellar Selections Of 2016

By Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, December 2016

Aristotle was almost certainly talking about wine when he wrote, “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” While cellaring wine may, at times, feel like an agonizing guessing game, when you finally do open that cherished bottle at its optimal drinking age, it’s nirvana. Or close to it.The reward of a well-aged wine erases any doubt or anxiety that came with its maturation, and the thrill of the experience can become surprisingly addictive. If only it were easier to know those optimal… Read More

The Enthusiast 100 of 2016

By Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, December 2016

As the year winds down, we can’t help but reflect on our favorite wine tastings of 2016. We reviewed nearly 22,000 wines this year, so there’s certainly a lot to recall. But after compiling our Top 100 Best Buy list of the ultimate affordable sippers and then helping to invest in a stellar-cellar future with our list of Top 100 Cellar Selections, it’s time for the big one—The Enthusiast­ 100: our list of standout wines to buy and drink over the next few years.The best of… Read More

13 of Sonoma's Rarest Wines

By Elaine Chukan Brown, Robb Report, November 18, 2016

Discover small‑production wines that whisper to connoisseurs and collectors. Read More

Great Wines, Good Restaurants and a Book Signing

By Denman Moody, Houston Lifestyles & Homes, September 2016

Of several hundred wines tasted in the last month or so, here are the best values in their respective price ranges:Wayfarer Pinot Noir The Traveler 2012 — From Cleo Pahlmeyer, who might know something about wine from just osmosis! “…raspberry, violet and lilac mingle with delicate notes of forest floor, juniper berry and oolong tea.” Big-time Christmas present for your favorite Pinot Noir collector? $150 ••

Wine Enthusiast’s 2016 Wine Star Award Nominees

By Wine Enthusiast, Wine Enthusiast, September 8, 2016

American Winery of the Year Nominee Read More

James Laube's Recommended California Chardonnays

By James Laube, Wine Spectator, July 31, 2016

Top WinesWayfarer Chardonnay 2014, Wayfarer Vineyard, 93 pointsShows creamy tangerine and nectarine flavors, with lively acidity and pithy citrus peel texture, gaining depth and nuance.  ••

2014 Wayfarer Vineyard preview in purely domestic wine report

By Doug Wilder, purely domestic wine report, May 2016

Doug Wilder gets an early taste of the 2014 Wayfarer Vineyard estate wines. "The wines, not due to release until later in the year typify the coolness of the site and the winemaker’s burgundian aesthetic, finally tuned, sublime and balanced." Read More

Bibiana González Rave — Dreaming about wines you’ll never forget

By Tim Carl, Napa Valley Register, February 18, 2016

Wayfarer Winemaaker Bibiana González Rave profiled in the Napa Valley Register Read More

Wayfarer Vineyard: Winery of the Year | 2015

By Doug Wilder, pdwr, December 9, 2015
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Doug Wilder and purely domestic wine report honors Wayfarer Vineyard as its 2015 Winery of the Year Read More