Press & Reviews


2015 Winemaker of the Year: Bibiana Gonzalez Rave

By Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, December 3, 2015
Bibiana bio

Wayfarer Vineyard Winemaker Bibiana Gonzalez Rave Named The San Francisco Chronicle's 2015 Winemaker of the Year Read More

Best Of Napa & Sonoma Wines: 2011-2013 Vintages

By Johannes Marlena and Ryan Koczara , The Corkscrewer Report, September 1, 2015

The Corkscrewer Report previews some of their favorite wines from vintages 2011, 2012 and 2013. Read More

Wayfarer Wines Grab My Attention - Again

By William "Rusty" Gaffney, M.D., PinotFile, July 2015
Prince of Pinot

In October 2014, I led off the PinotFile with an article on the inaugural wines released from Wayfarer Vineyard located in the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA. I raved about the 2012 Wayfarer Pinot Noirs and Chardonnay then, and recently tasted the 2013 Wayfarer releases and I was captivated again. It is unprecedented for me to put a winery on the front page of the PinotFile twice within a year, but these wines are that good. The wines are expensive, but not unreasonably so given the challenges of… Read More

The Extremists of the Extreme Sonoma Coast

By Anne Krebiehl MW, World of Fine Wine, Issue 48, June 2015

The Fort Ross-Seaview AVA may be only three years old, but its ability to produce distinctive and thrilling wines has been recognized for far longer. Anne Krebiehl MW profiles the early pioneers and more recent producers who are brave enough to farm its inhospitable but rewarding coastal ridges. Read More

West Sonoma Coast - an introduction

By Elaine Chukan Brown,, May 2015

The West Sonoma Coast is not an official appellation, but is a region recognised by vintners throughout the area for the quality and refinement of the wines it produces. ‘These wines', Ehren Jordan of Failla tells me, ‘defy most people’s expectations of what California can do.’ We’re standing in the Failla cellar tasting through his many cuvées from the West Sonoma Coast, discussing wines of the region generally.  It is well understood that California can offer big flavour. At… Read More

Cleo Pahlmeyer - Not just the farmer's daughter

By Carl Kanowsky, Santa Clarita Valley Signal, May 2015
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Hippies plus a school for wayward children merged with the queen of California Burgundy style wines and a trained fine art specialist — what does that equal?If you’re Jayson Pahlmeyer, you take this strange combination and create a new leader in California Pinot Noir.Jayson, the proprietor of the prestigious Napa winery, Pahlmeyer, had the great good fortune or extraordinary intuition to hire Helen Turley as his winemaker twenty years ago. Mostly famous for his red Bordeaux blend, he… Read More

Wayfarer Tasting with Bibiana González Rave

By Doug Wilder, purely domestic wine report, March 2015
Purely Domestic Wine Report

From the superbly talented viticulturist/winemaker Bibiana González Rave, the current vintage is full of excellent to extraordinary wines. Read More

Wayfarer Wins Pigs & Pinot Ultimate Smackdown

March 2015
Pigs Pinot

After four rousing rounds of "March Madness" style wine competition (and lots of smack talk from the four Master Sommeliers leading the seminar), the audience ultimately named Wayfarer the winner. Read More

Top Ten West Sonoma Coast Wineries

PalateXposure, January 2015

West Sonoma Coast is a leading producer of ultra premium Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and cool climate Syrah. It is home to some of my favorite growing areas, including magical Occidental, Freestone, and the newer Fort Ross-­‐Seaview sub-appellation. There are plenty of great wineries in Sonoma’s sub-­appellations; however, the Coast has always held a very special place in my heart. Folks from this stunningly beautiful area are pretty easy to find irresistible, as are their wines. They are… Read More

Sonoma, Anderson Valley and Beyond: New Releases

By Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2015

These new and upcoming releases from Wayfarer confirm all the promise I sensed last year. Simply put, the wines are stunning. Cleo Pahlmeyer and winemaker Bibiana González Rave are doing magnificent work here. Wayfarer makes five different Pinots; the Wayfarer is meant to be a representation of the entire property, while the other bottlings explore the unique attributes of a number of single parcels on the estate. At the moment, there is only one Chardonnay, but I would not be surprised to see… Read More