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MacPhail Wine Dinner
Featuring Founder & Winemaker James MacPhail
Tuesday, May 1st at 6:30 pm

$95.00 per person plus tax and gratuity
For reservations, please call (760) 327-3446

A Trio of Tray Passed Tastes
MacPhail Chardonnay, Gaps Crown, Sonoma Coast 2009

Chilled Lobster-Strawberry Gazpacho
Cold Water Lobster, California Strawberries, Lemon Thyme and Brioche Croutons
MacPhail, Rose of Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, 2010

Wagyu Beef Ravioli
Slow Braised Wagyu Beef Ravioli, Cherries, Pickled Chanterelles and Black Grape Jus
MacPhail, Pinot Noir, Gaps Crown, Sonoma Coast 2009

Sautéed Sonoma Duck Strudel
Sonoma Duck Confit Flaky dough with and Foie Gras Sauce
MacPhail, Pinot Noir, Toulouse Vineyard, Anderson Valley, 2009

Texas Lamb Chop and Braised Lamb Shoulder
On Seared Portabella Mushrooms, French Green Lentils, Summer Vegetables and a Marjoram-Lamb Stock
MacPhail, Pinot Noir, Raye's Hill, Anderson Valley, 2009

Chocolate Mint Cake with Chocolate Sorbet

$95.00 per person plus tax and gratuity
For reservations, please call (760) 327-3446


In 2002, James launched his own brand: MacPhail Family Wines. The wine business satisfies James' interest in the land, his penchant for the artistic and his pledge to service. He selects and works with growers who share his commitment to sustainable farming and understand the significance of terroir-based, singular quality wine. "My dream has been to make something from the earth that I can share with others," he says.

After making wine for six vintages in rented space, James took a step few small producers take — he built his own winery — in his back yard. Reflecting James' respect for the environment, the understated building takes advantage of natural light and night-cooling fans. The winery recycles all wastewater in a constructed wetlands. James makes wine – naturally, in small batches, by hand. He is a believer in traditional, old world techniques and minimal intervention.

Grower/winemaker James MacPhail is also the sales and marketing director. His business model is based on maintaining personal relationships with the individuals who purchase his wine as well as the restaurants and wine shops that sell his MacPhail Pinot Noir. "I take very seriously the honor of being a part of people's tables."

With a group of dedicated growers under contract, a winery just steps from his kitchen and delicious wines in the cellar, James has made Healdsburg home for both business and family. In this small community, wine brings people together every day, enhancing both food and friendship. "This home matches my vision," says James. "It is located in a winegrowing region with a long history of agriculture and small family farming."