My daughter Hannah recently visited California wine country together with her fellow Johnson Brothers Gallo Wine sales representatives.
They toured the vineyards and visited several wineries. They spent a few memorable days savoring beautiful days in the Mediterranean like climate of northern California.
Hannah and her fellow travelers spent several hours at The MacMurray Estate Vineyards in Sonoma County where the dining was fine and so was the wine. That’s also where Hannah absorbed a little Hollywood history.
Famed actor Fred MacMurray purchased the property in 1941 and used it as a getaway from the day to day pressures of maintaining a successful Hollywood career. MacMurray raised cattle and horses on his acreage and cultivated any number of crops.
When MacMurray died in the early 1990s, the property was purchased by Gallo who then began planting the vineyards and producing the wine which they are known and respected for throughout the vitacultural world. They specialize in Pinot Noirs. Fred’s “little piece of Heaven” is continuing to thrill guests with a combination of natural splendor and hospitality.
Fred MacMurray had a heck of a career. He appeared in over 100 feature films and starred in the extremely successful sit-com “My Three Sons” from 1960 to 1972. Among my favorite MacMurray films is “Double Imdemnity” which co-starred Barbara Stanwyck as the femme fatale. It’s still considered one of the finest examples of film noir ever produced in Hollywood. Also memorable were MacMurray’s performances in “The Caine Mutiny” with Humphrey Bogart and “The Apartment” with Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine.