Edward Lee (affectionately known as Mac) McDonald is one of the few African-American winemakers in California. He grew up in Texas, where his father was a moonshiner. His epiphany and experience with Burgundy wines led to him founding his label with his wife Lil in 1995 after spending 35 years working for Pacific Gas & Electric Company. The first wines came from the 1997 vintage.
He currently produces multiple Pinot Noirs, including appellation wines from Anderson Valley and Sonoma County, and vineyard-designate wines from Cole Ranch Vineyard in Mendocino County, Chileno Valley Marin County, Rosella's Vineyard, Garys' Vineyard, and Las Alturas Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. The style shows attractive richness yet with a modicum of elegance, and the wines have received very favorable wine press.