The Madera Vintners Association's family wineries will present the Madera Wine Trail's "Wine & Chocolate Weekend" event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10. This two day event features 12 wineries with award-winning wines.
There will be chocolate pairings, art, live music, gift shopping and food. Madera Wine Trail Passport Glasses are available for $30 from any participating winery both days of the event, and is your pass to wine-tasting on the Trail all weekend long. Pre-sale tickets cost $25 and may be purchased online through Feb. 8.
No large capacity tour buses (30+ person capacity) will be allowed at any participating winery on Wine & Chocolate Weekend. The Madera Wine Trail encourages safe driving through the use of designated drivers, limousines and shuttles. Designated Drivers are free of charge and can pick up a VIP kit at their first stop on the trail.
Participating Wineries include:
Birdstone Winery - 2012 Winery of the Year -- 9400 Road 36, Madera, (559) 645-1825, www.birdstonewinery.com
Birdstone will host live music both Saturday and Sunday. For lunch each day enjoy manicotti with marinara sauce, a fresh Italian green salad, along with Parmesan garlic bread -- all prepared by Chef Michael Mazzoni. There will also be specialty chocolates.
Chateau Lasgoity -- 11219 Road 26, Madera, (559) 674-8291, www.chateaulasgoity.com
Chateau Lasgoity will have live music on Saturday and Sunday. Lunch is available from Full-O-Bull deli of Madera. The Sierra Lions Club will feature an assortment of dark chocolate covered strawberries, nuts and pretzels. The Vintage Barn will showcase hand crafted table linens, personalized pillows, and wine sacks. Big Paw's infused olive oils will be available to sample.
CRU Wine Company -- 20146 Road 21, Madera, (559) 673-6372, www.cruwinecompany.com
The Marie Wilson Band will perform both Saturday and Sunday and there will be food by Dusty Buns Bistro and treats from Valley Pistachio.
Fäsi Estate Winery -- 42415 Road 208, O'Neal's, off Highway 41, (559) 822-2111, www.fasiestate.com
Expect fine Swiss chocolate to pair with your wine.
Ficklin Vineyards -- 30246 Avenue 7 ½, Madera, (559) 661-0075, www.ficklin.com
Taste award-winning Ports, wines, and the refillable Tappit-Hen Port -- "growler-style." Gourmet vendors will provide samples in the barrel room or take a lunch break with Bella Pasta. There will even be cupcakes by the Cupcake Lady. Design your own wood-block print t-shirt. Enjoy a hayride vineyard tour with Peter Ficklin. And celebrate the release of the winery's first-ever Rose Port with by being among the first to taste it.
Idle Hour Winery -- 41139 Highway 41, Oakhurst, (559) 760-9090, www.idlehourwinery.com
Taste the winery's newest award-winning wines while enjoying music from The Henderson Project. KT Lee Ranch Alpacas will also be selling their warm alpaca sweaters.
Pacific Crest Winery -- 33137 Avenue 9, Madera, (559) 674-4996, www.pcvino.com
Pacific Crest will be featuring premium wines and gourmet vinegar.
Papagni Wines -- 9505 Road 30 ½, Madera, (559) 673-5754, www.papagniwines.com
Papagni Wines will feature their multiple-award winning 2009 Malvasia Bianca and their 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. There will be food from P.S. Catering and a desert bar. The winery's newly-released 2010 Petite Sirah will be available as well as all of their award winning wines including their 2010 Alicante Bouschet, gold medal winner at the International Long Beach Grand Cru wine competition.
Quady Winery -- 13181 Road 24, Madera, (800) 733-8068, www.quadywinery.com
Quady Winery will be pouring sweet wine, Moscato, port and hand crafted vermouth as well as spiked hot chocolate and other chocolate treats. Jamie Brunolli of Player Smoked BBQ will be smokin' up some tri-tip sandwiches and kabob skewers.
San Joaquin Wine Company -- 21801 Avenue 16, Madera, (559) 673-0066, www.sjwineco.com
There will be treats from Simply Frosted Cupcakes, Buchanan Hollow Nut Company, Rosetti's Biscotti House and You Sweet Thing Jams and Jellies. The Trey Tosh Band will play on Saturday and 51 Aces on Sunday.
Sumner Peck Ranch Winery -- 14439 N. Friant Rd., Friant, (559) 822 - 4433, www.sumnerpeckranch.com
Expect an abundance of chocolates, excellent wine, great food and live music.Westbrook Wine Farm -- By appointment only, 49610 House Ranch Road, O'Neals, (559) 868-3499, www.westbrookwinefarm.com
New releases of Fait Accompli, Museum, and Cabernet Sauvignon will be offered along side Viognier, Chardonnay, Petite Sirah, Savvy and Uber Rhenish.
Golden Eagle Charter -- Shuttle: $45. Details: www.goldeneaglecharter.com or (559) 275-2910.
Touch of Class Limousine Service -- Special travel rates for Wine & Chocolate Weekend. Details: (559) 438-5466 or www.touchofclasslimo.com
The Vineyard Restaurant in Madera will be open for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9 and Sunday, Feb. 10. Free corkage will be offered on Madera Wine Trail wines. Details: www.vineyardrestaurant.com or (559) 674-0923.
For more information about Wine & Chocolate Weekend contact Wendy Eachus, Executive Administrator, at (559) 706-8216 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A downloadable map and winery information can be found at www.MaderaWineTrail.com