Madera Wine Trail Hosting Wine and Chocolate Weekend for Valentine's Day

The family wineries of the Madera Wine Trail will open their doors Valentine's Day weekend, offering award winning local wines paired with chocolate and other delicious foods, as well as local art and more.

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The Madera Wine Trail

Oakhurst, CA (Vocus) February 5, 2010

The family wineries of the Madera Wine Trail will host “Wine & Chocolate Weekend” on February 13th and 14th from 10am to 5pm. Wine lovers may purchase a Passport Wine Glass at any of the participating wineries both days of the event for $25, or in advance for $20. Sample current & newly released vintages while indulging in delectable chocolate creations, special food pairings, local art and live music. For more information please call 800.613.0709 or go to http://www.maderawinetrail.com

Guests traveling from the Fresno/Clovis area can contact VINO 100 wineshop to ride the Madera Wine Trail shuttle. Call 559.434.1771, the shuttle includes your Passport Glass, a Delicious Lunch, and VIP Discounts at select wineries!

Appellation: California, your seven day a week Wine Visitor Center, welcomes all Madera Wine Trail participants with chocolate treats from Bouquet of Fruits, special promotions & discounts, and a gourmet catered lunch (additional charge). Book a ride on one of our chartered tours (three options available!) and get your Passport glass, gourmet lunch catered by Five Star Catering, a tour of five Madera wineries and a special goody bag. Take the Avenue 7 off Hwy 99 exit west to the cypress driveway of Appellation: California! Book online at http://www.appellationcalifornia.com!

Touch of Class Limousine Service will be offering special packages for Wine & Chocolate Weekend. 888.575.4667

The Vineyard Restaurant in Madera will open at 11:30am on Saturday & 4:00pm on Sunday for hungry visitors on the Madera Wine Trail and will be offering specials for Wine & Chocolate Weekend. Contact the Vineyard at 559.674.0923

The Fresno, Clovis, Hanford & Visalia locations of Coldstone Creamery & Wahoo’s Fish Tacos in Fresno invite you to extend the Madera Wine Trail fun! During Wine Trail Weekend, show your Passport Glass at Coldstone Creamery for a special discount and at Wahoo’s for a free taco!

The Madera County Arts Council will host a “Love of the Arts” reception & exhibit at their Circle Arts Gallery, 1653 N. Schnoor in Madera during the Wine & Chocolate Weekend. Entrance to “Love of the Arts” is included with your Madera Wine Trail Passport Glass.

Designated Drivers are always Welcome on the Madera Wine Trail, and they are always free. Be sure to ask for a 'Designated Drivers - Madera Wine Trail VIPs" kit at your first stop on the Trail!

Participating Wineries Include:

Birdstone Winery – 9400 Road 36, Madera
Begin your 2010 Madera Wine Trail Wine & Chocolate Weekend experience at Birdstone Winery. Birdstone will host live music from a number of talented local artists. For lunch each day enjoy a delicious dish of Pasta Dominico, a garden fresh Caesar Salad, and garlic bread or Bruschetta topped with Pesto and Roma tomatoes - all prepared by Chef Michael Mazzoni and Chef Cathy Barrows. Great food, music, award winning wines, specialty chocolates and warm friendly people make Birdstone Winery a necessary stop on this wine trail adventure.

Chateau Lasgoity-11219 Road 26, Madera
Please join us at Chateau Lasgoity during the February Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend. Where you will find exceptional wines offered at great prices. Live music Saturday and Sunday provided by Mary Smith and Anita Pazeian of Harps at Play. Lunch is available from Full-O-Bull deli of Madera. Woodcrafters Cindie and Phil Goff of Casitas Trading Post in Coarsegold will display furniture made from recycled wine barrels. The Sierra Lions Club will be featuring an assortment of dark chocolate covered strawberries, nuts and pretzels for your taste buds indulgence. Chateau Lasgoity will also be providing tank samples and futures sales of our 2008 Pinot Noir. We look forward to seeing you at the Chateau!

Ficklin Vineyards – 30246 Avenue 7 ½, Madera
Come and enjoy the beautiful pairing of Ficklin Vineyards Ports with the finest chocolates this Valentines Weekend at the Wine and Chocolate Weekend. While experiencing Port and Chocolate we invite you to explore the grounds and enjoy award winning white, red, and Port wines. Ficklin Vineyards is pleased to present:
Award Winning Table Wines
Award Winning Port Wines
Live Music
Chocolate Tasting
Cheese Tasting
Jewelry Display
Cigar Rolling Display
Tri-Tip Sandwiches available for lunch
(Boy Scout Troop 130)
Wild cats from the Sierra Endangered Cat Haven
Great wines, great times, and great people

Idle Hour Winery – 41139 Highway 41, Oakhurst
Idle Hour Winery and the Queen’s Inn will have live music and local artists displaying their artwork during the Madera Wine Trail’s Wine & Chocolate Weekend. Check our website at queensinn.com for special weekend rates for a romantic room at the inn. Call the inn at 559.683.4354 to book a ride on the tour bus, Discover Yosemite, for a ride down the Madera Wine Trail. The tours will start and end at the Queens Inn.

Mariposa Wine Company – 20146 Road 21, Madera
Grab your honey and head to Mariposa Wine Company for a rockin’ good time as we transform our winery into the “Love Shack”, for Wine and Chocolate Weekend. Enjoy the Carnival of Love as we pull out all the stops to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a wild and wacky way. Sample the newest releases from our premium wine brands, CRU, Carmichael and Yosemite View, then party down to retro sounds at our De-Vine Disco, hosted live on Saturday by Dave Luna of KABX 97.5 of Merced. Winemaker Ken Post will be on hand to personally sign Wine Trail only selections of “Love Potion # 9” and “Pink Passion Rosé”. Plan to get your BBQ Mojo here as J-n-J BBQ will be dishing up their lip-smacking , smokin’ good BBQ. Oh, and did we mention CHOCOLATE? Mariposa will be featuring some of the most sinful, sexiest chocolate confections around, including Cupcakes bakery of Fresno. Count on a whole lot of fun and surprises when you visit the Mariposa “ Love Shack” on Madera Wine Trail weekend. Call the winery to get a sweet deal on advance tickets and the inside scoop on our lover’s packages.

Quady Winery – 13181 Road 24, Madera
Bring your Valentine to Quady Winery and join us for our 10th annual art show Reveiller (wake up) in conjunction with Wine & Chocolate Weekend. Reveiller is a premier art show featuring photos, paintings, sculptures and tank installation art from over 40 local artists. Art lovers and wine aficionados alike will love this beautiful and ambient setting while sipping wine and enjoying sweet and savory treats. Our Muscat wines will be paired with Chocolate Truffles. Be sure not to miss out on a French Kiss, a cocktail of Dry and Sweet Vermouth. We will also be pouring Deviation, our mysterious herbal lover’s romance wine that is perfect for a spectacular Valentines Day. Our gift shop will be filled with Valentine items for your sweetie. Cool Hand Luke’s will be at Quady Winery serving up some delicious lunches.

San Joaquin Wine Company – 21801 Avenue 16, Madera
Join us to celebrate the release of two new wines named for two of our loves: Katelyn Rose` for our daughter Katie & Dolce Dolly for Cindy’s mother Dolly. We’re also releasing our first Wine Club shipment, become a Charter Member and receive a Free Gift! Browse the sparkly stuff from jewelry designer Kelly Kirschner of Serendipity Studios and iron sculpture by Steve King while you sample our Moody Press Cellars wines paired with Truffle Gateau chocolates and cheese fondue, munch on Asian noodle boxes from Michael Anthony Catering, and groove to the sounds of KING B jazz band. You won’t want to miss the delicious wines, awesome discounts & friendly wine staff at San Joaquin Wine Company!

Westbrook Wine Farm – O’Neals, Reservation Only, 559.868.3499
By Reservation Only
Set hearts aflutter with your first taste of Point Blanc, our totally new co-fermented four grape white Rhone-style blend from our soon to be released Farview Farm Vineyard series.

Introduce your sweetie to barrel tasting with the fabulous 2007 vintage of our Fait Accompli, Cabernet Sauvignons and Petite Sirah. You may also place your pre-release orders at special prices.

Westbrook Wine Farm will be accepting but fifty reservations for each day from serious wine lovers so please call 559-868-3499 or email westbrookwine (at) sti (dot) net to secure yours soon.

Our wines are hand crafted using economies of skill.
Come for the wines. Thank you.
Must be 21. A non-smoking property
http://www.maderawinetrail.com

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