Papagni Vineyards Kicks off the Holiday Season with Madera Wine Trail’s Holiday Spirit Weekend

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Papagni Vineyards will feature award winning wines, barrel samples, winery tours, and their brand new 2010 Petite Sirah at the Holiday Spirit Weekend put on by Madera Wine Trail.

With the holidays quickly approaching, the Madera Wine Trail brings holiday shopping, entertainment, great food and wine tasting together for their Holiday Spirit Weekend. The well-known Papagni Wines located right off Highway 99 will pour their award winning wines as well as cater some savory treats.

“We love being a part of this event, because it really showcases the great wines that Madera has to offer,” said Demetrio Papagni, owner of Papagni Wines. “We love seeing all the smiles that come through the door, and we like giving guests the chance to try our wines and enjoy great food.”

This year at Papagni Winery, Sadie Mae’s Southern Home Cooking will be serving up barbeque salmon, chicken, tri tip and short ribs; enough to satisfy anyone’s appetite. Papagni will also be featuring a barrel sample of their 2010 Alicante Bouschet. This wine won a gold medal at the Long Beach Grand Cru wine competition, earlier this year. Other award winning wines such as their 2003 Alicante Bouschet dessert wine and 2011 Muscat Alexandria will be available to taste as well.

Another feature at Papagni Wines is their newly bottled 2010 Contra Costa County Petite Sirah. A rich and jammy wine has an exotic bouquet of black cherries accented with tobacco, black pepper, cocoa and anise. A touch of smoky oak flavor rounds out the long and lush palate in this bold wine. This Petite Sirah pairs perfectly with all the holiday meals of the season, and goes especially well with prime rib.

Guests are welcome to taste these wines at Papagni’s new tasting room in Madera and get a winery tour any time of the year. Decorated with family memorabilia from Angelo Papagni’s, founding years, this contemporary tasting room elicits a feel of warmth and hospitality. It’s open weekends from 12p.m. to 4p.m. and weekdays by appointment. Tours of the barrel rooms, fermentation tanks, and crush pad are also available.

Papagni Wines pride themselves on producing good quality wines made from new and traditional grape varieties grown in the Central Valley. For generations dating back to Bari, Italy, they have tended vines with great care. Now they craft award winning wines from the vineyards they look after. “Great wine is born in the vineyard, nurtured on the vine, and finished in a tradition tempered by skill and innovation,” said Demetrio.

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