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Wineries prepare a valentine weekend

Seven Madera Vintners Association wineries plan to host a Wine and Chocolate Weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Passport wine glasses and wristband can be reserved for $25 through Friday or obtained for $30 that Saturday and Sunday. The non-refundable glass and band are valid both days for wine tasting. Chocolate sampling, live music, specialty gift shopping and food will also be available.

Drinkers must be age 21 and older. Designated drivers welcome.

Below are the participating wineries. Unless stated otherwise, all can be found in Madera.

  • Birdstone Winery, 9400 Road 36

  • Fasi Estate Winery, 42415 Road 208, Friant. The winery will pair its 2015 Chardonnay with warm flaky quiche, 2015 Syrah Rose with chocolate-covered strawberries, and Fasi Argentina Red Blend with premium Swiss chocolates.

  • Ficklin Vineyards, 30246 Ave. 7 1/2

  • Idle Hour Winery & Kitchen, 41139 Highway 41, Oakhurst

  • Papagni Wines, 9505 Road 30 1/2. Wines will be poured alongside handcrafted chocolates from Fab Delights, an array of pizzas from Paul’s Rustic Oven, and exhibits from local artists. Featured wines will be bold reds (2012 Alicante Bouschet and 2015 Tesoro D’Angelo Red Blend, refreshing (2014 Malvasia Bianca, 2015 Grenache Rose, and 2015 Pinot Grigio) and desert (NV Muscat Canelli and 2003 Alicante Bouschet Dessert).

  • San Joaquin Wine Company, 21821 Ave. 16. On-site will be an array of the winery’s red, white and sweet wines, gourmet food from Gastro Grill, and shopping with The Chocolate Dachshund, Terri Sue’s Toffee, Skylake pomegranate products, Granny Bea’s handcrafted soaps, and Miner’s Mix seasonings and rubs. Performing from 12:30 to 4 p.m. are Borrowed Time on Saturday and Rhythm Review on Sunday.

  • Toca Madera Winery, 36140 Ave. 9

For information, visit or call 800-613-0709.


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