It's our 20th Anniversary in Napa Valley!
WineIndustryAdvisor.com, "Homage to China" Celebrated at Madrigal Tasting Salon and Gallery in Sausalito
May 19, 2016, Sausalito, CA – On Friday, June 10th, Madrigal Family Winery Tasting Salon & Gallery in Sausalito will host "Homage to China", the 7th in its Art and Wine series, featuring an installation celebrating Chinese inspired art featuring the work of Ning Mercer, Denise Hazleton, and Chinese Antiques loaned by Studiolo Boutique and Legend Gallery in Marin County. The installation is curated by Shiva Pakdel. "We are thrilled to continue to support local artists and gallery partners and provide a new venue for our community to enjoy Bay Area culture and great wine," commented Chris Madrigal, Madrigal Family Winery's Founder & President.
Ning Mercer (artist)
Art came calling very early on in life for Ning. From making little mud figurines on the playground as a child, to being mentored by professionals in her adult life, allowing her to grow both as an artist and as a human being. Ning is a celebrated painter, printmaker, and sculpturist. She says that “the process of creating art not only teaches her to be humble and honest, but presents her with the opportunities to strive for a better today, than yesterday.
Ning Mercer Fine Art Studios - San Rafael firstname.lastname@example.org
Denise Hazleton - Denise Hazleton Collection, Art to Wear:
China has long been Denise's most passionate inspiration in designing one of a kind necklaces, often using beautiful seawater pearls, baroque pearls and jade from traveling to Beijing and Shanghai. Incorporation of semi-precious stones, various unusual elements found in her travels, are also a part of the Dense Hazleton Collection, Art to Wear. To view Denise Hazleton’s Art to Wear, please stop by Studiolo in San Anselmo: www.studiolo.biz
Studiolo ~ Antiques-Home-Garden ~ San Anselmo Ave.
Studiolo specializes in jewelry, clothing, home and garden. On a quest for unique, handmade pieces of quality, owner Suzanne personally selects each collection that rotates through the showroom, building relationships with artists and artisans- many of them local. We are always on the lookout for exceptional artwork and design. Visit to see what’s new!
Legend Gallery ~ Asian Antiques in Sausalito:
Sausalito’s premier showroom specializing in Asian antiques and works of art. Showcasing a large yet selective collection of extraordinary works from across Asia dating from antiquity up through the last century, Legend Gallery is a frequent destination for serious collectors and designers. Legend Gallery is dedicated to understanding and promoting art, history, and cultures from around the world. legendgalleryus.com
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April 6, 2016, Sausalito, CA – On Friday, April 29th, Madrigal Family Winery Tasting Salon & Gallery in Sausalito will host the 6th in its Art and Wine series, featuring the work of three local professional Marin County artists: Christin Coy, Dorallen Davis and Kathleen Lack, curated by Shiva Pakdel. "Madrigal is proud to support Marin Open Studios," commented Chris Madrigal, Madrigal Family Winery's Founder & President. "It's a vibrant community-wide event that celebrates the county’s rich culture of art."
Marin Open Studios is an annual free art event that has taken place during the first two weekends in May for 23 years. Over 270 world-class artists and their works are featured for viewing and for sale at the event. The installation will be on exhibit in the Madrigal Salon from April 20 through May 16, 2016.
Oslo, Norway native Christin Coy moved to California when she was 13 years old. For 25 years, her plein air landscape paintings have expressed her appreciation for nature, particularly of Sonoma County vineyards, Marin County hills and coastal regions. She also paints in a classical realism style. http://christincoy.com/
Dorallen Davis is an impressionist landscape/figurative painter based in Marin County, California and well-known for her plein air paintings in the “colorist” tradition. She is the Director and Owner of renowned Marin Art School and a founding member of Colorists of Northern America. www.DorallenDavis.com
Kathleen Lack is an award winning artist and teacher and specializes in the portrait and figure, working in oils and pastels. The body language and environment is informal in her portraits: kids playing at the beach, climbing trees and observing nature. Figures are Kathleen’s inspiration, colors are her passion, and emotion is her glue.http://www.kathleenlack.com/
Madrigal Family Winery on TV!
Madrigal Family Winery in Calistoga made its television debut on Wednesday, March 16th on Cooking Channel's Extra Virgin Americana, "A San Francisco Pop Up Treat". Recipes from the episiode (Braised Guinea Fowl with white wine sauce, Shaved Asparagus Salad and Limoncello parfaits) can be found HERE.
1 Art & wine Soak in Madrigal Family Winery Tasting Salon & Gallery’s Art and Wine series at the opening reception for “Norouz (New Day) Persian New Year.” 5:30-8 p.m. Sunday, March 13. On view March 11-April 16. 819 Bridgeway, Sausalito. (415) 729-9549; www.madrigalfamilywinery.com.
Guests enjoy the Artist Reception celebrating Spring / Persian New Year / Norouz at the Madrigal Sausalito Tasting Salon on March 13, 2016.
Napa Valley Register: Madrigal Tasting Salon Opens New Art Show
SAUSALITO -- On Sunday, March 13, Madrigal Family Winery Tasting Salon & Gallery in Sausalito will host the fifth event in its Art and Wine series, featuring the work of Bay Area Iranian-American artists including Aida Dargahi, Amir Salamat, Arash Shirinbab, Fateme Rezaeefar, Mokhtar Paki and Shiva Pakdel, with art curation by Shiva Pakdel and Haleh Douraghy. View Full Article Here
March 1, 2016, Sausalito, CA – On Sunday, March 13th, Madrigal Family Winery Tasting Salon & Gallery in Sausalito will host the 5th in its Art and Wine series, featuring the work of local Bay Area Iranian American Artists including: Aida Dargahi, Amir Salamat, Arash Shirinbab, Fateme Rezaeefar, Mokhtar Paki and Shiva Pakdel, with art curation by Shiva Pakdel & Haleh Douraghy. This exhibition is a celebration of Norouz (Persian New Year) and Persian art and heritage – the fabric of Persian identity.
In the past few decades, Iranian art has gone through a great deal of transformation juxtaposing traditional and modern expressions, the result of which is extraordinary. San Francisco Bay Area is home to a myriad of avant-garde Iranian American artists representing this amazing transition. The installation will be on view in the Madrigal Salon March 11 through April 7, 2016.
Norouz is the celebration of earth’s renewal with the rebirth of spring. It is a secular holiday that marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the New Year in the Iranian calendar which is celebrated on the vernal equinox as the sun crosses the equator. Norouz is celebrated all over the world by over 110 million people who trace their heritage to the ancient Persians. From the Balkans to the Black Sea and Caspian Sea regions, the Caucasus, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East. The Norouz tradition goes back 2500 years. March Equinox in San Francisco, is on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 9:30 PM.
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February 9, 2016, Sausalito, CA – On Friday, February 26th, Madrigal Family Winery Tasting Salon & Gallery in Sausalito will host the 4th in its Art and Wine series, featuring the work of local Bay Area painter Simin Massoudi. A book signing of Simin’s recently published “Simin Massoudi, Paintings & Drawings” will also be held.
The Salon exhibit features paintings of semi abstract figurative images and simplified forms using line drawings, all reflecting Massoudi’s Iranian heritage. The installation will be on view through March 7, 2016.
A painter for over 40 years, Simin Massoudi’s work evokes a connection and collaboration of East and West. The interconnection and reciprocal influences of the rich culture of Iran and the modern masters of the West can be seen in Massoudi’s work, which brings both worlds together in balanced and dynamic harmony.
Massoudi has exhibited in California, New York, London and Paris. Her paintings are in many private collections in the United States and Europe. Her work is also in the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts in Amman, Jordan.
Entrance to the Madrigal art and wine event is complimentary.
RSVP to Patricia Gatti
WineBusiness.com Blog: Madrigal Tasting Salon Continues California Artist Series Featuring Northern California Painter Gale S. McKee
January 12, 2016, Sausalito, CA – On Friday, January 22nd, Madrigal Family Winery Tasting Salon in Sausalito will host a reception to celebrate the opening of its third art and wine installation, entitled “The American Car: A Family Portrait”. The Salon exhibit features large paintings focusing on the American car and its role as a “beloved member of the family” as interpreted by recognized local Northern California painter Gale S. McKee. The installation will be on view through February 19, 2016.
In countless vintage photos, families, couples, and even dogs are posed in front of their cars -- as if the vehicle itself is a member of the family. These photographs show both pride and affection and Americans’ on-going love affair with the automobile, since it’s inception, as an integral part of American life. Fascinated with the car as a symbol of status, movement and freedom, McKee uses them as the starting point for a series of works conveying the human relationship with the machine.
McKee’s work has been exhibited extensively in both solo and group juried shows at museums and galleries, including Triton Museum of Art, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Bedford Gallery, Icehouse Gallery, Atrium Gallery, and Gallery Route One, She has won many competitions and received numerous awards. A San Francisco native, McKee attended the Croydon College of Art in London, and received a BFA from the University of Denver.
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November 24, 2015, Sausalito, CA – On Friday, December 11th, Madrigal Family Winery Tasting Salon in Sausalito will host a reception to celebrate the opening of its second wine and art installation, entitled “From Napa to Sausalito”. The Salon exhibit will feature plein air compositions focusing on Northern California scenes by recognized local artist Kay Carlson. The installation will be on view through January 13, 2016.
Carlson's colorful brushstrokes instantly usher her viewers into an emotional connection with the vineyards, waterfront, and panoramic coastlines she calls home. Her work is included in many private, corporate and university collections. Carlson has a longtime studio at the Industrial Center Building in Sausalito, where she offers commissions as well as art classes. She is a cofounder and the Executive Director of the annual Marin Open Studios.
Madrigal Family Winery 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Pairs Perfectly with Tuscan Dish for the Holidays
Cooking Channel’s Chef Gabriele Corcos’ Pollo Al Mattone Recipe
Calistoga, CA, October 27, 2015 – Now is the perfect time to start planning for your Thanksgiving dinner this year. Madrigal Family Winery recently hosted Gabriele Corcos of Cooking Channel’s “Extra Virgin” and his wife, actress Debi Mazar in Calistoga and they shared some of their personal recipes, one of which is a family favorite, “Pollo Al Mattone”. Chris Madrigal, vintner and founder of Madrigal Family Winery recommends pairing it with his 2013 Sauvignon Blanc. “The acidity in this wine helps cut the richness of the chicken, making this a very pleasant experience for the guests.” The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc is an elegant and medium-bodied wine, with sun-sweetened lemon and green tea flavors framed by tropical melon and jasmine aromas, highlighted by bright, crisp acidity.
POLLO AL MATTONE from Gabriele Corcos - Recipe courtesy of Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar
1 chicken, 3 to 4 pounds, backbone removed
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 glass white wine
1 hot red pepper, minced
1 sprig fresh rosemary, finely minced
1 handful chopped parsley
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Zest from 1 orange and the juice from half
Cut the backbone out of the chicken. Lay the chicken flat and skin side up on your work surface. Press down on the chicken to flatten it. You’ll hear a crack of the bones. Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper.
Add the garlic, olive oil, white wine, red pepper, rosemary, parsley, lemon zest and juice, salt and pepper to a glass jar and mix together. In a baking dish lay out the chicken and coat the liquid mixture all over the chicken. Cover with tin foil and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Heat the wood fired oven until medium high heat, about 400 degrees F. Discard the marinade and add the chicken to sheet tray. Cook, until the chicken is fully cooked through, about 1 hour, or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers at 165 degrees.
Yield: 4 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Inactive prep time: 1 hour
Ease of preparation: Easy
WOOD FIRED LEG OF LAMB - Recipe courtesy Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar, Extra Virgin, 2011
Juice and zest of 1 lemon, plus more for garnish
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (6-7 pound) leg of lamb, bone in
Heat your wood fired oven two hours before cooking. You want it to be a medium high heat- about 400 degrees.
Add the rosemary, garlic, lemon juice and zest, olive oil, and salt and pepper in a mortar and pestle and smash until it reaches a paste. Place the lamb on a sheet tray and rub the paste all over the lamb, getting into every inch of space.
Place lamb on a sheet tray or roasting pan outfitted with a wire rack. Put in oven and roast until the lamb reaches 145 degrees, about 1 ½ hours.
Allow the lamb to rest for 20 minutes before carving so the juices will redistribute. Carve against the grain using the bone as a handle. Place slices on a platter and garnish with rosemary sprigs and lemon. Serve with simple arugula salad.
COOK’S NOTE: If time allows, you can marinate the lamb for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 ½ hours
Inactive Time:20 minutes. Ease of Preparation: Easy
EXTRA VIRGIN - Recipe Courtesy of Gabriele Corcos & Debi Mazar, JET LAGGIN’ IN ITALY EPISODE
Pasta alla Norma “Nuda”
Pair with Madrigal Family Winery Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon
2 tablespoons of olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1/2 small red onion, diced small
Pinch of red pepper flakes
1 (15 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand
1 medium eggplants, sliced into thin rounds
1 fresh bay leaves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 pounds rigatoni
Fresh basil leaves, optional for garnish
Parmigiano Reggiano, optional for serving
Bring a large 10-12 quart pot of water to a boil over high heat.
Preheat a grill (Wood, charcoal, or gas) to medium high direct heat. Or alternately follow this recipe using an indoor stovetop. (Please note, if cooking on a grill, be sure your pan is heavy bottomed and doesn’t have plastic handles.)
Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a large pan set on the grill grate. Once hot add the onion and sauté until soft but before they start to brown. Add the red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, but don’t allow them to burn. Add the crushed tomatoes and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Simmer on a medium-low flame for about 20 minutes. Thrive for balance in the consistency of the sauce, it has to be fluid but it should not look wet. If the sauce is liquidy, cook it a bit more.
Meanwhile, season the eggplant slices with salt and pepper. Drizzle the eggplant with olive oil, and grill in batches, about 2-3 minutes per side, until they are marked by the grill and cooked through. Remove to a large plate or sheet tray. Allow to cool, slightly, then slice the grilled eggplant into smaller, bite sized pieces. Add the eggplant to the sauce along with the bay leaf.
Once the large pot of water is at a boil, and the sauce has been simmering, add 1 tablespoon of salt to the water. Add the rigatoni. Cook until al dente then drain well. Add pasta to the sauce to toss.
Remove the bay leaf before serving. Serve basil and Parmigiano-Reggiano at the table as an optional garnish for guests.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Tips or Notes:
Canned tomatoes vary brand by brand. Some have more water content. If you find your sauce is watery, cook it a little longer.
Pasta alla Norma is traditionally made with garlic as well as onion and has a garnish of ricotta salata. This is my take on an original recipe hence the title “Nuda”. Feel free to change it up to your liking.
Napa Valley Register / St. Helena Star
October 13, 2015
WOW: Madrigal Family Winery 2012 Estate Reserve Petite Sirah, Calistoga
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If you are not yet a petite sirah fan, this is a wine that will have you signing up for events and activities with the enthusiastic P.S. I Love You group (psiloveyou.org). “Dark and Delicious” is their motto, and this wine ($65) has sumptuous dark red cherry fruit on its silky smooth palate with a mix of complex spices and noticeable, yet fine, tannins.
Wines Northwest - Wines of the Week
August 13, 2015
"Wines for Oysters & Mussel Pairings" by Chuck Hill
2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, California
"The Madrigal family has grown wine grapes in the Napa Valley since the 1930s. Third generation family member Chris Madrigal is in charge now and works with famed California winemaker Ed Sbragia to craft the special Madrigal Family bottlings. This oyster-friendly Sauvignon Blanc offers aromas and flavors of ripe pear, juicy-fruit, baking spice and tangy citrus."
Steve Heimoff - Petite Sirah "Garbage"? C'mon, Andy Blue!
July 15, 2015
"Petite Sirah has its place, definitely, in the world of robust, full-bodied and dry red wines. And there is something historically Californian about it. I’ve particularly enjoyed bottles from Madrigal, Titus, Envy, Ridge, Kent Rasmussen, Zina Hyde Cunningham, Sirius, Turley and Grgich Hills, among others (and you’ll notice that most of those came from Napa Valley)."
"Sausalito: A slice of Italy" by Patty Burness
"If you’ve visited Italy’s Amalfi Coast, you know the azure sea, meandering coastline, and picturesque fishing villages. We have our own slice of Italian heaven in Sausalito. It’s close to home, yet often an overlooked destination.
Sausalito is a beautiful playground — for a day trip or overnight. And it’s easy to get to: either by a gorgeous ferry ride or a quick hop over the Golden Gate..."
Annual Madrigal Harvest Party & Grape Stomp on September 13th
Our Madrigal Family Winery Annual Harvest Party and Grape Stomp was enjoyed by all! Always the second Saturday in September, we hope to see you next year.
Click here to read about this year's event at wineindustryadvisor.com.
Wine Country This Week
August 22, 2014
"Madrigal Family Winery Opens New Tasting Room in Sausalito" by Bonnie Zimmermann
"This month, the Madrigal Family Winery opened its new tasting room in the heart of Sausalito, at 819 Bridgeway. This is the first and only Sausalito tasting room opened by a Napa Valley winery.
“Sausalito is another part of California that is close to my heart. Opening this tasting room is the perfect way to celebrate our winery’s 20th anniversary,” states Chris Madrigal, third generation Founder and President of Madrigal Family Winery. Steve Cousins, Madrigal’s Chief Operating Officer continues, "It’s a pleasure to bring our wines and our history in the vineyards to Sausalito. The chance to experience the family’s hospitality in this beautiful setting will be a joy for all 365 days a year.”
August 6, 2014
"Madrigal Family Winery Opens New Tasting Room in Sausalito"
"On August 1st, the Madrigal Family Winery of Napa Valley... opened its new tasting room at 819 Bridgeway in the heart of Sausalito. The new Madrigal Winery tasting room is the first and only Sausalito tasting room to be opened by a “brick and mortar” Napa Valley winery."
Wines Northwest - Wines of the Week
July 14, 2014
"Meat – It’s What’s for Dinner – Served with Red Rhone Varietals and Blends" by Chuck Hill
2010 Estate Petite Sirah, Napa Valley, California
"The Madrigal family has grown wine grapes in the Napa Valley since the 1930s. Third generation family member Chris Madrigal is in charge now and works with famed California winemaker Ed Sbragia to craft the special Madrigal Family bottlings. This reserve-level Petite Sirah offers ripe aromas of plums and dark fruits mingling with spicy French oak and vanilla. The palate is rich with flavors of dark cherry, cassis and caramel. The wine stands alone for enjoyment but also is a superb accompaniment to meats from the grill or flavorful cheeses."
St. Helena Star
May 13, 2014
"Mexican-American wine tasting at 750 Wines supports Clinic Ole" by Tom Stockwell
The first Mexican-American Vintners tasting even was held Friday at St. Helena's 750 Wines at 1224 Adams St.
This event - put on by TBA Napa and 750 Wines - poured wines from 11 Mexican-American vintners that included Ceja Vineyards, Delgadillo Cellars, Encanto Vineyards, Frias Family Vineyards, Justicia Wines, Madrigal Family Winery, Maldonado Vineyards, Mario Brazan Cellars, Realm Cellars, Renteria Wines and Robledo Family WInery.
More than 100 visitors paid $20 to attend and proceeds will support Clinic Ole.
Wine Country This Week
May 2, 2014
"Madrigal Family Winery, Twenty Years and Going Strong" by Josh Stein
The celebration of Madrigal Family Winery’s twentieth year proves immigrant
dreams blossom with enough time, effort and patience. Chris Madrigal’s grandfather
came to Napa in the 1930s, planting forty acres of apples, pears, walnuts and vineyards
halfway between St. Helena and Calistoga, the future motherlode of California wine.
He was a farmer, and he did what he knew best: grew great fruit for others. Chris’s
father, Jess, went one step further and chose to focus on winegrowing, starting the
family’s vineyard management company, which today nurtures over 800 valley acres for
the family and a range of clients.
St. Helena Star
April 2, 2014
"Dreams for a Better Life" by David Stoneberg
You probably recognize the wines of Alpha Omega, Rombauer, Duckhorn or Joseph Phelps, but you may not know who oversees these vineyards.
Managing them are the sons of Mexican immigrants, who came to the Napa Valley with dreams of working hard and giving their families a better life. After years of experience, many of those immigrants, including Lupe Maldonado, Jess Madrigal and Salvador Renteria, started their own vineyard management businesses.
The Preiser Key, Napa Valley
"MADRIGAL FAMILY VINEYARDS, In Tune with Your Palate" by Monty & Sara Preiser
Those visiting our personal home and wine cellar cannot help but immediately see that we are great fans of Madrigal Family Winery. No exaltations here solely because Madrigal is one of our coveted advertisers and supporters. To the contrary, our various Madrigal large bottle formats (3 Liter and 6 Liter sizes) from the late 1990s forward prove our long time love of this winery. You don’t buy all these huge bottles unless they house something you not only want to drink yourself, but also hope to share with others.
Wine Country This Week
"New Looks, Great Wines and Fun Times!" by Josh Stein
Madrigal Family Winery proves immigrant dreams blossom with enough time, effort and patience. Chris Madrigal’s grandfather came to Napa in the 1930s, planting forty acres of apples, pears, walnuts and vineyards halfway between St. Helena and Calistoga, the future motherlode of California wine. As Chris puts it, “When my grandfather came from Mexico to the Napa Valley, he instilled a dream in his children that one day, in this beautiful place, we would have a business of our own while still working with the amazing fruit that grows here.” Chris, in turn, continued the growth of the family’s legacy with the establishment of Madrigal Family Winery and its first 500 cases of Petite Sirah in 1995. The growth since then has helped to cement that legacy as the winery has become well-known for Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewürztraminer, Petite Sirah, Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel.
The Preiser Key, Napa Valley
It is almost too simplistic to say that the wines produced by one person reflect his personality - but with Chris Madrigal, it is true. Both the wine and the person are pictures of energy, complexity, fun, and excellence. We have enjoyed Madrigal Family wines as they matured, and this year we believe Chris has bottled his best juice yet. The dry, flavorful Gewurtztraminer may be the best of the varietal made in California. The '04 Zin is elegance in a bottle - there may be enough for you if you hurry (even a couple of magnums remain). Madrigal Family is happy to announce the addition of famed Ed Sbragia as consultant wine-maker, so already good wines will only get better.
Harvest Napa Valley 2013 Video Series
Winemakers and winery owners from the upper part of Napa Valley share their harvest experience. See our winemaker Ed Sbragia, who built his reputation over 30 years of winemaking in the Napa, Sonoma and Dry Creek Valleys expression his vision of Napa Valley. Ed’s wines have won awards for years and he’s proud of the reputation he’s earned. “I just do what I love and work with the gifts of the land,” said Ed. “All with a passion and pride passed down through generations at home.”
Wine Country This Week
"Madrigal Family Winery Three Generations on Highway 29 and Going Strong!" by Josh Stein
Madrigal Family Winery proves immigrant dreams blossom with enough time, effort and patience. Chris Madrigal’s grandfather came to Napa in the 1930s, planting forty acres of apples, pears, walnuts and vineyards halfway between St. Helena and Calistoga, the future motherlode of California wine. As Chris puts it, “When my grandfather came from Mexico to the Napa Valley, he instilled a dream in his children that one day, in this beautiful place, we would have a business of our own while still working with the amazing fruit that grows here.”
The Preiser Key – Keynotes: Madrigal Family
"It is almost too simplistic to say that the wines produced by one person reflect his personality – but with Chris Madrigal and Madrigal Family Vineyards, it is true. Both the wine and the person are pictures of energy, complexity, fun, and excellence. We have enjoyed Madrigal Family wines as they matured from vintage to vintage, and this year we believe Chris has bottled his best juice yet. The dry, flavorful Gewurtztraminer may be the best of that varietal made in California. The 2004 Zin is elegance in a bottle - there may be enough for you to buy if you hurry. And the big Reds are full of sweet fruit and solid tannins. Chris is happy to announce the addition of famed Ed Sbragia as consultant winemaker, so already good wines will only get better.
- Almost all tasting rooms in Napa not only charge for tastings, but offer various tasting categories. It has been our experience that the high line choice, though by definition more expensive, is usually an excellent buy. - If you are part of a “big” group, you may have trouble getting into a tasting room. Call in advance."
“Wines to Beat the Heat” by Sara Schneider
"Another June, another Sunset Celebration Weekend! Here are several winners we poured, plus a handful more I highly recommend, because I just kept tasting whites into the week. Probably not a bad thing, because I’m hearing there’s another heatwave in the offing for this next weekend. Stock up! "
"Madrigal 2012 Gewürztraminer (Mendocino; $29). Orange and honeysuckle mix with warm spices, leading to a Meyer lemon finish edged with dried petals. You couldn’t go wrong with smoked pork sausages here."