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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.
Entrance to the Madrigal event is complimentary.
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The Madrigal Sausalito Tasting Salon & Gallery is open from 12-8pm Thursday through Tuesday.
For information, contact Patricia at (415) 729-9549 or email@example.com
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."