Madrigal Family Winery Turns 25

Madrigal Family Winery Turns 25

In the summer of 1994, while enjoying cocktails at the Mountain View Hotel bar, I made a prediction to my wife, and my brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Michelle.  “Someday we will have a vineyard, a wine brand, and a winery.”  I was 30 years old, had just gotten married, and was that confident/ignorant in making that prediction.

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Tres Tesoros

Tres Tesoros

I hope you had a great holiday break.  For my family, it went by way too fast. We were all together for 2 weeks and as the kid grow older, it’s destined to be less.  They truly are our “Tres Tesoros”. This is a current photo we took while they were home for the holidays: Lauren, 23, Santiago, 21 and Pierce, 19

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Madrigal is Safe and Wine County Fire Update

Good afternoon everyone!  After a long day of prep for what could have been a disaster, last night, the wind didn't happen and it is quite chilly.

The worst is not over for northern California but I think Madrigal Family Winery can start to get back to business.  All of our employees and their homes are ok, but many of our friends in our wine country community have suffered greatly and our thoughts and prayers are with all who have lost loved ones, homes and business and those who have been impacted by these devastating fires.  We are so grateful for the firemen and emergency agencies risking their lives day and night to save our own.

Thank you for your outpouring of calls and messages of concern and support from our friends and wine club members from near and far. We are so touched by each and every one of them.

We wanted to let you know that as of now, the city of Calistoga is under mandatory evacuation but not the AVA so I am staying home at the winery until it is imperative that I leave.  

The tasting room, facilities, vineyards, grapes, and wine stored in Napa in American Canyon is all fine so far.  We are done with harvest and the winery team of Mark, Jorge, David, and Wilder have continued to show up during the fires and have saved the wines from disaster.  They've had to figure new ways to get to the winery and have been am absolute rock to this winery.  I really appreciate their unselfish commitment to us.  Thank you!  Melissa has even been evacuated twice and still has come in to make sure our office can run smoothly.

Our tasting room will re-open tomorrow for scheduled appointments and walk ins and Alejandro, Rose and the rest of our staff will take this day by day.

We hope that all our wine club members have received their October shipments and we hope you are enjoying them.

There are a lot of stories of tragedy from these fires, many of them personally connected to me and my family.  Let's do what we can to help these victims in the coming days, weeks, months... Thanks for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. 

Continued prayers for Calistoga, Napa, Sonoma and all the California counties dealing with these horrible fires.

Take care everyone, Cheers!


Chris Madrigal


Wine and Dine with Madrigal Family Wines - by Christopher Pappe



    The wine country experience would not be the same without fabulous local eating and drinking establishments that offer great food and wine pairings.  The hospitality factor shown by not only the business owners, but the regular wine industry folks that frequent them, make wine country unique for experiencing our favorite pastime.  

Here are a few of my pics that you should try and will be happy to offer you a bottle of Madrigal Family wine.

ANGELE  Listed as SF Chronicle’s Top Spot on 29 for 2015 is located in Napa’s historic Riverfront at 540 Main.  Chef Owner Bettina Rouas came from restaurant royalty in San Francisco.  Her father Claude operated L’Etoile on Nob Hill for decades before developing Auberge du Soleil, Prego and many other iconic spots.  Bettina opened Angele in 2002 to rave reviews and the place has been a locals and oeno-tourists favorite ever since.  Try the Sweetbreads, Bouillabaisse, flaky savory tarts and Shepards Pie.  You can enjoy during the month of March, Madrigal’s 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon by the glass.   Wine Director, Richard Phoenix is not only a local vintner, but an aficionado of the wines of Southern France which complement their Napa Valley offerings perfectly.  

DELLA SANTINA  Just off the square in historic Sonoma, lies this "family-run" trattoria (and adjoining enoteca) where they greet you with a warm welcome and send out homestyle meals; fair prices and a delightful outdoor courtyard make it a favorite for both locals and visitors.

Quirico (Dan) and Shirley Della Sanitina opened the doors to Della Santina's Trattoria in June 1990. Formerly one of the owners of Marin Joe's in Corte Madera, Quirico decided to bring his family recipes to Wine Country. In 1991, Quirico and Shirley's son Robert (Rob) joined the business. He now runs the front of the restaurant and is responsible for the large selection of wines on the menu. He and his wife, Nicole, have also started the restaurant's wine club, Enoteca Della Santina, featuring value wines from around the world.  The traditional Italian fare is based upon Della Santina family recipes from Lucca, Italy and Quirico’s sheer talent as a chef.  Some family recipes include the ever-popular, Gnocchi Della Nonna, potato dumplings in a light tomato sauce, which were inspired by Quirico's mother. Diners love the Lasagna, the Penne Contadina, and our selection of meats off of the rotisserie The fresh fish, whether it's halibut, sea bass, salmon, swordfish, or local petrale sole, is always a treat, cooked to perfection. On several occasions, our food has been described as "Italian comfort food."  With their fabulous comfort food, please enjoy a glass or bottle of Madrigal 2013 Napa Valley Zinfandel.

REDD AND REDD WOOD  Opened in November 2005 in Yountville, in the heart of the Napa Valley, Redd is the first venture from acclaimed Northern California chef Richard Reddington, formerly of Masa’s and Jardiniere in San Francisco, and Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley. Reddington offers an updated interpretation of wine country cuisine with influences from Asia, Europe, and Mexico in a relaxed yet elegant environment.

REDD  Reflects the passions of a serious chef who, after spending 15 years in some of the best kitchens in the United States and Europe, has found the perfect balance of serious food and unpretentious environment. Chef Reddington says, ‘With Redd, I’ve created the type of restaurant that I like to spend time at — an inviting place that serves creative food and thoughtfully chosen wines in an elegant, contemporary space.  A visit to Redd would not be complete without consulting with one of America’s most lauded Master Sommelier’s, Willi Sherer.  Willi, a friend of the Madrigal team has often regaled us with praise on our Petite Sirah saying, “The Madrigal’s Petite Sirah is arguably better than 95% of all wines I have tried in Napa Valley.”  If you chose to eat at the bar, you will be joined by many local vintners that make it one of their favorite watering holes.  

REDD WOOD  Richard Reddington's second, more casual outpost, Redd Wood is a superbly stylish Italian-inspired eatery.  Redd Wood brings a new sensibility to this laid-back wine country destination: a polished, chic restaurant with a voguish vibe and hip playlist coupled with an osteria-styled menu and Napa/Sonoma favored wine list.

Perfectly blistered wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas with locally sourced ingredients, in-house charcuterie, including terrines, pates and cured meats, and roasted mains like quail and ribeye are only a few of the irresistible options at this distinctive Yountville treasure.

Both fabulous eateries feature Madrigal 2012 Napa Valley Petite Sirah by the glass.  

From the hospitality team of Chris Madrigal, Tara Blum, Matt Denny and myself, we welcome your suggestions and recommendations for your favorite restaurants in your neighborhood and perhaps we can help feature our wines on their winelists.  You can email me at

Au Sante!  


If you would like to purchase our 2012 Napa Valley Petite Sirah or 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that are being poured by the glass at these great restaurants, press the button below and it will take you to our online shopping cart.  Thru March 17th enter discount code:  BTG  Shipping is included.