Winemakers tap into cellar for Christmas at Madrona

By: Laura Newell, Of the Telegraph
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For those who want to celebrate the holidays with a glass of wine and a sweet treat, Madroña Vineyards will celebrate with their annual Christmas in the Cellar event.

“Christmas in the Cellar is casual holiday event featuring local and globally conscious vendors, featuring samples in a festive winery environment,” said owner Paul Bush. “It’s a great place to stock up on stocking stuffers and estate grown wines.”

Bush, the wine maker, owns the winery with his wife Maggie. The winery is located at 2560 High Hill Road in Camino.

“We wanted to do something that was low key and enjoyable that kicked off the Christmas season,” Bush said.

The free event is from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. Bush said families with children are welcome to attend.

“This is a great way to kick off the holiday season,” said Kathleen Leavitt, Madroña Vineyardsevents coordinator. “It is guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit. We have unique gifts from local artists and food vendors, globally conscious goods and great wine specials. Wine and soup, music and a big Christmas tree make for a fun afternoon.”

Local vendors that will attend include Pasta and More-Nan’s Gourmet Foods, Dedrick’s Cheese, Fudge Factory, Pawsperity Bakery, California Olive Company, Smokey Ridge Charcuerie, Charmed by Victoria, Debbi Preston books on Dog Friendly Trails for all Seasons in California, Laurie Dahl with Global Mama’s and CASA a local organization that helps abused children. CASA will sell Christmas Cards designed by children.

“The winery prides itself on creating premium estate grown wines and the ability enjoy them with friends and family. We believe in sustainability and thinking local,” Bush said. “I hope people kick off their Christmas season with this fun and enjoyable event. It’s a great venue to bring together local artists and food purveyors as well as globally vendors. This fits entirely into our belief of sustainability.”

After the Christmas season is over, the winery will also end the year with a pop.

Guests can taste the release of Madroña Vineyards estate grown Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine at the New Year’s celebration from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 29. This event is $25 per person and limited to 60 people.

The black-tie event will include music from Betsy Moore and appetizers from Allez.

“It will be a great time and who can’t wait to see if we can get Paul Bush in a tux,” said Leavitt. “Raise your glass to the great moments of 2012 and your hopes for 2013.”

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