Author Archives: Maggie Bush

Quintet Tasting—Who Wants to be a Better Wine Drinker?

Having just finished the Portopia experience (of food and wine pairings) last weekend in the cellar, it’s time to talk about Madroña’s second tasting in our educational series—our 19th annual Quintet tasting (March 16th and 17th). (Already know you want … Continue reading

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A Little Bit of Age Brings Out Maturity

OK, so as I get a little older, I like to point out (especially to our kids) that my age has brought on a maturity that needs to be ‘respected’! OK, so that’s probably pushing it a bit, probably since … Continue reading

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Portopia 2019

What is Portopia?  It’s a walk-around event featuring daring pairings with our New-World Port.  We feature four small sessions to give you plenty of time to enjoy the experience. This year’s 7 exciting menu items are… Flank Steak with Cherry, … Continue reading

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A Bit of the Joy, Making it Easy with Holiday Wine Specials!

I’m one of those people that believes holiday music on the radio shouldn’t start until at least the day after Thanksgiving. In fact, this expansion of the Christmas season into October (and September) purely for marketing reasons is really starting … Continue reading

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Success of the Apple Hill Farmers (and the Impacts)

  As most of you probably already know, this group of small farmers known as the Apple Hill Growers attracts a huge amount of agri-tourists (people interested in apples, wine, apple pies, Christmas trees, blueberries…essentially anything grown on the land) … Continue reading

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A Glimpse Into Our Bordeaux Cruise

As many of you know, we’ve traveled to France quite a bit (probably more than our fair share). But when it comes to Bordeaux, we’ve only experienced this region through wine, not physically on the ground. That’s why traveling and … Continue reading

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Lackolacktochardtonitis and Madroña’s 2017 Signature Chardonnay

Have you ever heard of the physical condition Lackochardtonitis? We hadn’t until about 2014 when the number of cases we saw in the tasting room sky-rocketed. The really worrisome development, however, is when Lackochardtonitis morphs into Lackolactochardtonitis, and this is … Continue reading

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