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The Vineyard Restaurant Newsletter

February 2008

What’s New at the Vineyard

by Chris Mariscotti


Happy Valentine's Day

Madera Wine TrailMadera Vintners Wine Trail

We will be open for lunch and dinner on Saturday Feb. 9th.  Meet here and have lunch before you go. Or leave your cars here and come back for dinner after the trail. We will waive the corkage fee on any Madera County wines you bring in.

Valentine’s Day

Of course Valentine’s Day is a special day at The Vineyard. We will be offering a special menu that night and you can view it online on our website under special events.  We will offer a steak and lobster dinner for two and a rack of lamb dinner for two with appetizers and desserts. This year we will offer those dinners for two also on Friday and Saturday nights also. So if you are busy on Thursday the 14th come in on Friday or Saturday night. Reservations are recommended for all of those nights. You can make them online or by calling us 559 674 0923.

Open That Bottle Night

wine pourOpen That Bottle Night was created by Dorothy Gaiter and John Beecher, wine columnists of The Wall Street Journal. Their intention is to have people share their experiences of opening a special bottle of wine. How many of us have bottles that we are saving for that special occasion that never comes. The goal of Open The Bottle Night is to gather together and drink them. Last year about 20 people showed up we had a great time. Every one shared in the stories of why their wine was important and we passed the bottles for all to have a taste. This is not a set dinner. You can come anytime you would like and order whatever you would like from our regular menu. We ask that if you intend to share other people’s wine, a big part of the fun, you bring a second wine in case your “Special Bottle” has gone bad. That’s the point of this and of wine in general. It is meant to be shared and enjoyed with friends. Open That Bottle Night is Saturday February 23rd and we will be seating at the long tables set aside for that from 6 on.

LionsMadera Lion’s Club Wine Dinner

The Vineyard Restaurant will be the host the Lion’s Club Madera Winemakers dinner on Sunday Feb. 24th. Every year the Madera Lions Club puts on this dinner highlighting Madera Winemakers and their wines. We prepare a dinner that compliments these outstanding wines. It is always fun. For tickets contact Wally Nishimoto 559-674-6829.

gift cardGift Cards and Gift Certificates

Make great Valentine’s Day gifts. We sell both in any amount.  We also take phone orders for them and mail to your gift recipient. Did you know that in California you can ask for the balance of your gift card back in cash if the balance is under $10. As of January 1st of this year that is the law. As I understand it that applies to gift cards only. We are happy to give the cash back to you if you’d like. All our gift cards are rechargeable so if you would rather you can put more value into your card and reuse it.

Hours and Special Parties

We will be closed on President’s Day February 18th 2008. Our regular operating hours are Monday thru Friday from 11:30 AM to 10PM. On Saturdays (except Feb. 9th see above) we open at 5 and close at 10. The bar stays open later at night. We are closed on Sundays.  We do open for private parties on Saturdays and Sundays.  We have held weddings, class reunions, company parties, you name it. For more information call Michele or me at 559 674 0923.

The restaurant is also available for receptions following funerals and memorial services. We realize these functions are usually not planned in advance and the number of guests is a guess. We have the experience to make the reception effortless for you and your family.

As always we appreciate your business for the past 30 years.

Chris Mariscotti


The Vineyard Restaurant is located on the northwest corner of Highway 99 and Highway 145 on the south end of Madera. Our address is 605 South I St. Madera, CA 93637 - Tel: 559-674-0923 (google earth: Lat: 36°57'14.57"N & Lon: 120° 3'28.48"W).

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