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The Vineyard Restaurant Newsletter

March 2011

What’s New at the Vineyard

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Idle Hour Winemaker's Dinner
March 31st 2011

Join us to taste the great wines from Oakhurst. Winemaker Anna Marie dos Remedios has an outstanding collection of wines and a unique approach to winemaking. She uses all native yeasts, a practice that most winemakers avoid because it is less predictable than using purchased yeast. She has a low-touch philosophy of wine making that she calls “hands off winemaking”. Anna Marie believes in letting the natural qualities of the grape show in the finished product. We really like her wines and think you will also. We will be pairing 6 of her wines, including the best of class winning Tempranillo, with a selection of Chef Benjamin’s creative foods.

Price is $65 a person for the food, wine tax and tip. Call 559-674-0923 now to make reservations.

Idle Hour Winemaker's Dinner
March 31, 2011 6:30pm

Dinner Menu

Garlic olives and almonds
2009 Roussanne

Ahi Poke with micro greens and edamame
2009 Touriga Nacional

Miso Salmon with sake butter
2009 Pinot Noir

Wild mushroom and cheese ravioli
2007 Tempranillo

Pan seared duck with fig-almond risotto
2009 Syrah

Espresso dusted rack of lamb
2008 Cabernet Franc

Mousse with berries
2009 Vin Rouge

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New Chef

Come in and taste the exciting new creations of Chef Benjamin. Local product Benjamin Brandt has returned to Madera and is doing some exciting cooking here at The Vineyard. He has kept the favorite dishes and local product philosophy from the past 33 years of the restaurant. He is introducing new dishes to that core menu. Here are some pictures of a couple of his dishes Pan Seared Duck Breast with Ficklin Port and Vanilla Sauce and Seafood Pasta Marina.

Chef Benjamin

Chef Benjamin comes to The Vineyard Restaurant after his travels in the restaurant business. After graduating from MUHS, this native Maderan started working in the kitchen of The Peppermill Restaurant in Fresno.  The Peppermill  sent him to school to manage a kitchen and become a chef. Ben’s resume includes chain restaurants, corporate kitchen management, and French and Italian fine restaurants. He also worked in the executive dining room of Toyota headquarters in LA, where he learned to make the killer Spicy Fried Tempura Roll that we are serving as an appetizer.

Chef BVenjamin Creations

St Joachim Holy Family Table Night

On Fat Tuesday March 8, 2011 will we be donating 15% of your dinner bill to Holy Family Table. You come in eat and drink whatever you desire. If you tell your server you are here because of Holy Family Table we will donate 15% of your total bill. That does not include tax or tip and is for meals or drinks ordered after 5 PM. Other than that there are no rules.

St Pat's Day

Come in Thursday, March 17th for Corned Beef and Cabbage. We will be serving Corned Beef and Cabbage for lunch and dinner.


Once again The Vineyard Restaurant was given the AAA Diamond award. This is the fourth year in a row we have been given the award.

As always thank you for your business and friendship

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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