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The Vineyard Restaurant Newsletter

November 2013

What's New at the Vineyard

Christmas Parties

We still have availability for your Holiday parties; call us now to reserve. The private room is available for some nights. We have space for groups of 20 or less almost every night during the holiday season.

Bob’s 90th Birthday Brunch

Vineyard founder Bob Mariscotti celebrated his 90th birthday here on November 17th. We all had a great time.

Bob's 90th Birthday

Giving Tree

One of our favorite holiday traditions is the Madera Christmas Baskets Drive Giving Tree. Malcolm Gatz has organized this project for at least 30 of the 37 years we've been here. She will decorate our tree with tags which will have a child's Christmas gift wish. You can come in take a tag(s) from the tree, buy the requested gift and then bring it back here. Please make sure to secure the tag to the gift you are bringing. Gifts do not have to been wrapped. They need to be here by the night of December 14th. Malcolm and crew will distribute the gifts when they give the Christmas Baskets of food on December 21st.


Another of our Christmas traditions has been to serve Cioppino in December. Our version of the California Italian fisherman's stew has 1/2 of a Dungeness crab, shrimp, clams, mussels and fish in a red wine/ tomato broth. We serve it with garlic bread and it is delicious.

Holiday Hours

We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. On Friday November 29th we will be closed for lunch and open at 4 for dinner. We will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. On New Year's Eve we will be seating for dinner till 10. The bar will stay open as long as people want to party into 2014.
Our normal hours are Monday through Saturday from 11:30 to 10. We are closed on Sundays.

2012 Vineyard Parking Lot RedParking Lot Red

This is the third year that we have once again produced our very own wine, The Vineyard Parking Lot Red. Made from the Syrah and Nero d'Avola grapes that surround our parking lot, the 2012 vintage has been released.

This vintage has nice red berry and cherry flavors with light body. Nero d'Avola is a grape variety originally from Sicily which thrives in the hot, rocky climate there. Thinking that these conditions were similar to the area around our parking lot I was able to get some cuttings of the grape. Those cuttings were grafted on to phylloxera (a destructive pest of vineyards worldwide) resistant Nero d'Avola rootstock that we planted in 2009. 2012 was the first year they produced in any volume.

This 2012 wine is approximately 50% Nero d'Avola and 50% Syrah. The 2013 crop was bigger, as the vines reached maturity. The 2013 vintage will be about 75% Nero d'Avola , 25% Syrah. The 2012 vintage of Parking Lot Red was made at San Joaquin Wine Company by Steve Schafer and his winemaker Eric Natali. We are selling it for $5 a glass and $18 a bottle.

Ladies' Restroom Remodel Finished

Check out these pictures of our ladies' rest room. My buddy David Romero did a beautiful job on the tile and granite work. For two weeks he worked almost every night from 10 to 8 in the morning. As you see, his efforts were worth it.

Ladies' restroom remodel


December 13th is our 37th anniversary. Thanks for your business and friendship. Have a great Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas.


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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