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The Vineyard Restaurant Newsletter

October 2012

What’s New at the Vineyard


Christmas Parties

Yes, it’s already that time of year!  Start planning now and book a reservation for your Christmas party.  Call now to reserve the date and have Michele help you customize your menu.

Fall 2012Fall Menu

The weather is finally getting cooler, which means we will be adjusting our menu to the season.  We will be adding Pumpkin Ravioli, a perennial favorite.  We’ll also have some new dishes, such as Slow cooked Beef Dish over Polenta, Pomegranate-glazed Chicken, New York Sliders, an Italian Chef Salad, and Vegetarian Panini. Our Italian Chef salad will include Pepper Pecorino.  This cheese is made locally by Mario Deccarett. He is a third generation cheese maker who moved to the area a few years ago.

Wine Trail Weekend

The Wine Trail Weekend will be Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11th. We are open at 11:30 on Saturdays, so you can have lunch before you visit the wineries; take a break between wineries; or finish up here with dinner after a long day of winery-hopping.  It’s a good idea to make reservations, but we certainly welcome drop-ins, too.  If you choose to bring in wine that you purchased that day from one of the wineries on the Trail, we will waive the corkage fee. The Vineyard is closed on Sunday.  For more information, go to the Wine Trail link at

Saturday Lunch

And speaking of Saturday, did I say we were open? Yes, every Saturday from 11:30am to 10pm. Relax before or after your holiday shopping, or meet with your out-of-town friends for a relaxing meal or drinks.
Halloween is Wednesday, October 31st.  Escape the goblins, witches and fairies, or whatever else is popular this year, and come the Vineyard before, during or after trick-or-treating.

Special Events

  • I want to tell you about our “Stock your cellar for the holidays” event here at the restaurant. On Nov 8th from 6-9, Young’s Market will host a wine tasting. They will be pouring 15-20 California Cabernets and Pinots. This is an informal event. No set presentation, you just move from table to table. You will be able to buy the wines at a substantial discount. My price. Wine will be delivered here on the following Friday the 16th. Hors d oeuvres will be provided. There is no charge for this event, but reservations are necessary.

  • Octoberfest dinner on October 25th. Come join us for our German dinner. For $25 you will get  German beers, sausages with sauerkraut and potatoes, then German Chocolate Cake for dessert. Space is limited so please make reservations.

  • Pomegranate Week is Oct 29th to Nov 3rd. Culminating in the Pomegranate Festival on Saturday Nov3rd.  We will be serving Joel’s special Pomegranate Martini. We will be doing a Pomegranate Dinner here on Thursday November the 1st. The menu will include pomegranate appetizers, salad with pomegranate vinaigrette, pan-seared duck breast with pomegranate glaze and Ian’s special pomegranate dessert. Price is $32 and that will include a glass of San Joaquin Wine Company Pomegranate Sangria. The Sangria was the people’s choice award winner at the last Madera Vintners Association Wine trail.

Pomegranate Martini dance

Fig Fest Awards

Speaking of awards we won two at the 2012 Fig Feast.  Our Pork Loin stuffed with figs (which is on our menu) won first place in the people’s choice awards and third in the judge’s voting.

delicious cardGift Certificates and Gift Cards make great Christmas gifts

We sell them in any amount.

We will be closed Thanksgiving Day

and closed for lunch on Friday November 23. We will open for dinner at 5 on November 23rd.

We all have a lot to be thankful for. We are thankful for your business and support.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving.


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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