Several Madera wineries move indoors during popular tasting weekend

In Madera the wet weather had several wineries changing their plans ahead of their popular Wine and Chocolate Weekend.
February 8, 2014 7:10:18 PM PST
In Madera the wet weather caused several wineries to change their plans ahead of their popular Wine and Chocolate Weekend.

Pretty much everyone who went to Madera Wine Trail's Wine and Chocolate Weekend came dressed for cold, cloudy weather and possible showers Saturday. Although it sprinkled the day was not as wet as they expected.

"It's disappointing because I like Ag, having the rain here is exciting," Jeannie Hurtado from Fresno said

People who attended the event paid $25 to $30 to take part in several tastings. Valley vineyard workers wanted to make sure even if there was a downpour, people got their money's worth. Tastings that were usually held near the vineyards were moved into large indoor spaces.

"Typically with the size of facility we have we like to spread things out and let people see the vineyard and let people see the winery but we moved them all inside," Peter Ficklin with Ficklin Vineyards said.

And even with the forecasted rainy weather not many cancelled.

"It's been very good. I am very pleased. Despite the conditions that may have occurred with inclement weather," Ficklin said.

If you would like attend the Wine and Chocolate Weekend event in Madera it will continue through Sunday. Tastings start at 10 a.m. and go until 5 p.m.


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