It's a Merry Madera Wine Trail Holiday - NBC Southern California

It's a Merry Madera Wine Trail Holiday

Pretty Madera, in Gold Country, is one of the early seasonal entries in this oh-so-California tradition.

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    Madera Holiday Spirit Weekend
    Get into the spirit, the Holiday Spirit, at the Madera Holiday Spirit Weekend, happening around the wineries of the Madera Wine Trail on Nov. 10 and 11, 2018.

    A CALIFORNIA CHRISTMAS? A Golden State Hanukkah? Digging into the delights of a West Coast December? Ask anybody to interpret what these ideas might mean, and they could come up with a host of correct answers, from decorated palm trees to special meals at or near the beach. Californians do have a quirky and heartfelt way of putting their own sunshiny spin on the end-of-the-year celebrations, with one tasty, 21+ tradition popping up in wine countries all over the state. The "21+" part of that clue, as well as the "wine countries" reference, tells you that we're about to talk about trails here, specifically wine trails, those open-year-round places that spotlight a geo-grouping of area wineries. And while passport programs and other special events flourish around the calendar, the...

    HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS... are a November-into-December delight. And one of the delightful vino-amazing places, the Madera Wine Trail, will get things going, Gold Country-style, well ahead of Thanksgiving. The Holiday Spirit Weekend, in fact, will flower on Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11, giving those who wend along the trail a chance to stock up on a few good bottles before Thanksgiving dinner. As is the lovely way with seasonal to-dos on various wine trails, look for food and happenings that are festive and bright, as well as chances to shop and stop for some live tunes while sipping a marvelous Madera vintage. Your ticket, ahead of time, is $25, and your designated driver? Completely free, so invite your best buddy to soak in the seasonal splendor.

    DETAILS? Find the golden goings-on of this sublime slice of Gold Country now, as the holiday-themed to-dos begin to flower, like so many Christmas bulbs, along California's great wine trails.