Annual Madrona Open House Continues Family Tradition
Date: May 26, 2013
Location: Madrona Vineyards
Residents Involved: Renee O’Neil & Gisele Vazquez, Melinda Buchanan, Tommy Lapoint, Brett Touey, Hilary Faulk, Audrey French and Megan Buchanan, Tim & Ryan Wright with Tammy Amurgey.
Madroña is made up of three family-owned vineyards situated in El Dorado County. Paul Bush, vineyard manager and winemaker since 2002, has a deep connection to the property passed down from his parents, Dick and Leslie Bush, who planted the first vineyard in 1973.
This year Paul and his wife, Maggie–Madroña’s General Manager – hosted the 33rd Annual Open House and the 40th anniversary of Madroña Winery in Camino. The oldest continually run wine event in El Dorado County included live music, hamburgers and homemade French fries, and amazing wines. Carrying on the inter-generational tradition of family, friends, and community, Paul said it’s their way of thanking the public for their support and to keep them informed of winery news and, “We just really enjoy doing this old-style event.”
Wines showcased were older vintages and 2012 Bordeaux varieties, including the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, as well as a Port blend and a Yellow Muscat served with vanilla ice cream. Paul greatly enjoys the personal interaction between winemaker and wine enthusiast created by an open house, enabling him to explain the wine and share his passion and enthusiasm for wine making. It’s also an educational opportunity to learn about wine, he said.
A new addition to this year’s event featured a large interactive timeline listing Madroña milestones paralleled with major events in the world, and room for people to add their first visit to the winery. With the help of volunteers, Capital Sierra Catering, and Paul and Maggie’s daughters Hanna and Tessa, the weekend event attracted a crowd of 500.