February 15th, 2013
Karen – Ken
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Cru Winery (15,000 Cases)
Ficklin Vineyards (9,000 Cases)
1) To view more information for the Wineries in Madera County (the local regional association), click here and type “Madera” in the “quick search” field to see their listing on Winery-Sage.com.
2) View more information for the Madera Wine Trail on their Association listing on the Winery-Sage.com main site.
3) More information can be found for each Varietal that we’ve listed by clicking on the link that we’ve created the first time the Varietal is listed in each post.
The Northern Wineries of the Madera Wine Trail are on the west side of highway 99 in between the Highway 152 junction and the southern edge of the town of Madera.
First stop on this leg of the Madera Wine Trail was Cru Winery, situated off the ever so cleverly named, Road 20 1/2 exit off 99. That’s right…road 20 1/2. You see, somewhere back in the dark ages, a genius in Madera county decided that naming all the roads and avenues after numbers worked so well in New York, that it should work in Madera County as well. Well, there are several problems with this, chief of which is that in New York, there isn’t room to wedge any more streets between the existing buildings so incrementing each street by 1 is perfectly feasible. There was no room to add any more roads. In Madera County, when it split off from Mariposa County however, there were only 6,000 people and tons of empty space. In other words, lots of room between the existing roads and towns to build new roads and towns. So why start out on a minor rant about the street names? Try putting Road 20 1/2 in a 10 year old Honda navigation system. If a car could talk, this one would have said, “Seriously…you’re joking right? 20 and 1/2?”. Thankfully Google maps on my phone isn’t so easily confused.