Madera Wine Trail – 1st Stop: Cru Wine Company

Cru Wine Company

We started our day at the Cru Wine Company tasting room.

Cru Wine Cask

Of the five wineries we visited, Cru seemed to have the most polished or formal wine tasting room with plenty of room for guests.

Cru Wine Display

Cru Wine Display

Cru had a theme for the day:”Cru Wine Company in Wonderland” and dressed the part:

All Dressed UpCloser viewEven the guests got to play along

Cru in Wonderland

Being the VIP Designated Driver, I wondered from the tasting room to the warehouse full of vendors offering samples and selling their goods.  My sweet tooth was satisfied very quickly. We ran across a vendor we knew well from Visalia – The Frosted Muffin – a boutique bakery specializing in cupcakes.The Frosted Muffin


Miniature Red Velvet Cupcakes

We have eaten our yummy share at grand kids birthday parties.

More photos from Cru here.

It is time to move on to stop #2.

About Ron Ludekens

God created a marvelous world full of wonderful sights and people. He is the Creator and it is His Palette of beauty that Ron Ludekens tries to capture as photographic images. Images of nature or images of people and their lives - both reflect the handiwork of the Creator. Ron is a photographer living in Visalia, California - part of the great Central Valley. He is immediately surrounded by agriculture and all the hard working people that feed our world. A short distance away are the grand Sierra Nevada mountains, impressive National Parks and, wider still, the vast diversity that California has to offer. Ron is one of the family owners of the L.E. Cooke Co Wholesale Nursery - a leader in the horticulture industry of North America. Even on the job, his camera is always near by. His photos for the nursery trade have been published in print and around the websites of nurseries across America. Ron is also a leader in his church and its missions. Ron's photography has been a resource the church uses in its communications and message. Plus photos of all the fun things we do are shared among members and friends. Ron also loves capturing precious moments in lives of people. Weddings, senior portraits, graduations, family gatherings, maternity and special events. Ron will not shoot more than four weddings a year to provide the attention to detail and followup that is required for such an important milestone event in the lives of the couple. Ron can be reached at 559-732-7165 or cell 559-967-5370.
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