My GPS wanted to take me the wrong way but the Madera Wine Trail map directed us successfully to Quady Winery. By now it is lunch time and I’m thinking food and my friends are thinking Dessert – wines that is. Quady is one of the few U.S. wineries specializing in port, dessert and aperitif wines. I even saw them mentioned in the most recent Sunset Magazine.
So I dutifully follow along on the taste tour past the wonderfully aromatic BBQ beef sandwich plates outside. OK, I like sweet things and I actually have tasted some Port that I like (remember – I’m no connoisseur and some say my taster is broken – but I just like sweet things) so maybe I’ll find something I really like inside. But alas, I’m the D.D. and no samples allowed for me. So, what can I photograph?
Right inside the door, I was greeted by this lovely person. Ok, that was a sweet start to the tour. But the isles were getting crowded and shooting images of casks with the backsides of people in front just wasn’t working for me.
Ran across this interesting and pretty display with the decoratively peeled oranges. Captured the shot with my long lens since I couldn’t get closer.I’m guessing that these featured wines must have something to do with Oranges (ya think?) and based on their website I’ll bet they were made with Orange Muscat Grapes. But I did not get close enough to read the labels. Anyway, I liked the colors and design.
Now, I confess, I actually did get one sip of wine this trip and it was here. My favorite wine snob brought over a taste of something that she was turning up her nose at. “Tastes and smells just like your morning Grape Juice”. Yep, sure did. Sweet (right up my alley) and tasted and smelled just like my Paul Newman Concord Grape Juice except with a little kick to it. Hey – something I really liked! Now there was something I could actually drink at a social gathering instead of just swirling in my glass. (And you wonder why I don’t write wine reviews!)
The rest of our group did find selections they liked. In the mean time, I’m enjoying the many artistic pieces brought in for display.
By now the crush of visitors is starting to make photography difficult (I refuse to admit I am slightly claustrophobic in crowds) so it was time to move on. There was one exquisite quilt we all admired (and my wife as a quilter really, really admired the handiwork). Here is a piece of it seen through the gawkers.
On to stop #4. And I’m still hungry….
Full size images of this visit here: Quady Winery Images
More to come.