Mr. ApCal’s Frist wine from Family Grapes

Mr. ApCal's first family grown wine framed imageSo many of our friends have asked us, “Do you make any of your own wine?” We smile and say no. Well that has all changed now! Thanks to the help of Tony Kirk and Birdstone Winery, we now have a Red wine blend made from Mr. ApCal’s family’s own grapes!

Introducing Alejandra’s Tres Amigas! This is a blend that’s a tad on the lighter side, and consists of Grenache, Merlot, and Alicante Bouschet. The Grenache gives the wine a lightly spiced flavor with a helping a red fruit, the Alicante lends just enough of a floral aroma, and the Merlot tends to smooth the whole thing out and give us a bit of that wine taste we have all grown to love. Alejandra’s has a little zing to it, but I would not consider this a dry wine for those of you that tend to shy away from anything that screams to be eaten with big, juicy, and well-seasoned hunk of meat.

So stop by ApCal as soon as you can before our first home grown wine is gone. You can try the newest member to our wine family on us, and let us know what you think.

Win tickets to Siren and Sauces Cook-Off and Wine Pairing by Solitary Cellars at Birdstone Winery

Solitary Cellars Giveaway

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We have an amazing opportunity for you! You have the chance to win a PAIR of tickets to sit at the ApCal table at the Sirens and Sauces Pasta Cook-Off and Wine Pairing, put on by Solitary Cellars at Birdstone Winery! This is an event honoring the Central Valley First Responders, and is a way to raise funds for Madera Victim Services.

Live music will be provided by Wheelhouse and Solitary Cellars will be barrel tasting their next two releases, a peppery and fruity Zinfandel and the long awaited Ball and Chain, a Petite Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon blend.

If you haven’t had a chance to head out to Bridstone to meet the guys from Solitary Cellars, or taste their wines also sold here at ApCal – you are missing some awesome stuff! They have been making wine at Birdstone for a couple years now, and let me tell you, there are nothing but good reviews! Theses guys aren’t growers, but that’s not a bad thing. Then spend just about ALL their time off traveling California in search of the perfect grapes for there upcoming Vintages. One sip of their wine you will know they have spared no expense in finding the perfect fruit for their wine. And you know, if Tony at Birdstone lets them make wine at his place, it has to be great!

Just like ApCal and Solitary Cellars with the links above, and leave a comment below to be entered into the contest. Winners will be announced May 24th. There will be 5 pairs of tickets given away in all, so your odds are great!

*Must be 21 years or older to enter.

Good Luck!!

Birdstone Tempranillo Giveaway – Closed

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Enter for a chance to win this bottle of Birdstone Winery Tempranillo. To enter: like, share, and make sure you leave a comment below so we may contact you if you win (be sure to enter an email address so you may be contacted, email addresses will be kept confidential). This contest will run from January 18th to January 24th. (The winner is randomly selected from those who complete: like, share, and comment) We will announce the winner on January 18th.

*Must be 21 years or older to enter.

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Madera Wine Trail November 12th & 13th

Holiday Spirit Weekend

[custom_frame_left]Madera Wine Trail[/custom_frame_left]The Madera Vintners Association’s family wineries are proud to present the Madera Wine Trail’s Holiday Spirit Weekend on November 12th and 13th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get into the holiday spirit as you taste the award-winning wines of the Madera Wine Trail.

Madera’s warm climate and geographical features give our winemakers the ability to craft wines that offer distinct flavors of unique varietals. Wine Trail visitors will have the opportunity to taste a variety of aperitif, table, and dessert wines that are sure to satisfy any palate! With two new wineries on the Trail, this Wine Trail Weekend is sure to offer more wines and fun than ever before!

Tickets are $25 and available in advance or at the door at or at participation locations.

ApCal is an Associate Member of The Madera Wine Trail and will be pouring a couple of our house wines for those participating in The Wine Trail. So we invite you all to stop on by, enjoy the fun, and support locally grown and locally produced wines!

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Birdstone Tempranillo

Birdstone Tempranillo from Birdstone WInery


Tony Kirk, a local Madera winemaker, has taken Tempranillo, a lesser-known European varietal (also called Valdepeñas) and produced a full-bodied red wine with lower acidity and a fruity, earthy flavor. Serve this favorite with Spanish food such as paella.

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