Make Woodland Your Dining Destination

We sent Sacramento writer Barbara L. Steinberg to check out the dining scene in Woodland for Taste of Yolo Restaurant Week – here is her enthusiastic report.

In California, every season is splendiferous and bountiful along back roads of Yolo County California. Part of the Central Valley, this agricultural heartland is situated between coastal foothills and the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. Rolling hills, verdant valleys and mountains overflow with a profusion of vineyards, orchards, pastured livestock and row crops. All the best, the finest and most delicious ingredients taking center stage. (more…)

Chris Turkovich: Building A Legacy Through Wine

Drive three short miles northeast of Winters, just beyond the bustling historic downtown, and you’ll come to a barn that overlooks a field of ever-rotating crops, stretching beyond the view of the natural eye, dancing in the evening when the cool Delta Breeze whistles through. Depending on the time of day, the structure can appear a romantic fire hydrant red, bringing to mind the types of farms you see in big budget Hollywood films or in children’s picture books.

Or it can come across as a soft brown, blending in with the dry side of the westward Vaca Mountains, which funnel the Lake Berryessa watershed to farmers all over Yolo County down through Putah Creek. At sunset, light plays a trick on your eyes and the barn emits a sharp yellow as the massive almond tree from a neighboring property casts a shadow over the rustic brown gate that reads: “Turkovich Family Wines.” (more…)

Now Open: The Jan Shrem & Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

The Manetti Shrem Museum, a visible landmark along Interstate 80 that welcomes visitors on a major gateway to the UC Davis campus, opened its doors this November. It is a magnificent facility, full of eye-popping works of art, and thanks to the generosity of museum donors and partners, admission is free to everyone. (more…)

The Seka Hills Story: Building A Brand

Walking into the Seka Hills tasting room, nestled in the heart of the verdant Capay Valley, you get a clear sense of prosperity and welcome. The wide-open room with smooth wooden floors, comfortable lounging chairs, tasteful retail displays, and modern bar front all blend handsomely together, complemented by views into the adjacent olive mill.

And the scent of the mill crushing what will soon be Seka’s highly-rated olive oil perfumes the air. During this time of year, you can watch as the mill’s employees keep hard at work in the background—part of the unique charm of this Yolo County attraction. You can taste wine and olive oil, enjoy a variety of events, relax inside or outdoors on the spacious patio and lawns. (more…)

Cheers to Yolo’s Wine Scene

It’s California Wine month and Yolo County has a ton of award winning wines, amazing tasting experiences and vineyards right in our own backyard. We’re here to share a fantastic article Evan Ream wrote for the Davis Enterprise about Yolo’s wine scene. Keep reading for details and a huge thanks to Evan and The Davis Enterprise for letting us share this piece. (more…)

A Farm to Table Family: Savory Cafe

If you’ve eaten at the Savory Café on Woodland’s revitalized Main Street, you’ve probably seen the hard-working and driven executive chef Toby Barajas popping in and out of the kitchen. And maybe you’ve had occasion to glimpse Juan’s wife Kristin’s strawberry blond head (containing extreme smarts but we’ll get to that later) surveying the operations. But almost definitely, if you’ve been to the Savory, you’ve heard Juan Barajas “the business brother” talking excitedly about food. (more…)

Welcome To Beertopia

With a half-dozen microbreweries producing insanely good craft beers—Eye of the Lager, anyone?—Yolo County is becoming one of California’s capitals of beer touring

“Beer,” Trent Yackzan says, “is an emotional beverage.”

Yackzan is sipping one of his beers at his Sudwerk Brewing Company in Davis. And it only takes one sip of Sudwerk’s Cascaderade IPA or Big DIPL to realize that he is right. Beer is an emotional beverage, and the emotions it stirs most strongly are happy ones. Joy, exhilaration, delight —it would take a million emoji’s to fully express the pleasure you feel when drinking a really good glass of beer. (more…)

Fred Manas & The Best Peaches in the West

Fred Manas is a rancher, in the fullest sense of the term. He grows and harvests good things to eat: a variety of fruits on 60 acres around Esparto, almost all of it sold on the premises, and Angus-Hereford cattle run in the fields and foothills of Napa and Yolo counties, which is processed and sold at his namesake meat market near town. He wears what suits him: jeans with a large tarnished buckle, stripped shirt with two pockets, cowboy boots that haven’t been polished since he bought them, and a hat no one else in the world could get away with wearing. (more…)

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