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Celebrate Valentines Day in Clarksburg Wine Country

To say that Clarksburg is off the beaten path is both a correct and an incorrect statement. A winding drive alongside the Sacramento River seems to take you back in time as you drive past the sleepy old mom-and-pop stores surrounded by the vineyards that produce most of Yolo County’s wine. But to get there, it takes just 30 minutes by car from the heart of Yolo County, and a scant 15 minutes from Sacramento.

These aspects make Clarksburg perhaps one of the best destinations in the area for a day trip, especially during the Valentine’s Day season, where lovers can forget about all the stress and troubles of everyday life at the annual Annual Port Weekend. more

Hot Italian in Davis: The Best Pizza in Town

Hot Italian PizzaHot Italian in Davis is not just another pizza joint in the heart of a college town with more than its share of pizza joints. Hot Italian actually has something of an original idea: emphasize interesting (both expected and unusual) fresh ingredients and traditional pie-making methods in a fast-casual setting.

“We want our pizza to stand out, to be delicious, to be memorable,” says co-founder Andrea Lepore, who with co-founder and Maestro Pizzaiolo Fabrizio Cercatore opened the Davis location in 2015. (They have earlier incarnations in Sacramento and Emeryville.) They share a belief that anything is possible—“Tutto e possibile” as they say—and that meant building a place where, “pizza brings people together to celebrate Italy’s new generation of art, music, design, sport, food and wine.” more

Make Woodland Your Dining Destination

taste of yoloWe 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. 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 take center stage during Taste of Yolo Restaurant Week, January 22-28, 2017. more

Taste of Yolo Restaurant Week

FoodtableWe’re kicking off Taste of Yolo Restaurant Week January 22nd – 28th! Restaurant Week is your opportunity to sample some of the very best cuisine that our leading chefs have to offer. During the week of of January 22nd-28th, each of our participating restaurants will be featuring a signature dish highlighting the freshest locally-sourced ingredients. Yolo County farms and ranches are famous for their outstanding quality, and that truth shines brightly on every special plate of food you order. So take a look at the farm-to-table dishes our restaurants have to offer and enjoy the remarkable cuisine of Yolo County. Eat where it grows!  more

Fine Dining in Davis: Winds of Change House

winds-of-change-house-bar-2Opened in April 2016, Winds of Change House is proving to be a very welcome addition to the Davis downtown dining scene. In a college town with more than its share of pizza, Mexican, and buffet sushi joints, Winds offers a nice alternative for folks who long for a little more variety.

Serving lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday, and brunch on weekends, the restaurant features American, French and Mediterranean fare, all crafted by chef Sami El Chami. “Our motto is ‘Quality Created with Love,’” the chef says unapologetically. With owner Roxanne Bucureciu and a dedicated staff, Winds is making good on that promise. more

Chris Turkovich: Building A Legacy Through Wine

wine grapesDrive 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

Holiday Happenings in Yolo

Holiday EventsYolo County is offering up some must see holiday festivities this month!

35th Annual Downtown Davis Parade and Tree Lighting || December 1
The community is invited to one of Davis’ oldest community traditions which includes the children’s candlelight parade, the holiday tree lighting in E Street Plaza, horse drawn carriage rides, appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus, and free showing of “The Grinch” at the Varsity Theatre. Visit here for more info.

Tree Lighting, First Friday ArtWalk and Carriage Rides in Downtown Woodland || December 2
Stroll through historic downtown Woodland for a festive Friday evening! Visit here for more info.

Tractor Parade and Tree Lighting in Downtown Winters|| December 3
Experience the ultimate small town, quirky holiday parade with vintage and modern tractors,antique trucks and farm equipment bedecked with dazzling lights on Saturday, December 3. At 6:30pm the first Winters Lighted Tractor Parade will roll down Winters Main Street to celebrate the holiday season and our agricultural heritage in a unique way. Visit here for more info. more

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

Shrem MuseumThe 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

Davis Farmers Market Releases Cookbook

davis farmers marketVoted one of the best farmers markets in California, the Davis Farmers Market has released the revised edition of their award-winning The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook by Ann M. Evans.

The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook celebrates America’s favorite farmers market’s 40th anniversary year. Author and market co-founder Ann M. Evans invites you to shop and cook through the seasons in vibrant Davis, California. The forward by restaurateur Alice Waters of Chez Panisse highlights the importance and fun of shopping at a farmers market and the model role of the Davis Farmers Market. more

The Seka Hills Story: Building A Brand

13247891_1075591832500325_8551636284706091626_oWalking 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

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