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Welcome To Beertopia

canstockphoto25522982 (2)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

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

Wine Tasting in Winters

photo-1423483641154-5411ec9c0ddfWe asked long-time Sunset Magazine travel editor Peter Fish to visit Winters and tell us what he found there ~ here is his entertaining report.

HERE WE ARE, my wife and I, in downtown Winters, California, on a fine Saturday afternoon. On the sidewalk on Main Street, just outside Berryessa Gap Vineyards’ tasting room, a small sandwich board sign shares a profound piece of wisdom: WINE IS ALWAYS THE ANSWER.

This day in Winters, we quickly learn the sign is correct. If your questions are: (A) how to spend a really fun afternoon; and (B) explore a very pretty downtown; and (C) meet interesting people, wine-tasting in Winters is always the answer. more

Music Impresario Danny Tomasello

DavisMusicFestThe people of Davis have always been doers and makers.  To see that, all you have to do is look around at the colorful local shops and murals downtown or overhear the kaleidoscope of conversations at any one of its 35-plus cafes. Artists thrive in Davis. And, historically, so has live music. Davis is the original home of the famed Palms Playhouse (now in Winters) and alumni still tell stories of the hard-to-believe bands that used to play at the old campus Coffeehouse, which is once again hosting bands. Elvis Costello, The Police and Emmylou Harris have played there, among others. more

Wines of Yolo County Map & Guide

Wines of Yolo GuideCome visit the newest up and coming wine region in California! To learn more about our wineries and wine events explore our Wine & Beer page or to get your free Wines of Yolo County Guide & Map mailed to you click here. We are home to over twenty wineries with unlimited wine experiences to savor. The best part about wine tasting in Yolo County…it has all the things you love about wine tasting – amazing wines, meeting the wine makers themselves, discovering new places full of charm and a peaceful down to earth experience you won’t find anywhere else.

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Old Sugar Mill Walking Wine Tours

people tasting wineThe Old Sugar Mill is home to eleven wineries in one location beautifully situated along the Delta in Southern Yolo County. They’ve kicked off their Walking Wine Tours, happening the first Saturday of each month. The walking wine tour starts off at noon at the Clarksburg Wine Company tasting room where guests enjoy a taste of five wines. The tour then continues with a tour of the wine cellar and production operations. Guests then follow the tour guide through an engaging historic tour of the Old Sugar Mill property. When weather permits tour guests also get to walk through the vineyard and learn the grapes journey to the bottle. more

Sacramento River Train Grand Re-Opening

people on train rideSacramento River Train Celebrates Grand Re-Opening with Free Train Rides on Sunday April 10th, 2016. The Sacramento River Train is celebrating a Grand Re-opening after a $1.5 million remodel of its cars and restoration of its tracks in 2015. The Grand Re-Opening will be a free event featuring: free 30 minute train rides on the River Trains newly renovated train cars, live music by The Hucklebucks, and free family entertainment (including a bounce house, caricature artist and balloon twister). Food will be available for purchase from The Culinerdy Cruzer food truck. Train rides will be running at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30pm. To reserve a spot at a specific boarding time, call the River Trains ticketing office at (800) 866-1690 or reserve your spot online.

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Woodland’s Newest Kitchen Boutique: Well-Stocked

kitchen supply storeWalking through Well Stocked’s front doors is like entering baking & cooking heaven.  With it’s high ceilings, gorgeous flooring and calming color scheme, Well Stocked provides a large array of home and kitchenware goods. This boutique features items for every-stage of cooking from the occasional home cook to the seasoned professional home chef to child chefs.  They’ve recently added a men’s section makes the shop an all encompassing place for men and women alike to purchase gifts for themselves or others. Items for men range from cigars in a humidor, tailgating supplies, grooming accessories, and a ton of other specialty items. Guests can also stock up on gourmet products and local items such as olive oil and honey. more

Morgan’s On Main Owner Dishes on Dining in Woodland

Restaurant in WoodlandOur favorite Woodland blogger sits down with Kellie Morgan, owner of Morgan’s on Main in Woodland, to discuss Woodland, Farm to Fork and dining at Morgan’s on Main.

The interiors are warm but masculine, with a combination of original brick and newly installed barn wood walls.  The lighting is both romantic and rustic while the food is comforting and creative. Morgan’s is a complete package of fabulously comfortable ambiance and good eats. more

Chef Confidential: Featuring Savory Cafe

restaurant ownersSavory Café owners sit down to dish on their Woodland Restaurant, Savory Café. And as a bonus, they have provided a recipe for Butternut Gnocchi with Lamb Ragù!

Kristin Hansen and brothers Toby and Juan Barajas are owners of Savory Cafe on Main Street.  The Barajas brothers grew up cooking authentic Spanish dishes in their grandmother’s kitchen and learning the ropes while working in their parent’s Woodland restaurant, Tostadas Conchita.  Meanwhile, Kristin was raised on fresh produce and healthy food.  So, it makes sense that together the trio is focused on combining the farm to fork movement with dishes that come from family traditions. more

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