V. Sattui Winery – St. Helena, CA

V. Sattui Winery - St. Helena, CA
Established in 1885, V. Sattui Winery held their 125th Anniversary Celebration in 2010

V. Sattui Winery
1111 White Lane
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-7774

V. Sattui Winery - St. Helena, CA
V. Sattui Winery is a popular destination for anyone visiting the Napa Valley Wine Country

V. Sattui has been one of my favorite wineries in the entire Napa Valley since I first visited them in 1993. I love their Muscat, Riesling, Port and Madeira, but their Gamay Rouge is #1 on my list! It pairs wonderfully with my Rotisserie Chicken Salad with Grapes.

Rotisserie Chicken Salad with Grapes & V. Sattui Gamay Rouge
Homemade Rotisserie Chicken Salad with Grapes paired with V. Sattui Gamay Rouge.

Yes, it’s crowded…but it’s so worth it as a vital part of the Napa Valley wine tasting experience. I love the beautiful grounds and the shady areas around the picnic tables.

V. Sattui Winery - Picnic Area
Picnic area at V. Sattui Winery on a gorgeous late afternoon in February

I love the extensive cheese selection in their deli!

V. Sattui Winery - Deli
“I want more cheese, lots and lots of cheese!”

Despite the crowds, I will continue to visit V. Sattui whenever I need to stock up Gamay Rouge!

V. Sattui Winery - St. Helena
V. Sattui is the 2012 Winery of the Year and the Best Winery in the Bay Area

Ebbetts Pass 2012

262 miles (6 hours, 39 minutes) http://goo.gl/maps/QgTKa

A. Starbucks Coffee – 3110 Sunrise Blvd, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

B. Peddler Hill Overlook – 41951 Hwy 88, Pioneer, CA 95666

C. Wolf Creek Restaurant & Bar – 14830 Hwy 89, Markleeville, CA 96120

D. Mosquito Lakes Campground – Hwy 4, Arnold, CA 95223

E. Murphys Historic Hotel – 457 Main St, Murphys, CA 95247

F. Pizza Factory – 10 E. Main St, Ione, CA 95640

G. Starbucks Coffee – 3110 Sunrise Blvd, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

Mosquito Rd, Rock Creek Rd, Camp Virner

111 miles (3 hours, 28 minutes) http://goo.gl/maps/rA8nw

A. Starbucks Coffee – 5070 Rocklin Rd, Rocklin, CA 95677

B. Mosquito Road (paved portion) – Mosquito Rd, Placerville, CA 95667

C. Camp Virner Restaurant – 8800 Wentworth Springs Rd, Georgetown, CA 95634

D. Starbucks Coffee – 5070 Rocklin Rd, Rocklin, CA 95677

Camp Virner is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. If you ever have a craving for German food in the Greater Sacramento Area, there is not a lot of available options. This little jewel nestled among the trees is a family owned and operated restaurant, husband in the kitchen, wife at the bar and also helps daughter in the dining room. We came for German food, so we ordered the schnitzel with dumplings and it did not disappoint!

It was a great way to satisfy our hunger after the long ride with lots of curvies, over the river (on a wooden bridge) and through the woods and even stumbling upon the end of the paved road at one point. If we were on a Ducati Multistrada, we definitely would have kept riding. But on a Victory Vision, it was turn around time. What a memorable ride we had today, and what a way to break in the new bike!

Poor Red’s, Coloma Club, Purple Place

78.9 miles (1 hour, 59 minutes) http://goo.gl/maps/88Xsv

A. Starbucks Coffee – 3110 Sunrise Blvd, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
B. Poor Red’s Bar-B-Q – 6221 Pleasant Valley Rd, El Dorado, CA 95623
C. Coloma Club – 7171 Hwy 49, Coloma, CA 95613
D. The Purple Place Bar & Grill – 363 Green Valley Rd, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

Our motorcycle group met at the Starbucks Coffee on Sunrise in Rancho Cordova, then we headed out towards El Dorado for a famous Golden Cadillac at Poor Red’s and another obligatory stop at the Coloma Club. That is a pickle in the jar in the gallery pic!

Bob and I ordered the Cobb Salad and BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich at the Purple Place in El Dorado HIlls. Can you guess who ate what?

Arlen Ness Motorcycles – 2012 Victory Vision

Arlen Ness Motorcycles – 6050 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568

After riding on the “cheese wedge” back seat of the Victory Jackpot for the past few years, it was time to upgrade our ride! We enjoy going two-up on motorcycle rides and would love to start riding with groups who go on longer rides than a passenger on the Jackpot should be on. Since we love the reliability of the Victory brand, we started looking at the Victory Vision because of the comfort and unique design of what was the flagship bike of the brand at the time. We were both enamored with the Arlen Ness Signature Vision in Nuclear Sunset, so Bob rode home with the #53 bike!