V. Sattui Winery – St. Helena, CA

St. Helena, CA 94574 – V. Sattui Winery (Gamay Rouge)

V. Sattui has been one of my favorite wineries in the entire Napa Valley since I first visited them in 1993. It is a popular destination for anyone visiting the Napa Valley Wine Country.

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

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

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

Apple Ridge Farms at Apple Hill

Camino, CA 95709 – Apple Ridge Farms (Apple Hill Grower No. 20)

Apple Hill is an area in Camino and Placerville (El Dorado County) that consists of u-pick fruit orchards (many different varieties of apples, pears and more!), pumpkin patches, Christmas tree farms, bakeries, fruit stands, gift shopspetting zoos, a fishing lakewineries and even a brewery. Most businesses are open from September to December, but some (like all of the wineries) are open year round. Bob and I visited Apple Ridge Farms last weekend and took home one of their homemade frozen Dutch Apple Pies…which was absolutely the BEST apple pie we’ve ever had! 🙂

Camino, CA 95709 - Apple Ridge Farms (Apple Hill Grower No. 20)

The Apple Ridge Farms Gift Shop is where you can buy fresh apples, frozen pies, apple cider, jams & jellies, fudge and more.

Camino, CA 95709 - Apple Ridge Farms (Apple Hill Grower No. 20) Gift Shop

Long lines at the Apple Ridge Farms Bakery is very typical on the weekends, especially during the busy month of October.

Camino, CA 95709 - Apple Ridge Farms (Apple Hill Grower No. 20) Bakery, Barbeque & Grill

Apple Ridge Farms is kid-friendly and dog-friendly, plus they also have farm animals that you can feed and even pet over the fence.

Camino, CA 95709 - Apple Ridge Farms (Apple Hill Grower No. 20) Farm Animals

This lamb really liked nibbling on the tree stump…don’t know if he got any wood crumbs, but it was very cute to watch!

Camino, CA 95709 - Apple Ridge Farms (Apple Hill Grower No. 20)

A nice variety of chickens in the chicken coop…I wonder if the different breeds lay different flavored eggs?

Camino, CA 95709 - Apple Ridge Farms (Apple Hill Grower No. 20)

This was an absolutely ADORABLE little bunny rabbit that had all the “paparazzi” photographing away!

Camino, CA 95709 - Apple Ridge Farms (Apple Hill Grower No. 20)

Oh yes, now that I’ve gotten off track with all the animal cuteness I experienced at Apple Ridge Farms, let’s get back to the main reason Bob and I would go back there…for their Dutch Apple Pie!

Camino, CA 95709 - Apple Ridge Farms (Apple Hill Grower No. 20) Dutch Apple Pie

This is a slice of Apple Ridge Farms Dutch Apple Pie that we baked from frozen for 2 hours in a 375 degree oven…and it is truly the BEST apple pie we have ever tasted! (Note to self: go back to Apple Ridge Farms and stock up on a few pies before they close on November 12, 2012. After all, they won’t re-open until September 2013!)

Camino, CA 95709 - Apple Ridge Farms (Apple Hill Grower No. 20) Dutch Apple Pie

Apple Ridge Farms
1800 Larsen Drive
Camino, CA 95709
(530) 647-0613
appleridgepies.com

Apple Hill October 2012

Northern California Motorcycle Ride – Apple Hill (Camino, CA – Placerville, CA)

59.1 miles (1 hour, 30 minutes) http://goo.gl/maps/WqUZy

The Purple Place Bar & Grill – 363 Green Valley Rd, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

Mill View Ranch – 2740 Cable Rd, Camino, CA 95709

Apple Ridge Farms – 1800 Larsen Dr, Camino, CA 95709

Boa Vista Orchards – 2952 Carson Rd, Placerville, CA 95667

The Purple Place Bar & Grill – 363 Green Valley Rd, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

Click here to read about our experience at Apple Ridge Farms

Bogle Vineyards – Clarksburg, CA

Clarksburg, CA 95612 – Bogle Vineyards (Petite Sirah Port)

Bogle Vineyards is tucked away “off the beaten path” in Clarksburg Wine Country, one of Sacramento’sbest kept secrets. Even though Bob and I love to go wine tasting all around Northern CaliforniaBogle Vineyards is a winery that ranks pretty high on our list and one we will definitely return to…for their fabulous Petite Sirah Port!

Clarksburg, CA 95612 - Bogle Vineyards

Bogle Vineyards Tasting Room is open Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 5:00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am to 5:00pm.

In addition to wine tasting, Bogle Vineyards also has a small deli section with an assortment of cheeses, oils, jams & jellies, chocolates and even their own line of Bogle Vineyards apparel.

Clarksburg, CA 95612 - Bogle Vineyards (Tasting Room)

Bogle Vineyards tasting room is located on the upper level, where you can sit out on the deck and enjoy views of the vineyards.

Clarksburg, CA 95612 - Bogle Vineyards

Bogle Vineyards has a wonderful picnic grounds area…lots of grass, shady areas from mature trees and beautiful vineyard views.

Clarksburg, CA 95612 - Bogle Vineyards (Picnic Area)

A classic truck at Bogle Vineyards…something pretty cool to look at.

Clarksburg, CA 95612 - Bogle Vineyards (Classic Truck)

The Petite Sirah Port from Bogle Vineyards was definitely well worth the trip to Sacramento County’s Clarksburg Wine Country, nestled between Elk Grove and the Sacramento Delta!

Clarksburg, CA 95612 - Bogle Vineyards (Petite Sirah Port)

Bogle Vineyards
37783 County Road 144
Clarksburg, CA 95612
(916) 744-1139
boglewinery.com

Al the Wop’s, Giusti’s Place, Bogle Vineyards

Northern California Motorcycle Ride – California Delta (Walnut Grove, CA – Clarksburg, CA)

104 miles (2 hours, 16 minutes) http://goo.gl/maps/RU2N3

Starbucks Coffee – 3511 Truxel Rd, Sacramento, CA 95834

Al the Wop’s – 13943 Main St, Walnut Grove, CA 95690

Giusti’s Place – 14743 Walnut Grove-Thornton Rd, Walnut Grove, CA 95690

Ryer Island Ferry “Real McCoy II” – River Rd, Rio Vista, CA 94571

Bogle Vineyards – 37783 County Rd 144, Clarksburg, CA 95612

Starbucks Coffee – 3511 Truxel Rd, Sacramento, CA 95834

Click here to read about our experience at Bogle Vineyards

Trolley Junction, Downieville, Sierraville

Northern California Motorcycle Ride – Hwy 49 (Nevada City, CA – Downieville, CA)

220 miles (4 hours, 8 minutes) http://goo.gl/maps/1ahU9

Starbucks Coffee – 5070 Rocklin Rd, Rocklin, CA 95677

Trolley Junction Restaurant – 400 Railroad Ave, Nevada City, CA 95959

The Golden Cup at Two Rivers Cafe – 116 Main St, Downieville, CA 95936

Vista Point – Hwy 49 (2 miles west of Hwy 89), Calpine, CA 96124

Sierraville – Main St, Sierraville, CA 96126

Starbucks Coffee – 5070 Rocklin Rd, Rocklin, CA 95677

Street Vibrations 2012

Northern California to Nevada Motorcycle Ride – Street Vibrations (Reno, NV – Virginia City, NV)

274 miles (5 hours, 35 minutes) http://goo.gl/maps/7bVzB

Denny’s – 4460 Rocklin Rd, Rocklin, CA 95677

Downtown Reno – N. Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501

Downtown Virginia City – S. C St, Virginia City, NV 89440

Denny’s – 4460 Rocklin Rd, Rocklin, CA 95677

Apple Hill September 2012

Northern California Motorcycle Ride – Apple Hill (Placerville, CA – Camino, CA)

87.3 miles (2 hours, 24 minutes) http://goo.gl/maps/Yud4H

Starbucks Coffee – 5070 Rocklin Rd, Rocklin, CA 95677

Abel’s Apple Acres – 2100 Hassler Rd, Placerville, CA 95667

Boa Vista Orchards – 2952 Carson Rd, Placerville, CA 95667

High Hill Ranch – 2901 High Hill Rd, Placerville, CA 95667

Bavarian Hills Orchard – 3100 N. Canyon Rd, Camino, CA 95709

Jack Russell Farm Brewery – 2380 Larsen Dr, Camino, CA 95709

Starbucks Coffee – 5070 Rocklin Rd, Rocklin, CA 95677

Feather River, Quincy, Downieville, Nevada City

Northern California Motorcycle Ride – Feather River (Quincy, CA)

283 miles (5 hours, 50 minutes) https://goo.gl/maps/gminSdffpBE2

Starbucks Coffee – 5070 Rocklin Rd, Rocklin, CA 95677

Starbucks Coffee – 904 E St, Marysville, CA 95901

Pizza Factory – 490 Main St, Quincy, CA 95971

St. Charles Place – 101 Commercial St, Downieville, CA 95936

Cirino’s Bar & Grill – 309 Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959

Starbucks Coffee – 5070 Rocklin Rd, Rocklin, CA 95677

Iowa Hill, Foresthill, Old Town Auburn

Northern California Motorcycle Ride – Iowa Hill Road (Iowa Hill, CA)

103 miles (2 hours, 43 minutes) http://goo.gl/maps/BG3cy

Starbucks Coffee – 129 Ferrari Ranch Rd, Lincoln, CA 95648

Iowa Hill Store – 3071 Iowa Hill Rd, Iowa Hill, CA 95713

Sugar Pine Reservoir – Sugar Pine Rd, Tahoe National Forest

Downtown Foresthill – Main St, Foresthill, CA 95631

Auburn Alehouse – 289 Washington St, Auburn, CA 95603