So a little background, each year my grandparents go on a “wine trip” with my grandpa’s siblings and significant other’s. One couple (they rotate each year) chooses the location and plans the trip for the whole group. This year is my grandparent’s turn, and they asked Abe and I if we would like to join them on their scouting adventure. YES PLEASE! These people can wine, dine and enjoy life like nobody’s business!!! They have worked so hard to enjoy this time in their lives like they do, and I am so lucky to have them in my life.
Without further ado, our weekend in Sutter Creek…
I left work a little early so we drove to Sutter Creek from Davis without much fuss. We had a reservation at the hotel restaurant a little later in the evening, so we enjoyed some appetizers and wine up on the patio and chatted the afternoon away 🙂
Later we changed and headed down to the hotel restaraunt for dinner. There was supposedly a new (to the restaraunt) chef in the kitchen that my grandma was excited about. Sadly, it was a disappointing meal… my chicken was burnt and veggies undercooked. Oh well, we were in excellent company and talked, and talked and talked!! After dinner, we went to the ’emporium’ next door for some ice cream. SO GOOD!
And checked out the bar underneath the hotel called The Cellar. As you walked down the stairs, they had this wall of pickled veggies that I thought was particularly beautiful. After getting some hot water for tea at the bar, we headed up to our rooms and called it a night. I was exhausted from my week!!
We woke up and headed out for breakfast at the Back Roads Coffee House just down the street from the hotel, because it was the only thing open at 8 AM!! My grandparents had gotten up early (7ish) looking for a cup of coffee and NOTHING was open. Even the hotel was slackin’ on the coffee! I think its safe to say Sutter Creek sleeps in.
After a breakfast of a veggie bagel and other egg dishes, we headed out for our day of wine tasting! Most of the wineries hadn’t opened yet, so we stopped at the flower farm to look at all the flowers.
But alas, it was the wrong time of year to see the day lilies they were known for… womp wooomp. Buut, it was a beautiful, sunny day (can’t you tell by our squinty eyes in the pictures below?!?) and we just enjoyed walking around.
On to the vineyards! Confession: I don’ t like wine. I really don’t drink for that matter. But I actually found something I liked! Vino Noceto has a Moscato that was quite sweet and tastey 🙂 If I ever have to drink, I know what I’m getting.
Other wineries, like Bella Grace, had olive oil tasting!! Schweet! I’ve tasted flavored olive oils before where you just can’t taste any of the flavor, but you could definitely taste their’s. My grandma bought us a bottle of the Basil Olive Oil but they were out of stock, so now we’re anxiously awaiting its arrival in the mail! 😀
This picture is so perfect. They’re such experienced wine tasters! Sidenote: Did you know wino meant “someone who drinks excessive amounts of cheap wine. Expecially if they’re homeless” ???? I definitely did not.
MY favorite part of the trip!! CHEESE TASTING! There was a Cheese Shoppe just down the street from the hotel that offered cheese tasting. I just had to. I am a cheese fiend and nothing sounds better than tasting copious amounts of cheese with a knowledgeable French man (I was too nervous to take a picture of Francois!). Needless to say, I walked away with at least $25 worth of cheese.
So as we visited all of the wineries on Saturday, I couldn’t help but take notice that the bread for olive oil tasting was all from the same place. I asked someone about this bakery and they said it was worth a visit. Uhhh, yeah it was! We went to investigate Sunday morning and I am so glad we did. We started off with ciabatta breakfast sandwiches with egg, green onion and thinly sliced ham. Ah-mazing. We purposefully waited to buy any pastries (think of it as a second course) so I headed back in and got a little crazy… I got a chocolate chip cookie (“for later”… yeah right, it lasted a millisecond), a chocolate croissant (so melty and warm), hot cocoa (the best ever) and a loaf of bread to eat with my cheeeese! Overboard? Maybe a little. But you only visit Andrae’s Bakery once, and boy did I make the best of it! I think this was my favorite part of the trip because it was a find! 😀
After breakfast, we made our way to Placerville which was just boring compared to the other towns we had visited. The only thing we could think to do there was eat, and I think we had eaten MORE than enough by that point. So in the spur of the moment, we made a decision to go to Apple Hill! I apparently was the only one who had heard of it, but everyone agreed it sounded like fun. Off we went to find a you-pick orchard! But it was too late in the season, and no one had you-pick 😦 Instead, we bought more food — a pie for the roomies and an apple donut, just to taste! We went to a couple orchards and cruised around checking it out. Everything was slowing down because it was the end of the season, but now we’ll have an idea of what to do when we go back next year! 😉