Old Sugar Mill
Take your pick of tastings from more than 10 local wineries, including Todd Taylor, Clarksburg Wine Company and Carvalho Family Winery. On second Saturdays, they host art walks from noon to 4 p.m., and weekend afternoons are the ideal time for enjoying a picnic lunch on the large back patio. 35265 Willow Ave., Clarksburg; (916) 744-1615; oldsugarmill.com
â€‹Every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., E2 Family Winery and Lido Bay host wine-tasting events in historic Isleton. Check out isletonchamber.com for more juicy details.
The Delta King
How about a wine appreciation class onboard a historic paddle-wheeler? Spend a Friday evening swirling and sipping while learning wine basics, listening to live music and enjoying tasty bites. Then walk over to The Firehouse restaurant to put your new wine knowledge to work.
Delta King: 1000 Front St.; (916) 444-5464; deltaking.com
The Firehouse: 1112 Second St.; (916) 442-4772; firehouseoldsac.com
Sacramento RiverTrain’s Old Vine Express
Chug along the Sacramento River: This scenic three-hour train ride takes you through Yolo County as you enjoy tastings of locally made wines from the likes of Putah Creek Winery, Capay Valley Vineyards, Berryessa Gap Vineyards, Turkovich Family Wines and Wilson Vineyards. sacramentorivertrain.com
Scribner Bend Vineyards and Miner’s Leap Winery are both situated on the Sacramento River and open Fridays through Sundays for tastings. Julietta Winery is a bit inland but overflows with charm.
Scribner Bend Vineyards: 9051 River Road; (916) 744-1803; scribnerbend.com
Miner’s Leap Winery: 54250 S. River Road, Clarksburg; (916) 813-6909; minersleap.com
Julietta Winery: 51221 Clarksburg Road, Clarksburg; (916) 744-9090; juliettawinery.com
THE SIP LIST
Three wines that perfectly embody the flavor of the Delta
Bogle Vineyards 2013 Petite Sirah
Petite sirah is the Delta wetland’s star red varietal. Expect super inky colors, juicy berries and rich tannins.
Clarksburg Wine Company 2012 Chenin Blanc
Clarksburg is where the sturdy chenin blanc grape thrives—its cool mornings and hot days create blends with balanced acids and sugars.
The Lucas Winery 2011 ZinStar Vineyard Zinfandel
Lodi’s juicy zinfandels are known for their ripe berry flavors and earthiness, making them ideal for an al fresco dinner.