I don’t get to see my sisters very often because we all live in different cities. Granted, we all live in Northern California, but it makes it hard to coordinate time together between the three of us. I live in San Francisco and my two sisters live in Fresno and Stockton. Most of the time they come out to visit me in the City, but because both of them have kids now, it’s gotten harder and harder for them to come my way. This time, we decided we would go wine tasting together. My youngest sister Nora did some research online and found a great place called Rendez-vous Winery where we could all meet up and do some wine tasting in Sacramento together.
In an email, she sent me the website for Old Sugar Mill, which is located in Clarksburg, California. For me, it would be about 2 hours away, but for my other sisters it wouldn’t be as far, which was a definite plus. After browsing the website for a while I also found that not only is Old Sugar Mill a winery, it is home to eight different wineries. This means that we’d have all kinds of wine tasting to do all in the same place. And after I looked at the website, I called by friend Julie who lives in Sacramento and goes wine tasting quite frequently. She recommended Todd Taylor, Rendez-vous Winery and Elevation Ten. But she also said that all of them were great wineries and that we couldn’t do any wrong there.
Although I was a bit skeptical about a winery in the middle of nowhere, I became pretty excited about it because I was hearing so many great things about the winery. I even visited Yelp to see what other people were saying about Old Sugar Mill, and everything seemed pretty consistent with what Julie had told me about it.
The day we decided to go wine tasting ended up being a gorgeous fall day—and luckily my other sister Andrea brought her nice camera. It was great to get a few photos of all of us together on a rare occasion. And we were even more blown away when we walked into the building and started our wine tasting.
After having been to Napa and other Bay Area wineries on the regular, I was impressed by the tasting fees. They were either free or a very small amount. Most of the fees were waived if you purchased wine. And since I generally like to take home souvenirs when I go wine tasting in Sacramento, I ended up bringing home 4 bottles!
The wines we tasted at each winery were extremely different. Todd Taylor had some spectacular reds and Rendez-vous had some fantastic whites! As an added bonus, Rendez-vous Winery also makes olive oil and balsamic vinegar (my absolute favorite). I had such a great day with my sisters enjoying wine, enjoying food and enjoying each others company.