Delta Daze – Wine Tasting in the Delta
By Kearsten Shepherd
I have a special place in my heart for the Delta, part of the greater Sacramento area and a place I called home for nearly three years. I also have a special place in my heart for our Delta wineries. They are a great place to take visiting friends or to spend a leisurely weekend afternoon. What the Delta lacks in the small number of wineries there, it more than makes up for in the amazing wines they offer. Also, the short drive along the tree-lined levy roads is as beautiful as the wineries themselves. If you haven’t visited these wineries yet – you’re missing out!
Bogle Winery – While you are able to find many mainstream Bogle wines in the local supermarkets and on wine lists at restaurants up and down the state, if you haven’t been to the winery you are missing out on some amazing wines and beautiful views. Tastings are free and usually offer five or six varietals – all of which are great. Whether you are a white wine fan or a red wine enthusiast, you can’t go wrong at Bogle, it really is the best of both worlds. They offer great discounts to wine club members and on Fridays throughout the summer they host an “alfresco” evening on the lawn ($5 wine club members, $10 public) where you can enjoy live music, food truck fare and of course great wine! The tasting room is open 7 days a week (excluding holidays) 10:00-5:00 (M-F) and 11:00-5:00 on weekends. Reservations for groups of eight or more are required.
Miner’s Leap – One of the newer wineries in the Delta, Miner’s leap is owned and operated by Miner family. Most days you can find Stefani pouring wine in their tasting room – which is housed in a converted barn on the property that spills out onto a multi-level patio with tables and chairs to sit and enjoy the scenery. You can bring your friends and sit out there for hours enjoying the wine, the atmosphere and a picnic lunch. Kids and dogs are welcome too! Everyone at Miner’s Leap treats you like an old friend and welcomes you in like family. It’s a great weekend jaunt – this is actually one of my favorite spots to take out of town guests (weather permitting) as well as have impromptu family gatherings on lazy Sunday afternoons. It’s also a great venue for an event – it’s a beautiful setting for a shower or wedding. I also recently attended a concert there, which was great! I highly recommend this hidden gem! Tasting room hours are 2:00 -7:00 (Fridays) and 11:00-5:00 on weekends. Tasting is free.
The Old Sugar Mill – One of my favorite things about the Old Sugar Mill is that it’s indoors , which means it’s got air conditioning – that comes in handy on hot summer days – not even the delta breeze can cool you down once it gets over 100 degrees. My other favorite thing is that it has 10 wineries on site to taste at – all in one convenient location. It’s like a tasting room on steroids, only nicer and with instrumental music. My all-time favorite wine at the Old Sugar Mill is Todd Taylor – if you’re a red wine fan, you won’t want to miss this place. Another favorite is Elevation 10, which is partially owned by two Sacramento lobbyists. With ten amazing wineries to choose from, it shouldn’t be hard to find a favorite of your own. Tasting fees and times vary by winery, but all are open Saturday and Sunday 11:00 -5:00.
So the next time you have an open weekend – or the opportunity to leave early on a Friday – take the short drive down to the Delta and enjoy one of my favorite places!
Pro tip: Stop and grab a snack at Husick’s Hardware and Deli – you’ll be glad you did!