I know this is really short notice, but I just found out about the Grapes & Grub Festival while driving through the California Delta earlier this week.
The festival is going to be held at the Old Sugar Mill, which is located in the heart of the Clarksburg American Viticultural Area, about 15 minutes from downtown Sacramento.
Following the European model, the Old Sugar Mill is a repurposed facility built in 1934 as a beet sugar refinery. Rather than bulldozing it, as is the custom in America when a building has outlived its usefulness, the mill was remodeled and now is home to 11 different wineries that produce a wide array of varieties.
The facility is dog-friendly, a popular destination for family picnics, and even serves as a venue for weddings and other special events.
The 11 wineries that call the Old Sugar Mill home are:
- Clarksburg Wine Company
- Heringer Estates
- Todd Taylor
- Three Wine
- Elevation Ten
- Merlo Family Vineyards
- Rendez-vous Winery
- Due Vigne di Famiglia
- Draconis by Matt Powell
- Perry Creek Winery
And this Saturday (June 25) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., it will host the Grapes & Grub Festival, featuring food trucks offering dishes with suggested wine pairings, a wine pairing education session, a VIP lounge (accessed by purchasing wine from one of four sponsoring wineries), and live music.
Some of the best food on the planet today is being prepared on food trucks, so I really wish I were traveling through the area this coming weekend. If you happen to be traversing Interstate-5 in the Sacramento area this Saturday, check it out. I have a feeling that your palate will thank you.