California’s vast interior region is dotted with unexpected destinations just off of Interstate 5. So exit the freeway and discover a riverboat hotel, fabulous sweet wines, a restaurant that raises its own beef and a vineyard run by modern-day monks.
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In 2000, Trappist-Cistercian monks revived winemaking activities at the former Great Vina Ranch, which was established in the late 19th century. Taste a rare American Assyrtiko and see a vineyard and abbey that follow medieval traditions.
Relive Sacramento’s river-town history with a dinner of braised lamb shank and a bottle of Fiddletown Zinfandel before settling in for the night aboard this classic riverboat.
Many of the world’s top winemakers and viticulturists learned their skills at University of California, Davis—and you can too. Call or email in advance to attend a lecture or tour this cutting-edge learning center focused on wine and food that includes a research winery, brewery and gardens.
Charge your Tesla and sample brands that include Gnarly Head, Noble Vines and Black Stallion. Garagiste winemakers can buy supplies for their own amateur fermentations.
At this inn and restaurant owned by California’s largest beef marketer, guests can live out their carnivorous dreams. Shrug off the whiff of stockyard outside and slice into a 24-ounce, cowboy-cut ribeye inside the cool, luxurious Old West-style steakhouse.
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