From the issue Fall for It
Sutter Me Up
Sutter Creek in the Sierra foothills isn't called the "Jewel of the Mother Lode" for nothing. Its Main Street USA ambience lined with 19th century buildings and mom-and-pop shops give new life to old gold country. Among the latest is Sutter Creek Cheese Shoppe; the French owners know their curds and the Fromager d'Affinois is très magnifique! Belly up to the L-shaped bar at Scott Harvey's new tasting room where the InZINerator and Mountain Selection Syrah are longtime favorites. Planning to overnight it? Just a two-minute walk from Main Street, Eureka Street Inn is the smartest bet. This historic bed and breakfast with warm wooden décor has country charms without going overboard on the potpourri and doilies. Cozy up in a rocking chair next to the Franklin stove fireplace. Just beyond downtown Sutter Creek is the soul of California's underdog wine country: Shenandoah Valley in Amador County is one of the most down-to-earth regions you'll ever visit. Drytown Cellars makes great Zins at great prices and Wilderotter Vineyard's stone-and-wood-finished tasting room looks out to fall-tinged vines. (Their Barbera won the Golden Bear for best in show at the California State Fair) Bella Piazza Winery has an expansive outdoor courtyard overlooking the valley, and dishes out hot-from-the-oven pizza on weekends. Pair it with their Montepulciano—a rare Italian varietal. Good as gold.
TIP: Saturday, Nov. 13 is Winefest at the Sutter Creek Auditorium. Amador County wineries and local restaurants will be on hand to pour wine and offer food samples. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
Eureka Street Inn, 55 Eureka St., Sutter Creek; 209-267-5500. Rates start at $125. No dogs.