We visited wineries in El Dorado and Amador counties this weekend. Heres the report:
Friday: We had a late dinner at Taste in Plymouth. Highly recommended. We started with the mushroom cigars (wild mushrooms in phylo dough) and the lemon grass prawns both great dishes and went well with a glass of champagne, which cut the richness of the creamy sauce for the shrimp in particular. For entrees, we had salmon with gnocchi and asparagus and roasted monkfish with fava beans and morels. Both dishes were good, but the monkfish was stellar and went surprisingly well with our bottle of C.G. di Arie zinfandel. We ended the night with a trio of sorbet (mango, blood orange and cab-raspberry).
Saturday: Visited the wineries in the Fair Play area Cedarville, Oakstone, Fleur de lys and Latcham. Then returned to Amador and hit Dillian, Domaine de la Terre Rouge and Vino Noceto. All were great stopshighlights were Cedarville (make an appointment now!), Terre Rouge (unbelievable rhones) and Dillian (so nice). Had dinner at Susans Place in Sutter Creek. After a day of drinking wine, it was nice to have simple, filling food and Susans fit the bill. We shared a baked brie with roasted garlic to start. Our entrees both came with a nice salad (a forgotten touch); we had the mussels and pasta, and the meatballs. The pastas were a little overcooked and had oddly large pieces of spinach in them, but the flavors were comforting. A great wine list with huge pours we ordered a glass of the Dillian Primitivo and a glass of one of the Voigner (cant remember the label), each of which came with a separate little carafe that easily added up to two glasses of wine. A great deal.
We stayed at the Hanford House in Sutter Creek. Nice breakfast of a baked french toast the first morning and basil crepes the second. They also delivered warm scones and coffee to the room before breakfast - a nice touch.