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Jun 21, 2006 02:54 PM

Report on Sutter Creek Visit

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We visited wineries in El Dorado and Amador counties this weekend. Here’s 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 stops—highlights were Cedarville (make an appointment now!), Terre Rouge (unbelievable rhones) and Dillian (so nice). Had dinner at Susan’s Place in Sutter Creek. After a day of drinking wine, it was nice to have simple, filling food and Susan’s 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 (can’t 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.

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  1. My husband and I have also enjoyed dining at the newly opened Taste restaurant in Plymouth. As frequent visitors to this area for wine tasting, we were delighted to have a fine dining establishment open.

    The Bistro at Villa Toscano Winery is a nice stop for lunch and we have enjoyed their sandwiches, pasta, and salads on many occasions. Villa Toscano has a great Barbera that we love as well. They are always doing barrel tastings. It's a nice stop. We usually stop at Deaver Winery for their wonderful California style Ports. It's a lovely site for a picnic with a huge lawn area, lots of trees, and a small lake.

    We will definitely try Susan's Place in Sutter Creek after reading your post. We have stayed at Foxes Inn (a bed and breakfast) in Sutter Creek. It is very lovely as well.

    Have you discovered a nice place to stay in FairPlay? We are searching for a place there and in Placerville as well. Would love to hear your recommendations.


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    1. re: howefortunate

      I really liked Fitzpatrick Winery and Lodge. Both the breakfast and Ploughman's lunch are great, they make there own bread and bake it in there brick oven. The views from the lodge can't be beat either. I really don't advise staying there in the summer as the area can get really hot; however, the Fitzpatrick's have a lap pool to cool off in.

      1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

        Fitzpatrick was the only place I found in Fair Play, but they were unfortunately booked when we were there. Looks like a wonderful spot to stay, but visiting Fair Play from Sutter Creek was fairly easy to do.