Explore Farms and Wineries in the Sacramento Region

Posted on May 22

Enthusiastic about embracing and celebrating Sacramento’s agricultural bounty? Consider getting up close and personal with regional farmers and winemakers on a Local Roots Food Tour through the Sierra Foothills. These unique adventures start in Newcastle, where participants gather and are then transported (in a 14 passenger executive bus) to an interesting handful of small farms and wineries. 

Local Roots, whose vision is to offer its tour guests the opportunity to “savor, learn, explore and connect,” provides personable guides who introduce visitors to the agricultural properties and facilitate “up close contact with the owners of the farms, orchards and vineyards.” 

Four-hour tours include a locally sourced catered lunch and a reusable Local Roots Food Tours market bag (participants have opportunities to shop for produce, cheese and wine throughout the afternoon). The tours visit farms such as Colwell Thundering Herd Ranch in Penryn, which specializes in growing Mandarins but also produces a proprietary line of Mandarin and lemon olive oils, fruit spreads and dark chocolate sauces; and Twin Peaks Orchards in Newcastle, well-known for its spectacular peaches, nectarines, plums and persimmons. Friendly Dona del Cielo Winery in Newcastle is a popular stop for a round of wine tasting and a lazy 4-course gourmet lunch.

Perfect for a unique (and educational) weekend jaunt, birthday, or as a special treat for out-of-town guests, Local Roots’ Sierra Foothills Farm & Wine Tour is offered Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30am. For more information visit the company’s website

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Make-A-Wish Foundation's 27th annual Wine and Food Fest

Make-A-Wish Foundation's 27th annual Wine and Food Fest

Images from the Make-A-Wish Foundation's 27th annual Wine and Food Fest Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Guests were treated to food and drink from nearly 100 local eateries and bars. Other vendors auctioned off wares and services ranging from hand-woven free trade baskets to modern art work and vintage photographs. Proceeds from the event went to the charity’s mission of arranging experiences for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Published: Wednesday, April 29, 2015