Back That Glass Up

It’s been a hot minute since our last post, but The Basics have been busy exploring Sacramento’s beautiful spring time offerings.

If you’re like us, you’ve had that weekend itch to get out of town and see something different…but you’ve also not wanted to deal with the hassle of packing up and spending too much quality time on the freeway. Here to solve all your problems (or at least those two)? The Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg.

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Most seasoned Sacramentans are familiar with the Sugar Mill’s wine tasting rooms, but as relative newbies we’d only heard rustlings and (as one of us hails from Sonoma Valley and can’t help but be a little bit of a wine snob) we were a little dubious initially. That quickly changed.

First off, you fall in love with Clarksburg before you even get to the mill. Even though it sits only 15 minutes from Downtown, you feel like you’ve taken a trip back in time to a quiet and quaint town miles from any city. The OId Sugar Mill itself is a beauty. Built in the 1930’s, it was a fully functioning sugar mill until the ‘90’s and has been a wine tasting venue since 2002.

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The Sugar Mill is home to 12 petite tasting rooms, two of which we visited on a recent Saturday afternoon. We started at Three Wine Company, purely on the basis of their beautiful label, and ended up tasting a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon boasting blackberry and sweet tobacco, as well as one of the best Rieslings we’ve had in a while. Next we wandered into Elevation Ten’s tasting room, where our loyal red wine lover found a Pinot Grigio she actually really loved and we noshed on some delicious local olive oils.

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The Old Sugar Mill is the perfect place to take out-of-towners wanting to see the best of Sacramento and also makes for a gorgeous wedding venue, the site for many local events, and hosts beekeeping classes once a month (which are a blast). Check it out and let us know what you discover!


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