Third Annual Wine, Cheese & Bread Faire
The Old Sugar Mill hosted the Third Annual Wine, Cheese & Bread Faire on Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22, 2012.
Guests to the event received a thermos tote bag with the Old Sugar Mill logo for keeping purchased items cool. A commemorative wine glass was given to guests 21 and over for sampling the many wines.
The main entrance building housed local wineries that offered free samples, and also offered a larger wine sampling for wine aficionados willing to pay a small extra fee.
Artisan cheese tasting and fresh-baked breads were available at an adjacent building for visitors to enjoy. Guests sampled other regional items such as olive oils, chocolates and other locally made products.
Many of the items available for sampling were perfect pairings for parties, picnics and other similar events. Several people who bought wine, bread and cheese took their purchases and appreciated sharing them outdoors, while enjoying live music from Solsa Entertainment.
To keep guests cool on this hot day, a series of canopy tents were set up, which provided pockets of shade in their courtyard.
A cigar lounge, along with arts and crafts areas, also attracted guests to the outdoors. The historic beauty of the Old Sugar Mill attracts groups that use the facility for various events. Both occupied and abandoned buildings add ambiance to this old site.
Several wineries are housed at the Old Sugar Mill. Heringer Estates, Clarksburg Wine Company, Elevation Ten Winery, R. Merlo Family Vineyards, Todd Taylor Wines, Three Wine Company, Rendez-Vous Winery and Carvalho Family Wines currently occupy the space. These wineries offer wine tasting throughout the year, and an exquisite wine sampling of mostly Clarksburg American Vitcultural Area (AVA) vineyards.
The event was well-attended, and at times lines of people waited for a wine tasting spot to open. The wineries have sitting areas and several patrons enjoyed a bottle of their favorite vintage wine with friends.
Guests were also treated to cheese education seminars, where classes were offered on cheese-making. These classes were offered for a small extra fee. The live-chef demonstrations were quite popular and included chefs from Sacramento restaurants.
I attended a cheese-making class offered by Mulvaney’s at the B&L of Sacramento, in which the chef created a delicious blend of mozzarella cheese and guests were able to enjoy the recently made, and still warm, cheese samplings.
The Old Sugar Mill presentation of the Wine, Cheese & Bread Faire was a lot of fun, and the many samplings available made this a savory experience.
About the only thing missing from the event was a place to lie down and take a nap. The many gourmet food samplings, wine and heat wore down several guests. Event coordinators did include information about discount rates at the Le Rivage Hotel, located about 10 minutes from the Old Sugar Mill.
The Old Sugar Mill offers various events throughout the year, and the wineries on site offer wine tasting from some of the best local vineyards.
The Old Sugar Mill is located in scenic Clarksburg, about 15 minutes from downtown Sacramento. Winery tours, barrel tasting and wine tasting are available daily.
Weddings and special events can also be coordinated with the Old Sugar Mill. Their next public event will be Hot August Whites on Aug. 25-26.