It will come of no surprise that our second stop on arriving in Woodland, California, seat of Yolo County, was to the Uvaggio Wine Bar. The first was to check in at Marriott's Fairfield Inn & Suites which would be the hub for our two day exploration of Yolo county, its cities, communities and countryside.
At Uvaggio we met with Owner Andrew Linden who explained that besides wine tastings the menu provides some brews, taps, bar snacks and desserts. We told him that we were most interested in tasting some of the wines produced in Yolo county which he agreed was a very good idea.
Starting with the whites there was a Seka Hills Viognier, a Berryessa Gap Verdelho and a Twisted River White Raven. For the reds there was a Twisted River Petite Sirah, a Turkovikch red blend called The Boss, a Matchbook Cabernet Sauvignon and a Bogle Vineyards Merlot.
Uvaggio Wine Bar is located at 703 Main Street, Woodland,Ca 530 554-8534
Then it was dinner time so we moved on to the Savory Cafe. Both these restaurants and bars are located on Woodland's picturesque Main Street with many of its brick building now facing their third century.
We met with Juan Barajas, manager who told us that Savory was about to add a new menu. We said that the one we were looking at offered what we wanted. My dining partner had the Braised Lamb Shank while I could not resist the Steak Diana, which arrived as a huge rib eye steak that covered a very large plate. At the next table we marveled at the huge double cut pork chop being served.
Our wine with dinner was Matchbook Tempranillo.
Savory Cafe is located at 722 A Main Street, Woodland, Ca 530 668-4009.
It had been an easy six hour drive from the San Fernando Valley to Woodland, all of it on Interstate 5. As we moved through Stockton and then Sacramento we noted how green the surrounding country was. Their El Nino had made pasture and orchard lush while our El Nino had been a bust.
Then it was time to enjoy the luxury of our room at the Fairfield Inn. Fairfield Inn is located at 2100 Freeway Drive, Woodland, Ca 530 723-5067.