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Foodie Find: Willamette Wineworks in Folsom

824 Sutter Street, Suite 200, Folsom, 916-542-7417,

The new and ever-changing dining restrictions have had at least one positive effect: Sitting outdoors on a chilly winter evening having wine and small plates can be most enjoyable. There’s nowhere I would recommend more to partake in this activity than Willamette Wineworks—sited in Folsom’s historically significant Roundhouse. According to their website, “Willamette Wineworks, a micro-winery, is a wine, blending, and food experience created by Willamette Valley Vineyards. The unique hands-on wine-blending experience will allow our guests to learn more about the process of winemaking and enjoy their own wine creation.” Although I wasn’t able to partake in the wine-blending experience (I have it on my to-do list when circumstances allow), the wine drinking and tapas-style dining, combined with grand vistas and superior service, warmed the soul. I started with the Oregon Estate Wine Flight as an homage to the founders—“brothers Jim, the founder of Willamette Valley Vineyards in Oregon, and Jerry, the local builder of Historic Folsom Station.” I paired the wine with the Seasonal Cheese Board featuring Cypress Grove Midnight Moon, Cypress Grove Purple Haze, Fiscalini Smoked Cheddar, prosciutto, salami, candied spiced raisins, sage garlic cashews, and orange cranberry relish (the nuts and relish all made in-house at nearby Karen's Bakery). I also recommend the locally made focaccia bread (Village Bakery) and house-made tomato bisque. I finished my evening of indulgence with a chocolate truffle (made a block away at Snooks Candies and Chocolate Factory) and wine pairing, followed by a stroll on Historic Sutter Street, as the nighttime chill seemed to fade away. 

Willamette Wineworks; Photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group*



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by Lorn Randall
*Photos by Dante Fontana © and wholly owned by Style Media Group—please don’t steal our copyrighted photos. For more information about our editorial photos, please click here to contact us

Lone Buffalo photo by Anne Doupnik, Heirloom Photography.