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The Sutter Buttes Means Wine

Contributed by Steve Beckley

What goes better with cheese then wine, so after doing the Glenn County cheese blog, I visited some wineries with a tie to the Sutter Buttes. When you think wine in California you think about the major wine areas such as El Dorado County, Napa Valley, Sonoma, and the Central Coast. I doubt if the Sutter Buttes ever comes to mind as wine destination.

I stopped in at Cordi Winery located off Pennington Road west of Live Oak. It is owned and operated by Reece and Teresa Cordi and was the first winery in Sutter County. Mother Nature had a lot to do with this becoming a vineyard location and winery as the first grapes were planted on the property in 2009 after a storm toppled two-thirds of their almond trees. The location is one of my favorite as it is right at the base of the Buttes. They have a tasting room on site and hold regular tastings. You can check their website to see when they are open and also I see them pouring wine at many community events.

Grindstone Wines owned by Mike and Amy Doherty is not is the Buttes, but their vineyards, located west of Arbuckle, overlooking the Sacramento Valley get an award for the best view of the Sutter Buttes. The grow grapes for several Napa and Sonoma wineries but also have their own wine brand, Grindstone, made from grapes produced at the ranch. They are committed to sustainable agriculture and their vineyards and ranch are a haven for wildlife. I really enjoyed a tour of the ranch by Mike and had a chance to visit with Amy as they had just received a shipment of their wine from the winery in Oregon that makes it for them. You can order their wines and learn more from their website.

The newest addition to “Sutter Buttes Wines” is Munger Family Vineyard located right outside the town of Sutter. I stopped by their New Release Weekend when they were featuring 2015 Sutter Cut Blend, Zinfandel and Merlot wines. These grapes were locally grown in Sutter on the Peacock Family Farms property on East Butte Road. It owned by Danny and Stacy Munger and when you visit their open house, you are a guest at their home as it is held in their beautiful backyard with a great view of the Buttes. You can learn more about their wines, join the wine club and find out when their open houses are by visiting their website.

A bottle or two of wine with a lineage to the Sutter Buttes makes a great gift or a great pour when you have guests over during the holidays.