Wine and shine on California's Sacramento Delta

Clarksburg's tasting rooms reveal a different flavor of the region

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Scribner Bend Vineyards

What: Six generations of Scribners have owned this farmland turned vineyard. Try the Tempranillo, poured proudly by chatty owner Mark. When: 11-4:30 Fri-Sun. How much: Free tastings. Where: 9051 River Rd., Sacramento; www.scribnerbend.com or 916/744-1803.

Bogle Vineyards

What: Inky Petite Sirah sampled in an airy tasting room with vineyard views. When: Open daily. How much: Free tastings. Where: 37783 County Rd. 144; www.boglewinery.com or 916/744-1139.

Freeport Bar & Grill

What: Homey American cookin' in an unfussy setting. Chow down on tangy ribs and piles of onion rings. When: Lunch and dinner daily. How much: $$. Where: 8259 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento; 916/665-1169.

Dinky Diner

What: A shingled riverfront mobile unit with lines of locals craving bacon cheeseburgers and super-thick chocolate shakes. When: Breakfast and lunch Wed-Sat. How much: $. Where Riverview Dr. between Clarksburg Rd. and Netherlands Ave.

Central Clarksburg and the Marina

What: Hushed streets, a couple of quirky shops, a grassy square, and a marina ― the perfect place to head after wine tasting to rest and watch the river roll by. Where: S. River Rd. at Netherlands Ave.

Info: From Sacramento, take I-5 south and exit at Pocket Rd./State 160 (Freeport), then turn left on Pocket. Turn right at Freeport Blvd./State 160 and left at S. River Rd.

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