Augustines's passion for flying began when he was just 8 years old and living next to an airport. Today, as an adult, Augustines still loves airplanes?so much so that after becoming a decorated fighter and helicopter pilot in the Air Force, and flying in exotic locales such as the Himalayas and Hawaii, he shares his 30 years of flying experience with students and instructors at JetEXE Aviation. He's one of the two flight instructors at JetEXE Aviation, teaching budding pilots how to fly out of Sacramento Airport. Under his or his fellow instructor's tutelage, students can enjoy introductory flights or more rigorous training that preps them for assorted pilot licenses. For non-pilots, the aviation company's team also helms charter flights, ideal for getting from Point A to Point B without having to tunnel there, and customizes the flights for each customer, including Bay area and Napa Valley tours.
The Scribner family has been a fixture of the Sacramento River Delta since 1893, when George Washington Scribner settled along the river bend that would eventually bear his name. Five generations since the fertile soil first beckoned the patriarch, the family is still putting the original barn to good use—now as a tasting room where the Scribners' award-winning wines get the attention and ambiance they deserve. The family’s alluring adult beverages reach their palate-pleasing potential thanks to the expertise of 50-year winemaker William Ghiglieri, who helps the Scribners maintain their century-old legacy. Visitors can rent out the vineyard for private events, lending a convivial elegance to such get-togethers as corporate parties, bridal showers, or pet goldfish funerals.
Cuisine Type: Winery
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Wines and a rustic event venue
Alcohol: Wine only
Outdoor Seating: Yes
The Carvalho family's history in the winemaking industry began in the vineyards of Portugal more than 100 years ago, right after drinking wine for pleasure was invented. Although the family has since immigrated to the rolling fields of Clarksburg Wine Country, the new generation of Carvalhos still hand-crafts small batches of wine with the same dedication as their ancestors. They source their grapes from local vineyards in the surrounding area to concoct a variety of California wines, including their crisp sauvignon blanc, creamy chardonnay, smooth pinot noir, and five-barrel tawny port, which can all be sipped in their quaintly appointed tasting room. In addition to tastings, the room hosts regular events including tastings, art openings, and live music.
The family further proves that they know how to entertain in their charming Old Sugar Mill event space, which hosts weddings and special occasions of all kinds beneath it's cathedral ceilings. Owner John Carvalho renovated the space, but preserved its Old World?style brick walls and rustic doors.
When Primo's Swiss Club in Oak Park closed, its empty building was left to the elements, growing more dilapidated with every year. That is, until the owners of Arthur Henry's Supper Club & Ruby Room stepped in. They painstakingly restored the historic building's interior, exterior, and secret trans-dimensional wormholes, creating an elegant supper club and late-night lounge. The renovation's piece de resistance is a large, communal grill placed in the center of the dining room?here, diners grill their own rib-eyes, filet mignons, and skewers of marinated tenderloin or scallops exactly the way they desire, complete with seasonings. Once the meat is grilled to perfection, diners return to their tables where side salads and slices of house-made garlic bread await.
To help wash down every bite, the bar serves a well curated selection of craft beer and mixes cocktails ranging from classic mint juleps to house creations such as the Dancing Grizzly: a blend of scotch, simple syrup, and fresh orange juice. On many nights, live musicians provide a lively soundtrack to dining and drinking.
Revolution Wine's skilled staffers give each batch of their hand-crafted red, white, and port wines a full body and lush feel. And while heavy machinery and wooden barrels help do the hard work of converting these wine grapes into libations, it's the winemakers who pour a little bit of love into each batch. In the winery's kitchen, a dedicated team of chefs churns out a menu of seasonal bistro food made from local and fresh ingredients. Small artisan plates of French cheese, mixed nuts, and savory bruschetta offer a lighter dining path, while larger entrees of housemade pasta and pork belly sandwiches with cheddar jalapeno biscuits present heartier fare. Revolutions Wines also offers a wine club that gifts members with limited-edition wines and grants access to the first sniff when each new barrel is opened.
Starlite Lounge toasts to the night with a trifecta of evening attractions: drinks, food, and entertainment. The charmingly kitschy lounge plays host to late-night parties throughout the week, with live DJs, musicians, and karaoke setups stationed across two floors. Starlite's menu is designed to keep dancers going, with shareable flat-bread pizzas, zucchini cakes, and hearty burgers. The kitchen closes at 9 p.m. on weeknights and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The bar holds up its end of the bargain with specialty cocktails, including one sweet creation aptly named the lemon pound cake.