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Other Gold Country wineries, breweries
Andis Wines: A bold, shiny structure commanding a hilltop, the steel and wood winery spans 17,000 square feet amid 26 acres of vineyards. Gather at a 26-foot long bar made from Lyptus hybrid hardwood topped in concrete and sample specialties like Barbera, Grenache, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Primitivo and Orange wine (prairie flower-perfumed, amber hued Viognier). (11000 Shenandoah Road, Plymouth, (209) 245-6177, www.andiswines.com .)

Vino Noceto: Yes, that’s a giant, fiberglass Doggie Diner dachshund dog head on display next to the vineyard, salvaged from the iconic Bay Area hot dog and hamburger chain that closed in 1986. Relax in the red barn tasting room and sip Moscato Secco, Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese and Original Grandpère Vineyard Zinfandel. (11011 Shenandoah Road, Plymouth, (209) 245-6556, www.noceto.com .)

Casque Wines: The tasting room is lovely, set on The Flower Farm with a dog-, familyand picnic-friendly patio overlooking the pond and flower nursery. Owner-winemaker Kevin Stevenson focuses on red blends, plus Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Grenache and Roussanne. (9280 Horseshoe Bar Road, Loomis, (916) 652-2250, www.casquewines.com .)

Moonraker Brewing Co.: Debuted in 2016, the solarpowered brewery specializes in bold, hoppy beers, plus a new line of sour beers. The dogfriendly spot offers a remarkable 27 beers on tap, with oft-changing recipes in whimsical names like Atomic Betty Northeast style DIPA. (12970 Earhart Ave #100, Auburn, (530) 745-6816, www.moonrakerbrewing.com .)

Hurst Ranch Supply: Wine tastings are held in The Depot, famous as the railroad station in Clint Eastwood’s movie, “The Unforgiven.” Today, the rustic place offers local coffees, olive oils, honey, vinegars, cheeses and, of course, estate wine, produced by Joe and Leslie Hurst in Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese and Barbera varietals. (17415 State Highway 108, Jamestown, (209) 984-3016, www.hurstranchjamestown.com .)

Yosemite Cellars: Wines are made exclusively from the estate vineyard located at a 3,000foot elevation near Yosemite National Park. Due to snow, the tasting room is open May through September with wines served at outdoor tables under towering pines. Try the robust Tannat, Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and red blends. (12282 Punch Bowl Road, Groveland, (209) 770-3381, www.yosemitecellars.com. )