Northern California wineries and B&B's in either 1) Amador/El Dorado wine country or 2) Napa/Sonoma (that won't break the bank)?
My mom has been having a rough go of it lately, so I would like to really treat her for Mother's Day this year. She loves wine (old-vine zins, specifically) so I'd like to take her wine-tasting (likely the weekend AFTER Mother's Day), and stay the night in a B&B or some charming, small hotel (to make it more of a 'getaway'). Fortunately we are in the Sacramento area, giving us several options within a few hours' drive. Please help me plan something marvelous for my dear mama!
The first choice would be the Amador/El Dorado area simply because it is more affordable and a little closer. I'm considering Renwood or Story but the lodging options seem kind of limited in the Plymouth area. I am trying to avoid a Super 8-type place--looking for something with a little character.
Napa/Sonoma is second choice but I am open to it. I've only been wine-tasting there once and otherwise I wouldn't even know where to start.
I did take a look at this recent question
but it wasn't too much help because the asker was looking for romantic places (this is my mom we're talking about so that's not a priority!) and most of the responses suggested Mendocino and Big Sur/Monterey/Carmel and those are just too far away.
So I am looking for 1) cool wineries
(preferably old vine) within a couple of hours' drive from Sacramento, 2) affordable lodging
for what would likely be a Saturday night in mid-to-late-May, and 3) dining
suggestions would be great too--cost is not so much a concern here.
As always I feel like I am probably forgetting something, so let me know if you need more details. Thanks everyone!