Magazine article Sunset

What to Do in Northern California: November

Magazine article Sunset

What to Do in Northern California: November

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Watch an olive crush

For a wine country tasting room where even the designated driver has something to sample, don't miss the Olive Press, in Sonoma Valley's southern gateway. In a new Tuscan-style building shared with Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, you can watch the big Pieralisi press crushing the current crop now through January. Then taste and buy local olive oils, tapenades, and specialty products like roasted garlic-rosemary dipping oil--perfect for an Indian-summer barbecue. Free to watch, but call ahead to check when press will be operating; 24724 Arnold Dr./State 121; or 800/965-4839.--LORA J. FINNEGAN




Channel your hunter-gatherer instincts at Skyline Chestnuts. The roads are winding and the signage small, but once there, you'll find clutches of century-old chestnut trees decked out in fall colors. Proprietor Hans Johsens keeps pails and heavy-duty gloves on hand, and you'll need them: As they ripen, the silky brown nuts fall to the ground, peeking from large, prickly burrs that you'll have to peel back for the prize. It taps a primal urge to bag as many as possible--and yeah, roast them on an open fire. Through Nov 18; $5 per lb., cash only; 22322 Skyline Blvd.; or 408/395-0337.



TRY CITY WINE Revolution Wines, Sacramento's first commercial winery since Prohibition, opened this past summer in a 2,400-square-foot former auto shop. Visitors who come to taste the Pinot Grigio, Zinfandel, Syrah, and other varietals can see winemaking in action, from crush to bottling. Winemaker Jason Fernandez looked for the urban space for more than a year and plans to participate in the Second Saturday Art Walk ( and other special events. Open Thu-Sun; $4 tasting fee; 2116 P St.; or 916/444-7711.



GET SCRUBBED AND RUBBED Before treatments at the Korean-style Imperial Spa, it's customary to brush your teeth with a complimentary toothbrush, shower, and soften skin with a soak or steam. Then go for the body-scrub-and-massage combo ($80 for women, $100 for men), which starts with a vigorous exfoliation by an undergarment-clad practitioner wearing loofah-like hand mitts. …

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