Hello, gelato

Illustration by Mark Stivers

Sweet expansion: I love Gunther’s Ice Cream, but I’m still waiting for Sacramento to get a fancy ice cream shop. I hate to say “artisanal ice cream,” but, ya know, a place with cool flavor combinations, olive oil sundaes and stuff. Anyway, maybe I’m the only person who feels this way because we keep hearing about new gelato options instead. Not that I have anything against gelato. Moving on.

Roseville’s Miabella Gelato recently opened a second shop, Miabella Gelato & Coffee (1735 Arden Way) at the Market Square at Arden. It’s a modern-looking spot with dark decor and, unlike the Roseville location, espresso and coffee. That means affogato, and that is very exciting.

Miabella comes from Italian-American brother-sister duo Alan Vail and Brianne Vail-Smith. They offer classic gelato flavors as well as seasonal fruit specialties, including nectarine in the summer and pomegranate in the fall. You can also pick up gelato cakes, cupcakes topped with gelato or—exclusively at the Arden location—cannoli.

There are a couple more recent expansions worth noting. Vampire Penguin is adding a fifth location in Rocklin at 6700 Lone Tree Boulevard. The shaved snow empire is also growing to encompass the Bay Area, with a spot near UC Berkeley opening sometime this month.

And Smokers Wild BBQ is adding another food truck to its fleet, enabling lunchtime delivery service to private parties of 15 or more. That should start in August, and expect a separate delivery menu to appear online shortly.

Booze news: Yolo County got another brewery on Saturday. Blue Note Brewing Co. (750 Dead Cat Alley) finally opened its doors to the public on Saturday, becoming the second brewery in Woodland. Five beers are currently on tap—founder David Towne recently brewed an oatmeal stout and hoppy saison—but Blue Note plans to focus on ales and lagers, according to the Daily Democrat. Towne’s brewing credentials include time at Anderson Valley Brewing Co.

Over in Rocklin, Dragas Brewing started bottling for the first time last week. Some stores are already carrying 22-ounce bottles of its Kolsch, Weisse Apple and Stout of Fire. Meanwhile, Revolution Wines’ Craig Haarmeyer is releasing a sparkling version of his delicious Chenin Blanc—the 2014 Pét-Nat of Chenin Blanc—this week. Last year’s sparkling sold out prior to it even getting released. This year, he’s giving mailing list subscribers a first chance at snatching up bottles, so sign up fast: http://streyvineyards.com.