By Stuart Schmidt
Only about an hour away from San Francisco and about a half hour from Napa, Fairfield, CA is in a sweet spot for day trippers from the Bay Area and Sacramento. There are several good wineries out there but I wanted to focus on GV Cellars for you as they have solid wines and a fantastic view from their top deck.
GV Cellars is a handsome, white-walled winery located to the west of Suisun Valley, in Fairfield's Green Valley wine region. The road I took to GV was one I had taken before but I had forgotten how remote it felt when I was only about 3 miles from a bustling suburb. This part of Fairfield is adorned with large farmhouses with big yards, miles of grapevines and golden, windswept hills dotted with trees. It was super-hot outside when I arrived so I made a beeline for the door. I was greeted by an adorable little black dog on the stairs leading up to the tasting room. He turned and led the way to the cozy and intimate small bar area that could accommodate about four people with wines lining the opposite wall. I could tell GV was popular as more people followed me into the tasting room a few minutes later. My tasting was brief, but contained some interesting wines:
2015 Chardonnay-good acidity. Interestingly, this Chard was not aged in oak barrels as is common around the state but this one was aged in stainless steel barrels so it was very refreshing. Almost like a Sauvignon Blanc or Albariño
Sauvignon Blanc-traditional grapefruit/lemongrass aromas. Thirst-quenching and easy to drink.
Rose of Sangiovese- A good dry rose. I am always a fan of a good rose
Dolcetto- A smokey and fruity Italian red
Cabernet Sauvignon: different style than the mouthpunchers of Napa but this one reminded me of plum and was soft and silky.
As you can see from the photo, the upstairs deck was fantastic. Vines stretched out across the valley floor covering the earth in a lovely dark green fuzz. The hills in the distance created a serenity that is hard to describe with word. Sometimes it’s hard for those of us who live in big cities to explore even our own towns. Since they are away from the congestion of the urban jungle but still close enough to be accessible, GV Cellars and Fairfield are not to be missed.
You can read more about Stuart and his wine-tasting adventures at https://stuartswinelife.com/