Cheers! Celebrate National Drink Wine Day

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Cheers, friends! Today (Feb. 18) is National Drink Wine Day! Let's raise our glasses with our favorite Suisun Valley and Green Valley wines to celebrate.

Let's be honest, one never really needs a reason to enjoy a good glass of wine. But when there is a day devoted to the activity, you may as well have at least a glass or two. And lucky for all of us, there are many, many varieties of wine to choose from with Suisun Valley and Green Valley in our backyard.

The beautiful Suisun Valley and its neighbor Green Valley are two of Solano County’s hidden treasures. Few travelers driving Interstate 80 between Sacramento and San Francisco realize that just mere miles from the Fairfield city limits is a thriving wine country, where acres of grapevines grow amid a backdrop of green rolling hills and blue skies.

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This is a place for visitors searching for world-class wines, home grown farm products and calm and beautiful farm country. On these quiet roads, there is more traffic from wild turkeys, squirrels and birds than cars. Family-owned farms dot the area, where locals are known to grow a variety of fruits and vegetables alongside acres of grapevines. Many of the area wineries have opened their own tasting rooms on their properties. Visitors come from near and far to Suisun Valley and Green Valley every day to sample the delectable wines that are produced here. The region produces over two dozen wine-grape varieties - so many to choose from for National Drink Wine Day!

Whether you come for the day or stay for the weekend, the beauty of these valleys will leave you wanting more.

Suisun Valley’s tasting rooms:
Wooden Valley Winery, located at 4756 Suisun Valley Road, has been owned and operated by the Lanza family for three generations. The winery and its gift shop is open daily, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and specializes in Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, White Gamay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Miscela, Vino Bianco, Vino Rosso and Zinfandel Port.

Tenbrink Vineyards is open by appointment only. Tenbrink specializes in Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, and Tempranillo. Tenbrink is located at 4185 Chadbourne Road.

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Vezer Family Vineyard and the Blue Victorian Winery are owned by the Vezer family, who also have a ranch estate open for appointments only. Vezer Family Vineyard’s tasting room is located at 2522 Mankas Corner Road and the Blue Victorian is at 5071 Suisun Valley Road. Both are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays. The Vezer wineries, best known for their Petite Sirah and Zinfandel, hosts tours, concerts and special events year-round.

Suisun Valley Wine Co-op is open Thursday to Sunday, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The co-op serves as a tasting room for four wineries. It is located at 4495 Suisun Valley Road.
• Blacksmith Cellars specializes in Chenin Blanc, Torrontes, Verdelho, Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Late Harvest Syrah, and Late Harvest Malvasia Bianca.
• King Andrews Vineyards specializes in Albariño, Muscat Blanc, Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon
• Mangels Vineyards specializes in Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Verdelho, Rose, Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Tempranillo
• Sunset Cellars specializes in Barbera, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Zinfandel, and Pinot Gris

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Seven Artisans Winery, located at 4341 Abernathy Road, features Sly Dog Cellars, Seven Artisans and Red Cote wines. The tasting room is open Friday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Green Valley’s tasting rooms:

GV Cellars: GV Cellars, located at 1635 Mason Road, focuses on Italian varieties, producing mainly Green Valley estate wines. The tasting room is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rock Creek: Rock Creek Vineyard, located at 4610 Green Valley Road, harvest, crush, ferment, press, age and bottle at the winery – and all by hand. The vineyard only produces red wines, as part of their focus on delicious, robust and fruit-forward wines. The tasting room is open every Sunday and by appointment.