Passport Sunday will draw hundreds to Suisun Valley

Fun times at Passport Sunday in Suisun Valley

It’s estimated that 800 people from the region and beyond will be in Suisun Valley this weekend to experience the sights, food and of course, wine, of this special valley as part of the 6th Annual Passport Sunday.

There are still a handful of tickets remaining for this traditionally sold-out event, said Ron Lanza, owner of  Wooden Valley Winery, one of nine area wineries participating in Passport Sunday.

This spring event showcases the wines of the region to enthusiasts from Solano County and beyond.  With “passports” in hand, attendees are invited to spend Sunday afternoon traveling from one winery to the next, tasting unique Suisun Valley wines, sampling foods from an array of area restaurants and farmers, and collecting stamps on their passports while socializing with family and friends.

“This is a big day for the Suisun Valley wine industry,” Lanza said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to showcase the wine of Suisun Valley and highlight some of the local restaurants we are paired with. It’s going to be a beautiful day too, and a fantastic time.”

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Tickets are $40 general admission and $20 for designated drivers and can be purchased online at www.suisunvalley.brownpapertickets.com  or at GV Cellars, Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company, Ledgewood Creek Winery, or Wooden Valley Winery. Participants are asked to begin their Passport Sunday experience at the winery where they purchased their tickets. From there, they can drive to any of the participating wineries, where they can drink wine, sample food and enjoy entertainment. It is all done on the visitor’s own schedule. The only requirement is that they visit between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The participating wineries and food partners include GV Cellars with MagPies Grill, Il Florello Olive Oil with Executive Chef Marvin Martin, Ledgewood Creek with Pane e Vino, Mangels Vineyard with Chef to Go Catering, Rock Creek Vineyards with MagPies Bakery/Catering, Suisun Valley Wine Co-op with B & J BBQ, Tenbrink Winery and Vineyards with Mankas Steakhouse, Winterhawk Winery with Napoli Pizza and Wooden Valley Winery with Kinders.

“What is really neat about Passport Sunday is that we have a few places participating that are not normally open to the public, but are by appointment only,” Lanza said. “It’s really special to be able to visit those places.”

For new and returning visitors, getting around the area is easy and enjoyable, as the Suisun Valley “loop” is located just minutes from I-80 in Fairfield. The wine makers are known for being approachable and enjoy sharing stories about how they craft their wines. Expect to see them all on Passport Sunday, pouring behind the bar or from a barrel in their cellar.