Stressed out on Tax Day? Have some Suisun Valley wine

[caption id="attachment_1572" align="alignnone" width="3456"]A beautiful view from the G V Cellars tasting room A beautiful view from the G V Cellars tasting room[/caption]

Ahh, Tax Day. The hard truth is you either love it or you hate it - there is really no in between.

According to the IRS, 80 percent of United States tax filers receive a federal tax refund. The average tax refund is $3,120 and most receive those refunds within seven weeks of filing their taxes. It's quicker still for the estimated 80 percent of people who file electronically. Whether you need to pay a bill, plan a vacation or make a big household purchase - that's a nice chunk of change for many taxpayers.

But if you are one of the 20 percent who owe this year, you're likely humming a much different tune. The amount you owe can be hard to swallow, but we have something here in Fairfield and Suisun Valley to help - wine. Lots and lots of wine.

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Suisun Valley and Green Valley are home to nearly a dozen tasting rooms. Wooden Valley Winery, G V Cellars and Vezer Family Vineyard's Mankas Corner and Blue Victorian are all open seven days a week. Suisun Valley Wine Co-op is open four days a week and most of the others are open weekends. Plan a day wine tasting - it's sure to make you feel better after the stress of completing your taxes and/or paying what you owe.

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.

[caption id="attachment_1569" align="alignnone" width="3456"]Ron Lanza from Wooden Valley Winery served wine directly from the barrel at Passport Sunday. Ron Lanza from Wooden Valley Winery served wine directly from the barrel at Passport Sunday.[/caption]


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. weekends. The Vezer wineries are best known for their Petite Sirah and Zinfandel.

[caption id="attachment_1550" align="alignnone" width="4608"]The beautiful Blue Victorian in Suisun Valley. The beautiful Blue Victorian in Suisun Valley.[/caption]

Suisun Valley Wine Co-op is open Thursday to Sunday, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The co-op, located at 4495 Suisun Valley Road, serves as a tasting room for four wineries.
• 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

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.

[caption id="attachment_1434" align="alignnone" width="960"]Fairfield's newest tasting room, Galvan Family Cellars, opened last month. Fairfield's newest tasting room, Galvan Family Cellars, opened last month.[/caption]

Galvan Family Cellars opened Fairfield's newest tasting room, at 499 Edison Court, last month. Galvan is dedicated to crafting unique wines from unique California vineyards in Suisun Valley, Green Valley and Napa Valley. The tasting room is open Friday-Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Two other Suisun Valley wineries, Tenbrink Winery and BackRoad Vines, are open by appointment only. Meanwhile, Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company, which offers delicious olive oil tastings, also has its own wine available. Oh the possibilities all around us!

[caption id="attachment_1290" align="alignnone" width="5616"]Wine tasting at Wooden Valley Winery Wine tasting at Wooden Valley Winery[/caption]

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.

[caption id="attachment_1565" align="alignnone" width="4608"]A group of friends enjoy great company and delicious wine at BackRoad Vines during the recent Passport Sunday. A group of friends enjoy great company and delicious wine at BackRoad Vines during the recent Passport Sunday.[/caption]