Suisun Valley's Uncorked showcases the wines of the region

Suisun Valley Uncorked

Taste the wines of Suisun Valley on June 20 as the Suisun Valley Vitners and Growers host the annual Uncorked celebration at Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company.

This evening event will highlight the extraordinary food and wine in Suisun Valley. Sixteen wineries – all that create their wines with grapes grown in the valley – will be pouring and honored chefs from area establishments will be serving their best dishes.

Uncorked will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and tickets are $65 each. A limited number of tickets are available and they must be purchased in advance. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Solano Community College Educational Foundation to fund scholarships for students in the new Agriculture Degree and Certificate program, which is set to begin in the fall of 2015.

[caption id="attachment_1776" align="alignnone" width="5616"]Ron Lanza of Wooden Valley Winery Ron Lanza of Wooden Valley Winery[/caption]

“What I enjoy most about Uncorked is that it’s a celebration of the wines in our valley,” said Ron Lanza from Wooden Valley Winery. “It’s very similar to our Passport Sunday but it’s all in one place so we can all be together. It’s a celebration of the wine of Suisun Valley and we also have some wonderful, very talented chefs joining us.”

Those chefs include Marvin Martin from Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company, Peter Halikas from Mankas Steakhouse, Jason O’Kennedy from Green Valley Country Club, Giovanni Guerrera from Foodshed and Christine and Shauna Cruz from 707 Baked.

[caption id="attachment_1779" align="alignnone" width="3545"]Chef Marvin Martin from Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company Chef Marvin Martin from Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company[/caption]

There are 16 wineries set to pour for the evening and that list may grow. While the Passport Sunday event is only open to wineries that are part of the growers association and have a facility in Suisun Valley, any winery that produces wine with grapes grown in Suisun has an open invitation to Uncorked.

“It’s an opportunity for the public to see that lots of wineries, even outside of Suisun Valley, are using grapes grown in our valley in their different brands,” said Lanza. “Every year, I always stumble across some that I didn’t realize were using Suisun Valley grapes. That’s a lot of fun.”

[caption id="attachment_1780" align="alignnone" width="3672"]Guests enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Uncorked event Guests enjoy the festivities at the 2014 Uncorked event[/caption]

Participating wineries, in alphabetical order, include Gallo Family Vineyards, Galvan Family Cellars, Girard Winery, G V Cellars, Hugo Family Cellars, King Andrews Vineyards, Mangels Vineyard, Plough Family Vineyards, Rock Wren Wines, Seven Artisans, Sunset Cellars, Tenbrink Vineyards, the Scholium Project, Turkovich Family Wines, Vezer Family Vineyard and Wooden Valley Winery.

Lanza’s family has been growing grapes and crafting Wooden Valley Wine since the 1930s. This time period right now is an especially exciting one for the valley, he said.

“We are coming of age here in Suisun Valley,” he said. “There is a tremendous amount of attention coming to our valley. There is a lot of excitement and there are more vineyards going in, even in the background that the public doesn’t see. They may not understand exactly who is purchasing the grapes – some of them are smaller companies, others are larger – but all of that attention is leading to more planting and that is really exciting for us. It’s giving us more of a wine country feel.”

For more information on both Uncorked and Suisun Valley, visit

[caption id="attachment_1783" align="alignnone" width="2645"]Chef Jason O'Kennedy from Green Valley Country Club Chef Jason O'Kennedy from Green Valley Country Club[/caption]