Wine and Food “A Love Story”
Friday, November 18, 2011
6:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.

The event is happening at The Clubhouse at Rancho Solano* in Fairfield, and tickets are $35.00 in advance.

Gather with the growers and vintners of Suisun Valley for a delicious evening of fine wines, tasty appetizers, and live music, as you explore the wonderful flavors of Suisun Valley that I’ve come to enjoy. At the wine and food event, you’ll experience first hand the best of what Suisun Valley has to offer, including the easygoing lifestyle that keeps them all so delighted to be living and working in Suisun Valley.

Fifteen Suisun Valley appellated, premium wines will be paired with special gourmet appetizers, created by Rancho Solano’s top chefs. The appetizers will be in generous portions, and the evening’s festivities will also have live music by Silverback’s classic soft rock and smooth sounds.

Open to the general public, tickets are limited to only 300 people, so purchase your tickets early to join the fun. The cost is $35.00 per ticket, and must be purchased in advance of the event. This also includes a complimentary logo glass.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Fairfield Suisun Education Foundation

Tickets available at Wooden Valley Winery, Ledgewood Creek Winery, or the Suisun Valley Wine Cooperative.

* History of the name “Solano”

FROM THE SUISUN VALLEY BLOG: I was the editor/author for a while. This was one of the stories that I researched and really enjoyed writing, and I’m borrowing from the Suisun Valley site. For full story details, chick here for the SVVGA blog:

Suisun Valley’s recorded human history dates back to the Southern Patwin Indians, who lived between Suisun, Vacaville, and Putah Creek. By the 1800s, the Spanish and European invaders forced these Native Americans into small tribal units:

  • Ululatos (Vacaville)
  • Labaytos (Putah Creek)
  • Malacas (Lagoon Valley)
  • Tolenas (upper Suisun Valley)
  • Suisunes (Suisun Marsh and Plain)

Suisunes Chief Sem Yeto was baptized by [Franciscan] missionaries as “Solano.” At that time, Padre Francis Solano was a missionary to the Peruvian Indians. A story handed down states that in 1850, when Chief Solano died, he was buried in Suisun Valley. Also in 1850, on January 4, the California constitutional committee recommended the formation of 18 counties. The originally named “Benicia County,” was later renamed Solano County, to honor Chief Solano of the Suisunes.

Come enjoy the fruits of today’s Suisun Valley inhabitants, and step back in time through enjoying their bucolic countryside and easygoing lifestyle… all while being hard working, honest farmers of wine grapes.

I love this image of Chief Solano, which Gary Mangels of Mangels Vineyards in Suisun Valley allowed me to scan, from a newspaper his family has handed down. Enjoy this bit of the past, still connected to the present. Notice in the article that the Mangels family is mentioned, as they were a major force in Suisun Valley’s early development, and they’re still farming in Suisun Valley today, and will be one of the wineries pouring at this event.