Archive for the Tag 'Suisun Valley AVA'

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Top 10 Reasons I Blog

I don’t write this blog for other bloggers. I know they’re not my audience; although, for many, that’s their joie de vivre and that’s just fine. There’s a camaraderie among wine bloggers, and once a year they gather to enjoy each other’s company. Sometimes I wish I could join them; but, the reality is that […]

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Defining terroir, it’s a science not a myth

Paul Skinner is brilliant man. Many are happy to attest to that. I only write this about him, because I recently found myself defending his brilliance to someone who just didn’t want to believe what I had come to know… about the AVA’s climate, and who Paul Skinner is in this business.

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Ledgewood Creek Winery & Vineyards ~ Where It’s All Done Well

Working in Suisun Valley for the past nearly seven years, I’ve come to meet a lot of people. One of the kindest families I’ve met is the Dean Frisbie family. There’s an understated quality about this family that draws me in. Perhaps its the legal DNA, since Dean’s past career was in law, and my […]

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Suisun Valley Grape Growers Create a Brand, Literally from the Ground Up

When the Suisun Valley Vintners and Growers Association (SVVGA) originally formed in 2003 (as the Suisun Valley Grape Growers Association), this coalition had two main objectives: To advance awareness of the Suisun Valley American Viticultural Area, established in 1982. To send their message of ultra premium winegrapes, in all direct sales methods, to all of […]

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Thoughts on an Obscure AVA ~ Suisun Valley’s Emergence

I’m currently writing about an obscure American Viticultural Area, called Suisun Valley. Many years ago, Rick Wood (who lives in Fairfield, California) had a dream to preserve some of Solano Country’s most rustic and precious farmland. That bucolic region is called Suisun Valley. Rick’s dream to save this area for generations to come would provide […]

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American Viticultural Area (AVA) ~ How Suisun Valley Got Its Name

Working with the Suisun Valley AVA, I’ve wondered more than once how Suisun Valley got its original name. My duties have been to tell everyone what’s going on in the valley today; however, always in the background has been that question. I’ve heard snippets about Native Americans, but nothing that was really sticking with me. […]

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Suisun Valley’s Climate is Revealed Through a Study of Terra Spase

As I read writers stating that the climate of Suisun Valley is warmer than Napa’s, I’m reminded of the many hours I sat in on a study being conducted by Dr. Paul Skinner of Terra Spase and Vineyard Investigations, of Napa Valley. I was also there to read the final report, interpret it, write a […]

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Suisun Valley Grape Growers Association (SVGGA) Experiences a Metamorphosis in Name

Suisun Valley Grape Growers Association (SVGGA) Experiences a Metamorphosis in Name…to… Suisun Valley Vintners & Growers Association (SVVGA) When the Suisun Valley Grape Growers Association (SVGGA) was formed in 2003 as a wine grape coalition, it had two main goals: To advance awareness of the Suisun Valley American Viticultural Area, established in 1982. To send […]

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Suisun Valley AVA Anniversary Celebrations Dec. 26-27 (Wineries) and Dec. 29 Winemaker Dinner

Weekly Holidaze Drawing: Just leave a comment on any wine-blog entry this month, to win weekly gifts this December. This is the third annual celebration of the Suisun Valley AVA, which has had great success for the past two years. This year promises to also be another wonderful weekend and dinner. Winery Events: Saturday and […]

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Suisun Valley AVA Climate, Topography, and Wine Grape Characterization Study

In May of 2008, Suisun Valley Grape Growers Association hired Terra Spase of Napa, California, to begin the process of scientifically defining their terroir. Proprietor Paul Skinner and his staff immediately initiated the project, which was to inventory and assess the conditions of the available climatic and topographic data for the Suisun Valley AVA. Suisun […]