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August 15th, 2014

Vezér Bottling Tour 2014

We all love the aroma and rich taste of the Vezér wine! Most of you pick up a bottle while visiting the Vezér Family Vineyard or Blue Victorian tasting room or maybe you’re a wine club member and get to enjoy a new bottle of wine every month. However, most of you have never seen the bottling production that takes place at the Blue Victorian. No worries wine lovers, below you can witness the behind the scenes event that takes place to bottle your oh so delicious wine! The process starts with a very large tractor-trailer as cases of empty bottles are loaded onto the back of the trailer, sent through the trailer via the automated bottling line only to re-emerge once again filled, corked, labeled and ready to go home with you. An impressive 7,000 cases of wine were bottled in just four days to include; 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Verdelho, Arlene, Franci and 2011 Cabernet, Zinfandel and La Sallete to only name a few. Enjoy your tour from the comfort of your home and acquaint yourself with the world of boutique winery bottling! Enjoy the video compliments of Jim Horton.

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The Family

Vezér Family Vineyard is a Suisun Valley Winery, which is owned by Frank and Liz Vezér. Their winery is best know for their Petite Sirah and their Zinfandel, which are rated among the best in the region, and are used in well-known wines, such as Sin Zin and Ravenswood.

The Suisun Valley has the perfect soil and micro-climate which enables these vines to develop the choicest grapes. For growing Petite Sirah, the Suisun Valley Appellation is rated as the oldest and best in the State of California by the U.C Davis University.

In 2001, the Vezér’s decided to establish their own wines and produced their first vintage of Zinfandel in the year 2003. Since then, they have produced eight additional vintages. The Vezér wines are winning accolades and awards from across the country, as well with international panels.

The Vezér family practices the 1938 approach to their wine making, which was born with Frank Vezér’s father, Frank Vezér II. This method consists of balancing opposing elements to create wines that are dynamic, complex, and embody the classical ideals that define the world’s finest wines.


Our Sommelier - Ron Plunkett

Ron is a Northern California native and after 21 years with the Solano County Sheriff's Department he retired. Ron decided to follow his passion and enrolled in the prestiges Professional Culinary Institute's Sommelier Program. Ron graduated at the top of his class winning The Broadbent Award.

Upon graduation Ron worked at La Toque in Napa and The Carneros Bistro in Sonoma. He was hired by Vezer Family Vineyard in 2010 and was the staff wine educator and director of outside sales. After two years with Vezer Family Vineyard he was given the opportunity to be a sommelier at a new restaurant opening in San Francisco called Hakkasan. Ron was later promoted to senior sommelier at Hakkasan where he oversaw a wine list with over 300 selections. Ron was then hired by Food Network Chef Tyler Florence's restaurant Wayfare Tavern to run their beverage program.

Ron decided to return to his roots at Vezer Family Vineyard and is our winery sommelier. Ron has a passion for teaching and writing he has appeared in Mutineer Magazine and Imbibe Magazine and was named as Comic Con's official sommelier.

Ron being a self described wine geek holds the following credentials, he is a Certified Sommelier through The Court Of Master Sommeliers a French Wine Scholar with Honors through The French Wine Society and a California Wine Appelation Specialist.

Suisun Valley

“The Napa Back Road” or “Napa’s Little Sister Sue” is the wine country oasis of Suisun Valley ( pronounced “Sue-Soon”). Nestled between two coastal mountain ranges and only 12 miles from historic downtown Napa or 45 miles from San Francisco.

Suisun Valley, is a pristine landscape dotted with premium wineries, the old Pioneer Village of Mankas Corners, farm-fresh produce stands, and quaint eateries. Valley Vintners produce quality wines suited to everyone’s tastes and wallet, from fun Rosés and fruit forward Sauvignon Blancs to serious Reds winning such prestigious Double Gold Medals at International Competitions.

Suisun Valley received its American Viticultural Area designation just 28 years ago, only one year after Napa Valley.  The Western Solano County Grape Growers Association successfully petitioned the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF), and subsequently received formal designation of Suisun Valley as an identified American Viticultural Area. In 1983 the 15,000 acres of the  Suisun Valley AVA were included in the formation of the North Coast AVA.  The North Coast AVA includes Green Valley, Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino Counties, (with areas of Lake and Marin Counties) into one overarching ultra premium growing region, renowned internationally for high quality fruit grown and skilled winemaking traditions.

Suisun Valley enjoys great community heritage which dates back to the mid 1800′s. In fact prior to Prohibition, Suisun Valley had bragging rights as home to the “Largest winery in North America”. Napa Valley Vintners have long valued the quality of fruit and have been the largest buyers of Suisun Valley fruit for their bottled poetry.  Currently, the 3,000 acres of Suisun Valley wine grapes are being used by 18 bonded winemakers with 8 Tasting Rooms open daily and 10 others by appointment. 

Known as the premier valley in California to grow Petite Sirah, make sure that this varietal is on the tasting list when you visit the Suisun Valley. A special brand, La Salette a 65% Petite Sirah blend that will make your palate applaud and leave no doubt how a fantastic wine should always taste!

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