Vino Godfather opened Vallejo’s first wine tasting room yesterday, taking up residence on Walnut Street on Mare Island. For those unfamiliar with the area, Vallejo and American Canyon border the south end of Napa. Mare Island is a former naval complex now being redeveloped for residential and some commercial use. The island is separated from downtown Vallejo by the Napa River on the east and San Pablo Bay on the west. While several phases of new residential communities have already been completed on Mare Island, the Vino Godfather tasting room is located in a historic mansion that formerly served as naval officer’s quarters.
Vino Godfather wines are named primarily Prohibition Red or Prohibition White, a tie in with the Mafia reference. The Godfather name itself is in honor of the family’s Italian patriarch. As seen on the tasting menu (see photo gallery), they also produce a Speakeasy Chardonnay and Prohibition Old Vine Zinfandel and Prohibition Petit Sirah.
I liked the 2012 Prohibition White, a 96% Pinot Grigio 4% Viognier blend, and 2013 Prohibition White Chardonnay. Per their web site, the Pinot Grigio is sourced from nearby Suisun Valley AVA, situated in Solano County between Napa and Fairfield. Both wines are unoaked, giving them a crisp finish with ample citrus. Though the Vino Godfather tasting room served them at room temperature, I recommend serving both at 40-50 degrees F. For those who like oakier Chardonnay’s, the 2013 Speakeasy Chardonnay hits the spot.
The reds were also very good, though I’d let them cellar a couple more years. I’ll be going back for another tasting of the reds early next year.
I’ll update this post when I have more information regarding regular tasting room hours.
500 Walnut Avenue, Vallejo, CA