It’s been hot lately around Wine Adventure Base Camp – perfect weather for a summer sip from local producers of chilled white and blush wines. One nice example that landed on our tasting table recently is the 2016 Wooden Valley Winery Suisun Valley Rosetta, a pleasant summer sip for those who like their Rosé a little on the sweet side. I call it watermelon wine because of its similar color and refreshing taste. Chill well this White Gamay and enjoy with pleasure. Reasonably priced at $15 retail and available at the winery’s tasting room.
Wooden Valley Winery is located on Suisun Valley Road in rural Solano County, a little under 30 minutes from downtown Napa (see map below). In operation since the end of Prohibition in 1933, the winery became solely owned by the Lanza family in 1955 and has been under their management for three generations. The winery and vineyards are located in the Suisun Valley AVA – an area receiving a lot of attention lately as well known brands such as Caymus and Gallo have acquired nearby vineyards and production facilities.
Wooden Valley produces a broad range of wines, including nice summer sip wines such as the Rosetta, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling. Classic reds include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel and others. I particularly like their Malbec, which frequently sells out soon after release. Suisun Valley claims to be the Petite Sirah capital of the world (photo). Stop by their friendly tasting room and try Wooden Valley’s Sirah to see if you agree. Whites and reds range from $15 to $45.