As wines mature, they gain flavor, take on a more complex bouquet, and quit asking to crash on Bacchus' futon. Enjoy well-adjusted tastes with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get a winery tour for two at Vezér Family Vineyard in Fairfield (a $94.95 value). The wine tour includes:
- A VIP Barrel Blend tour for two (a $35 value each)
- A bottle of 2007 sauvignon blanc (a $24.95 value)
Vezér Family Vineyard’s owners Frank and Liz beckon guests down a sun-soaked, tree-lined path to the Blue Victorian Winery for in-depth tours. The estate nestles among Suisun Valley’s bucolic hills, and intimate groups of eight guests or fewer enter the tasting room to awaken palates with samples of two of the winery’s whites. Following the tasting, winery staff leads guests through the barrel room, granting full access to the area's private room and antigravity fermentation suite. Guides then unite cheery glasses with pours of seven barrel-raised red wines, regaling ears with information on the winemaking process and a history of the winery and surrounding valley.
The knowledgeable oenophiles then escort their wards back to the tasting room to sample a dessert finale of red and white ports. An array of cheese, meat, and fruit pairings accompany both blends. Visiting duos depart with a bottle of 2007 sauvignon blanc, which greets palates with a tropical bouquet highlighting notes of fruit like a farmer's portfolio. Tours run five times daily between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Vezér Family Vineyard
Wind tousles the broad leaves of vines above clusters of grapes the off-black blue of the dusk sky. Frank and Liz Vezér, owners of Vezér Family Vineyard, originally began growing the fruit to help fill the needs of wine producers including Ravenswood and Sin Zin. More than a decade ago, they also began producing their own wines. “One could call it beginner’s luck,” says Touring and Tasting Magazine, “but their award-winning streak has yet to be broken. Every single wine Vezér has produced has won a top award or superior rating. Of most recent note, the 2007 Vezér Cabernet Sauvignon won double gold at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and a whopping 97 points at a blind tasting at Napa’s Bay Leaf Restaurant.”
The winery adjoins the original Pony Express offices, and one can still almost hear the sound of plodding hooves and hooves frustratedly trying to apply stamps. On a copper-roofed cupola, an equine weathervane twists to face the winds above a sweeping swath of grass that fills with chatter during weddings and other events.