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Last month, the CAWG Board of Directors had the opportunity to tour Suisun Valley with CAWG Board Member and
Suisun Valley Vintners & Growers Association president, Ron Lanza. The tour included a stop at Caymus's Cordelia
Winery, led by Chuck Wagner. The board got an up-close look at the bottling line and was able to see firsthand the
magnitude of their processing facility.
Ron Lanza and Chuck Wagner shared the longstanding history of the 16th AVA in the United States with tour
participants and what makes their growing region unique. The Suisun Valley is just 8 miles from north to south and 3
miles from east to west, but what makes Suisun different from surrounding areas is its weather. The valley has a full
14-degree daytime temperature differential from the lower valley to the upper valley. This difference in temperatures
allows for the proper cooler temperatures for white wines to keep their acidity, but also the warmers temperatures
needed for red wines to ripen.
The group ended their tour at Wooden Valley Winery run by the Lanza family, where they were able to taste and learn
more about the history of winegrapes in Suisun Valley. Ron and his family have been producing wines from the Suisun
Valley Appellation for more than 90 years. In the tasting room is a historical timeline showing the family's history in
Suisun Valley.
Following the tour, the Suisun Valley Vintners & Growers Association hosted a reception and dinner at Caymus-Suisun.
During the reception, CAWG board members were able to connect and network with the special guest, Christopher
Cabaldon, former mayor of West Sacramento (and candidate for state senate), and many of the board members of the
Suisun Valley Vintners & Growers Association.
A special thank you to Ron Lanza and Roger King of the Suisun Valley Vintners & Growers Association for putting
together the tour, dinner, and allowing our board members to experience Suisun Valley.
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