SUISUN VALLEY — Ledgewood Creek Winery for one last time will host Child Haven’s annual Art, Wine and Food Fundraiser.
The Frisbie family recently sold the winery at 4589 Abernathy Road in the heart of Suisun Valley to E&J Gallo Winery. Gallo has closed the tasting room.
But the barrel room will reopen for the Child Haven event at 1 p.m. May 18. Ledgewood Creek wines will be served with food by Joan Cruise of Flavors Catering. More than a dozen local artists will display and sell their work, with 30 percent of the proceeds going to Child Haven.
Child Haven over the past seven years worked with Ledgewood Creek to create a signature event, Child Haven Executive Director Jane Johnson said in a press release.
“People who attended have almost always returned,” she said. “We will miss the support from Ledgewood. There is so much competition for funding today, yet the need for services for our children continues to grow. We are struggling to help all of the abused and neglected children who need us.”
Tickets for this year’s Art, Wine and Food Fundraiser can be purchased by going to www.bidpal.net/childhaven or by calling 425-5744.
Meanwhile, Ledgewood Creek wine club members have gotten notices alerting them of the winery being sold to Gallo.
Gallo has identified Solano County’s North Coast wine area as an exceptional location to produce wine grapes. It plans to operate the Ledgewood Creek vineyards, but has no immediate plans to operate Ledgewood Creek Winery or the tasting room, the notice said.
Wine club members can go to the tasting room to pick up past wine shipments from 2 to 8 p.m. May 6 and May 7 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17, the notice said.
Ledgewood Creek Winery for more than a decade had been among Suisun Valley’s small wineries. Dean and Florence “Bunny” Frisbie bought a valley pear orchard in 1985, planted grapes, released the first Ledgewood Creek wine in 2001 and opened a tasting room in 2003.
The winery last week confirmed the sale to Gallo, with Gallo not returning requests for comment.
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