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Matt Applin performs at the Winterhawk Winery in Fairfield, Saturday. Applin's music was combined with food and wine tasting during the day of entertainment. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

Solano County

Winterhawk Winery continues to draw a crowd

By From page A5 | July 13, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Spirits were high Saturday as Winterhawk Winery hosted its weekly dose of live music and wine tastings among the vineyards of the Suisun Valley.

A few hundred residents from as far as Chico flooded the outdoor tables and dance floor to hear Vacaville blues singer Matt Applin and taste the varieties that Winterhawk carries under its roof.

“This is a great crowd for a Saturday,” said event coordinator Domini Williams. “Matt Applin draws a crowd. He’s a fabulous performer.”

Named after barren winter vines and the resident hawks that swoop in for tasty morsels, the winery has been hosting live bands on Saturdays for about 5 years, said volunteer Bob Murray.

A fee includes six tastings and a glass of wine from a menu that includes several reds and whites such as a 2012 Verdelho and a 2011 Merlot. The winery also cooks up its own brand of pizza for those that worked up an appetite during the event that runs from 1 to 6 p.m.

Marilyn Carver, of Fairfield’s Rancho Solano, regularly attends the winery’s events. She said she keeps returning for the people, the music and the atmosphere.

“I’ve met a lot of people,” she said. “I came originally by myself, and now I sit regularly with a table of more than 20.”

Carver said her group celebrates birthdays and anniversaries at the winery, which is located across from the old Gomer School at 4537 Abernathy Road.

“There’s nothing like this in Fairfield, that has it every Saturday,” she said. “Where can you have all this entertainment for $10 and a lot of wine?”

Closing out the month of July are entertainers Wendy DeWitt and the Winterhawk Blues Band, which will perform July 19 and July 26, respectively.

Winterhawk is a blues facility, said Williams. “Every once in a while we throw in a little country western.”

On Fridays, the winery brings local food trucks to its premises. Napoli’s Pizzeria, Antonik’s BBQ and Crossroad Burgers are a few of the vendors that regularly attend.

“We try to have local food people that come here,” Williams said.

Food Truck Fridays run from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. with music from 6 to 9 p.m. The Konsept Party Band will perform next week.

“Most of our performers are local, too,” Williams said.

Reach Adrienne Harris at 427-6956 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aharrisdr.

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.

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