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Journeys of Discovery: Exploring Fairfield California’s hidden gems

Thomas Wilmer
Vezer Family Vineyard tasting room at Mankas Corner in Fairfield, California's Suisun Valley wine growing region.

Fairfield, California is just 45 minutes from San Francisco to the west and 45 minutes to Sacramento to the east, but it’s definitely a world apart. The Fairfield region is home of the legendary Jelly Belly candy factory, and Solano Land Trust’s Rush Ranch Nature Center with 2,000 acres of marsh and grassland.

Fairfield also claims its very own wine-growing region called Suisun Valley just minutes away from downtown that’s a timeless treasure, and a California best-kept-secret destination.

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for an exploration of Fairfield and Suisun Valley wine region with Anand Patel, CEO at Visit Fairfield CA followed by a visit with Frank Vezer owner of Vezer Family Vineyard and his general manager Pam Valdivia. Vezer’s tasting room is located at historic Mankas Corner in the heart of Suisun Valley.This is the first installment of a multi-part podcast series focused Fairfield, California’s diverse attractions and history. Stay tuned for upcoming podcasts featuring an insiders’ tour at the Jelly Belly Candy Company; a visit with the owners of the award-winning Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company; a visit at the American Armory Museum and more cool Fairfield area destinations and activities.

Underwriting support for Journeys of Discovery provided by Nashville's Big Back Yard economic initiative focused on rural communities in the southwest quarter of Tennessee and the Shoals Region of Northern Alabama.

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.
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