In the Valley right near our home in Suisun there is little wine community with a handful of wineries, and one of our very favorites is VEZER FAMILY WINERY. They make top notch wines and are considered superior in the valley. We frequent both the VEZER tasting room, and THE BLUE VICTORIAN which is their sister winery just down the road housed in YES a cute little Blue Victorian nestled amongst the vines.
One weekend my husband and I went wine tasting at Vezer and when they closed, Frank Vezer came into the tasting room and asked us to hang around and have a glass with him. He asked us about our family and about ourselves and of course my husband told him about our music and said, “You should hear my wife sing.” So of course I did and he had this idea of me working in the tasting room and singing while I pour wine for the customers. I almost took the job but got busy during the summer and was unable. I was honored to be asked.
Funny thing though that nearly a year later Frank and his lovely wife Liz opened a new restaurant next to their winery. One day as I was alone having a glass of wine and reading a book out on their beautiful back deck Liz walked by to go into the barrel room. I had never met her, but I somehow knew she was Franks wife. We started talking and she took me over to see the new MANKAS Steak and Tapas Restaurant. It was absolutely beautiful and everyone was rushing to get it finished. I felt the excitement and asked if there was anything that I could do to help. Well her husband Frank was nearby and told her that I sing, and I was asked to perform for the first private invitation opening.
I sang and and my Husband played ukulele. We walked around serenading each individual table. At the end of the evening I was honored to sing I’m In The Mood For Love for the Executive chef David Pajarillo and his girlfriend in honor of Valentines Day. Before blessing the Mankas Corner with his culinary talents, Chef David worked as head chef at the Four Seasons in San Francisco, and worked with Michael Mina at AQUA in Las Vegas.
What a blessing for us to perform that night for such and exciting time for the VEZER family and their friends. They made us feel like family too!
Ron Plunkett is the staff Sommelier and is on hand to help heighten your food and wine experience. His resume is impressive including, last year being named the Sommelier of Comic-Con in San Diego. He also served wine to the cast of Cowboys and Aliens, Twilight and numerous Movie and TV stars such as Billy Dee Williams and Katie Leclerc star of ABC Family’s Switched At Birth. Most recently he appeared on TV with FOOD NETWORK star, Andrea Immer Robinson and the show, DAILY TASTINGS to be aired in the near future.
Roberto Cromeyer–General Manager, born in El Salvador Central America. He has worked in the food and beverage industry since finishing High School. He has also worked for numerous Cruise ships, Cypress Club in San Francisco, Mondavi Winery, French Laundry and Don Giovanis in the Napa Valley.
Jo is the Bartender or mixologist if you will. (You won’t find THAT in the dictionary) and what she refers to as a LIBATION RELOCATIONIST. Come in and let her explain just what that means. Jo is friendly, knowledgeable and super innovative with mixed drinks and coffee creations. She made me a Key Lime Pie Martini that was just as good as the real thing but in drink form.
I can’t leave until I do my little wine review.
The wine I chose is VEZER LA SALETTE -A Sirah/Zinfandel blend. This wine has a sexy nose that is just as pleasing as it’s taste with sweet cherry flavor and soft oak right out the gate. It’s anise nuances and intense flavors last through a silky smooth finish. The wine maker Gary Galleron is known for his beautiful blends. This is my absolute favorite!
Mankas Corner Steak House and Tapas has been compared to Rutherford Grill and Cole’s Chop House! If it’s wine tasting, dining or both that you’re looking for. come to our little CORNER! You will have a very lovely experience.
Cin, cin! SALUTE!!!