Inspired by the idea that less is more, this wine is more minerality-driven than fruit-driven. Not grassy or overly ripe, it features delicate fruit flavors and steely, mineral notes that call to mind a first summer rain. Our grapes come from two family vineyards, and we harvest the fruit at just the right moment to achieve a balance of firm acidity and low alcohol.
From humble San Diego beginnings came true enlightenment for this leading craft brewery. Mike and Lisa Hinkley established Green Flash in 2002. Today, they lead a talented team of like-minded craft beer enthusiasts, who embrace the Green Flash culture and brand vision with passion and zeal. Green Flash operates full-scale brewery and tasting room facilities in San Diego and Virginia Beach, as well as our future brewhouse and eatery outpost in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Our Wines include Winemaker for 17 harvests, Dan Barwick creates hand crafted, food friendly Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir wines along with small lots of vineyard designated varietals, sparkling wines, and other proprietary blends from our Estate Russian River Valley vineyards and select vineyards from the Rockpile viticultural area. These wines delight the palate and illustrate the diversity of our vineyards and nuances of each vintage.
The fertile rocky well-drained soil and sunny hillside exposure of the Estate Paradise Vineyards help create the wines that proudly carry the Paradise Ridge label. The vineyards adjoin the lands of the historic Fountaingrove Winery that at the turn of the last century won international acclaim for its wines.
Smaller then a hamlet, little Mankas Corner in unincorporated Suisun Valley has a long and colorful history—and is now a hot, happening place. It’s a curious and burgeoning epicenter of excellent wines and wineries, music, food and agritourism. Located in northern Suisun Valley, just a bit north of I-80 between the Suisun Valley Road and Abernathy Road exits, the juncture called Mankas Corner has long been a crossroads between Napa, Solano and Contra Costa counties.
A Little History
In 1855, a man named Christley Manka purchased an interest in a rough-hewn tavern and general store. It sat at what became an important crossroads for agricultural and mining operations in the general area. Most importantly “Mankas Corner” was on the Benicia to Suisun City stagecoach route between Suisun Valley in the south and Berryessa Valley to the north. Over the next forty years, Manka’s store became a popular gathering place, which integrated a bar, a community center, a blacksmith, a Masonic hall and a post office. Another stagecoach line stopped at Mankas Corner twice daily on the Benicia to Suisun City run and the return.
For many years, wheat, barley and other grains from Monticello, and what was known as Berryessa Valley in northern Napa County, supplied much of Northern California. During harvest times, huge wagon trains used the Suisun-Berryessa road, travelling through Mankas Corner and then further south to the Port of Suisun City. Before the completion of Monticello Dam in 1957 and subsequent flooding of Berryessa Valley, the town of Monticello was a fertile and abundant farming community. Sadly, today the town of Monticello lies at the bottom of Lake Berryessa.
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Mankas Corner was also an important waystation on the main route from the Sulphur Bank Quicksilver (mercury) Mine in Knoxville, located in northeastern Napa County, to San Francisco. Mercury extraction (though extremely hazardous to workers) was a key element in gold and silver processing while also used in the manufacturing of caps for explosives. Later on, mercury was utilized in the production of various weapons, radio electronics, heat gauges and even used in drug production and in dental fillings. In the years between 1864 and 1903, Napa County was one of California’s leading mercury producers. The Sulphur Bank Quicksilver Mine finally closed for good in 1957, although the old Knoxville Road can still be traced on the western side of Lake Curry, down Gordon Valley Road and on in to Mankas Corner.
Food & Wine
“I like the rural setting … it’s kind of out in the country but still 5 minutes from Fairfield,” said Fairfield resident Barry Ruffino. “It’s not pretentious or crowded like Napa. I like the whole atmosphere plus I enjoy the $5 Tuesday specials at Mankas Corner Steakhouse.” Ruffino, who is seemingly at every single Mankas Corner area event, told me, “There are lots of fun wineries like Wooden Valley Vineyards, Seven Artisans Winery, Back Road Wines, the Wine Cooperative and GV Cellars.”
The local Suisun Valley AVA has more than 30 wineries. Local wines are rapidly improving in both quality and quantity. The most notable grape in Suisun Valley may be Petite Syrah, but other varietals thrive in Suisun Valley including Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, as well as various blends such as Meritage.
Mankas Corner Steakhouse is the main, and frankly only fine dining spot around, but visitors will enjoy nearby Il Fiorello Olive Oil Tasting (which, for the cost of the tasting, does a wonderful small-bites pairing), or a stop at Napa Grass Farmer for some delicious grass fed artisan meats.
Ebullient local realtor Mary Reyff is considered the “mayor” of Mankas Corner. Though an appointed, ceremonial position, she is a rabid booster of the area. “This place was a stagecoach stop a hundred and fifty years ago and today everybody is family here” said Reyff. “There truly is a sense of local camaraderie in this area, and music is one source of continual enjoyment.” She is one of many who come to hear musicians join in on Tuesday night jam sessions at Mankas Corner Steakhouse. Others of note include Seven Artisans Winery, which hosts fun bands every Saturday afternoon, and Wooden Valley, offering Friday night events all summer long.
Solano County had many defunct little communities such as Collinsville, Batavia, Tremont, Denverton, Silveyville, Binghampton and Maine Prairie, but tiny Mankas Corner remains a viable stop. Come experience Mankas Corner and environs yourself—have a glass of wine, a little food and hear some fine local music in a living slice of the old west.
When the conditions are right, the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes growing in our To Kalon vineyard go from hard green berries to ripe purple grapes in just a matter of days. This process is known as verasion, and it's when the grapes develop their full color, flavor and sugar level. It's the last step in the grape's life cycle before we harvest. This video shows five days of verasion compressed into 30 seconds during some very hot weather in late July.
He has worked in some of San Francisco and Napa's greatest culinary icons such as Gary Dankos, Dean & Deluca's, The Brix in Yountville and NV in Downtown Napa.
Chef Peter has taken his Eastern European roots, combined with the wine country traditions of his home town, Napa, and has fused them together to explode off of the Mankas Steakhouse Menu. Chef Peter is all about locally grown produce and flavor infusions of the Suisun Valley, mixed with a true Californian carnivore's deepest desires.