Rio Vista Beacon News


Julietta Winery Clarksburg’s Newest Premier Winery

July 22. 2015
Julietta Winery, Clarksburg newest premier winery opened its doors just a year ago. In that time, owner operators Julie and Craig Russell have turned the land that has been in the family for twenty three years and once used for storage for Craig’s general contracting business, into an intimate upscale tasting room complete with outside covered patio seating, bocce ball court and a putting green.

Craig, who grew up in Napa Valley and comes from a family of vintners, decided to open the winery at the suggestion of his mother Beverly. Since Craig retired from his general contracting business, he and his wife Julie have focused their energy and resources into the winery and oversee the day to day operations of the facility.

Arriving at Julietta, Craig was busy filling wine into bottles, corking and labeling. Often, the Russell’s have help from friends and family members, which contributes to the relaxed and friendly atmosphere encountered there.

Julie, who primarily manages the tasting room, gave an overview of the wines that they offer. White wines include: Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Sonoma Valley, Pinot Gris 2013 North Coast and Chardonnay 2013 North Coast.

Red wines include: Pinot Noir 2013 Russian River Valley, Syrah 2012 Amador County and specialty wine in honor of Craig’s mother titled Beverly’s Legacy 2012 California Red Blend of Mouvedre – Zinfandel – Tannat. There are special events and music most weekends.Friday July 24th, Saturday, July 25th will feature Shakespeare on the Vine. They will be performing live two days only. Tickets available on Facebook page: Shakespeare on the Vine. Wine Club members get 50% off ticket price. Sunday, July 26th Denny James will be performing 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.Julietta Winery is located at 51221 Clarksburg Road Clarksburg, CA 95612; The tasting room is open Friday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. or by appointment.

(916) 744-9090

Derty Dog Fitness; Serving the Delta Area

July 22, 2015

Derty Dog Fitness is a place that makes your dogs healthy and happy. Owners, Colt and Haley Ross, make sure that every dog and owner leaves with a smile on their face.

The Ross family decided to open DDF, because they needed a place for their own dogs to exercise.  They use to just run them on dirt roads behind a truck. That was dangerous and hard on their bodies.

Colt in not new to the industry. He has been training dogs and showing them for years. He has trained dogs for autism, epilepsy, PTSD and many other facets of service animals. Colt’s passion is helping people using dogs as a medium. He has trained his own dogs in almost every sport imaginable, including weight pull, high jump, rally, obedience, dock diving, agility, straight racing, lure coursing, treadmill races, Flyball, frisbee, and some protection and bite work. He also has done training in Goring or Urban Mushing and is planning on starting a club very soon for that sport. Colt has had multiple Best in Show winning and specialty winning Conformation Dogs and multiple Top Ten dogs in Conformation.  DDF offers a variety of services; boarding, exercise, gym memberships, on and off site training, service dog training and grooming. Plus, conformation handling, sports training including preventative and ongoing support for injury.” We just opened an 8,000 sq. ft. dog park made from, 100% recycled materials. And the swimming pool should be up very soon,” says Colt.Puppy socialization classes will start in the fall and they like to see them young, although it is on acase by case basis for exercise and sports. There is no age limit on training

“The gym is named after my dog Derty, he taught me that anything is possible and that with enough drive and persistence there is no task that is too big. The inspiration and driving force behind everything we are,” Colt added, “There are so many rewarding stories to think of. From rehabilitation dogs that couldn’t walk to providing a companion for someone who could barely go in public before their dog was allowed with them. Every day is rewarding, we have helped so many dogs and so many people, our intention is always positive and everyone of our members is a part of our family,” he stated Even though they are located in the Brentwood area, they service the Delta. They do make house calls. Call them for a quote or more information. It’s a little far for daycare and workouts, but if people commute, or they are over in the Brentwood, Oakley and Antioch area for the day it’s a great opportunity to drop the dog off for the day. They do offer overnight boarding and the fact that they are a small, family operated business. They work individually with each owner according to the dog and their needs. It isn’t a standard drop off the dog place, they all get special attention

For a happy, healthy dog!

Derty Dog Fitness – 6357 Brentwood Blvd, Brentwood, CA 94513

Phone:  925-DOG-GYM7 –

JRio Vista Beaconay Sorensen Wins Annual “Hal Schell Award”

July 15, 2015

Jay Sorensen won the annual “Hal Schell Award.” It is awarded by Bay & Delta Yachtsman Magazine to “someone who in their efforts continue to better the Delta.”   <READ MORE>

Rio Vista Not Reaching Mandated Water Reduction

July 15, 2015

Rio Vista has not reached its mandated water use reduction The drought in California is in its fourth year and continues. The loss of available water is not just a lack of rain but becomes more significant as the current high temperatures increase evaporation.    <READ MORE>

Graybill Pest Solutions Celebrating 10 Years in Rio Vista and the Delta

Graybill Pest Solutions thrilled to be celebrating its 10th year in business this month, servicing Rio Vista and the River Delta area. Stephen Graybill is the owner/operator of the business. He has been doing pest management for 22 years.    <READ MORE>

The Elegant Bean in Rio Vista

 June 10, 2015

Rio Vista BeaconMeet Chip Morris, a Slow Food Champion of the Delta. Together with his wife/business partner Bobbie Campbell Morris, he has brought to Rio Vista the world of beans, in hundreds of colors, patterns, shapes and sizes, and with as many textures, tastes, uses and origins.   <READ MORE>

Congratulations to Sergeant McDowell and Sergeant Milowe

June 10, 2015

On Tuesday, June 2, 2015, the Rio Vista Police Department had two officers advance to Sergeants. The ceremony was held at 6pm at the Rio Vista City Hall, during the City Council Meeting.Congratulations to Sergeant Lisa McDowell and Sergeant Todd Milowe. Sergeant Milowe, grew up on the East Coast and then attended college in Berkeley.  <READ MORE>

A Touch of Class Comes to Rio Vista

June 3, 2015

Are you tired of the décor in your living room, bedroom or kitchen? Are you looking for a quick, easy and cost-efficient way to freshen up your home? If you want to enjoy the beauty of your home without going to the huge effort of redecorating or remodeling, then the time has come to discover Delta Drapery Designs.  <READ MORE>

West Nile Virus Activity Begins in Solano County

June 3, 2015

SOLANO COUNTY – Solano County Mosquito Abatement District (SCMAD) and Solano County Department of Health and Social Services (SCDHSS) officials confirmed on Thursday that one American Crow found in the City of Vallejo tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).  <READ MORE>