Destinations: Sound of Sunshine

Whether you’re a wine lover in the North, South or East Bay, these vineyards offer the best pairing to go with your glass: live music.

More and more wineries are offering diverse and comprehensive music programs to attract new audiences to their venues. This summer festival season features more acts than ever.

JESSUP CELLARS Jessup Cellars Art House Sessions (produced in collaboration with Hollywood’s famous Hotel Cafe) opens June 16 with renowned singer-songwriter Keaton Simons. The series continues once a month this summer with Marty O’Reilly (July 21) and Foxtail Brigade (August 18). These events include wine tasting and an artist meet and greet.

ROBERT MONDAVI WINERY The Robert Mondavi Winery, located in Napa, is hosting its 49th annual concert series for five Saturdays this summer. This stellar lineup includes Gavin DeGraw (June 30), Citizen Cope (July 7), Brandi Carlile (July 14), X Ambassadors (July 21), and Fitz and the Tantrums (July 28).

RODNEY STRONG VINEYARDS Named Wine Enthusiast’s American Winery of the Year in 2013, this Sonoma vineyard continues its outdoor summer concerts with Michael McDonald (July 8), Melissa Etheridge (July 22), the Temptations and the Four Tops (August 26), and Boz Scaggs (September 9).

MOUNTAIN WINERY Mountain Winery in Saratoga offers one of the best and most extensive summer concert series in the Bay Area. Purchase tickets to four or more shows this year and you are automatically included in the loyalty club. With such a diverse range of acts and shows Thursday through Sunday every weekend, it’s an easy sell.

WENTE VINEYARDS This Livermore estate is the oldest family-run vineyard in the country and has been hosting concerts in its beautiful outdoor amphitheater for over 30 years. You can enjoy dinner before the show either outside or inside in the on-site restaurant. The lineup this year includes American Idol: Live! 2018 (July 31), Hunter Hayes (August 8), Phillip Phillips and Gavin DeGraw (August 16), and Steve Martin and Martin Short (August 23).



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