Open a Bottle and Turn Up the Music

     I’ve always felt that music makes just about anything better, and that definitely includes the wine-drinking experience.

     Cook up a great meal, open a bottle of wine, share the dinner table with loved ones and turn on some music – whatever kind of food, vino and sounds you like – and you have the makings of a memorable evening.

     No wonder there are so many music-focused events planned each year in the wine world. And I do my best to share some of the more interesting ones with you here on

     For instance, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival is under way in northern Sonoma County, and this coming Saturday offers two great opportunities to enjoy wine and jazz in truly intimate settings.

     From 3 to 5 p.m., the Gary Johnson Trio will be playing melodic jazz at the Topel Tasting Room, located at 125 Matheson St.

     And from 4 to 6 p.m., the Seasons of the Vineyard Bar & Boutique – an offshoot of the acclaimed Ferrari-Carano winery at 113 Plaza St. – will play host to the Eddie and Madeline Duran Trio, which plays modern, Latin, Brazilian and bebop jazz.

     Were I lucky enough to be in Healdsburg this Saturday, I’d plan to be at the Topel Tasting Room for about an hour-and-a-half before sauntering over to Seasons of the Vineyard for another 90 minutes of music-and-wine bliss.

     But since I can’t, I’ll probably just grab a few Peter White CDs, fire up the barbecue and have my own personal wine-and-music party.

     Sometimes in life, as in jazz, you just have to improvise.

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