Last summer, I saw an under-the-radar singer/songwriter
named Paul Thorn perform at a music venue called Rancho Nicasio, located in the
southern sector of California’s North Coast Wine Country.
The music was great–a mix of rock, folk, Cajun and blues
that one could lump under the heading of “Americana”–but that was just part
of the experience.
On selected weekends during the warm-weather months–including the weekend of my visit–Rancho Nicasio fires up the grill on its
lawn and offers barbecue meals with tasty fixin’s to enjoy along with the
Rancho Nicasio’s 2011 BBQ season will begin over the
Memorial Day weekend (on May 29) when Tracy Nelson, Dorothy Morrison, Annie
Sampson and Angela Strehli will team up as the Blues Broads. They’ll be joined
by the soulful Deanna Bogart for an afternoon of music that promises to turn up
the heat (sorry; couldn’t resist the barbecue analogy).
Also that weekend, on the 30th, Lisa Haley and the Zydekats
will make their Rancho Nicasio debut. Louisiana Bayou music with barbecue?
Others scheduled to perform grill-side at Rancho Nicasio
this summer include Riders in the Sky, Pablo Cruise and Asleep at the Wheel.
And then on Aug. 20-21, Paul Thorn will return.
You can get all the details about the venue, the music and
the barbecue season at: ranchonicasio.com
So what’s with all the barbecue talk? Well, for one thing,
it’s that time of the year–finally! And for another, we’ve decided to devote
the entire current issue of The Grapevine to the subject. Members of the wine
clubs of Vinesse can access and download that newsletter on our sister site: vinesse.com
You’ll read about the various styles of barbecue, wines that
are particularly barbecue-friendly, great places to get your barbecue fix, the
world’s most expensive grill, special barbecue-and-wine weekends coming up in
New York’s Finger Lakes region and much, much more.
If you’re not a Vinesse wine club member, we’ll share some
of those features here in coming weeks.
What’s your BBQ I.Q.? Check out the current issue of The
Grapevine…or check back here often…to find out.