(Ed. Note: It’s “Music Week” on VinesseToday. All this week, we’ll be exploring the connection between wine and music, including information on how you can enjoy the two together in some pretty special surroundings. So if you’re a wine lover AND a music lover, be sure to check back each day this week.)
It’s a sure (somewhat depressing) sign that summer is almost over when there are only nine performances remaining on The Mountain Winery concert schedule.
The Mountain Winery is located in Saratoga, Calif., and it dates back to 1905 and a rather famous name in the world of wine: Paul Masson. Are you old enough to remember this classic television commercial?
Masson called his estate La Cresta—it was his “vineyard in the sky.”
In 1958, 12 years after Masson’s passing, an amphitheater was built on the property, and The Mountain Winery has been hosting summertime concerts ever since. Much like the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Red Rocks outside Denver, Ravinia outside Chicago and Tanglewood in Boston, The Mountain Winery’s concert series is like a magnet for music lovers.
The setting is spectacular—somehow peaceful and electric at the same time. And the fact that you can wine and/or dine before and/or during the shows makes attending a Mountain Winery concert a perfect “date night.”
But there are only nine “perfect date nights” left in 2012:
- Tuesday, September 18 (that’s tomorrow!): Daryl Hall and John Oates
- Wednesday, September 19: Movies on the Mountain: “The Big Lebowski”
- Saturday, September 22: George Thorogood and the Destroyers, with Taj Mahal
- Friday, September 28: Huey Lewis and the News
- Saturday, September 29: Lisa Lampanelli
- Sunday, September 30: The Go-Gos, with Psychedelic Furs
- Wednesday, October 3: Emmylou Harris, with Robert Earl Keen
- Friday, October 5: The Chieftans, with Paddy Moloney
- Saturday, October 6: Lynyrd Skynyrd
As you can see by the movie showing and the booking of comedienne Lisa Lampanelli, it’s not ALL music at The Mountain Winery. But it’s always a good time and, if you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area sometime before October 7, well worth a visit.
Have you ever been to a performance at The Mountain Winery? Who did you see? Did you enjoy the experience? We’d love to hear from you in the Comments box below.