The Ultimate Wine and Music Experience

mountainwineryA very cool place to enjoy an outdoor concert is The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California.

It’s sort of like Ravinia, north of Chicago, or L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl — only with a much sharper focus on food and wine before the show. The venue, after all, is a winery.

Choices range from a quick pre-concert bite (grilled pizzas and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches take center-stage) at The Plaza Bistro to The Plaza Grill (casual dining on the Plaza Deck) to the Vineyard Wine & Martini Bar (an outdoor lounge) to a pair of restaurants (The Chateau Deck Restaurant and the Backstage Brasserie) serving multi-course, prix fixe meals. And for something entirely different, there’s The Mountain Creperie and Candy Shop, serving specialties both sweet and savory.

Many people in Northern California visit The Mountain Winery — the historic home of Paul Masson — multiple times during the concert season. But if you can go only once, I recommend the “Ultimate Night Out Package,” which includes:

  • One premium top-priced reserved seat.
  • One pre-show, three-course prix-fixe dinner on the elegant Chateau Deck.
  • One glass of estate wine.
  • VIP preferred parking.

So pick an artist or a date, and make plans to have a memorable wine and music experience. Tickets go on sale this coming Monday at www.mountainwinery.com.

Here’s the 2015 season calendar:

  • May 22 — Erykah Badu.
  • June 6 — KC and the Sunshine Band / Jody Watley featuring Shalamar
  • June 9 — Peter Frampton / Cheap Trick
  • June 11 — Gordon Lightfoot
  • June 12 — Audra McDonald
  • June 14 — Paul Rodgers
  • June 18 — Brian Wilson / Rodriguez
  • June 19 — Little Big Town / David Nail and Ashley Monroe
  • June 20 — George Thorogood & the Destroyers / Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot
  • June 21 — Brit Floyd (“The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show”)
  • June 22 — Willie Nelson & Family / Alison Krauss & Union Station
  • June 24 — Smash Mouth / Toad The Wet Sprocket
  • June 27 — Bell Biv DeVoe / Doug E. Fresh
  • June 28 — The Roots
  • July 1 — New Jack featuring Blackstreet / Ginuwine / Tank / SWV
  • July 2 — Rob Thomas / Plain White T’s
  • July 7 — Boz Scaggs / Aaron Neville
  • July 9 — Ozomatli featuring Sheila E
  • July 10 — Amos Lee / David Gray
  • July 11 — David Gray / Amos Lee
  • July 12 — Jake Shimabukuro
  • July 14 and 15 — Harry Connick Jr.
  • July 16 — Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
  • July 17 — Creedence Clearwater Revisited / Dennis DeYoung
  • July 18 — The Whispers / Stephanie Mills
  • July 19 — Zap Mama / King Sunny Ade & His African Beats
  • July 21 — Sugar Ray / Better Than Ezra / Uncle Kracker / Eve 6
  • July 22 — Barenaked Ladies / Violent Femmes / Colin Hay
  • July 23 — Jim Gaffigan
  • July 24 — Blondie / Melissa Etheridge
  • July 25 — Big Head Todd & the Monsters / G. Love & Special Sauce
  • July 29 — Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo / John Waite
  • July 30 — Boston
  • July 31 — Spandau Ballet
  • August 4 and 5 — Sheryl Crow
  • August 6 — Huey Lewis and the News
  • August 7 — Gladys Knight / The O’Jays
  • August 8 — Juanes
  • August 13 — Ziggy Marley / Steel Pulse
  • August 14 — Chris Isaak
  • August 15 — Orquestra Buena Vista Social Club “Adios Tour”
  • August 16 — Maze / Frankie Beverly
  • August 18 — Michael Franti & Spearhead
  • August 19 — Diana Krall
  • August 21 — Ron White
  • August 23 — Jill Scott
  • August 25 — Colbie Caillat / Christina Perri
  • August 26 — Heart
  • August 28 — The Fab Four (“The Ultimate Tribute”)
  • September 1 — Pink Martini
  • September 2 — The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo
  • September 4 — Neko Case / Robyn Hitchcock
  • September 5 — Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
  • September 6 — The Psychedelic Furs / The Church
  • September 8 — Yes / Toto
  • September 11 — ZZ Top / Blackberry Smoke
  • September 12 — Eddie Izzard
  • September 15 — Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • September 17 — Rodrigo y Gabriela
  • September 20 — ABBA The Concert (“A Tribute to ABBA”)
  • September 25 — ABC / Wang Chung / A Flock of Seagulls / Naked Eyes / Animotion / The Flirts / Gene Loves Jezebel / Boy Don’t Cry
  • September 26 — The Beach Boys
  • September 27 — Kristin Chenoweth
  • September 30 — Cooder-White-Skaggs (Ry Cooder / Sharon White / Ricky Skaggs)
  • October 1 — The Doobie Brothers
  • October 3 — Chicago
  • October 7 — UB40 / Astro / The English Beat
  • October 10 — Galactic and Macy Gray — Alone and Together
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