Zinfandel and Jazz on the Healdsburg Plaza — or at Your Home

Jazz trio playing musicJust like California’s Lodi area, parts of Napa Valley and “Gold Country,” the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County is a big Zinfandel-growing area. If you love Zin, or are curious about the variety and would like to give three Vinesse-approved Zins a try, click here.

Considering a trip to North Coast wine country this summer? Plan to spend a day exploring some of the wineries of the Dry Creek Valley, and then wrap up the afternoon by attending a free concert at Ferrari-Carano’s Seasons of the Vineyard Wine Shop on the historic Healdsburg Plaza. The shop has unveiled the 2016 lineup for its free “Jazz it Up” wine and jazz concert series, which kicked off this past Saturday.

Guests may sip wines from Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery as well as Lazy Creek Vineyards, while sampling small bites and enjoying free, live jazz performances. “Jazz It Up” takes place on Saturdays from 4 to 6 p.m.

The rest of the lineup for this year includes:

Saturday, July 9

Stephanie Ozer Quartet

Brazilian jazz and standards gems


Saturday, July 23

The Walter Savage Quartet

Playing Ray Charles, Nat Cole and Old Blue Eyes


Saturday, August 13

Sandy Cressman’s Homenagem

Tribute to great Brazilian composers


Saturday, August 27

Ratatel 4 Quartet

Alan Hall, Paul Hanson, Dillon Vado, Jeff Denson


Saturday, September 10

“Trio Vino Dolce”

Lively, swinging, soulful timbre


Saturday, September 24

Chris Amberger and the Hot Dogs, featuring the Young Brauts

Energetic jazz from up-and-coming musicians


Saturday, October 8

Susan Sutton Trio

Sparkling original compositions and jazz standards


Saturday, October 22

Gary Johnson Quartet with Greg Hester

Hard swinging be-bop


These concerts are free, and no reservations are required. However, seating is on a first-come basis. For more information, visit www.seasonsofthevineyard.com.

And if you can’t make it to Healdsburg this summer, simply open a bottle from this Zinfandel collection and put on your favorite jazz record or CD. Heck, the music doesn’t even need to be jazz; Zinfandel goes well with all genres.

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