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More Wine and Music Together: Check Out Ironstone’s Schedule

Because I’m a music lover in addition to being a wine lover, I like to keep you posted on music events at wineries or in “wine country.” Most years, I share the schedules at Thornton Winery in Temecula, Calif.; Vina

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It’s Barbecue Time — Are You Wine Ready?

Nicasio means “the hidden one,” which makes Nicasio an apt name for a little village in the rolling hills of western Marin County, north of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Nicasio’s historic town square consists of St. Mary’s Church (established

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Music, Food and Wine in a Spectacular Setting

I have not yet been there, but friends are raving about the acoustics, the food and the wine at the Green Music Center on the grounds of Sonoma State University. Just being in Sonoma County is always a pleasure, given

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Are You Ready to Rock? Head to Napa

Even though I’m now 57 years and four days of age, I am about to use the word “totally” in a much younger context. BottleRock is a three-day music festival set for May 29-31 at the Napa Valley Expo in

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The Ultimate Wine and Music Experience

A 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

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Cohn Festival: Takin’ It to the… Field of Dreams

It’s the end of one era, and the beginning of another. For more years than I can remember, Bruce Cohn — a man who has guided the careers of the Doobie Brothers and other music stars, and the founder of

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Sips and Swirls Between the Songs: Where to Find Great Wine Near This Year’s Biggest Music Festivals

Rare is the wine festival that does not include some sort of music. The type of music doesn’t seem to matter; the wine-drinking experience just seems to be enhanced by melodic sounds. We’re now deep into America’s music festival season,

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Dining Decadence, Italian Style, in the Windy City

I lived in Chicago for 14 years, leaving in late October of 2013 after completing an all-consuming, sleep-depriving special project in the publishing industry — editing (and writing much of) a 300-page magazine. I got out just in time, too,

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