Napa Valley Brings Classical Music to Classy Vineyards This Month
If you’re looking to add a little culture to your next wine tasting adventure look no further than Napa Valley—of course—to class things up. The Music in the Vineyards series begins its 17th season this August where chamber music and other classical tunes arrive in the middle of the vineyards for all the tipsy tourists—and refined locals—to enjoy.
Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays are usually when the musicians mingle with the grapes, but be sure to hurry up and book your spot as things are quickly selling out. If you’re a last minute kind of person there’s still some room to check things out this Sunday, August 7, at the Rubicon Estate where Dvorak, Britten, and Brahms will be performed in the barrel room. If that’s too soon there’s still some room the following Sunday—August 14—at Clos Pegase in Calistoga where Beethoven, Bruckner, and Crum are on the menu with your Merlot.
Tickets are available online right here, and the fun will cost you $50 per person. It’s a will call only event, so you’ll feel important is they check for your name on the list. Unfortunately though, that means no ticket stub souvenir.
If you don’t have the funds to attend, or if the masses have already gobbled up seats for you preferred performance—don’t fear—you’re not totally out of luck. There are free open rehearsals at the Napa Valley College Upper Campus on Thursday afternoons in St. Helena from around 2pm until 4pm. Sure the ambiance isn’t the same as a spot mingling with the grapes, but we bet you could smuggle in a bottle of Pinot in your pocket.
[Photo: Chick Harrity via Music in the Vineyards]