Music and wine make for a fine time

Summertime concert venues in the Rogue Valley typically consist of city parks and outdoor stages such as Britt and the county fair. Add one more: wineries.

A growing number of Rogue Valley wineries present summer concert series, mostly outdoors. Patrons bring a picnic dinner, buy some wine and enjoy the music. In some cases, food also is available for purchase. Here's a look:

AGATE RIDGE VINEYARD, 1098 Nick Young Road, Eagle Point, offers a series of Friday night concerts, all starting at 6 p.m. On the schedule are Karen Lovely Band June 24, Rogue Suspects July 1, Soul Food July 15, The Mixers July 29, Flipside Aug. 12, David Pinsky and His Rhythm Kings Aug. 26, Broadway Phil & The Shouters Sept. 9 and Karen Lovely Band Sept. 23.

Concerts are held in the winery gardens. Admission is $7 general, $3.50 for wine-club members. By-the-glass wine selections are priced from $5 to $8 and vary with concerts. (I like the sauvignon blanc and Cascade Terrace red blend.) Food also is available for purchase.

DEL RIO VINEYARDS, 52 N. River Road, Gold Hill, plans a series of five concerts at 6 p.m. on alternate Friday nights, starting June 24. The schedule:

Broadway Phil & The Shouters June 24, Sweet Town Little July 8, Mercy July 22, Kites & Crows Aug. 5 and The Roadsters Aug. 19.

Concerts are held outdoors near the tasting room. Admission is $7.50 for the general public, $5 for wine-club members. A variety of Del Rio wines can be purchased. Whites run $4 per glass, reds $6. (I like the pinot gris and pinot noir.)

EDENVALE WINERY AT Eden Valley Orchards, 2310 Voorhies Road, Medford, has concerts on many Thursday and Friday evenings, respectively called Jazz in the Gardens and TGIF Dance Parties. The schedule, all at 6 p.m.:

Rhythm Kings June 24, Billy Rock Blue June 30, Wine Without Reason July 1, Broadway Phil & The Shouters July 7, Mercy July 8, Rogue Suspects July 14, Salsa Brava July 15, New West Guitar July 21, Mercy July 28, Smoky Red July 29, Billy Rock Blue Aug. 4, Mercy Aug. 11, Rogue Rage Aug. 12, Rogue Suspects Aug. 18, Salsa Brava Aug. 25, Rogue Suspects Aug. 26, Teri Cote & The Randalz Sept. 2, Broadway Phil & The Shouters Sept. 8, Salsa Brava Sept. 9, Rogue Suspects Sept. 15 and Mercy Sept. 16.

Concerts are held in the garden area next to the mansion. The cover charge is $5. Selected EdenVale wines are available, along with food. (I like the chardonnay and tempranillo.)

ROXYANN WINERY, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford, has a Friday night concert series called Twilight Music. Concerts are outdoors near the tasting room. The schedule, all starting at 6:30 p.m.:

Rogue Rage June 24, to be announced July 1, Jake Oken-Berg Band July 8, The Mixers July 15, The Rogue Suspects July 22, Eight Dollar Mountain July 29, Wine Without Reason Aug. 5, Broadway Phil and the Shouters Aug. 12, Mercy Aug. 19, Cascada Aug. 26, The Rogue Suspects Sept. 2, Robbie DeCosta Band Sept. 9, Eight Dollar Mountain Sept. 16 and Broadway Phil and the Shouters Sept. 23.

The cover charge is $6 for the general public, $4 for wine-club members. A rotating selection of wines is available by the glass from $5 to $8. (I like the pinot gris and claret.) Food is available from growers market vendors.

ALSO PRESENTING periodic musical events throughout the year is Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent.

Jazz vocalist J.D. Walter and pianist Jim Ridl will perform at 7 p.m. June 24. Tickets are $15, $10 for members of the wine club and Siskiyou Institute New Artist Series. Call 541-488-3869.

LABRASSEUR, UP NEAR Butte Falls, offers concerts monthly. The next is July 23. Check our July 6 column for details.


Two notable wines from the 125-year-old Freemark Abbey Winery of California: 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($40) and 2008 Napa Valley Merlot ($30).

The cabernet is worth the tariff — a rich, elegant, complex wine full of flavor. The merlot takes time to blossom. It's a bit too earthy at first, then develops into a pleasantly soft, tangy and fruity wine.

Cleve Twitchell is a retired Mail Tribune editor and columnist. E-mail him at

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