Writer Laurence Vittes explores a wide array of music al fresco while enjoying fine food and, of course, the local wine at the region’s flagship festival, Festival Napa Valley. The festival was easy to attend, as tickets for garden chairs on the expansive lawn were $35.
The Spanish guitarist, who will join Carrie Underwood and others at Festival Napa Valley in July, talks about wine, music and his festival in Rioja. To Sáinz-Villegas, music and wine are part of the same emotional landscape: "The sophistication of classical music is very much like the sophistication of a good wine. Both put you in touch with many different levels of yourself, and they're great ways to inspire people and bring them together."
Festival Napa Valley presented a sensational Olivia Decker Power of Music concert by the Vitamin String Quartet (VSQ) at the Palace Hotel San Francisco on April 22. The evening included a reception hosted by Olivia Decker, Palace Hotel General Manager Angie Clifton, and Festival Napa Valley president Rick Walker, featuring fine wines from Grgich Hills Estate.