It is easy to see why some of the most popular live entertainment venues in Wine Country are the wineries themselves.
The settings are beautiful, especially during the summer, when a lot of the events can be held outdoors. And you can have a glass of wine while you're enjoying the show.
Phillip Humes, a retired Santa Rosa business executive, loves a good outdoor show and put it poetically: "There is a magical ambience to listening to live music at a winery."
Evidently, he's not the only one who feels that way.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville, for example, reports steady crowds for live music, dancing and film screenings.
"We've been offering a variety of events since 2010," said Marlow Daniel, director of public relations for Francis Ford Coppola Presents. "We're offering guests a different perspective on the traditional wine tasting experience."
Summertime offers a steady stream of entertainment events, but the pace begins to slow by early August in some places.
Not at the wineries. Here's a quick look at what some wineries have planned for the first weekend of an otherwise sleepy month:
<b>"Gigolo: The New Cole Porter Review"</b> will be performed outdoors at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville, at 7 p.m. Aug. 2-4 and Aug. 10-11.