Season for wine, music and more

  • Dwight Yoakam performs onstage at the 42nd Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards in New York, Thursday, June 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

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.

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