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Night & Day: Classic movies under the stars

  • The picturesque St. Francis Winery off Highway 12 in the Sonoma Valley at Pythian Road. The winery does food and wine pairing events. Photo: St. Francis Winery 2008

Summer is all about escaping from the everyday. We yearn to dig our toes in the sand, read a good mystery novel or take a vacation in a far-flung land. But sometimes, a box of popcorn and a good film can do the trick.

With the summer blockbuster season upon us, grab a blanket and take in a nostalgic movie under the stars; there are several area wineries that oblige. With a picnic and some wine, you'll find the ambiance as entertaining as the film itself.

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards in Santa Rosa offers free movies at 7 p.m. Thursdays, July 18 through Aug. 15, on the visitors center lawn at 100 Pythian Road. The evening includes live shows before the concert and wine by the glass for purchase. The projector rolls at dusk.

Here's the schedule: The 1987 movie "Dirty Dancing" on July 18; Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic "Psycho" on July 25; the 2002 comedy "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" on Aug. 1; the 1989 romantic comedy "When Harry Met Sally" on Aug. 8; and the 1983 comedy "National Lampoon's Vacation" on Aug. 15. www.stfranciswinery.com.

This summer, Moshin Vineyards in Healdsburg presents two "Moshin Pictures" classic movies on its crush pad at 10295 Westside Road Admission is $10, including a bottomless bag of hot popcorn. Wine can be purchased, and films start rolling at dusk. Chairs are provided, but bring a jacket or blanket.

The series kicks off with the 1985 sci-fi comedy "Back to the Future" on July 20, and concludes with the 1980 sports comedy "Caddyshack" on Aug. 10. www.moshinvineyards.com.

Gundlach Bundschu in Sonoma concludes its Summer Fun Film Fest on Aug. 3 with an outdoor screening of "Caddyshack" at dusk. Doors to the winery at 2000 Denmark St. open at 7 p.m. for games, a costume contest and other interactive activities. Picnic dinners by Gott's Roadside Gourmet food truck will be available for purchase. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. www.gunbun.com/caddyshack.


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