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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Heard it Through the Grapevine ♪♫♪


Heard it Through the Grapevine ♪♫♪

A pairing of music and wine

Story by Lisa Manyon


Sprinkled throughout Southern Oregon in Douglas, Josephine, Jackson, and Klamath Counties, you’ll find an assortment of wineries to explore.

Many of these establishments offer music that pairs well with the flavor of Southern Oregon Summer. These are some of our favorite spots. Most are family and pet friendly with some exceptions and rules. Call ahead for details and check websites for music lineup.




Delfino Vineyards


Summerfest Music Series

$15 Cover (includes music, wine tasting, and door prizes)

Eats: Local food vendors

Family friendly

Terri Delfino coordinates the music and features many genres including a Celtic Fest (going on its eighth year with musicians from Portland to Ashland), Blues and Funk, local favorite Mo’Jo Boogie (it’s often a challenge to book this popular band as the members all play in other bands), as well as other local musicians to support the community and following.

When there are over 100 people the music is offered on a grassy spot near “the lake” located on 160 acres, where there is plenty of room to dance or explore hiking trails. The Delfino’s also offer a sip and stay option at their bed and breakfast with hiking trails. The Delfino’s produce only 1,000 cases of wine per year, showcasing a truly boutique experience.


Melrose Vineyards


Music in The Vines on Thursday night from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. mid-August to mid-September

Cover: $15.00

Eats: Cover includes a light meal

Family friendly

Deb Wandrus selects the musicians based on demos, reviews, and word of mouth. Most are local talent from within 100 miles of Roseburg. Attendees can enjoy music, wine, and small bites during Music in The Vines and they also host a Grape Stomp on Sept. 23 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 




Schmidt Family Vineyards


Friday Night Music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

No cover

Eats: Kitchen is always open

Family friendly, pets outside on leashes

Rene Brons coordinates the music and features mostly local artists including Lady and The Tramp, T.J. Elton, Dave Pinskey, and more. Music happens rain or shine. The venue offers expansive views and seating inside as well as outside. Bottle specials and wines by the glass are offered during events (there is no tasting during live music).

Rene says, “We want you to feel at home and there is plenty of room for dancing.”

The best way to stay up to date on the music schedule and happenings is to sign up for newsletter updates via their website.




Weisinger Family Winery


Music on the Deck on Saturday and Sunday thru September 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

No cover

Eats: Small plates available

Family friendly, pets on the deck

Winery Manager Ariel Sherman coordinates local independent musicians who feature all original tunes for a truly unique experience. Eclectic genres pair well with small lot specialty wines from the grandfather of all Ashland wineries celebrating 30 years of winemaking in 2018. Enjoy the expansive views from the deck and turn it into a mini vacation by booking the cottage.

Get event updates by visiting the website and request updates via electronic newsletter.


Belle Fiore


Live Music year-round Wednesday through Sunday

No cover

Eats: Specialty plates

Family friendly

Chelsea Nolan coordinates mostly local acts with some visiting musicians on occasion. The music schedule is set six months in advance and features specific artists on specific days for consistency. Some local favorites include The Brothers Reed and Frankie Hernandez.

Alexandra Delaris Hannah says, “It’s a wonderful way for people to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and unwind. Wine and music combined with gourmet food makes for a fine evening.”


Platt Anderson Cellars


Live Music during First Friday

Eats: Small plates

Family friendly

The newest tasting room in Ashland is located at the Ashland Art Center and is opened Wednesday through Sunday. This location is the perfect venue to showcase wine as art. All Platt Anderson labels are designed by local talent. Look for more events to be announced on their website.






Year-round music

Cover varies depending on event

Eats: Small plates available

Family friendly and dogs are allowed outside and on front patio 

Paschal partners with the Siskiyou Jazz Institute, Rogue Valley Ensemble, and The Classical Guitar Society to hold musical events. Local favorites including Grant Ruiz and Jen Ambrose have been featured.

Throughout the summer you’ll find music offered a minimum of twice a week. There is both indoor and outdoor seating. The best way to be updated on events is to join the Paschal mailing list via their website.






Live Music Thursdays and Friday from 5:30 p.m. till 7:30 p.m.

No cover

Eats: Featuring a taste of Oregon with locally sourced bites

Family friendly

Owner Dan Marca focuses on rotating local musicians like Jeff Kloetzel, Danielle Kelly and Paul Turnipseed, Shae Celine and Don Harriss (classic, younger rat pack style), David Pinskey, and more. The music choices are meant to create ambiance as opposed to being the main course.

Marca says, “People love it because they can have a conversation. Plus, we pair local foods with local wines to create a true taste of place with tableside service outside on the terrace (weather permitting).”




Live Music every 4 to 5 weeks (weather permitting), schedule is on website

No cover

Eats: Small plates, wine specials, food trucks, and glass pour specials

Family friendly

Robert Trottmann selects music that is cutting edge and powerfully moving. Don’t expect to hear elevator tunes. You’ll get an original experience featuring artists who stand out. Trottmann shares, “I look for extraordinary, original talent and I’m willing to take risks with that. I don’t just book anyone. AT 2Hawk, our team lead by owners Jen and Ross Allen is committed to being the best. The music must meet the caliber of the wine we are now pouring thanks to winemaker Kiley Evan.”

There is room for dancing. Pets are not allowed.


Roxy Ann


Friday Night Wine & Outdoor Music Series from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Open mic monthly (check website for schedule)

No cover

Eats: Food trucks

Family friendly and well-behaved pets on leashes welcome

Brenda Walden Pine coordinates all the music and RoxyAnn was one of the first wineries in the valley to have live music every week. They also host special music events for Wine Club release and private parties. There is a lawn area to play games, picnic, and hang out.

Brenda says “I choose the musicians by going out and listening to their music in other venues, listening to their audio sound, sometimes they audition for me and some have been playing with other bands and then play with a new band but I know their talent. I have open mic once a month and often they are found there! I feature mainly local musicians, as there is a plethora of fantastic talent in the area although I do have some bands from Portland, San Diego, and Nashville. We have food trucks and a beer truck called The Growler King that's a tricked-out ambulance. We do live music year around both inside and outside in the summer on the patio.”



South Stage


Summer Music Series in the wine garden—Wine and Dine Wednesday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sip and Supper Saturday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cover: Friday Music and Wine $3 for wine club members and $4 for nonmembers

Eats: Bistro menu available seven days a week and $10 dinner specials on Wine and Dine Wednesday (C-Street Bistro) and Sip and Supper Saturday (Pomadori)

Family friendly, pet friendly outdoors.

“We believe in 100 percent local, natural, and organic food whenever possible. We also support local musicians like Evening Shades, Brothers Reed, and Jeff Kloetzel. We partner with a local restaurant to cater specialty dinners and have over 28 varietals to choose from. We encourage reservations which can be made online and receive priority service.” Says Promotional Manager Porscha Schiller.


Troon Vineyard


Summer Solstice Annual Event and various other live features

Cover varies from $5 for Wine Club Members to $10 for general public (children under 12 are free at events)

Eats: Food is available for purchase

Family friendly venue, dogs are allowed as long as they're on a leash

Jessica Cortese, tasting room and events manager, selects the musicians to feature based on social media, YouTube, word of mouth, budget, and past performances at the venue. Most performers are local. While there is not a regular music schedule you can stay up to date with special events by liking the Troon Facebook page or signing up for their email newsletter.


Red Lily


Summer Concert Series—Rock the River every Thursday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (see website for full schedule)

No cover

Eats: Local food trucks during concerts and the Beach Bar is open

Family Friendly, dogs on leashes

Ragan Atkinson coordinates the music and hand-selects local favorites like The Rogue Suspects, The Brothers Reed, Eight Dollar Mountain, 221 Fly, and more. Occasionally traveling bands are booked. Enjoy the gorgeous ambiance of music on the water as The Little Applegate meanders through the property.




Ledger David Le Petit Tasting Room


Music Weekends with Friday night performances once per month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (check website for schedule)

No cover

Eats: Mama Mia woodfired pizza and daily small plates featuring Rogue Creamery cheese

Family friendly, pets on leashes outdoors

Owner Lena Varner selects performers for their live music offerings. The intimate tasting room space works well for solo or duo artists that are either acoustic or modestly amplified. The venue is family friendly (coloring books and sparkling apple cider are available upon request). 

Lena shares, “As a small local business, we also love to support our varied, local, talented artists. An eclectic mix of music has worked well for Ledger David. From popular rock of Jeff Kloetzel, Jazz sounds of Ed Dunsavage to Flamenco guitarist Grant Ruiz we’ve also hosted The Brothers Reed and Not Too Shabby on several occasions. We really look for talented, personable, flexible artists that integrate well with our relaxed, friendly staff and customers. Occasionally we’ll have a special band come through that’s from out of town. One year we had a large Zydeco band from Portland for a Mardi Gras event with a Cajun menu.”




Agate Ridge


Rockin’ at The Ridge Summer Concert Series (see website for full schedule)

Cover: General Admission $8, Wine Club Members $5

Eats: Local food trucks

Family Friendly, well behaved dogs on leashes

Kim Kinderman and Ashley Cates coordinate the music schedule. Ashley shares, “We exclusively feature local musicians. We choose musicians that have upbeat vibes and specifically we like bands that make people dance!”

You can enjoy local favorites like Frankie Hernandez, Not Too Shabby, and The Brothers Reed. The concerts are held outdoors and the venue offers lawn games including giant Jenga, Yahtzee, Shuffle Board, Ladder Golf, Tic Tac Toe and other games that are popular during concerts.




Del Rio Vineyards


Friday Night Concerts (see website for schedule), General Admission $12.50 & Wine Club Admission $7.50

Sunday Slowdowns complimentary music (weather permitting) from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m

Eats: Food Truck

Family friendly

Courtney Thomas chooses the talent and features local favorites including Fret Drifters, Blowin Smoke, and Colonel Mustard. She says, “It’s incredibly hard to select musicians, as there are so many talented local artists in our valley. We are contacted by bands almost on a daily basis. We try every year to find new talent. We also want to offer a range of musical genres. We also do some occasional fun give away games!“




Kriselle Cellars


Start Your Weekend Early live music from mid-June to mid-September every Thursday evening 5 p.m. to 7 pm

Yearly Anniversary Celebration in September will feature Blue Lightening (for other special events see website)

No cover

Eats: Small bites

Family friendly, well behaved leashed dogs


Kriselle Cellars selects musicians from the talented pool of Southern Oregon performers. A delicious glass of wine and live music makes a terrific pairing for relaxing at this picturesque venue. The musicians selected provide a musical backdrop for visitors, and often solo or duet performers who have a relaxed vibe are selected.


Nora Lancaster shares, “It is our pleasure to support local musicians and our guests enjoy the ambiance that a live performance provides. There is never a cover charge to enjoy our live performances and all are welcome! “




Summer in Southern Oregon is not to be missed. Cheers!

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