Music and Wineries

For those who love pairing fine wines with fine music, you're in luck. The Valley now offers several opportunities to do so throughout the week.

If you need an opportunity to relax and enjoy live music, local wine, or the scenic vineyards Southern Oregon has to offer, these events have something for everyone.

James and Paulette Vigil enjoy the whole package.

"We really enjoy the combination of wines and music," Paulette says. "It's so nice here because it's relaxing, there's no traffic, and it's not crowded." The couple, originally from the bay area, feels that southern Oregon has done a great job cultivating a sense of community with Art and Entertainment events like this one.

They try and attend as many of these events as possible.

Other attendees say it's just nice to get away for a few hours.

"It's an opportunity to get together with a friend and enjoy being outside," says Medford resident Judy Detrick. "The great music and wine is just a bonus." Detrick and her friend Vicki Lavagnino agree that after a long work week, the relaxing atmosphere is a great way to unwind.

Even the performers are enjoying themselves.

The bands vibraphonist, Rick Wadman, of The Rick Wadman Jazz Trio, says the band plays at a lot of coffee shops and art galleries, but wineries are becoming increasingly more popular.

Guitarist Steve Elmer thinks it's a fine way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Some, like Elaine Fielder, come to listen to their favorite band, and end up eating a picnic lunch and buying a bottle of wine to sip.

"They're a very nice, new sound in the valley," the self-proclaimed groupie says. "I'll follow them anywhere." It's not just Roxy Ann that takes advantage of the beautiful scenery and the arts-loving demographic.

Both Paschal and Edenvale wineries offer regular art and entertainment events.

Edenvale is now in its sixth season for jazz in the garden, says owner and manager Anne Root.

What began as a small gathering has turned into a local favorite.

Some Thursdays as many as 150 people can be found enjoying the full wine bar and the rotation of local bands.

Root says that it's a great spot to enjoy the breezy outdoors after work, and it sure beats a smoky bar. From 6-9 p.m. guests can dance in the formal gardens or enjoy light appetizers.

She feels these types of events are successful because wine and the arts attract the same demographic.

"Food, wine and culture all go hand in hand," she says. "People who love food and wine also love art and socializing." After all, wine is an art form in and of itself.

You can enjoy wine paired with arts and entertainment at a number of venues all year long. In Ashland there is the First Friday Art Walk and the Taste of Ashland Festival. In Medford, The Taste of History Festival.

These more regular events are hidden gems that help break up the monotony of the week.

Thursdays and Sundays at Roxy Ann Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford: Enjoy jazz in the gardens on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sundays from — to — p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring picnic suppers, and wines by the glass and cheeses are available. The cover charge is $5. Call 776-2315.

Saturdays at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent: Bil Leonhart performs classical and jazz on acoustic guitar at 2 p.m. Cover is free. Live music is also offered from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Tuesday and Wednesday of every month. Cover costs $5. "Locals night" is the third Friday of every month. These events are held throughout the year. Call 535-7957.

Thursdays at EdenVale Winery, 2310 Voorhies Road, Medford: Live jazz and swing music is offered from 6 to 9 p.m. through Sept. 13. The cover charge is $5. Wines by the glass and food are available. Call 512-2955.

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