The curious pairing of classical music and wine returns once again to Northern California this summer.
Artists Renee Fleming, Sarah Chang, and Leif Ove Andsnes are but some of the performers that will grace the stages of one of the country's most unique summer music festivals - Napa Valley's Festival del Sole.
In this festival wine and food follows classical music, and all of it a stone's throw from Sacramento.
The festival just announced its fourth season which runs between July 17-25. The weeklong schedule includes world-class concerts, receptions, lunches and dinners, wine tastings, as well as art exhibitions.
Some of its concerts are free community concerts showcasing young talent on the rise.
This year's Festival opens July 18 at the Napa Valley Opera House featuring three young artists - violinist Sarah Chang, pianist Andrew von Oeyen, and 14-year old pianist Conrad Tao.
As is the habit at Festival del Sole, the concert is followed by an event at a winery - in this case, a twilight dinner on the terrace overlooking Napa Valley at Palmaz Vineyards, a new winery participant at the festival.
Soprano RenÃ©e Fleming makes her festival debut on July 23, in a recital at Castello di Amorosa winery. Other artists to appear include a rare appearance by Royal Opera House conductor Antonio Pappano, and cellist Nina Kotova.
Participating wineries and restaurants at the festival include Clos Pegase, The Carneros Inn, and Dominus Estate.
Tickets for concerts range from $35-$125. Discounts are available for students.
Information: (888) 337-6272 or www.fdsnapa.org.