July 12-July 21: Napa Valley Festival del Sole at Castello di Amorosa


Wine, wine and more wine (clink, clink). If you were hoping for some other beverage, then you must not be from Napa. The eighth annual Napa Valley Festival del Sole is where the words “swirl,” “sip” and “spit” are all too common (clink, clink), a 10-day event with a hundred wineries and over 60 events to enjoy. Beyond the pour, classical and television stars take the stage during the festival’s many concerts and events, including violinist Sarah Chang and pianist Andrew von Oeyen, Russian-born cellist Nina Kotova (clink, clink), vocalist Audra McDonald, The View’s Star Jones, mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and others. Take in the classical music and beautiful scenery starting Friday, July 12, at Castello di Amorosa (it’s a castle!) and continuing through July 21 at various venues in the valley. For full details, see www.festivaldelsole.org.