Festival de Sole Creates Its Own Artistic Aura

July 28, 2014 2:40 PM

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Festival de Sole Creates Its Own Artistic Aura

The sun shining down on Napa has created a wonderful gravitational pull with the events offered at this year's Festival de Sole. Featuring beloved and up-and-coming performers from classical music, jazz, opera, ballet, and theater, the ten-day festival is now attracting leading lights onstage, and leading luminaries off. Adding a cultural component to celebrations of wine and food has proven to be a potent formula for locals and especially visitors, who now book the sold-out events as soon as the program is announced. World-class performances seem even more elevated when appreciated with a glass in hand and a perfect plate at the ready.

Ambitiously initiated nine years ago, the Festival de Sole was designed to inject a cultural component into Napa's rich social scene. With so many San Franciscans spending the summer out of the fog, festival founders wondered if the crowds would come; the appealing mix of winery luncheons and dinner...

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