Livermore, CA – As part of Wente Vineyards’ ongoing support of new independent music, Karl Wente, Fifth Generation Winemaker at Wente Vineyards, is proud to announce The Front Porch presents Homegrown, a showcase of local Bay Area musical talent. As a creative individual who applies that energy to both winemaking and music, composing, arranging and performing is tightly woven into the fabric of Karl’s life, he is constantly discovering new artists and sounds. This year, two extraordinary bands will be featured as part of the Homegrown series, alongside The Front Porch, which includes Karl Wente. The name of the band and the festival were inspired by the 19th century porch at Karl Wente’s home, where he is often found collaborating with friends and musicians that are passing through town. “Sure, The Front Porch is an actual place where this all started, but it also represents a way of thinking, a state of mind. It’s basically about good music, good wine and good friends, wherever we may find ourselves.”
The Front Porch (Single Release Party)
The Stone Foxes
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Wine and music work to stimulate our senses and add depth to our lives and, for many, are inextricably intertwined. Wine, like music, encompasses a broad range of styles and evokes memories and emotions for those who experience it. Much like the 32 cultivars of grapes that Karl Wente works with at his family’s vineyards in Livermore Valley and Arroyo Seco in California, his eclectic tastes are reflected in the sounds of the bands he chooses every year.
This celebration of local music will take place at Wente Vineyards Estate Winery and Tasting Room located at 5565 Tesla Road in Livermore, CA, where guests will have plenty of room to dance, picnic and enjoy Wente Vineyards’ award-winning wines. The event runs from 5pm to 9pm. Tickets can be purchased online at ticketweb.com beginning Wednesday, June 20th or purchased at the door for $15, or $10 for Club Members. For additional information on Davy Knowles and The Stone Foxes, please visit TheStoneFoxes.com or DavyKnowles.com.
In addition to The Front Porch presents Homegrown, Wente Vineyards will host their third annual The Front Porch Music Festival September 1st, 2012 from 3pm to 9pm. This mini Outside Lands’ style festival will feature well known nationally acclaimed artists in the Americana/ Bluegrass genre from around the country. Beginning Wednesday, June 20th, tickets can be purchased for $20 at ticketweb.com or purchased at the door for $30. Special pricing will also be available to Club Members.
About Wente Vineyards
Founded in 1883, Wente Vineyards is the oldest continuously-operated, family-owned winery in the country; owned and managed by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. The winery draws from nearly 3,000 acres of Estate vineyards in the Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay and Arroyo Seco, Monterey appellations to create an outstanding portfolio of fine wines. Wente Vineyards is distributed in all 50 states and in over 70 countries worldwide. In 2010, Wente Vineyards was among the first wineries to receive the Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing designation, and one of the only wineries to certify every aspect of its business. In 2011, Wente Family Estates was named American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast and a top 30 wine company by Wine Business Monthly. 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the Wente family bringing Chardonnay cuttings to California. Today, the Wente clone of Chardonnay is the most widely planted in California.
Located just east of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California’s premier wine country destinations. The property features wine tasting, world-class concerts, award-winning fine dining and championship golf. For more information, visit www.wentevineyards.com.
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