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Rodney Strong Vineyards'
18th Annual KJZY Summer Concert Series

Enjoy a picnic with friends on The Green’s lush, grassy meadow or watch the concert from stage-front VIP seating. Either way, you can't go wrong at Sonoma County's best outdoor concert venue.

Selected fine wines from Rodney Strong Vineyards will be available for purchase, as well as tasty menu items & non-alcoholic beverages. (No outside alcoholic beverages allowed).

In 1962 Rodney Strong purchased an old vineyard and winery building in Windsor, once known as the Monte Carlo Winery. There he crafted his first wines by doing: asking questions, taking classes, making mistakes, and learning. Once he'd mastered the basics, he quickly came to the inevitable conclusion that all winemakers must reach: quality winemaking requires quality grapes, and the best way to assure the latter is to grow your own, and get good at it. By 1968, Rod had gotten good enough at making and selling wine, that he was able to convince financiers to loan him the money he needed to acquire land on which to establish vineyards. In those days, Sonoma county was dairy country, with pears and prune-plums, but very little in the way of grapes. Armed with the latest climate data from UC Davis, and equipped with an uncanny, visionary approach to selecting sites where great grapes would grow, Rod purchased and planted many of the best vineyards still in use today. By 1970, Rod was breaking ground for a new winery building in the recently planted vineyard he called River East, in Healdsburg. Originally a large prune-plum orchard, Rod established chardonnay, pinot noir, and an impressive winery building, which today houses their tasting room and lower cellar. In 1979, Rod Strong hired Rick Sayre, a full time person to take over winemaking.

Tom Klein convinced his family to purchase Rodney Strong Vineyards in 1989. Tom envisioned Rodney Strong Vineyards as a true diamond in the rough. He saw tremendous potential in the business side of the winery, but true to his family's values, he knew that ultimately, no matter how well a business is run, there had to be quality in the product. It had to be in the bottle. The Klein family, with Rod's legacy of vineyard ownership, didn't stop at the winery. By the early 2000s they had acquired an additional seven vineyards totaling 606 acres in the Alexander Valley, Chalk Hill, and Russian River Valley appellations. The vineyard acquisitions required careful stewardship, and in 2001 they hired seasoned viticuturalist (and avid fly-fisherman) Doug McIlroy as Director of Grower and Vineyard Operations.


2008 Concert Series

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Brian Culbertson's Funk Experience and 
Jonathan Butler
Doors 4 p.m. - Showtime 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Bob James, Larry Carlton,
Nathan East, & Harvey Mason
Doors 4 p.m. - Showtime 5 p.m.
Saturday, August 2, 2008 Chris Botti Doors 4 p.m. - Showtime 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 3, 2008 Boz Scaggs Doors 4 p.m. - Showtime 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Michael McDonald Doors 4 p.m. - Showtime 5 p.m.
Saturday, September 27, 2008 'R n R' Tour: Rick Braun & Richard Elliot Doors 3 p.m. - Showtime 4 p.m.
Photos from last years performances
Rodney Strong Vineyards, 11455 Old Redwood Hwy. Healdsburg, CA 95448

Phone Numbers:
Hospitality Center: (800) 678-4763 toll free / (707) 431-1533 local
Collector's Circle: (866) 779-4637
Concert Information: (707) 433-0919
Administration: (800) 474-9463 toll free / (707) 433-6521 local
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