Napa Valley Festival del Sole (VIDEO)

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A Feast for the Senses

Napa Valley Festival del Sole 2012 season starts this week!  The festival kicks off on July 13th and runs through July 22nd. The event features a 10-day pairing of world-class artistry, exclusive food and wine events, wellness programs and premier lifestyle experiences.

Some of the artists performing this season are violin superstar Joshua Bell, famed mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, sopranos Danielle de Niese and Lisa Delan, baritone Nathan Gunn, cellist Nina Kotova, guitarist Angel Romero, pianist Hélène Grimaud, the Russian National Orchestra, and dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet.

New this year, Festival del Sole is launching the Napa Valley premiere of 24 Hour Plays, a feat of extreme theater that involves writing, rehearsing and performing a series of plays in just 24 hours – in this case, four plays with musical interludes from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. A-list actors appearing in this event include Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber, Chris Noth and Hugh Dancy.

Additional performance highlights this year include the return of the popular Bouchaine Young Artist Series. The exceptional entertainment is accompanied by an array of epicurean experiences that feature the legendary hospitality of nearly 40 of the Napa Valley’s finest wineries, estates and restaurants. Throughout the festival, guests may choose from a variety of unparalleled food and wine experiences ranging from intimate dinners at private wineries to outdoor Vintners Luncheons to tastings and samplings.

Tickets are available online at www.festivaldelsole.org, by phone at 888-FDS-NAPA [888-337-6272], or in person at the festival office, 1556 First Street, Suite103A, in downtown Napa.

Festival del Sole operates under the auspices of Napa Valley Festival Association, a not-for-profit charitable organization.

Monique Soltani

Monique Soltani is the Executive Producer and Host of Wine Oh TV. Wine Oh TV is the only weekly wine show on television. Watch Wine Oh TV with Monique Soltani Wednesdays at 8:30pm on Comcast (Ch. 104/819HD).

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