We had a rockin’ date night Saturday at Monte de Oro Winery. The double bill of New Wave cult favorite Missing Persons (“Walking in LA”) and pop/punk rockers the Romantics (“What I Like About You”) thrilled the mostly local crowd, who came out to support Hospice of the Valleys.
There is something magical about a concert in wine country. My husband and I have been anticipating the opening of Monte de Oro, a new winery in Temecula. The immaculately tended grounds and beautiful buildings created a unique backdrop for a night of dancing to live music.
Our tickets included a complimentary glass of wine from the tasting menu, so we chose their signature
red wine, the 2005 Synergy 65. Monte de Oro operates 72 acres of vineyards in and near their Rancho California Road winery, and the Synergy blend was created with 100% estate-grown grapes. Synergy blends Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Zinfandel. It is luscious and smooth with a pleasant lingering mouth-feel.
Glasses of wine in hand, we joined the crowd on the patio, where Missing Persons lead singer Dale Bozzio was charming the crowd with her distinctive voice and high energy as she belted out memorable hits like “Destination Unknown” and “Words.”
As the sun set over the vineyards, the Romantics took the stage. My music-obsessed husband commented, “They’re playing like they’re trying to score their first record deal.” These rockers, all original band members, clearly have a great time playing together, and the crowd energy was phenomenal.
Part of the beauty of a concert at a winery is the intimate feeling from such a small venue. We felt like the band was playing just for us (plus a few hundred of our closest friends.) It felt like a private party complete with Missing Persons guitarist Warren Cuccurullo dancing in the front row.
Local charity Hospice of the Valleys a nonprofit which provides compassionate care to terminally ill patients and their families, received proceeds from the concert through the Golden Crown Productions charity concert series.
Photos by Debra Pion