7 Up-and-Coming Winetasting Regions in the West

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by SHERIDAN WARRICK

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Wine Country no longer just means Napa or the Willamette. Here are seven places in the West where you can get hip to some amazing sips.

If the idea of a weekend in wine country brings to mind only California's Napa or Oregon's Willamette Valley, think again. Alternative getaways—with great wine, yes, but also outstanding places to eat, play, and shop—are blooming around the West. Pluck your favorite from this tour of the best.

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BrittFest packs 2016 lineup with music legends

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Britt Music & Arts Festival, the Pacific Northwest's premier outdoor summer performing arts festival, has packed this year's lineup with some of the biggest names in music. Located in the historic 1850s gold rush town of Jacksonville, Oregon (USA), Britt presents dozens of summer concerts, featuring world-class artists in classical music, jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, world, pop and country music. Britt's performance venue is a naturally formed amphitheater set among majestic ponderosa pines and native madrones on the beautiful hillside estate of 19th century photographer Peter Britt. Britt is a convenient day's drive from Seattle or San Francisco, and is located just five miles west of Southern Oregon's largest metropolitan area, Medford, and only 15 miles north of Ashland and the world-famousOregon Shakespeare Festival. Oregon's only National Park, Crater Lake, is a scenic two-hour drive from Britt.

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Britt Orchestra to perform at Crater Lake National Park's Centenial Celebration in 2016

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Crater Lake National Park

In July 2016, members of the Britt Orchestra and Music Director Teddy Abrams will celebrate the unique majesty of Crater Lake with performances at the national park. Abrams will lead approximately 40 Britt Orchestra musicians in the performances, with the dramatic panorama of the entire lake as the backdrop. The musicians will perform a world premiere composition by New York-based composer Michael Gordon, commissioned by Britt and inspired by Crater Lake.

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Béla Fleck to play with the Britt Orchestra

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Known for his explorations of new musical territory and considered by many to be the world's greatest banjo player, Béla Fleck has been nominated in more genres than any musician in Grammy history. Already a powerfully creative force in bluegrass, jazz, pop, rock and world beat, It was only natural that he delve into Classical music. He performs with the Britt Orchestra on Friday, August 8 for a special evening of music, both old and new including a groundbreaking work that is sweeping the nation's concert halls to rave reviews. Béla Fleck has performed at the Britt twelve times, but never with the Britt Orchestra.

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Bill Maher and American Idol Live! added to 2014 Britt Festival lineup

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The Britt Festival, Southern Oregon’s summer concert series under the stars, announced an truly epic lineup of big names from across the musical spectrum including rock, pop, folk, bluegrass, country, classical and much more. This year’s schedule now includes shows by sardonic comic Bill Maher from HBO’s Real Time and American Idol Live!

The soul-inspired pop band Fitz and the Tantrums, folk legend Joan Baez, singer-songwriter Tori Amos, country rockers Montgomery Gentry, comic Brian Regan, reggae artist Matisyahu, indie darlings The Head and the Heart, blues/rock act Tedeschi Trucks Band, classic rocker Peter Frampton and pop/rock sensation The Fray are among the acts coming to Britt in the 2014 season.

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