Three Brothers Winery to host 4th Annual Winestock
The 4th Annual Winestock is happening this Saturday, August 13 from noon-8:30 p.m. at Three Brothers Winery and everyone is invited.
With 12 musical acts on two stages, Winestock 2016 promises to be bigger than ever. Set among the park-like grounds of this Ridgefield winery, established evergreens, an expansive lawn and covered patio provide the perfect combination of sun and shade regardless of the weather.
Winestock debuted in 2013 when winemaker/musician Jeff Waddell and fellow musicians came together to pay tribute to the passing of their long-time friend, Greg Stilwell, who was considered a guitar protégé from the age of 16.
In addition to a memorial concert, Winestock is a benefit concert for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)—working on a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D).
Waddell, owner of East Fork Cellars, had to take his winery private last year when he nearly lost his vision as a result of complications from type 2 diabetes. Thanks to Casey Eye Institute in Portland, his vision has been restored and Winestock 2016 has special meaning for him.
“I want to put special attention towards type 1 diabetes for the youth and people born with it,” Waddell said. “In my case, there are treatments but (for) type 1 right now there’s no cure.”
Dan Andersen, owner and winemaker of Three Brothers, also has a personal connection to T1D.
“I definitely think juvenile 1 type diabetes is a disease that can be cured in our lifetime. My youngest son has type 1 and I know the strain it puts on those affected and their families,” Dan said.
Winestock 2016 is free for all ages but 100 percent of gate donations will go to JDRF. A representative from JDRF is slated to talk briefly about their organization and will be on hand to answer questions throughout the day.
Otherwise, the day is marked with spectacular talent that flies in from all over the U.S. They make the effort in honor of their friend, Greg Stilwell, whom the majority played with in bands throughout the years. A myriad of genres will be represented including the opening jazz band, rock, folk, country and soul.
A special treat will be Greg’s niece, Brenna Stilwell. Traveling up from Phoenix this year, she wowed the crowd in 2015 with her soulful voice and is scheduled as an acoustic act around 2:30 p.m.; returning between 6:30-8:30 p.m. when several musicians from throughout the day perform with the F.O.G. (Friends of Greg) band to close out the day.
Another very local connection is Dan’s oldest son, Jesse. He’ll be bringing his classic country stylings to the stage on vocals and guitar backed by Waddell. Jesse was a hit with the audience last year and Dan is proud to have him return in the lineup.
No winery music festival would be complete without wine. Three Brothers will be offering four stainless steel whites (I’m calling their 2014 Pinot Gris crowd favorite for the day) and four beautifully-aging reds for those 21 and over.
Jo Foody Catering will be serving upscale barbeque and chef/owner, Jodell Hinojosa, has assured me a hearty vegetarian salad option will be on the menu to cover all dietary bases.
For more information on Winestock 2016, go to www.threebrotherswinery.com.
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