[Fourplay at the 50th Grammy Celebration]

Those words, “My wife needs some Fourplay,” will always go down in my history as a “most embarrassing moment.”

It was 1995… Jose and I were enjoying dinner with Beverly Stevens of Warner Brothers Records at MIXX Restaurant in Santa Rosa, California. Jose was still in radio as a program director, and Beverly had come up to Santa Rosa to accompany a band preforming. As is customary in that industry, Jose and Beverly were discussing all Warner Brothers artists. As they were wrapping it up, Beverly asked, “Is there anything else you need?”

In the tiny restaurant that held about 40 diners, picture a very intimate setting – no loud music pushing up the auditory levels, Jose responded in his big booming radio breath, for which the entire restaurant could hear, “My wife needs some Fourplay.”

It was one of E.F. Hutton moments… You know, “When E.F. Hutton talks, everybody listens.”

The restaurant went dead silent, all heads turning to see who this sexually depraved “wife” was, and I said to everyone in the restaurant, “It’s a jazz band, Fourplay’s a jazz band. It’s Bob James, Nathan East, Harvey Mason, and Larry Carlton… playing jazz.”

Fast forward to Rodney Strong Vineyards this July 4th Weekend, late afternoon, on the lawn, wine and food, and the Fourplay I still love. To this day, I still need Fourplay, and was able to really enjoy the show, as were a lot of other people.

[Above: Larry & Tina Tillmanns]

The line up for the remainder of the season:
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Chris Botti
Doors 4 p.m. – Showtime 5 p.m.

Sunday, August 3, 2008
An Evening with Boz Scaggs
Doors 4 p.m. – Showtime 5 p.m.

Sunday, August 17, 2008
An Evening with Michael McDonald
Doors 4 p.m. – Showtime 5 p.m.

Saturday, September 27, 2008
The ‘R n R’ Tour: Rick Braun & Richard Elliot
Doors 3 p.m. – Showtime 4 p.m.

[Above left: Mary James and Susan Briggs from Mill Valley to her right]

It’s a great vineyard setting in late afternoon, very easy going, lots of food, wine, music and a great time.

Check the rules and regulations, because we had to return our Riedel to the car… Yes, I’m a glass snob.

See you there… Embrace it!