Fans enjoy an open-air performance at the Mountain Winery. (Photo courtesy of Jay Blakesberg)

When the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, Calif., put out a Request For Proposals (RFP) in early 2016, Rick Mueller, president of AEG Live, North America, looked to his partner Lee Smith at Prescient Entertainment. The two had been working at the venue for five years under their respective companies. Since the promise of having a single operator and promoter in charge of the winery sounded like a g...

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