|By Kevin Wong|
On a desert sojourn, consider treating yourself and someone special to a romantic rendezvous at Thornton Winery, in Riverside County’s Temecula Valley. The family winery is offering a sumptuous Valentine’s dinner, Feb. 12. $85 per person. The intimate, adults only event, will feature strolling violins, lots of champagne, intriguing wine caves and spectacular views of the Temecula Valley. Reservations Required. (951) 699-0099
In Mayacamas Mountains that straddle Sonoma and Lake counties, hiking enthusiast Bill Myers leads fun, casual and up-close hikes through the 1,850-acre volcanic and vertical landscapes on the Kunde Family Estate. Great opportunity to see sustainable winegrowing practices at work while taking in some of wine country’s most spectacular, but sometimes overlooked, scenery. Upcoming hikes are offered Feb. 26 a nd March 26. Taste wines along the way in the very vineyards where the grapes are grown. This moderately strenuous hike starts at 10 a.m. and lasts about four hours. Reservations at kunde.com
|Santa Ynez Valley farm|
Enough running around? Well, settle back with Curiosities of Literature by professor and well-known book reviewer John Sutherland. He’ll tell you some of the biggest blunders in literary history and explore the aftermath of drinking and dining with six pages on farting in literature. Some may think such ephemera as Allen Ginsberg's alleged last word ("Toodle-oo") to be unworthy topics for the Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern Literature at University of College London, but those who love books and writers usually are fascinated.