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Spring flings in Wine Country

  • 3/9/2006: D1: At the di Rosa Preserve, a creative oasis amid the grassy hills of the Carneros winegrowing region west of Napa, founder Rene di Rosa created ``Field Hands'' in the preserve's sculpture meadow. Some of the other sculptures can be seen in the distance.PC: At the di Rosa Preserve, a creative oasis amid the grassy hills of the Carneros winegrowing region west of Napa, founder Rene di Rosa created "Field Hands" in the preserve's sculpture meadow. (PRESS DEMOCRAT/ MARK ARONOFF)

Are you a culture vulture on the prowl for an art exhibition? Or a foodie searching for a great palate adventure?

Maybe you're a hiker in search of the most compelling vistas in the great outdoors.

Whoever you are and whatever you fancy, let's get something clear straight away: You deserve it.

You can let your to-do list go undone long enough to pamper yourself with an adventure in Wine Country, which by the way, is ripe with a great assortment of treats.

Here are six of our top picks:

<strong>Land of art</strong>

The di Rosa Preserve (<a href="http://dirosaart.org" target="_blank">dirosaart.org</a>, 226-5991, 5200 Carneros Highway, Napa). The founders are stewards of both art and the land, with a 200-acre preserve in the Carneros region. It's a great place to roam after perusing di Rosa's considerable art collection, which features 2,000 works of art by more than 800 artists.

One current exhibit, which runs through April 27, is "Lost and Found." It features the work of Elisheva Biernoff and Floris Sch?feld, two Bay Area-based artists who explore the relationship between man and nature. Don't miss Biernoff's "House of Cards," an interesting take on a child's card castle.


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