Mouthful: Wine, sunsets at Paradise

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<strong>Sips at Sunset:</strong> Paradise Ridge Winery (4545 Thomas Lake Harris Dr., Santa Rosa) kicks off its 2014 season of Wines and Sunsets in Paradise next Wednesday, when the winery hosts a special event from 6 p.m. until the sun is down.

Here's how it works. The tasting room itself is closed, but you can purchase wines by the glass or bottle. On most Wednesdays, there will also be music. Food will be available for purchase, though you are invited to bring a picnic if you would like.

Wines and Sunsets in Paradise continues through October 22.

For information about the winery, visit <a href="http://prwinery.com" target="_blank">prwinery.com</a>.

<strong>The Art Of Eating Picnic:</strong> Audubon Canyon Ranch hosts a special picnic at The Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen on Sunday, May 18, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

This event will honor Marty Griffin and Carolyn Wente for their environmental work.

It also celebrates write M.F.K. Fisher, who lived and worked here in what she called Last House, a "palazzino" built especially for her.

The sit-down luncheon includes fried chicken from chef Tanya Holland of Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland and wines from Wente Vineyards in Livermore. There will be live and silent auctions, along with an exhibit called "Wine is Life."

As of press time, there were tickets available but registration closes on Monday, May 12. To register, visit <a href="http://egret.org" target="_blank">egret.org</a> and follow the prompts for the event. Cost is $125 for Audubon Canyon Ranch members and $150 for the general public.

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