SUNDOWN HIKE MARCH 23
Santa Rosa: Unwind with relaxation exercises and deep breathing exercises 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail, 6303 Highway 12. Meet at the trailhead. Call 707-565-7888 for information.
TRAILS FOR TOTS MARCH 24
Healdsburg: Children 3-4 years old learn about the outdoors during a bilingual program of songs, stories, nature-themed crafts and a short walk at Riverfront Regional Park, 7821 Eastside Road 10-11:30 a.m. Friday. Bring water and a snack. Parking $7. Call 707-565-7888 for details.
AMPHIBIAN SEARCH MARCH 25
Geyserville: Guided moderate to strenuous 3-mile hike through amphibian habitats at Modini Mayacamas Preserves, 4020 Pine Flat Road Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Meet at pine Flat Road and Red Winery Road. Bring lunch, water and wear waterproof clothing. Suggested donation $15-$25. Limit of 15 hikers. Information and sign up at www.egret.org. or call 707-431-8184.
STORY WALK MARCH 25
Rohnert Park: Sonoma County Regional Parks and Regional Libraries hold their first Story Walk that combines walking and reading outdoors, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday at Crane Creek Regional Park, 5000 Pressley Road. Kids read “Call Me Tree” during their 1-mile walk. $7 parking. Call 707-565-2041 for information.
FOREST THERAPY MARCH 25
Duncans Mills: Immerse yourself in the forest during a therapy walk at the Pomo Canyon Campgrounds Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The guided stroll with instructor Sequoia Etcheverry is for adults only. Register online at www.stewardscr.org or call 707-869-9177 for information. $16 for members, $20 for non-members of Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods.
BIRD WATCHING MARCH 26
Santa Rosa: Join Lisa Hug for bird watching in non publicly accessible areas of the Laguna de Santa Rosa Sunday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Meet at the Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road. $45, pre-registration required. Geared toward adults with older teens. Visit www.lagunadesantarosa.org for details and pre-registration.
WILDFLOWER WALK MARCH 28
Santa Rosa: Wander 2-3 miles over steep terrain at Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve, 1450 Pythian Road 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Learn how fruits and seed disperse to grow the next generation of wildflowers. Meet at the Pythian Road entrance, parking $7. Call 707-565-3080 for information.
SUNDOWN HIKE MARCH 30
Windsor: Settle down with relaxation exercises and a meditation walk at Foothill Regional Park 1351 Arata Lane 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday. Parking $7. Call 707-565-7888 for information.
THIS WEEK’S BLIND TASTING
Sassy Sauvignon Blancs
Merry Edwards, 2016 Russian River Valley, Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc, 14.1% alcohol, $36. ★★★★½
This is a gorgeous sauvignon blanc, lush yet balanced. It has grassy aromas, with a hint of lemon zest, and on the palate, notes of grapefruit, mineral and tangerine. It’s complex and then finishes crisp. Impressive.
Spottswoode, 2016 Sonoma County (60%) and Napa County (40%) Sauvignon Blanc, 14.2%, $36. ★★★★½: A well-crafted sauvignon blanc with refreshing stone fruit — peach and nectarine. It’s round and creamy, yet buoyed by bright acid. Top rate.
Foursight, 2016 Charles Vineyard, Anderson Valley Sauvignon Blanc, 12.8%, $25. ★★★★: This tasty sauvignon blanc has bright notes of grapefruit, nectarine and white peach. Nice minerality. Refreshing.
J. Lohr, 2016 Flume Crossing Arroyo Secco Monterey Sauvignon Blanc, 13.5%, $14. ★★★: Thanks to its layered flavors, this sauvignon blanc over delivers. It has pretty notes of grapefruit, lime and honeysuckle. Nice length. Solid.
Gamble, 2016 Gamble Vineyard, Yountville, Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, 13.1%, $24. ★★★: This tasty sauvignon blanc has bright aromas and flavors –– zesty grapefruit and Meyer lemon. It has a hint of apricot in the mix, and its bright acidity makes it a great food match.