During the salon Bacchus Uncorked: Villas and Vineyards, you’ll learn how wealthy and well-heeled ancient Romans found out that the volcanic soil around Mt. Vesuvius made for some pretty badass wines — and oenophilic archaeologist Steven Tuck will clue you in on all the grim horrors and hot lava that went into making those tasty tipples. Roman villas were a subculture unto themselves, seamlessly meshing architecture, design and wine to create a seemingly endless fount of aesthetics and inebriation. You’ll also sample an illuminating selection of those selfsame wines — just so you can see how the other half lived. And died! The Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades; Sat., Aug. 3, 5:30 p.m.; $75. (310) 440-7300, getty.edu/visit/cal/events/ev_2755.html.

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