Top 5 reasons to spend Valentine’s Day in wine country


SONOMA, February 9, 2014 – Nothing says romance like a weekend away in wine country. Sweep your sweetie off their feet by spending Valentine’s Day with luscious wine, decadent chocolate, relaxing massages and mouth-watering dinners. It’s not too late to book a romantic getaway. The ideal romantic wine country weekend looks something like this: romantic dinners, artisan wine tastings, luscious chocolate, decadent spa treatments and even more fabulous California wine. Here’s a list of what’s heating up for Valentine’s Day around Napa Valley and Sonoma County.

1.  Paradise Ridge Winery, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County

Paradise Ridge is exactly that, Paradise. Their winery sits atop a ridge with an outdoor tasting bar that overlooks Sonoma with love literally in front of you, and everywhere you look. They are offering a Valentine’s in Paradise tasting that consists of a wine flight of their current releases, two spectacular wines, cheese and chocolate pairings, including their highly coveted Sparkling Blanc De Blanc. There might not be a more romantic spot in all of Sonoma. Advance reservations are required, $30 per couple; available February 14th from 11am – 6pm. Additional tasting suggestions: 2012 Barrel Selection Chardonnay, 2010 Elevation Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006 Estate Syrah, Hoenselaars Vineyard. If you can’t make it to Paradise in time for Valentine’s Day, check out their Wines & Sunsets event, which takes place every Wednesday evening from May through mid-October.

2. VinOlivo Festival Weekend, Sonoma Valley

Friday, February 14 – Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sonoma Valley– January and February are officially olive season in Sonoma Valley. There are complimentary olive oil tastings all over Sonoma Valley. And starting Friday, February 14, you can celebrate four fun-filled days with 60 wineries and 25 restaurateurs in one festive and romantic weekend. There will be olive-themed events, cooking classes, seminars and artisan markets, even olive-infused spa treatments to try. The headliner event is The Grand Tasting on Friday night.

Tickets start at $25 for a one-day pass, and tickets for the Grand Tasting begin at $75. Not-to-miss wineries include: Sojourn Cellars, Deerfield Ranch, Hanzell Vineyards, Bryter Estates, Walt Wines, Schug Carneros Estate, Keating Wines and Lasseter Family Winery. Buy tickets.

3. The Lodge at Sonoma Resort & Spa, Sonoma

Romance & Relaxation in Wine Country

Indulge in this romantic hotel and spa, offering elegance in a tranquil setting just steps from charming downtown Sonoma. Showcasing the incredible beauty of the Sonoma Valley, the resort’s accommodations combine authentically artisan surroundings with contemporary facilities to create a perfect get-away spot. Their Raindance Spa is an ideal addition to your romantic weekend, featuring secluded, adult-only private pools, couples massage, facials and more. The Lodge at Sonoma is also the perfect destination for Vinolivo weekend. The main kick-off event on Friday night is held at the Lodge’s Stone Building. So party the night away and saunter back to your room with ease. 1325 Broadway Sonoma, CA.

4. Masters and Makers @ Meritage Resort & Spa, Napa Valley

A Napa Valley Food and Wine Experience

Friday, February 14, 2014 – Sunday, February 16, 2014

Join The Meritage Resort and Spa at their First Annual Masters and Makers event, which they are deeming to be the ultimate food and wine experience. From Friday, February 14th to Sunday, February 16th, this wine and food celebration will showcase Napa Valley and Sonoma County wines with creative wine tasting experiences, seminars and dining. Renowned participants scheduled to appear include their own Executive Chef, Krisztian Karkus, Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers, and some of the finest wine makers in the region.

Want to explore more of wine country? Guests can select from individual events, or purchase the complete 3-Day All Access Pass. The Meritage is offering accommodation packages as well. Don’t forget to visit Spa Terra, where spa goers will receive a one of a kind spa cave experience.

5.  CabFest Napa Valley

February 28th – March 2nd, Napa Valley Performing Arts Center, Yountville

Yes, this event is after Valentine’s Day, but this inaugural event is sure to blow the socks off of any Napa Valley Cabernet lover. Napa Valley’s superstar winemakers, vintners, sommeliers and chefs gather together for this 3-day Cab lover’s dream come true. The event kicks off Friday, February 28th at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater in Yountville, featuring more than 100 of the biggest names in the wine industry. They’ve even managed to get famed Oscar-winning actor, singer and songwriter Jeff Bridges and his country-rock band, The Abiders, to take the stage at the Lincoln Theater for the CabFestNV Kickoff Concert.

The entire weekend is packed with entertaining presentations, challenges, and demonstrations by world-renowned experts from the worlds of wine, food and entertainment at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater. Enjoy a belated Valentine’s Day wine country retreat, where Napa Valley Cab is the start of the show at #CabFestNV. Not-to-miss wineries include: Rocca, Crocker & Starr, Spring Mountain, Swanson, Whitehall Lane, Sequoia Grove, Amici Cellars, Cornerstone, Silverado Vineyards, Caymus, Etude, Peju, Chappellet, CADE, Jessup, and Pride Mountain. Tickets start at $125. Get tickets.

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