Valentine’s Day pairs well with wine. Many wineries celebrate the day or the entire weekend with something special. I’ve picked five events, all of which are listed below. Choose one or let it whet your appetite for more research.
Rosenblum Cellars Chocolate Dipping
Oakland. On Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th, from 2 to 5p.m., Rosenblum Cellars wants to melt your hearts with a chocolate dipping experience. Buy a tasting or a glass of these accomplished wines (Rosenblum is famous for Zins) and then dip away with homemade marshmallows, homemade pretzels, and organic strawberries. Home base for Rosenblum’s tasting room is a classy building with big windows in Jack London Square. It features a view of the water and Ferry Building.
Dutton-Goldfield Winery Reds and Romance Weekend
Sebastopol. From 10a.m. on Saturday, February 13th, to closing time on the 14th, Dutton-Goldfield will be celebrating the holiday of love with a tasting of its single-vineyard Pinots paired with local charcuterie. You can reserve a cozy fireside table by emailing Melody. There’s also a Cheese Making Class on Saturday morning hosted by cheesemaker Sheana Davis. The price tag on this class is a bit steep, but not too high considering you’ll have a unique experience in a lush and beautiful place that feels worlds away, even if you’re really just an hour north of San Francisco. For tickets, email Melody.
Brunch and Tasting at Keller Estate Winery
Petaluma. For a Sunday Valentine’s Day brunch option, consider Keller Estate, a gorgeous property of 650 acres with sweeping views. The brunch will be prepared by Chef Richard Visconte. The flight consists of Brut Bubbles, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. The package costs $40 per person, with two seatings: 10a.m. and 1p.m. This always sells out, so if you’re interested, reserve ASAP by calling 707-765-2117. If you’re too late, you can reserve one of Keller Estate’s brunches in the future and make it a gift for your sweetheart.
Retzlaff Valentines Weekend Jazz
Livermore. Sunday, February 14th, from noon to 4:30p.m. According to Retzlaff’s website, the afternoon gathered around fire pits includes “sexy trumpet playin’ courtesy of Jeff Bordes and the Burnt Ends, Sweetheart wine specials, and drawings to win a basket of love by Andy’s Candy.” Wood fired pizza will also be available for purchase. What I like about visiting Retzlaff is that you feel like you’re one of the locals, even when you’re not. If the weather is good, I’ll be at this event.
Jessup Cellars and Art House Short Film Series
Yountville. This is not exactly a Valentine’s Day event but it falls on Saturday, February 13th, and makes a great date or night out with friends. In partnership with the San Jose Short Film Festival, Napa Valley Film Festival, and CellarPass.com, Jessup Cellars presents indie short films the second Saturday of the month, from December through March. Starting at 7p.m., each seating features four award-winning short films paired with a Jessup Cellars wine and Chef MikeC’s Wok-Popped Flavor-Infused Popcorn. Sounds fun, right? Tickets can be reserved here.
So there you have it: A sampling of Valentine’s Day offerings that include chocolate, cheese making, brunch, jazz, and indie films. You can google your preferred wineries to see what they have going on. If time allows, you might also consider the Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend or look into special events held the weekend before Valentine’s Day, such as the Martinez Wine & Chocolate Stroll.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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