By Stuart Schmidt
Valentine’s day is upon us and what could be better than a trip to visit Napa Valley wineries and Sonoma wineries with your significant other? Love abounds in wine country this time of year as the off-season entreats us to fewer crowds and unique experiences. Let’s take a look at some of the fun to be had this time of year in Napa Valley and Sonoma.
Few things would be as romantic as a spa treatment at one of the many hot springs in Calistoga with the love of your life. A mud bath or massage at one of the many renowned resorts such as Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort, Solage Calistoga or Indian Springs Resort would set the mood and be a perfect setup for visiting the Napa Valley wineries and Sonoma wineries.
In Napa Valley, Priest Ranch and Merryvale Vineyards have special wine and chocolate tastings happening this month-be sure not to miss out on these great experiences with your loved one. A great way to see Napa Valley and Sonoma wineries though is a wine tour where you toss away your car keys and let someone else do the driving for you. A private or semi-private tour may be just what the love doctor ordered!
Napa Valley wineries and Sonoma wineries will be having night-to-remember events for this lover’s day. Be sure to experience the fantastic hospitality of Domaine Carneros at their dinner and dancing event “L’amour au Chateau” where they serve a French-style three course meal paired with their fantastic bubbles on Valentine’s Day. Reservations are required so be sure to check it out. Napa Valley wineries sure know how to party. Don’t miss out on the Sonoma wineries though! Simoncini Vineyards over in Sonoma county is having a shindig of their own with a special six-course meal with each course paired with one of their delicious small-production wines.
If a romantic dinner for two is more your speed after a long day at the Napa Valley wineries and Sonoma wineries, Archetype in St. Helena is pulling some special dishes for Valentine’s Day along with a great happy hour at their bar to get you started. With $10 glasses of Schramsberg bubbly, it’s sure to be popular! The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone will also be providing a remarkable three-course meal and a live guitarist to set the stage for a transition to a lovely evening. If you’re over in Sonoma, Geyserville Grille and Coast Kitchen at Timber Cove have special delectable multi-course Valentine’s Day meals geared up as well.
Wine tours, delicious dinners, spas and close to the city? Only in California wine country do you have this kind of opportunity. Don’t let us have all the fun by ourselves up here this Valentine’s Day!
By Stuart Schmidt