As I sit and listen to Frank Sinatra sing “Summer Wind” and sip on a Malbec, I am reminded of how February is one of my favorite months of the year. I am a sucker for all that is romantic. Hearts, flowers, everything colored red, pink and purple, sappy love songs, chocolate, and of course, good wine.
Not only do we have Valentine’s Day, but Todd and I will be celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary as well. As we head into Valentines week, there are so many options in the Livermore Valley for celebrating love with your sweetheart. Which will you choose?
Valentines on Vasco — All three wineries on Vasco Road — Longevity, Occasio and Nottingham Cellars, will be open for business with some special treats for you and your loved one. There will be baked goods, new releases, music and more.
— Wine and cheese pairings. Try their new Petite Syrah Port with a special Chocolate Souffle made from a recipe by Jackie Kennedy!
Garre Winery will host a Valentines Dinner — Share a romantic evening of food, wine and music with your valentine. Enjoy a four-course dinner paired with award-winning wines set to a performance by ‘Elegant Touch of Strings’ at Cafe Garre. While you’re there, make sure you try a bit of their red blend — Profound Secret. Wow, one of my all time favorites.
Retzlaff Winery — Hosting a pre-Valentine's Day wine tasting and raffle. Wine tasting $5 each, includes a raffle ticket with a chance to win a romantic Retzlaff Basket filled with romantic wines and treats. Raffle to be held at closing on Sunday the 12th! Specials include: Members 20 percent off Blush & Merlot, 15 percent for non-members, Port buy 2 get 3!
Page Mill — Invites you to taste their award winning, Methode Champenoise Blanc de Blanc! Enjoy other treats as well, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Vendors will be on hand with that perfect gift! Tasting fee is credited back towards purchase of wine.
Cuda Ridge is hosting their Wines, Vines and Valentines event. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11-12. They are releasing the much anticipated 2009 S&M and 2009 Malbec. The 2007 Cuda Amis Port style wine also available for tasting. Wine discounts, live music by Roger Kardinal (Sunday the 12th) and Andy’s Candy’s will sample toffees both days.
Eagle Ridge Winery — “Love Is In The Air”. They will have vendors with special gift items to honor your special someone. If this isn’t enough, sample the imported chocolate fountain with special goodies!
Charles R. will host a Wine and Chocolate Affair — go and check out their port and decadent chocolate cake!
Swirl on the Square is having a special Valentines Four Course Dinner paired with some fine wines. Call to make reservations as seating is limited.
However you decide to celebrate Valentine’s Day this weekend, or on Tuesday, don’t forget to pick up your favorite bottle of Livermore wine to include in your festivities.
Cheers! Happy month of love!