Valentine's Day in the Livermore Wine Country

Where will you be on Valentine's Day? Bryersantís has some suggestions.

By Jenny

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 — LongevityOccasio 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!

If you want to learn about more ways you can experience all that the Livermore wine country has to offer visit us on Facebook or at bryersantis.com

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Tena Gallagher February 10, 2012 at 04:32 PM
But you forgot to mention McGrail Winery's Chocolate and Wine Dark Belgium Chocolate Fondue paired with Cabernet Sauvignon Sunday, February 12th 12-4:30PM Bring your sweetheart and enjoy delectable treats dipped in dark Belgium chocolate fondue while tasting McGrail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignons. TankHalfFull will be playing music from 1-4PM. $25/person | $15/club member http://www.mcgrailvineyards.com/events.html
Kristofer Noceda February 10, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Thanks Tena for the info on the McGrail event. If anyone else know of any other V-Day events going on in town share them here in the comments section. And thanks Jenny for this roundup. The Livermore Valley will be hoppin' this weekend!
Jenny D. February 10, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Thanks Tena - There was so much going on, I know I forgot (not intentionally) a handful of events. I appreciate you getting that out there!
Mary K Mele February 13, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Looking for something special to do for Valentine's Day? Ruby Hill Winery will be offering "Couples" Vineyard Bus Tours. By advanced reservation we will offer two tours each day one at 11:30am and one at 2:30pm. Tours last approximately 2 hours and begin at our Tasting Room. Enjoy a Champagne Toast at the summit with beautiful views of the Valley; visit our Peacock Patch--Learn about vine to bottle in our production facility--You will continue on to the Water Tower where you will sample some of our premier wines with tasty Valentine’s food pairings. Your tour will conclude back at our Tasting Room where each couple will receive a bottle of our Sparkling Wine to take home. Cheers! Oh! and the tour is available outside of Valentine's day at a reduced rate and you get our yummy port in little handmade chocolate cups instead of the bubbly to take home. 925-931-9463


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