Sonoma County Valentine’s Day 2018
Romance is in full swing in Sonoma Wine Country, and with February 14 falling midweek this year, there are two weekends of love-orientated events and activities for celebrating your loved one.
Learn all about the love lives of wild animals at Safari West's 17th Annual Wild Jungle Love “Amour” Party! The Wild Jungle Love event takes place the weekend before Valentine's Day, Feb. 10-11, and is guaranteed to be a date to remember. After enjoying a romantic meal at the Savannah Cafe, you and your special somebody will set off on a private Animal Amour tour — an adults-only adventure that delves deep into the romantic lives of animals. You’ll encounter giraffes, rhinos, wildebeests, cape buffalos, zebra, and more. Call 707-566-3667 or visit the website to book. Hurry, the Saturday, Feb. 10 event is already sold out.
Sip 'n Cycle with Your Sweetheart
Getaway Adventures knows how to bring the romance to a favorite Sonoma County activity with their Romantic Sip ‘n Cycle Bike Rides. Book a Sip ‘n Cycle ride for you and your sweetheart during Valentine’s Week and receive a complimentary bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates for two! Just mention the code “WCR.”
For reservations, call 800-499-2453. Check the website for all the details and book now.
Laugh + Love
Laugh and Celebrate Love! Take your Valentine and your sense of humor to The Laugh Cellar, wine country’s comedy club for a night of hilarity on Feb. 10, with three comedians: Priyanka Wali, Emily Van Dyke, and Mark Shrayber. Great wine, beer, and food are available in the Comedy Café. Book tickets at www.crushersofcomedy.com or call 707-843-3824.
Fine Dining Ideas
Sonoma County’s fine dining options take a romantic turn with special menus offered over the week of Valentine’s Day.
The Coast Kitchen at Timber Cove Resort in Jenner has a special four-course menu and guests can enjoy a complimentary champagne cocktail and choose to enhance the meal with wine pairings. Chef Francesco Torre has created a heartfelt dinner menu at Canneti Roadhouse Italiana — start with a glass of Iron Horse Sparkling and fresh blood orange juice and savor the romantic atmosphere. Fog Crest Vineyard offers a Valentine’s Day dinner complete with caviar to start and chocolate to finish. The candlelit meal features a special menu by Chef Barbara Hom. At scenic Notre Vue Estate Winery, Chef Austin Perkins has come up with a love-inspired dinner, and winemaker Michael Westrick will guide everyone through the food and wine pairings.
Winery Pairings and Offerings
Many Sonoma County wineries are offering very special pairings and more.
The twelve Taste Route 116 wineries are hosting their annual Sweet 116 event on Feb. 10, a Valentine’s weekend pairing of decadent treats and delicious wines. Take home a hand-painted wine glass. Call Jigar Wines at 707-820-1225 or visit the Route 116 website for details.
Love is in the air at Ferrari-Carano Vineyards on Feb. 10, 11 and 17,18. You won’t want to miss the aphrodisiac wine and food pairing at Ferrari-Carano Vineyards in Dry Creek Valley and their Seasons of the Vineyard Wine Shop in Healdsburg. The five-course tasting menu will stimulate your senses and tease your palate. Each of the special food pairings has a unique effect! No reservations are required. They’ll be offering 20 percent off wine purchases each weekend as well. For the tantalizing details, visit the website or call 707-433-6700.
Share the Love at the Paradise Ridge Winery tasting room in Kenwood on Feb. 10 and 11, where a wine educator will guide guests through a flight of four wines paired with a deconstructed beet soup, enhanced four times over with sensuous toppings.
The Family Wineries Dry Creek collective will be pouring their fine wines and sharing a wild mushroom bisque and a chocolate truffle on Feb. 17 and 18.
Sample the perfect Valentine’s wines paired with sweet and savory bites at Simoncini Vineyards Feb. 16-18, when they will be offering complimentary pairings with their Estate Rose, Select Zinfandel, and Robusto Late Harvest Zinfandel.
Jeff Cohn Cellars has a fun contest showcasing their 2016 “First Date” White Rhone Blend on Feb. 11. Share the memory of your first date for a chance to win a romantic day and evening in Sonoma County, including wine tasting, an elegant picnic lunch, a massage, dinner for two, and a night’s accommodation.