Valentines Day 2019 Events in Sonoma County

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Valentines Day 2019 Events in Sonoma County

It's easy to celebrate a terrific Valentine's Day in Sonoma County, given all our top-notch restaurants and wineries. But you might be craving something different this year, away from crowds, and perhaps not even on Valentine's Day itself. We've got your heart's desire, with these unusual activities and expanded dates:

Dragonfly Floral Valentine's Day Singles Pop-Up Class 

Feb. 14, 2019

Dragonfly Floral, Healdsburg, California

Some of us enjoy being single, and even if we're open to a new relationship, we still want to celebrate Valentines. So join the singles-only party at Dragonfly Floral in Healdsburg, for a fun-filled early evening (5:30 to 8:30 p.m.) featuring a Seasonal Floral Design Class with instructor Pam Bell, Building a Cheese & Chocolate Platter with instructor Doralice from the Cheese Shop of Healdsburg, and wine tastings from Ferrari Carano Vineyards and Winery, served in a stemless souvenir glass to take home.

The floral class focuses on six plants and flower components that are easy to find at your local florists, grocer or farmers markets, so you can make more bouquets at home. Tour Dragonfly's six-acre organic flower farm for inspiration, then take home the bouquet you make in class, too.

The event is limited to 18 participants – which means there are 17 opportunities for you to make a new friend, or even meet that special someone.

Details: 425 Westside Road, Healdsburg. Tickets are $125 per person.

Benovia Winery Valentine Tasting

Feb. 14-17, 2019

Benovia Winery, Santa Rosa, California

Celebrate the love over four days, with this romantic retreat at Benovia's Ranch House in Santa Rosa. Visit between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. each day for a guided, new release wine tasting, chocolate truffles, original keepsake poem gift, and roses to take home. The Valentine Tasting is held in Benovia's refreshed, cozy Ranch House with a dedicated host who will take guests through Benovia's newest releases, paired with chocolate truffles. If you reserve quickly, you might be able to score coveted seating by the fireplace, too, pending availability.

Details: 3339 Hartman Road, Santa Rosa. Tickets are $40 per person; waived with two-bottle purchase. Reservations are required 707-921-1040.

West Wines Valentine's Celebration

Feb. 14-17, 2019

West Wines, Healdsburg, California

Who doesn't love free wine? Enjoy complimentary tastings of sparkling Seafoam Blanc de Blancs crafted in the traditional Champagne style, and Late Harvest Viognier dessert wine, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Made from estate grown Chardonnay grapes, Seafoam sings with green apple, Asian pear, citrus and brioche, while the golden-hued Viognier beckons with lush aromas and flavors of ripe mango, peach and pineapple. Making it all even more delicious, the wines are paired with sweet treats, and you'll receive special pricing on bottle purchases.

Details: 1000 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg.

Valentine's Day - Love is in the Air at Ferrari-Carano Vineyards

Feb. 14-17, 2019

Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery, Healdsburg, California

Treat your sweetie to a wine and food pairing trio, including 2015 Lazy Creek Vineyards Middleridge Ranch Pinot Noir paired with mushroom parmesan crostini toasts, 2013 Sonoma County Tresor paired with a bacon-wrapped meatball in red wine sauce, and 2014 PreVail Back Forty paired with dark chocolate pot de crème, crème Chantilly and chocolate toffee. Served 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., no reservations are needed.

Details: 8761 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. Tickets are $35 per person.

Valentine's Day Couples Night Out at Notre Vue Estate Winery

Feb. 15, 2019

Notre Vue Estate Winery, Windsor, California

Celebrate twice – start the party with a romantic dinner at a Sonoma County restaurant on Feb. 14, then keep it going Feb. 15 with this cozy tasting at this contemporary, dramatic hillside winery. Your romantic evening takes place from 6 to 9 p.m., and includes sipping and savoring Estate Wines from both Notre Vue and Balverne. Small bites by Epicurean Escape and a festive dessert bar by Mustache Baked Goods.

Details: 11010 Estate Lane, Windsor. Tickets are $60 per person.

Valentine's Day Wild Jungle Love at Safari West Wildlife Preserve

Feb. 16 & 17, 2019

Safari West Wildlife Preserve, Santa Rosa, California

This annual Wild Jungle Love Amour Party is always a hit with the adults-only crowd, for its tongue-in-cheek peek at the love lives of wildlife. Start with a romantic meal at the on-site Savannah Café, with this year's 'Love Bites Meal:'

• Young Lettuce with Herbed Avocado; Ginger Carrot Soup; and Fresh Oyster Bar with Condiments
• Filet Mignon topped with Garlic Shrimp Over Herb Risotto and Grilled Asparagus
• Vegetarian Option: Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Over Herb Risotto and Grilled Asparagus
• Guilty Pleasure Desserts

Then, gather for sassy tales about the mating habits of African love bugs including bongo, giraffe, eland, wildebeest, gazelle, zebra, warthog and cheetah. You'll learn that when male warthog's favorite pick-up line is, according to the Safari West experts, 'a courtship chant of rhythmic grunts that sounds like an engine in need of a tune-up.'

Couples then set off on an Animal Amour tour, where you'll journey in an open-air vehicle to see those randy mammals you just learned about. It's an all day – ahem – affair, running from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Details: 3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa. Tickets are $165 per person.

Carey Sweet