Sonoma County, California, February 5, 2021 – With Chinese Lunar New Year, Valentine’s Day, and President’s Day combining this year to create a long holiday weekend, Sonoma County is serving up experiences to celebrate all three. Whether you’re celebrating your resiliency, want to wine and dine your loved one, or looking for activities for the whole family, Sonoma County has plenty to offer to create the perfect getaway.

Ironhorse Vineyards special cuvée

In Chinese culture, the Ox symbolizes harvest and good luck, while it is said that the “Year of the Ox” will manifest hard work, positivity, and honesty in all of us. Enjoy Ironhorse’s special cuvée, celebrating the lunar new year, while picnicking in the shaded Gazebo with a prepared and pre-ordered meal from Big Bottom Market, a gourmet deli and marketplace located in Guerneville. $30 per table, plus wine by the bottle. The winery is renowned for its sparkling wines, which have been served at the White House for six consecutive presidential administrations. They also release limited productions like the “Ocean Reserve” in partnership with National Geographic and contribute $4 for each bottle sold to establish marine protected areas and reduce over-fishing around the globe.

Your Love Connection

With a little help from internationally renowned jazz artist Jonathan Butler and the culinary talents from Sonoma County, your Valentine’s Day will be a stand-out romantic night. Pick up a 3-course meal for two prepared by the chefs from Dry Creek Kitchen, Valette, Campo Fina, Healdsburg Bar & Grill, PizzaLeah, and Salt & Stone, and enjoy a romantic dinner paired by the extensive catalogue of songs by Butler and the premium wines of Mauritson Winery, Arista Winery, Comstock Wines, Rodney Strong Vineyards, En Garde, and Abbott’s Passage Winery. Date Night with Luther Burbank Center. Performance Friday, February 12, 2021 at 6PM. Entertainment free with dinner purchase, or by donation.

Nothing like Peanuts – Valentine’s Day Addition

Join cartoonist Robert W. Pope and learn to draw some of the comic’s most iconic pairings, from Snoopy and Lucy to Sally and Linus, to fill your special someone’s mailbox with your own Valentine creations! Meet online via Zoom Thursday, February 11, 4:00–5:00 pm. $10 for members of Charles M. Schulz Museum and $15 for non-members.

More online exhibitions: Celebrating 70 Years of Peanuts Many fans are surprised to learn that the earliest comic strips featured a smart-aleck Charlie Brown absent of his signature zig-zag shirt and Snoopy as a dog that walked on all fours. Learn how it all started and see the evolution of the Peanuts Gang in this free online presentation featuring original Peanuts comic strips and artifacts from the Schulz Museum’s collection. The Museum’s most in-depth online exhibition to date, Hidden Treasures: Unseen Originals from the Schulz Museum shares more than 65 rarely seen original Peanuts comic strips with new, exclusive audio and visual enhancements designed for online audiences.

Romance in Your Bubble

Celebrate Valentine’s/Galentine’s/Guyentine’s with a to go bundle from Breathless Wines. This special romantic package includes a beautiful bouquet of flowers from local florist M Designs, full cheese and charcuterie board with crackers from Field and Farm boards as well as an artfully prepared box of Bon Bons from Fleur Sauvage. Add a Bottle of Sparkling Breathless Wine to complete the package! Serves 2. Price $142. Orders must be placed by 2.9.21.

Valentine’s Day Virtual Tasting Brunch

Join winemaker Cecilia Enriquez, and Chef Robert of Enriquez Estate Wines for a fun-filled virtual Valentine’s Day brunch and wine. The brunch package includes a bottle of Enriquez Estate 2013 Sparkling Brut Rose, SoCo Seafood Paella for two, and locally designed mixed floral wrapped bouquet by Bloom Event Co. All delivered to Sonoma County residents only, between 9-11am. Live virtual brunch will take place at 12pm on Zoom. Serves 2. Price $150. Orders must be placed by 2.12.21.

Above Cloud Nine

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by forests and meadows, explore four of Fort Ross Vineyards estate-grown wines accompanied by a meal of locally sourced traditional charcuterie or artisanal cheese and vegetarian selection, both are served with relishes and prepared in their kitchen before being served in an individual biodegradable container for each person. $45 per person. Visitors can expect a welcoming taste of the Fort Ross Winery’s limited production “Sea Stars” sparkling Blanc de Noir, made from estate-grown Pinot, as well as sweet treats to take home. By appointment only.

Art in Paradise

Skip the roses this year and share the Rosé instead. Paired with Paradise Ridge Winery‘s LOVE Bubbles and Sparkling Shiraz you have a gift that will leave your Valentine breathless! Looking to get outside? Walk the sculpture garden and enjoy the work of five artists that show their personal reflections about “resilience.” 

Go West for Valentine’s Weekend

Join West Wines for a special tasting all weekend long where they pair the sparkling Seafoam, Cabernet, and more, with cheeses and chocolate. Each $30 tasting is the perfect opportunity to find some amazing wines to take with you to a romantic Valentine’s dinner.

Dip & Dine with your Valentine

Plan something divine throughout the month of February with the romantic package from the Flamingo Resort that includes sparkling wine, sweet treats, and a dining credit, from $180 per night. The Dip & Dine Romance Package includes dreamy overnight accommodations, La Crema Rose sparkling wine, delicious sweet treats for two, and more!

Valentine’s Day Wild Jungle Love

Drive your sweetheart wild and unleash your ‘inner and outer’ party animal with Safari West! This hot ticket starts out with an ‘Amour’ party featuring a fun and frank presentation on the ‘ins and outs’ of mating practices of our wild friends featuring ‘Endangered Species Condoms’, and then everyone heads out for a safari ‘Amour’ tour. You’ll travel in an open-air vehicle encountering giraffe, rhinoceros, wildebeest, cape buffalo, zebra and more! Adults only.

Sonoma County Tourism reminds everyone to continue practicing safety measures, including wearing face coverings in public and keeping distance of at least 6 feet from others. We also encourage visitors to review The Safe Travels Promise, which provides guidelines to ensure safety. In addition, SCT encourages visitors to make reservations ahead of time, to ensure availability. Click here for the latest about how Sonoma County is protecting both visitors and residents.   

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About Sonoma County  

Experience Sonoma County, where Life Opens Up. Just as wine “opens up” when it’s allowed to breathe, Sonoma County inspires visitors to open up to new experiences. Just 30 miles north of San Francisco, Sonoma County is one of the world’s most progressive food and wine destinations and is home to more than 425 wineries ranging from small family-owned properties to global brands.  Visitors also can explore stunning natural resources while hiking among towering redwoods, cruising the rugged Pacific coastline, and discovering inviting small towns.  More information can be found at SonomaCounty.com.

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