Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Livermore Valley winegrowers romantic Valentine's Day adventures


Valentine’s Day, a time for romance and a time to spend some time with your sweetheart enjoying life and celebrating your love. In Livermore Valley there are plenty of opportunities for you and your lover to sample fine wines, indulge in delicious chocolates and celebrate this day.

Niles Canyon Railway invites you to a romantic ride through Niles Canyon in the 1940’s Art Deco style lounge car, sampling some fantastic Livermore Valley wines, paired with a selection of cheeses, chocolates and hor ‘dourves. “Romance on the Rails” is a special event this year and a great way to share a loving afternoon or evening. The 2-hour train excursion boards at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. This is a unique way to sample some of the best wines available in Livermore Valley during a romantic step back in history. Tickets are available for $75 each.

Cuda Ridge is home to some fine Bordeaux varietal wines and perfectly pair with chocolates. On Saturday and Sunday, February 13-14, Noon – 4:30 p.m., the Cuda Ridge family will be hosting their “Wines, Vines, and Valentines” event. They are releasing their first white wine, a 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, the 2007 Renegade Zinfandel, 2008 Merlot and 2008 Petit Verdot. Charlotte Sue’s Chocolate is providing the sweet treats. Chris LeBel, finalist in the Livermore 2010 Talent Competition will be entertaining you with live music on Saturday and Roger Kardinal will be on Sunday.

McGrail Vineyards, known for their delicious rich Cabernet Sauvignon will have a Belgium chocolate fondue available to dip in the treats to match with their 2005, 2006 and 2007 vintage Cabs. Live acoustic guitar music by Livermore Idol Chris Lebel, will keep you entertained.

Nottingham Cellars, a new winery in Livermore, announces their St. Valentines Day Massacre/Syrah Release Party on Saturday, Feb 13, 5-10 p.m. The $65 ticket price includes a catered buffet dinner, hor ’dourves pairing with the 2005 Syrah, wine with dinner, music and dancing in a 1920’s Speakeasy setting, plus raffles and prizes. 1920’s attire is encouraged and reservations are required.

Garre Vineyard and Winery is well-known for their events and a premier spot for weddings, so you can expect them to celebrate Valentine’s Day in high fashion. On Saturday and Sunday they will be hosting their Valentine’s Dinner at Café Garre. You can enjoy a romantic evening with your sweetheart sharing a tantalizing four-course dinner accompanied with their award winning wines and a sinfully delicious dessert. Sip on champagne while being romanced by the sounds of soft violin music. Reservations are required.

Occasio Winery, one of the newer wineries in Livermore Valley, is releasing their new 2008 Del Arroyo Zinfandel and the 2009 Rose on both Saturday and Sunday, February 13-14. They will be paired with small plate appetizers.

Eckert Estate Winery is hosting a “Bottle Your Own” Event. Winemaker Mike Eckert will be bringing out a barrel of one of his special wines. You can taste the wine in the tasting room and then bottle it yourself for only $7 per bottle! Eckert provides the bottles, corks, labels and wine. This event is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 12-14.

Elliston Vineyards, in historic Elliston mansion in Sunol invites you to the Mansion Valentine’s Day Winetaster Dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 13. The night begins with Elliston’s champagne and hors d’oeuvre reception and a self-guided tour of the lower two floors of the historic mansion. This is followed by a five-course elegant dinner matched with Elliston wines. The cost is $85 per person.

Chouinard Vineyards, high on Palomares Road, has a special red wine barrel tasting with chocolates and homemade bread and cheese samples on Sunday, February 14, Noon to 5 p.m.

Les Chenes Estates Vineyards is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a pairing of Jacqueline Kennedy’s Chocolate Soufflé with their new 2007 Estate Syrah.

Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery will feature a chocolate fountain with different treats and fruits to dip, along with a selection of their wines. They will also be releasing their new Barbera at their event on Saturday, February 14.

Eagle Ridge Vineyard invites all to attend their chocolate and wine pairing event on Valentine’s Day. They have a great selection of red wines to pair with the chocolate.

Thomas Coyne Winery in the countryside of southwest Livermore Valley is holding their Winter Open House, Friday-Sunday, February 12-14 in their historic tasting room. They will be releasing four new exciting wines and serve a selection of fine fruits and cheeses.

Check out these great local wineries and make your plans for Valentine’s weekend with a romantic treat for you and your sweetheart.

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