Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wine adventures for an incredible experience

From page C8 | February 15, 2013 | Leave Comment

So, you’ve found the perfect partner for this lovely time of year and want to create an unforgettable romantic experience. California’s wine regions have everything needed for a great time.

Whether you’re a long-time couple or enjoying that first spark, there’s no better place to dial up the romance. From fun getaways and events to unique wine country activities and enticing meals paired with delicious California wines, you’ll find the perfect way to connect with that special someone from among these winery events listed below:


Sierra Foothills

In El Dorado County, make the weekend sweeter by pairing art with wine with a special Valentine’s edition of the Pinot and Paint Art Class Series on Sunday, Feb. 17 at Grace Patriot Wines, 2701 Carson Road in Placerville. The artist in everyone can participate in a three hour guided painting class with local artist Vicki Hough while enjoying Grace Patriot’s award-winning wines. Pinot and Paint: Valentine’s Edition is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information or to register call or e-mail Breanna at 530-642-8424 or Cost is $40.

Get to your lover’s heart through their stomach by treating them to a Valentine’s Weekend Food and Wine Pairing Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17, at Holly’s Hill Winery, 3680 Leisure Lane in the Pleasant Valley area. This event features an elaborate four-course menu paired with wines and with romantic Spanish and classical music by Nicholas Lefler. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be four courses featuring cod with cumin scented quinoa, tortilla soup, filet mignon with lemon and pepper on frittata and a cheese course. To attend call 530-344-0227 or contact Cost is $25 per person in advance.


Northern California

Treat your sweetie like a king or queen at the “Royal Hearts Gala” on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Castello di Amarosa in Napa Valley. Beginning with hors d’oeuvres in the tasting room, the event next offers a four-course meal in the grand barrel room prepared by Fox TV’s Master Chef Season two finalist Alejandra Schrader. During dinner, savor the Shakespeare in the Vines troupe performing selected scenes from the legendary bard’s most romantic plays and sonnets. Tickets are $225.

At Charbay Distillery and Winery in Napa Valley, enjoy a Valentine-Kiss Cocktail and appetizers while relaxing beside the warm Alembic Pot Still and watch Charbay’s 13th generation distiller create artisan brandies for the family’s ports and aperitifs. This event is through Feb. 17. Cost is $38 per person and includes tasting flight of Charbay wines and ports.

Beau Wine Tours in Sonoma County, Napa Valley, is offering a special 25 percent discount on its “Romantic Private Wine Tour” package, a private six-hour custom wine tour, Sunday through Thursday. The tour offering, which includes stops at wineries such as Buena Vista Carneros Winery, DeLoach Vineyards, Cakebread Cellars and Duckhorn Vineyards, is good through April 30.

Wine lovers craving seafood and offbeat romance can check out the “Quivira Crab boil” at Quivira Vineyards & Winery, Sonoma County on Saturday, Feb. 16. Savor a glass of wine and get serenaded by solo guitarist Brandon Hassur. Venture into the cellar for mood music and crab crackin’ and take home a commemorative Quivira glass. Tickets are $125.

Couples can take “A Trolley Ride Through Paradise” through March 31 and get a special $75 per person rate on the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley in Sonoma County. This six-hour guided group wine tour visits several wineries-such as B.R. Cohn Winery, Benziger Family Winery and Ravenswood Winery- and includes a family-style picnic lunch. Use discount code “Valentine Trolley” when booking online.

To celebrate the most romantic weekend of the year, several wineries along the Taste Route 116, Highway 116 near Sebastopol — such as Balletto Vineyards and Winery — are hosting “Sweet 116″ on Saturday, Feb. 16. Guests get to choose their logo glasses hand-painted by local artists, many of whom will be at the wineries displaying their art. Wine and art lovers can enjoy decadent dessert treats and delicious wines at seven wineries. Tickets cost $30 per person and $10 for designated drivers, glass not included for DDs.



Find out more about California’s wine and wine regions by checking out Wine Institute’s wine and food Website at There, you can also get inspired to make a date with a California Wines Food Tour video.

Wine Institute


Discussion | No comments



Herard over the back fence: Try fishing at Wakamatsu

By Bob Billingsley | From Page: B1

Downtown group coordinates painting, awnings

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A1

More mountain lion sightings reported

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1, 8 Comments

Supervisor Nutting trial begins

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1, 82 Comments | Gallery

Sanford murder case to jury

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Gearing tax questions to correct office saves time

By Treasurer-Tax Collector | From Page: A3



My turn: More than a buzzword

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: A4, 36 Comments

Building restored

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

Outstanding dog

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4




By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 11 Comments

Altshuler framing

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 9 Comments

National Day of Prayer

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 3 Comments

‘Parents, be afraid’ letter

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 29 Comments

Ukranian situation

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 5 Comments



Outside with Charlie: Transitioning

By Charlie Ferris | From Page: A6

Pitching the ‘Root’ cause of Trojans’ victory

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Pedal power at the forefront next month

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Sports Scene: April 22, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

Roundup: April 22, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7



4-H’ers star at showcase

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: B1 | Gallery

At a glance: Look for fireballs

By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B2, 1 Comment

Authors to share their stories

By Pat Lakey | From Page: B2, 2 Comments

Church to host human trafficking conference

By Pollock Pines | From Page: B3

Grow For It! Flower of Easter

By Barbara Schuchart | From Page: B5



Building permits 4/7-11/2014

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

Crime Log: April 1-3

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

Weather stats 4-22-14

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2



Bobby Lloyd Bridges

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Harry Frank Harper

By Contributor | From Page: A2, 6 Comments

Marion “Wayne” Griswold

By Contributor | From Page: A2


Real Estate




By Contributor | From Page: A8


By Contributor | From Page: A8


By Contributor | From Page: A8

New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Flying McCoys

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A8


By Contributor | From Page: A8

Horoscope, Thursday, April 24, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Horoscope, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Working It Out

By Contributor | From Page: A8

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A8