Wine Country Weekly: Napa Valley romance for your Valentine

Nothing says romance like a weekend away in Napa Valley.  Sweep your sweetie off his/her feet by spending Valentine’s Day in Napa. Photo: Spring Mountain Vineyard, Napa Valley

SONOMA, February 8, 2013 – Nothing says romance like a weekend away in Napa Valley.  Sweep your sweetie off his/her feet by spending Valentine’s Day in Napa surrounded by glorious rolling hills, luscious wines, decadent chocolate, relaxing massages and mouth-watering dinners.  It’s not too late to book a romantic getaway.  Here’s a list of what’s cookin’ for Valentine’s Day in Napa Valley.

Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga, Napa Valley.


Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga – be swept back in time at this majestic, 13th century-inspired castle as they celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Royal Hearts Gala on February 16.  The Gala will feature special guest chef Alejandra Schrader, who will be cooking up a delicious 4-course meal.  Castello di Amorosa literally means “castle of love,” so there’s no better place to express your affections.

Charbay Distillery & Winery, St. Helena – hidden among the winding hills of Spring Mountain Road you will find Charbay. There you can enjoy a Valentine-Kiss Cocktail & appetizers while you relax beside the warm Alembic Pot Still.  It is distilling season at Charbay, so you can enjoy the spirited air as their distiller creates artisan brandies for the family’s ports and aperitifs.  Valentine’s Day Tasting: $38.  And an extra bonus, a portion of your tasting fee will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to help fight breast cancer.

Domaine Chandon, étoile Restaurant, Yountville – étoile Restaurant is offering an elegant 5-course prix fixe menu with optional expertly paired wine to help savor this Valentine’s Day. Pricing starts at $95 per person.

Flora Springs, St. Helena – treat both your sweetheart and sweet tooth to a delectable sensory chocolate overload at Flora Springs with their Valentine’s Day Chocolate Buffet at The Room. From February 14 – 17, $25 per person.

Peju Province Winery, Rutherford, Napa Valley. Image: S Perkovich

Peju Province Winery, Rutherford – Peju Winery is a gem right in the heart of Napa Valley. It has been family owned and operated since the early 1980s.  Their French-inspired wines, magnificent architecture, and beautiful gardens are a match made in heaven.  This Valentine’s Day weekend you can treat your sweetie to a mouth-watering wine and chocolate pairing.  Peju Winery’s Wine and Chocolate tasting is being offered February 14, 15 and 16. Make sure you book your hour-long reservation in advance.

Spring Mountain Vineyard, St. Helena – Tucked away on the same winding mountain road as Charbay, you will find this hidden treasure of a winery. Spring Mountain Vineyard has a rich history that dates back to the 1870s and many of their vineyards hold historic significance in the development of Napa Valley wine country as we know it today. A visit to Spring Mountain will have you walking their secluded property, learning the history and sampling their wines. If you’d like to keep Valentine’s Day going into the next week, or want to wait for all the crowds to die down, take advantage of the region’s Wines Above The Valley event, Friday February 22.  Fifteen wineries are participating, all at the Spring Mountain Vineyard property.

Harvest Inn, Calistoga, Napa Valley. Image: Harvest Inn


Harvest Inn, St. Helena – Relax and romance with Harvest Inn’s Engaging Moment and Celebrated Love two night packages.  Both of these packages include two nights’ accommodations, a super-lush room with a fireplace, breakfast, pool, adults-only hot tubs, wine and cheese pairings Friday and Saturday night, and a bottle of local sparkling wine.  You can relax deeply with massages formulated with the healing benefits of mustard, rosemary and thyme to help boost immunity, and lavender to sooth the senses.  All of this with amazing vineyard views from your room.

Inn on First, Napa – The Inn on First is a perfect place for your romantic getaway.  These luxurious rooms are tucked away from the busyness of downtown Napa, but still close enough to walk to great restaurants and nightlife.  Guests can add the Lover’s Package to their reservation to receive a bottle of chilled Mumm Napa sparkling wine, one dozen house-made truffles and rose petals on the bed ($75 add on). And the breakfasts are to die for!

The Inn on First, Napa. Image: Inn on First

The Meritage Resort & Spa, Napa – The newly renovated Meritage is offering a luscious romance package that includes a two-night stay, bottle of bubbly, dinner for two, breakfast in bed, soothing couples massages, two of their luxurious spa robes, and a late check-out (starting at $418).


Goose & Gander, St. Helena – Take a gander at this wine country public house and fill all your senses with Chef Kelly McCown’s rustic American dishes.  For a little extra romance, dine on their cozy and lush patio.  They are celebrating Valentine’s Day with a cocktail & wine paired five-course prix fixe menu, available February 14, 15, 16 & 17.  And no need to rush through dinner, the kitchen is open until midnight every night.

PS, I Love You Valentine’s Day on Napa Valley Wine Train – join Grgich Hills Estateon their annual Valentine’s Day celebration aboard the Wine Train.  Be transported back to a time when train travel was luxurious and romantic.  Enjoy a 4-course meal paired with some of Grgich’s special selection wines.  And the PS: they are featuring their limited production 2008 Petite Syrah.  Saturday, February 9, $175 per person. Tickets often sell out.

Wine Train, Napa – In case the tickets for the Grgich Hills Wine Train event sell out, never fear, the Wine Train also has a lunch and dinner train on February 14.  Strolling musicians will fill the train cars with romance. Two additional dinner trains will be dedicated to Valentine’s Day on Feb 15, and 16 where the strolling musicians will return.

Napa Wine Train, Napa. Image: Napa Wine Train.

GENERAL GIFT IDEAS:  Artisan Jewelry 

Napa General Store, Napa: the Napa General Store is offering a few sweetheart deals Valentine’s week on artisan jewelry, and they will gift wrap for you, too.  The artisan jewelry sale runs February 11-17.

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Sherrie is a perky, music and wine-loving, Northern California local that seeks out and spreads the word about San Francisco experiences as well as unforgettable wine-related travel experiences.  She is CMO of The Grape Hunter USA, where they focus on helping artisan wineries and developing unique wine travel for consumers. Follow her on Twitter @BigNoseWino

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