Love is in the Air...Valentine's Along the Wine Road

FOR:                        WINE ROAD NORTHERN SONOMA COUNTY                    
                                    498 Moore Lane, Suite B / P.O. Box 46
Healdsburg, CA 95488
                                    Marla McLaughlin/Keelin Czellecz  
February is filled with new wine releases, chocolate tastings and exclusive getaway packages throughout Sonoma County, CA, celebrating the season of love
(HEALDSBURG, CA; January XX, 2012)—It can be said that the foundation of romance is wine and chocolate, and this Valentine’s Day weekend members of Sonoma County’s Wine Road will offer packages and unique experiences filled with both. Northern Sonoma County is the perfect destination for couples and girlfriends alike – a breathtaking area where visitors can indulge in a variety of irresistible events and activities. Many of the Wine Road’s 180 vintner and lodging partners will offer romantic getaway packages, wine tastings and more for the special holiday. Here are a few options that will delight the senses this Valentine’s Day:
Winery Offerings:
23rd Annual Wine & Chocolate Fantasy at Rodney Strong Vineyards
Date: Saturday, February 4 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Cost: Wine Club Members - $50, Non-Wine Club Members - $65
The word “fantasy” best describes this event for lovers of wine and chocolate. The barrel room is transformed into a beautiful series of halls, featuring wine and chocolate. Three single vineyard Cabernets, the True Gentleman’s Port and other exclusive wines will be available for sampling, with treats from over a dozen chocolatiers, as well as live music and savory appetizers. Ticket price includes a commemorative glass.
Valentine’s Weekend Celebration at Truett Hurst Winery
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Reservations: 707-433-9545, ext 102 or
Truett Hurst is celebrating Valentine’s Day with the much-anticipated release of the 2011 Zinfandel Rose. Live music will be provided by the aptly-named Bobbi Jo Valentine and chocolate and savory snacks will be available to pair with the wines.
“Sweet 116” Along the Taste Route 116
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 11:00am – 4:00pm
Cost: $25 per person, $20 for Wine Club Members, $5 for Designated Drivers
Reservations: 707.823.3040 or
Taste Route 116 announces the first annual “Sweet 116” event this Valentine’s Day weekend. Guests are invited to taste their way through Route 116, enjoying decadent treats and delicious wines at six wineries including Graton Ridge Cellars, Martin Ray Winery, Balletto Winery, Dutton Estate Winery, Russian River Vineyard and Taft Street Winery. Ticket holders will receive a logo wine glass, hand-painted by local artists, to use throughout the day and keep as a souvenir.
Culinary Romance at Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves
Date: Friday, February 11 – Saturday, February 12, 2012 from 11:00am – 4:30pm
Cost: $15 per person, complimentary for Bella Wine Club members and up to four guests
Reservations: 866.572.3552,
Join Bella as it celebrates love, desire and the aphrodisiacs that fuel the fires of both. Bella’s renowned chef, Bruce Frieseke, will prepare an inspired selection of gourmet foods traditionally used to ignite the passions. Each aphrodisiac will be paired with one of Bella’s great new releases, or coveted library wines. Guests will bask in the elegant ambiance of the Bella wine cave which will be decorated and filled with the stirring sounds of classic love songs.
Library Tastings at Skewis Wines
Date: Saturday, February 11 – Sunday, February 12, 2012
Cost: $20 per tasting flight
Reservations: 707.477.1934,
Hank and Maggie Skewis will offer a special tasting flight from their personal library over Valentine’s Day weekend featuring four single-vineyard Pinot Noirs specially selected to enjoy.
Lodging Offerings:
Camellia Inn
Reservations: 707.433.8182,
Located in the heart of Healdsburg, Camellia Inn is offering two holiday packages for Valentine’s Day weekend. The “Un-Valentine’s Day Package” celebrates girlfriends, while the “Chocolate Covered Valentine’s Getaway” package is meant for two. The “Un-Valentine’s Day” package includes:
·       Two bottles of wine, microwave popcorn and hot chocolate
·       Foot fizzers, bath melts, chocolates, movies and boardgames
·       Accommodations at the Camellia Inn’s All Seasons Vacation Suites cottages for $309 per night
·       Package is based on two to seven girlfriends
For couples looking to add a gourmet element to their romantic weekend, the “Chocolate Covered Valentine’s Getaway” is a sweet tooth’s dream. Along with chocolate afternoon treats, evening chocolate port, gourmet chocolates, chocolate breakfast (other dishes available), and chocolate soap, the package includes:
·       3 nights in a King room with fireplace and two-person whirlpool tub
·       Romantic dinner for two with chocolate dessert
·       A gift bottle of wine each night
·       Self-guided chocolate shop tour and chocolate and wine pairing adventure
·       Package is $950 including taxes, a savings of more than $100
·       Available from Sunday, February 12 to Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The Wine Road is a travel resource for those looking to visit the region, which is famous for its renowned wine producers and cuisine, scenic beauty, and wine country lifestyle. The association hosts three celebrated wine events throughout the year, “Winter Wineland” in January; “Barrel Tasting” in March; and “A Food and Wine Affair” in November. Made up of 190 vintners and 50 lodgings throughout the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River valleys in Sonoma County, something is always going on along the Wine Road. To plan your next trip, please visit: For additional information, or to request a free map, contact Beth Costa at 800.723.6336 or via e-mail at, or visit the Wine Road on Twitter and Facebook
For more information, please contact Marla McLaughlin at Wagstaff Worldwide: