Valentines: Love in the Air & Wine in your Glass

by Shona Milne on February 4, 2011

Well, Valentine’s Day is on the horizon once again. If you are venturing out you need to know what is going on otherwise you will just wander aimlessly. It will probaby involve some Red Wine & Chocolates. I did receive a press release from Woodinville Wine Country to help you navigate all the love, red wine, and chocolates.

If red wine is as important to you and your sweetheart as red roses, visit Woodinville Wine Country this Valentine’s Day for a variety of tempting treats and perfect pairings designed to celebrate romance.  More than 20 Woodinville wineries will be offering a variety of tastings; creative and traditional wine and food pairings, cooking and art classes; and multi-course dinners to share with the one you love.  A portion of proceeds from several events benefit the American Heart Association. 

 Here’s a sampling of various events beginning, Friday, Feb. 4th and continuing the following weekend through Valentine’s Day:

No Reservation Required

 Friday, Feb. 4th and Saturday, Feb. 5th

Woodinville Wine Cellars red wine and chocolate tasting from 5 – 8 p.m. Friday and noon – 5 p.m. Saturday;

 Saturday, Feb. 12th – Sunday, Feb. 13th

Airfield Estates “Cabtastic” cabernet and chocolate tasting from noon – 6 p.m.;

Anton Ville Winery red wine & chocolate tasting;

Challenger Ridge Vineyard & Cellars will donate a portion of all wine sales to the American Heart Association;

Convergence Zone Clears & Michael Florentino Cellars red wine & chocolate tasting from noon – 5 p.m.; 10% of all sales donated to the American Heart Association; or

Davenport Cellars chocolate truffle samples from Intrigue Chocolates from noon – 5 p.m.;

Novelty Hill-Januik wine and cookie tasting with Pinckney Cookie Café from 11 am – 4 p.m.; $10 per tasting;

Otis Kenyon red wines, chocolate fountain and seasonal fruits;

Patterson Cellars cheese, chocolate and wine tasting with door prize drawings from noon – 5 p.m.;

Tefft Cellars red wine, port and chocolate tasting with Patricia’s Chocolate Emporium from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.;

William Church “Red Wine & Chocolates Galore” with Wellington Chocolates from noon – 5 p.m.; $5 per person;

Monday, Feb. 14th

DeLille Cellars from noon – 4:30 p.m. tasting fees donated to the American Heart Association; 4 – 7 p.m. special discounts on wines to take to dinner;

 Silver Lake Winery “I Hate Valentine’s Day Celebration” wine & chocolate tasting 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 RSVP Required

Several wineries are also offering more intimate gatherings, including special dinners and classes requiring reservations.  Check with individual wineries for more information.

Thursday, Feb. 10th

Challenger Ridge Vineyard & Cellars Valentine’s Dinner Cooking Class; 6 p.m.; $25 per person;

Friday,  Feb. 11th

Apex at Alder Ridge “Corks & Canvas Couples’ Paint Party” with artist Angela Hoskins  from 6 – 9 p.m., $45 per person;

 Columbia, DeLille Cellars and Novelty Hill-Januik progressive dinner from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. $125 (plus tax)

  DiStefano Winery “Hand Dip Your Own Valentine’s Day Truffle & Dinner” from  7:30 – 9:30 p.m.; $100 per couple (plus tax, gratuity);

 Woodhouse Wine Estates “Chocolate Truffle Demonstration Class” from 6:30 – 9 p.m.; $70 per person or $100 per couple;

 Saturday, Feb. 12th

Covington Cellars six-course Valentine’s Day Winemaker Dinner from 6:30-9:30 p.m.; $99 per person (plus tax, gratuity);

 Matthews Estate “Share the Love” appetizer cooking class from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.; $30 per person;

 Hollywood Hill Vineyards “Wine & Cheese Pairing” from 4 – 7 p.m.; $25 pre-paid, $30 at the door;

 Monday, Feb. 14th

Apex at Alder Ridge “Corks & Canvas Couples’ Paint Party” with artist Sarah Ingersoll instructing on how to paint “Tasteful Nudes” from 6 – 9 p.m., $45 per person;

 Matthews Estate four-course “Sweetheart Dinner” $85 per person; 6:30 p.m.;

Woodinville Wine Country is conveniently located 25-mintues northeast of downtown Seattle and is home to more than 80 Washington wineries and tasting rooms.  For more information about touring and tasting in Woodinville, visit

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