As someone who’s not a huge conventional Valentine’s Day celebrator, I wanted to find something to do this V-day weekend that didn’t include a room full of couples in candle-light gazing into each other’s eyes.
Valentine’s Day is more than just celebrating the love between you and your partner, it’s a day to share with friends and family, an excuse to take them to a late lunch, a wine taste or try a new restaurant.
If you don’t have your partner to celebrate with this year, whether they’re away, not interested in Valentine’s Day or you’re single, grab a friend and enjoy what’s on offer near you.
In Monterey there’s more than a few options to celebrate this weekend with wineries opening their doors and their vino to you.
Open: 12-7pm Saturday 11 February (also open Valentine’s Day)
What’s on: Galante Vineyards are spicing up their cowboy-esque tasting room with wine and delicious chocolate pairings. There’ll also be jewellery on display from the Greek island of Santorini – a dangerous mix after a few glasses of Galante’s famous bold reds.
Open: 12-6pm Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 February (also open Valentine’s Day)
What’s on: Galante’s sister winery, Dawn’s Dream, is also hosting wine and chocolate pairing’s all weekend with Marich Premium Chocolates. This stylish tasting room is always packed with pinot and rosé lovers and entertaining sommeliers. You’ll most likely leave Dawn’s with a pair of their wine sunglasses and a bottle or two.
Open: 12pm Saturday 11 February until 6pm Valentine’s Day
What’s on: visit Cima Collina’s boutique tasting room in Carmel Valley throughout Valentine’s Day weekend where they’ll be featuring special wine flights, two for one wines by the glass, door prizes and more.
Their tasting room features a large courtyard so you can enjoy a cheese platter, glass of wine and the views of Carmel Valley.
Open: 11am-6pm Valentine’s Day
What’s on: visit Scheid’s tasting rooms to try their 2013 Reserve Appassimento Cabernet Sauvignon paired with a Lula’s Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate as well as a one-day-only exclusive pricing on take-home wines.
Scheid is always bursting with locals testing white or red wine flights and learning wine tips and tricks from the knowledgeable sommeliers.
Open: Saturday 11 February
What’s on: River Road wine tasting, we’re in! Celebrate this weekend in the thick of Monterey’s stunning vineyards with the River Road Wine Trail. Start from one of their eight wineries including Odonata, Pessagno, Manzoni, Puma Road, Hahn, Paraiso, Ventana and Scheid. The sun is making an appearance this Saturday so grab your biggest floppy hat, strappy sandals and enjoy a day in the vineyards with fellow wine lovers.
Get tickets here – $50 for the drinkers and $25 for designated drivers.
Sale for these tickets ends tomorrow night, however if you miss out on this tour, the River Road Wine Trail Association will be sure to create another wine tasting tour in the coming months.
If you prefer a quiet night in head to Carmel and pick up some Lula’s chocolates (my partner’s favourite chocolate in the states), a bottle of wine and spend the night with a home-cooked meal or takeout and a movie. Fifty Shades Darker is also out in cinemas if you’ve been dying to see the gorgeous Jamie Dornan shirtless.
Whatever you plan this weekend, take the time to think of your loved ones, a small gesture can always go a long way. Enjoy lovers!
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