Valentine’s Day, Napa Valley-Style
December 19, 2017
Rolling hills of vines. Cabernet and chocolate pairings. Hot-air balloons rising at dawn. Dinner a deux at a Michelin-starred restaurant. The Napa Valley is surely one of the best destinations in the world to celebrate romance. And Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so now’s the time to plan something big. Here’s a partial list of parties, events, and specials to get you going.
If you and your beloved enjoy cooking together, the Kitchen Collective is presenting “My Funny Valentine,” a Rat Pack-themed evening of culinary preparation and dining. The six-course meal will include oysters, filet mignon, and vanilla and chocolate mille-feuille. You’re encouraged to bring your own bottle of wine (no corkage fee). Themed attire is encouraged, cocktail attire is required. Wednesday, February 14 from 7 to 11 pm. $150 per person. RSVP directly to email@example.com
Cliff Lede Vineyards will host a romantic evening of fine wine and cuisine at its Stag’s Leap District estate winery. The multi-course dinner will be catered by Tre Posti, founded by the former Tra Vigne group, and will include a live tableside mozzarella pulling demonstration and feature surprise musical entertainment. The meal will be paired to wines from both the FEL and Cliff Lede Vineyards portfolios, including a special 2005 library vintage of the Cliff Lede Vineyards Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon, which earned 95 points from Robert Parker. Saturday, February 10, 6 pm. Tickets are $195 for club members, $250 for non-members.
Stags’ Leap Winery. Book a special Valentine’s edition of Stag’s Leap’s Private Estate Experience. Guests will receive a personalized tour of the historic estate followed by a private seated tasting with savory, Valentine’s-inspired pairings. Available February 12 to 18 at 11 am.
The Grill at Silverado Resort & Spa is featuring a special Valentine’s Day menu on February 14 that features chicory salad with ricotta, toasted pecans, and blood orange vinaigrette; roasted chestnut soup; grilled filet mignon or pan-roasted mahi-mahi; and chocolate velvet cake with raspberry sauce. $75 per person includes a glass of sparkling wine.
Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa is offering a “Hot, Steamy, and Dreamy Valentine’s Day package,” which includes two nights in one of its renovated, retro-chic rooms outfitted with rainfall showers and hoodie sweatshirt robes to cuddle in; a Mudnage à Trois spa experience for two at its MoonAcre Spa and Baths, including time at the DIY Mud Bar, two private bathing sessions, and two 50-minute massages; an aphrodisiacal wine and chocolate pairing experience for two at Clif Family Winery's tasting room; and a naughty dice-and-board game to enjoy in your room and take home for later. Package is available for all of February.
Judd’s Hill will host its annual Valentine’s Day party with pourings of its own wines, delicious nibbles, and a dynamic duo of masseurs giving complimentary neck and shoulder massage. Sunday, February 11 from noon to 2:30 pm. Tickets are $55 per person.
Napa Valley Balloons suggests a private hot-air balloon flight at sunrise with your sweetheart. Once you’ve floated back down to earth, you’ll toast each other with a glass of sparkling wine over brunch at Domaine Chandon winery. If you mention Visit Napa Valley at the time of reservation, they’ll include an exclusive in-flight photo package to commemorate your special day. They also provide free pick-up at local area lodging (6:30 am departure). Private flight for two is $2,200, with group rates also available. Offer is good February 10 to 18, 2018.
At Burgess Cellars, you can enjoy a 20% discount off your anniversary year from the extensive Burgess Cellars Library Program, which spans from 1979 to 2013. This is an unprecedented offer, as these library selections are never discounted. Additionally, guests will enjoy a two-for-one tasting on Valentine’s Day at the winery. It’s by reservation only, and guests must mention “Visit Napa Valley Valentine’s Day” when making their reservation. Offer is valid February 12 to 18.
Two Birds/One Stone will be featuring a romantic, prix-fixe menu on Valentine’s Day that will include black truffle miso soup, Dungeness crab fried rice, truffled Waygu pot roast, and passion fruit panna cotta for dessert. Wednesday, February 14, with seatings at 5:30, 6, 7, 7:30, and 8 pm. $95 per person.
The newly renovated River Terrace Inn in Napa is offering a special Valentine’s Day package that includes accommodations with balcony, breakfast for two in ALBA Restaurant, locally source sparkling wine with fresh berries, and an intimate couple’s kit. Offer is available now through February 14. Book here with code – NAPAROM.
The Silverado Cooking School is hosting a Couple’s Dinner and Valentine’s Date Night. Experience a hands-on cooking class where you and your honey will prepare and enjoy a seasonal three-course menu featuring fresh ingredients from its own Stone Tree Farm. Together you’ll learn new techniques and helpful tips from a professional chef to improve your efficiency and confidence in the kitchen, while enjoying a night out. Wednesday, February 14, 6 to 9 pm. $275 per couple.
Silverado is also offering a class on “All Things Chocolate,” where you’ll learn how to select chocolate for baking and how to achieve great results every time. From cakes and cookies to mousses, this is a perfect class to get ready for Valentine’s Day. Lunch will also be served. Saturday, February 9, 10 am to 2 pm. $160 per person.
Beau Wine Tours and its “white glove” concierge service will help you plan the perfect Valentine’s Day getaway, whether it’s a romantic dinner at one of the valley’s Michelin-starred restaurants or artisanal cocktails at your favorite bar. It’s offering complimentary long-stemmed roses and chocolate truffles with every wine tour and chauffeured dinner service. Complimentary Champagne is included in every limousine. Valid February 14 only, must book at least 14 days in advance.
With Laces and Limos, you can travel around downtown Napa visiting boutique wineries and tasting rooms, then spend the afternoon in the beautiful Coombsville vineyards, a perfect mix for your perfect day with that special someone. February 14 to 18. Tours begin at 10:30 am and last up to 6 hours. $195 per person (includes all tasting fees.)
Napa Driving Services is offering a romantic wine tour that includes three wine tastings at small boutique wineries, a complementary bottle of wine, and a bouquet of flowers. $299 per couple plus tasting fees.
Take a Private Sabrage Lesson with Verve Napa Valley. Gain an overview of the history of sabrage where you will learn how this ancient art form has been passed down from generation to generation. With safety equipment, you will be guided in how to safely saber your own bottle of sparkling wine, including tips and tricks from the pros. Put your skills to the test during your hands-on private lesson, as you each saber your own sparkling wine bottle.
If you can’t actually make it to the Napa Valley for Valentine’s Day, Far Niente is offering Visit Napa Valley readers an exclusive, one-week only 10% savings on the most romantic wine gifts on its website During the week of February 1 to 7 (a week ahead to allow for shipping). Click here and enter code LOVENapa10.