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 unique Napa Valley Valentine's Day experiences to get you in the mood.
Valentine's Day Dining
Mustards Grill invites guests to enjoy a romantic dinner in the restaurant’s exterior garden seating, or a complete prepared meal to pick and enjoy at home. The Mustards Grill Valentine’s Day menu includes classic shrimp cocktail, chilled asparagus salad, red wine-braised short rib with creamy parmesan polenta, hedgehog and black trumpet mushrooms, and crispy shallots. For dessert, indulge in a homemade dark chocolate butterscotch brownie.
Sam’s Social Club at Indian Springs Resort in Calistoga is offering up a Valentine's Day pre-fixe dinner for two which includes a chilled shrimp and avocado salad to share, Cabernet-braised short rib over creamy risotto and wild mushrooms fricassee or pan-fried local sole almondine, along with baby artichoke hearts, baby beets & arugula, and of course, chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert. Available for takeout or dine in on the beautifully lit and cozy heated patio.
Brasswood Bar + Kitchen has created a Valentine's Day Dinner for Two menu featuring a creamy carrot and ginger soup, radicchio and endive salad, Wagyu beef or pan-seared salmon entrée, creamy sweet potato and butternut squash, and sautéed Napa cabbage with balsamic-glazed cipollini onion. For dessert, enjoy dark chocolate panna cotta with Grand Marnier macerated berries, or a chantilly cream and citrus-glazed shortbread cookie. Decadent supplements, as well as a bouquet of a dozen long stem roses, are also available. The Valentine's menu is available for pre-fixe, a la carte, or takeout February 13- Feb 14th.
Napa Valley Bistro invites you to spoil your sweetie with a prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu featuring Maine lobster bisque, surf and turf or lobster and scallop pappardelle, and chocolate ganache cheesecake.
Avow in downtown Napa has created a decadent Valentine’s Dinner menu featuring lobster bisque, Greek lamb wellington, salmon encroute, spiced rubbed carrots, and potatoes Romanoff. Top it off with bubbles and chocolate-covered strawberries, and enjoy it all under the romantic chandelier-lit heated patio.
Winery Experiences to Love
The Roses and Rosés flight on the patio at Chandon is available Friday, February 12 through Sunday, February 14 with seatings between 11am and 4pm. This year’s flight of five rosés is beautifully paired with indulgent bites crafted by Chef Andrew Wooton and includes a stem rose for each guest. The menu includes caviar, black truffle arancini, goat cheese crostini with fennel citrus, tempura lemon chili shrimp, and raspberry sorbet with a white chocolate-dipped shortbread heart.
At Merryvale Vineyards, they’re celebrating Valentine’s all month long. Throughout the month of February, enjoy a special flight of six Merryvale wines paired with six Micaela Boreyko Chocolates. Each piece of Micaela Boreyko Chocolate is hand-painted and crafted in Napa Valley through a four-day process, using only the finest ingredients.
The ultimate indulgence – wine and chocolate – is now available at the Priest Ranch Yountville tasting room for a limited time. Spoil yourself and a loved one this year with six locally made chocolate truffles handcrafted by Kollar Chocolates paired with a tasting of six Priest Ranch wines for two. Only available February 12th through February 15th, so be sure to reserve your time now!
Valentine’s Night In
This Valentine’s Day, Materra | Cunat Family Vineyards is teaming up with San Francisco’s celebrated seafood distributor, Water2Table Fish Co. Winemaker Chelsea Barrett has hand-selected wines to be paired alongside three uniquely curated seafood offerings in the comfort of home for Valentine’s Day. Orders should be placed before February 8 to secure your freshly caught seafood and wine pairing for pick up at Materra on Sunday, February 14. The vineyard and the sea, now that’s a match made for Valentine’s Day.
Cook up a swoon-worthy Valentine’s Day meal with Cakebread Cellars. Hosted by resident chefs live from the Cakebread virtual culinary studio in Rutherford, CA, the Valentine’s and Wine class will be held at 3pm PST on Saturday, February 13. The class – an annual fan favorite – features two romantic pairings: Dungeness crab souffle paired with the Cuttings Wharf Chardonnay, and andouille crusted filet mignon with garlic sauce paired with Cakebread Syrah.
Join Judd’s Hill Winery as they explore the world of chocolate and wine with Judd and globe-trotting world-renowned chocolate expert, explorer, procurer, and personality, Matt Caputo. Matt has thoughtfully and carefully assembled one of the world’s largest chocolate selections at his family’s Caputo’s Market in Salt Lake City. During this special hour-long interactive chat, you’ll hear about how chocolate and wine can be discussed in similar terms such as terroir, place of origin, variety, blends, and how to expertly select chocolates to compliment your favorite wines.
Looking for a no-fuss night-in? Pizzeria Travigne Valentine’s Day Cook-at-Home Kits are sure to hit the spot. Enjoy classic PTV favorites and cozy up for a romantic date night at home. Kits come with food prepared for you, just heat and eat! The Appetizer Kit comes with pancetta-wrapped prawns with roasted garlic balsamic dressing, and the Entree Kit features lobster ravioli with tarragon brown butter. Need a bottle of bubbles to top it all off? They’ve got that too.
Local Artisan Gifts
Shop the First Street Napa Love Stroll: “Celebrate Love” at First Street Napa to be held on Friday & Saturday, February 12 & 13. Be sure to stop by the Napa Valley Welcome Center, where every purchase of $30 or more includes a free gift!
Pryor Elliot Presents The Valentine’s Day Collection, a gift from local creators. This lovely locally-curated gift box includes two Gran Electrica specialty cocktails, Flour Child caramels, Alexandra Phelps Events pink finishing salts, and a beautiful bouquet of sweet pea and ranunculus blooms, delivered safely to your sweetie. The best part? All the products featured in the box are from local women entrepreneurs who were born and raised right here in the valley. To purchase, DM or email Pryor Elliott (IG @pryorelliot or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Brasswood Mercantile + Bottle Shop has the perfect Valentine’s gift - the Be Mine Box features specialty items such as Schramsburg Blanc de Blanc, chocolate dipping sauce, luxurious chocolate rose bark, St. Germaine liqueur, housemade strawberry jam and more. A perfect gift for your special someone, this item can be shipped or picked up on property. Add ons include select jewelry items from local artist Amy Nordström.
Fall in Love with the Great Outdoors
Art-lovers missing weekend museum strolls can add di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art to their Valentine’s Day itinerary. The outdoor sculpture park is now open on weekends allowing guests to explore the scenic two-mile loop or simply relax and birdwatch by the property’s 35-acre lake – aptly named Winery Lake.
Active Wine Adventures will sweep you off your feet with their new Hike & Wine Tours. Get out and enjoy the great outdoors together with a refreshing walk through the redwood and pine forests, wrapping with a romantic private picnic lunch and tasting at a small boutique winery.
There’s nothing quite as romantic as floating on cloud nine high above the vineyards. Surprise your sweetie with the once-in-a-lifetime experience of a hot air balloon ride over Napa Valley. Whether you enjoy it now or later, it’s a gift sure to be remembered.
As Napa reopens, we invite you to escape and indulge in decadence at The Estate Yountville. Our luxury team awaits your arrival, ready to design a romantic getaway for you and your loved ones. Savor exclusive tastings to toast Cabernet Season, incomparable culinary creations in Yountville or ‘Pop the Question’ on Valentine’s Day. Our Lovestay Escape offer includes a bottle of champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a rejuvenating spa amenity.
Get lost in the romance of Wine Country at Carneros Resort & Spa. Enjoy a weekend escape full of great wine, delicious food, and intimate moments that will last a lifetime. The "Love is in the Air" package includes: a two-night stay in the cottage-style accommodations of your choice, a welcome bottle of sparkling wine, $60 daily breakfast credit at Hilltop Dining Room, $100 resort credit toward spa treatments, romantic picnic baskets, and more.