Love, Love, LOVE in the Sonoma Wine Country
So much going on in the wine country this weekend after a wild week of Valentine's Day (and weekend) planning for our guests here at the Farmhouse Inn
. The romantic dinners are going all weekend long in the restaurant
with the finale on Tuesday. We have a couple of proposals in the works over the weekend and a couple more checking in for Valentine's Day and then on the day itself...one of our fabulous elopements- our tiny weddings - they are just dropping in from Delaware for a little Farmhouse romance
Last week we had all the excitement from BedandBreakfast.com when they recognized Farmhouse as one of the Top10 Most Romantic Inns
and then again we got noticed as one of The Most Romantic Inns in the U.S. from FathomAway
. Right after I wrote the blog last week...TripAdvisor came out the 2012 Traveler's Choice Award for the 10 Most Romantic Hotels
You guessed it- Farmhouse again!
CNN Travel came out with an article "Choose Your Own Romantic Adventure" - tips on making new romantic memories.
Oenophile bliss...Sonoma County Wine Country, California
"What better way to reconnect than while driving through Sonoma wine country, stopping to taste the terroir at wineries along the way? Visit Copain for the views and the pinot, Arista for the Japanese gardens and Lambert Bridge for intimate barrel-room tastings. Then settle in at the Farmhouse Inn in the heart of the Russian River Valley.
The inn's "barn rooms," situated in a grove of mature trees, are designed to blur the boundaries between outside and in. The "heritage rooms," meanwhile, range from huge luxury suites to compact queen-size spaces the innkeepers call "our little jewel box rooms." Be sure to check out the Sonoma Bath Bar with complementary seasonal scrubs, salts and soaps, and consider adding on the inn's special romance package, which includes chilled champagne, candles, cut flowers and an intimate couple's massage."
Wow...what a week! And it is not just us...the whole of Sonoma County is full of romantic events revolving around wine, chocolate, hearts and flowers. Just take a look at a few of the wine country events this week:
►Amphora Winery, 5th Annual Amphoradisiac Winemaker's Dinner Feb 11-Feb 12, 2012
► Graton Ridge Cellars, Sweet 116
► DeLoach Vineyards, A Zin Affair To Remember Feb 11, 2012
Feb 11, 2012
▼ Graton Ridge Cellars, Sweet 116 Feb 11, 2012
Time: 11am - 4pm
Cost: $25 / $20 Wine Club / $5 DD
Contact: Sue Bonzell
Web site: http://www.facebook.com/tasteroute116
Details: The Sweet 116 event invites guests to taste their way through Route 116 celebrating Valentines Day. Guests will enjoy decadent treats and delicious wines at six wineries. Ticket holders will select a souvenir logo wine glass, hand-painted by local artists to use during the tour.Tickets at participating wineries Balletto Winery, Dutton Estate Winery, Graton Ridge Cellars, Martin Ray Winery, Russian River Vineyards, and Taft Street Winery.www.facebook.com/tasteroute116
► Kendall-Jackson Wine Center, 3rd Annual Gumbo Smackdown at Kendall-Jackson Feb 11, 2012
▼ Kendall-Jackson Wine Center, 3rd Annual Gumbo Smackdown at Kendall-Jackson Feb 11, 2012
Cost: $40 or $30 for Wine Club members
Location: Kendall-Jackson Wine Center
Contact: Tasting Room Staff
Web site: http://www.kj.com/events
Details: This fierce competition will feature our Executive Chef Justin Wangler along with 4 other local chefs in a battle to see who can collect the most Mardi Gras beads from you. Each Chef will prepare a special gourmet gumbo to pair with one of Kendall-Jackson's (R) wines and the winner will receive the coveted and prestigious "Golden Crayfish Award" which they will proudly display for the year. Tickets should be purchased in advance by stopping by the Kendall-Jackson(R) Tasting Room or by calling 707-571-8100 as this is always a popular event.
► Truett Hurst Winery, Valentine's Weekend Celebration Feb 11, 2012
▼ Truett Hurst Winery, Valentine's Weekend Celebration Feb 11, 2012
Cost: $5 tasting fee
Location: Tasting Room
Contact: Cindi Howley
Web site: www.truetthurst.com
Details: Special Events of the Day: 1)Release of the 2011 Zinfandel Rose! 2)Live music by Bobbie Jo Valentine, 3)Chocolate and Savory sliders paired with the wines.
► White Oak Vineyards & Winery, For the LOVE of WINE Feb 11-Feb 12, 2012
▼ White Oak Vineyards & Winery, For the LOVE of WINEFeb 11, 2012-Feb 11, 2012
Cost: Members $20 :: Non-Members $30
Location: 7505 Highway 128, Healdsburg CA 95448
Contact: Alexandra Sartori
Web site: www.whiteoakwinery.com
Details: Wine Club Members, pick up your February ShipmentsNon-Members, join us to fall in love at first sip!!!
► Quivira Vineyards & Winery, Winter Farm to Table Dinner Feb 11, 2012
▼ Quivira Vineyards & Winery, Winter Farm to Table Dinner Feb 11, 2012
Location: Quivira Vineyards and Winery
Contact: Jana Churich
Web site: http://www.quivirawine.com/index.php?option=com_submenus&id=3&show=15
Details: These dinners are a unique and special occasion when we offer guests an in-depth look at Quiviras farming practices, winemaking, wines and other amazing estate features. Our winter dinner is unique from the others during the year, as we move indoors for an exclusive wine blending session with Winemaker Hugh Chappelle. Guests will play winemaker using classic tools and techniques to taste and combine different Rhone varietals into a balanced, sumptuous blend. Participants will learn the characteristics of each varietal and gain insight into Hughs winemaking philosophy and methods, learning what it takes to create Quiviras Rhone blend Elusive. Following the blending session, guests will savor the rich, comforting flavors of a three-course dinner.
► Alderbrook Vineyards and Winery, Wine, Music & Chocolate - Feb 11, 2012
▼ Alderbrook Vineyards and Winery, Wine, Music & Chocolate - Feb 11, 2012
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Cost: Complimentary Wine Club Member + 1 $10 per person guests
Location: Alderbrook Winery
Contact: Joanna Donati
Phone: 707-433-5987 x4210
Web site: https://www.alderbrook.com
Details: Join us for our first concert of 2012. Sonoma County's own local favorite musician, Adam Lieb, will be playing a live, acoustic-eclectic concert in our beautiful tasting room. Tickets are $10 per person at www.alderbrook.com or available at the door the day of the event. Admission includes a complimentary wine tasting of 5 of our award-winning wines. No charge, of course, for our wine club members and one guest. As a special treat for you and your valentine we'll be tasting handmade specialty chocolates from John Kelly Chocolates of Southern California paired with our zins.
► Longboard Vineyards, Valentine's Day Aphrodisiac Dinner Feb 11, 2012
▼ Longboard Vineyards, Valentine's Day Aphrodisiac Dinner Feb 11, 2012
Cost: $69 ($59 for wine-club members)
Location: Longboard Vineyards' Surf-Lounge 5 Fitch St. Healdsburg, CA 95448
Contact: Nessia Flugger
Web site: longboardvineyards.com
Details: Chef Matthew Paille of Epicurean Escapes has a very special Valentine's Day Dinner planned for us at theSurf-Lounge! Five courses of heavenly aphrodisiacs, each paired withone of your favorite Longboard wines for a symphony of flavor that's sure to delight more than just your palate...
► Geyser Peak Winery, Valentine's Crab Feast Feb 11, 2012
▼ Geyser Peak Winery, Valentine's Crab Feast Feb 11, 2012
Cost: $90 public- $80 wine club
Location: 22281 Chianti Road, Geyserville
Contact: Ana Duran
Phone: (707) 857-2571
Web site: www.geyserpeakwinery.com
Details: Celebrate Valentine's Day weekend at Geyser Peak! Join us in our very romantic barrel cellar for a delicious multi-course seafood feast from the renown Bistro Boudin of San Francisco:Menu includes 3 passed hors d'oeuvres, followed Crab and corn bisque in a famous Boudin sourdough breadbowl, jicama salad with oranges, watercress, greek olives & green beans in a white balsamic vinaigrette, steamed dungeness cracked crab with lemon & drawn butter, and chocolate lava cake with caramelized banana confit for dessert... perfectly paired with an array of very tasty Geyser Peak wines, and accompanied by live music (plenty of room for dancing), featuring the Open Hearts Band. It's sure to be an evening to remember! Call the tasting room to RSVP by February 6th.(800)255-WINE or (707)857-2500. Tickets are $90 per person, $80 each for wine club members and one guest.
► Pedroncelli Winery, A sampling: Port & G Lani Truffles Feb 11, 2012
▼ Pedroncelli Winery, A sampling: Port & G Lani Truffles Feb 11, 2012
Time: 11am to 4pm
Cost: No charge
Location: Tasting Room
Contact: Julie St John
Web site: www.pedroncelli.com
Details: Stop by for a taste of our award-winningest Four Grapes Estate Port paired with G Lani's Mocha Truffle and a Pedroncelli Port Truffle. Our other wines are all open so stop by for a taste or two and drink in the view.
► VML Winery, Live Music, BBQ Food Pairings Feb 11, 2012
▼ VML Winery, Live Music, BBQ Food Pairings, and Wine Feb 11, 2012
Time: 1pm to 5pm
Cost: Tasting Fee: $10 (refundable with purchase)
Location: 4035 Westside Road, Healdsburg, Ca 95448
Contact: VML Winery
Phone: (707) 431-4404
Web site: www.vmlwine.com
Details: Relax in our organic aroma gardens and enjoy live music this Valentines Day weekend. We will have a newly released wine for the special weekend while the talented Brian Bergeron will be performing from 1pm to 5pm. The tasting includes barbecued trip-tip, chicken sausage, and sweet dark chocolate covered pomegranates.
► Stuhlmuller Vineyards, Sticky Barrel Tasting Event Feb 11-Feb 12, 2012
▼ Stuhlmuller Vineyards, Sticky Barrel Tasting Event Feb 11-Feb 12, 2012
Location: 4951 West Soda Rock Lane, Healdsburg, CA95448
Contact: Jacque Benton
Web site: www.stuhlmullervineyards.com
Details: Special Barrel Tasting before the much anticipated final bottling of Stuhlmuller Vineyards Sticky! Sticky & Chocolate, it doesnt get better than that! If you havent tasted it yet, now is your chance. Stuhlmullers Cabernet Sauvignon grapes harvested in 2002 fortified with barrel aged St. George Brandy. In the barrel for 10 years and ready for final bottling. Bottled from the cask and beautifully presented in 500 ml. bottles airbrushed with Stuhlmullers Logo.There will be a private release of this final bottling so this will be your opportunity to get on the list, only 40 cases will be bottled and available on a first come, first served basis. Of course, while you are at the winery you can taste all of the Stuhlmuller wines. This weekend only we are offering our regular case discount of 15% on any 6 bottle purchase of our 10 Estate Chardonnay and 09 Estate Cabernet
► Stryker Sonoma Winery & Vineyards, Decadent Chocolate & Wine Feb 10- Feb 19, 2012
I would say if you haven't decided what to do with your Valentine's Day yet...the wine country just might be the place to go. And if you want to visit the most romantic place on earth (according to the experts) Farmhouse Inn should be on your bucket list!
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