Looking for a romantic, wine-filled way to celebrate Valentine's Day? Northern California's wineries are happy to help, offering a slew of Cupid-centric sip-and-swirl events. Here's just a sampling:
Viva Amore, Viva Wine: Alameda's Rock Wall Wine Company is hosting its third annual "Viva Amore" wine-pairing fest from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 15. The event, which showcases the 2011 Romancer wine, a malbec-mourvedre-petit verdot blend, includes gourmet bites from Le Truc, Toque and Dragon Rouge, a Cocco Tutti chocolate tasting, poetry-to-order and a "photo booth of love." Tickets: $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Details: www.rockwallwines.com.
S'more Amore: This progressive wine tasting ($45) takes sweethearts through downtown Saratoga's tasting rooms from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14. Sip wine and sample savory bites as you visit M4 Tasting Room (Michaud Vineyard Wines & Martella Wines), Big Basin Vineyards and Cinnabar Winery, then cozy up with s'mores at the outdoor fire pit. Details: http://saratogawinetrail-es2002.eventbrite.com.
Wine and Chocolate Date Night: Stroll through San Francisco's 15,000-square foot Dogpatch Wineworks sampling Recchiuti chocolates and wine pairings during this laid-back take on a great Valentine date. Tickets for the drop-in event, which runs
Wine & Chocolate Weekend: Get an early start on your romantic adventures at Lodi's 16th annual wine and chocolate weekend, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10. The sweets hail from Brix Chocolates, which makes confections specifically blended to complement wine. The wines? Nearly four dozen wineries are offering wine and chocolate pairings, barrel tastings and tours. Tickets are $45 in advance, $55 at the door. Details: www.lodiwine.com.
Castello di Amorosa: If you're going for over-the-top, then a Royal Hearts Gala at Napa Valley's Tuscan castle of love may be just the thing for would-be Romeos and Juliets. The gala ($225), which starts at 7 p.m. Feb. 16, includes a four-course dinner by "MasterChef" finalist Alejandra Schrader and performances by Shakespeare in the Vines. Details: www.castellodiamorosa.com.