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Spend time with your sweetheart in Livermore Valley Wine Country!

Spend time with your sweetheart in Livermore Valley Wine Country!

It’s tough out there this year.  The recession is affecting just about everbody.  But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still celebrate that special someone in your life.  This year, forgoe the expensive Napa Valley hotel, the Carmel bed and breakfast or pricey night out in San Francisco.   Livermore Valley wine country is an affordable option for your romantic getaway or day outing.

Here are a couple of great ideas or click here for a full list of special events in Tri-Valley and Livermore Valley Wine Country.  http://trivalleycvb.com/static/index.cfm?contentID=40

Poppy Ridge Golf Course February 15- “Red Hot”

9-Holes and elegant Valentine’s Champagne Dinner! $75/person. Visit www.poppyridgegolf.com for more information.

Valentine’s Day at Wente Vineyards

Times: 5-9pm
Location: The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards
Phone: 925-456-2450
Admission: $95 per person or $135 per person if paired with wines. Celebrate your love with a specially prepared five course menu for $95 a person. Upgrade this menu and have it pair with wine to compliment every bite for $135 per person. Call (925) 456-2450 to make reservations.

Red Feather Winery Valentine’s Dinner!

Times: 7-10pm
Location: Red Feather Winery, 5700 Greenville Rd., Livermore, CA
Phone: 510-861-2722
Admission: $60/couple
Enjoy a romantic night in our barrel room with your sweetie and dance the night away.
Sorry, we can only accept 20 couples 😦 Please RSVP & pre-pay with Connie

Four Points by Sheraton: Lose Yourself in our Perfect Getaway

Overnight Stay (King Room)
$50.00 Coupon for Dinner in FAZ Restaurant
Complimentary Bottle of Wine with Two Signature Wine Glasses
• Breakfast for Two
• Late checkout
Only $149! Add an additional night, for $60.00

Call (925)460-8800 or (888)627-8072 Four Points by Sheraton

Shrine Event Center Dine at the Shrine with your Valentine!

Times: 6 p.m. Social Hour, 7 p.m. Dinner
Location: Aahmes Shrine Event Center, 170 Lindbergh Ave., Livermore, Ca. 94551
Phone: 925-373-4880
Admission: $150.00 per couple. Cocktail attire.
Treat your “Valentine” to a spectacular 5 course meal prepared by Patrick Farjas, a “Maitre Cuisinier De France” (Master Chef of France). This first class event includes complimentary champagne. Our No Host Bar offers soft drinks, mixed drinks, and special wines. Please join us for a memorable Valentine’s Celebration. Reservation deadline is February 11th. Call (925)373-4880.

Certified Executive Chef Joe Rodrigues: Wine Taster Dinner at the Elliston Vineyards on Saturday, February 14 at 6: 30pm.

Bring your sweetheart and dine with us in turn- of-the-century fashion in this stately 17-room stone
mansion built in 1890. You and your guests will be greeted w’ith champagne and hors d’ oeuvres as you
take a self-guided tour of the first two floors of the mansion and grounds. Enjoy an intimate dinner for
two or choose from one of our many private rooms for groups from 6 to 20 guests.

The evening begins at 6:30pm with a champagne. Reception and dinner follows at 7 :00p.m. Cost is $85
per person plus gratuity and tax. Reservations are required.

Please contact Elliston at (925) 862-2377 or info@elliston.com to reserve your space today!

Valentine’s Day Chocolate & Wine and Crooked Vine Winery

Times: Saturday, 11am-5pm, Sunday 12noon-5pm
Location: 4948 Tesla Road, Livermore, CA 94550
Phone: (925) 449-0458
Admission: $10, $5 with wine club membership; includes valentine’s wine glass
Treat yourself and your Sweetheart to chocolate, port & wine pairings, champagne, flowers, music, romance and fun at Crooked Vine and Stony Ridge Winery. Food and gift items available for purchase.

Stacey’s at Waterford Valentines Day Dinner

Stacey’s at Waterford is now accepting reservations for Valentine’s Day. Dancing from 10pm – 1 am at Stacey’s After Hours.  Click here for more info and menu www.eatatstaceys.com/staceys-waterford/event_info.php?id=49&keywords=Valentine’s_Day

Valentine’s Dinner with Live Violinist at Garré Winery

Friday February 13 & Saturday February 14
Enjoy a four course gourmet meal prepared especially for this romantic evening by Garré’s award-winning Executive Chef Ty Turner, along with the elegant sounds of a live violinist in private concert.  Evening includes champagne served with the appetizer course and a glass of Red Velvet port served with dessert. Menu includes appetizers, choice of salad, choice of entrée and a shared dessert. Each lady will also receive a beautiful single rose. Seatings at 6:00pm & 8:30pm. $125++ per couple, reservations required.

Garré Winery, 7986 Tesla Road, Livermore

Valentines Day Ball Feb. 13th 2009 – Share the Love with Patrick David’s

February 13, 2009 Times: 6:30pm to 11:00pm
Location: 2460 Old Crow Canyon Road, San Ramon Ca 94583
Phone: 925-855-4688
Admission: $95pp or VIP for $150pp (tax and gratuity separate)
Patrick David’s presents a Valentines Day Ball with 3-course Seated Dinner. General Seating & VIP tickets are available. Come dance the night away to the sensual sounds of Motown, R & B and Jazz performed by Pure Ecstasy.

Doubletree Hotel Sweet Romance Getaway

When celebrating Valentine’s Day at the Doubletree Hotel Livermore, you’ll receive :

Deluxe Accommodations – indulgence for two
Sparkling wine – in room on arrival*
Full breakfast in room (where applicable) or in the hotel restaurant
On the additional nights, buy a lunch or dinner entrée and get a second one of equal or lesser value free**
Come early, stay late – simply request early check-in or late checkout (based on availability)
So, clear your schedule, turn off the cell phone and book a Sweet Romance Getaway for you and your loved one.
Package Code is:  ROM

San Ramon Courtyard by Marriott Escape! Romance Packages

All Romance Packages include breakfast for two, complimentary champagne (or non alcoholic beverage), a box of chocolates, and one free movie!

$119 – Romance Package for a King room

$144 – Romance Package for a King Suite (king room with separate living room)

$154 – Romance Package for a Spa King Suite


San Ramon Residence Inn  by Marriott Escape! Romance Packages

The Romance Package includes breakfast for two, complimentary champagne (or non alcoholic beverage), a box of chocolates, and one free move!

$134 – Romance Package for a Studio room (1 king bed and sofa bed)


Marriott Pleasanton Valentine’s Day Packages

Package 1 – Room Package
$149.95 + tax
Saturday night stay
Champagne delivered upon arrival
4-Course Dinner for 2 with a bottle of Livermore Valley Wine
Turn-down service with truffles
Sunday Breakfast Buffet for 2

Package 2 – Dinner Only
$68.95 + tax
4-Course Dinner for 2

Marriott Pleasanton

Marriott Pleasanton Valentines Day Dinner

February 14, 2009 Times: 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Location: The Market Cafe at the Pleasanton Marriott
Phone: 925.847.6000
Admission: $68.95 per couple
Have a lovely Valentine’s Day dinner at the Pleasanton Marriott. Dinner includes choices for 1st course, 2nd course, a main entree, dessert and a bottle of wine. For the full menu, please contact the hotel. $68.95 per Couple, $35.95 per Person

The Purple Orchid Inn, Resort & SPA Couples Romance SPA Package I (For 2) $260/- (60 mins)

Come outside to experience our Latest addition of the Sera Festino Room for a Couples SPA Day. In the privacy of the Couples room you can both lie back and enjoy two – 60 minute Swedish massages followed by relaxing SPA Lunch and Wine by the Pool side.

-Instead of the 2 – 60 min Swedish Massage to swap with :
2 Stone Therapy Sessions (90 mins each) Or 2 Deep Tissue or Therapeutic Massages (90 mins each)
-Add $60/- Total – $320/- For the 90 min Treatment

2 Swedish Massages 60 mins each
2 Spa Lunches, including
Wine/Chardonnay and Chocolates

Couples Romance SPA Package II : Romance SPA Package I + Room (1 night) $425/-

Come experience our Latest addition of the Sera Festino Room being used exclusively for a Couples SPA Day. In privacy you can both lie back and enjoy two – 60 minute Swedish massages followed by relaxing SPA Lunch and Wine by the Poolside. Top it off by spending the night away from all your worries for 1 night at the Inn & let us book you a Romantic Dinner at any of the Fine Restaurants nearby.

-Spend the night with complimentary Wine & Cheese (4-6:00pm) & a Hot hearty Breakfast the next day with a Box of Chocolates sent to the Room
-(Excludes Honeymoon Suites)

2 Swedish Massages 60 mins each
2 Spa Lunches, including
Wine/Chardonnay and Chocolates

Couples Romance Spa Package III (For 2) $465/- (Allow 2 Hours for both of you)

Come experience our Latest addition of the Sera Festino Room being used exclusively for a Couples SPA Day in the privacy of your Room. Lie back and enjoy two – 90 minute Stone massages followed by an Express Facial (30 mins) and Eye Treatments & finish off with your SPA Lunch and Wine by the Poolside

Note : This Package does not include stay in any of the Overnight Guest Rooms
2 Stone Therapy Massages (90 mins each)
2 Express Facials (30 mins)
2 Eye Treatments
Spa Lunch, including
Bottle of Champagne and Chocolates

All Packages include use of outside pool with swim underwaterfall and outside spas (weather permitting), use of the common area of our luxurious spa robes and sandals.  Contact the Purple Orchid Resort & Spa

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Beautiful new winery McGrail Vineyards

Beautiful new winery McGrail Vineyards

To celebrate my birthday this past December, my friends and I spent the day wine tasting in Livermore Valley wine country .  Sure, it was POURING rain that day, but we trekked through it in my trusty Subaru Outback!  A little mud never hurt and the cold weather and rain didn’t seem to deter fellow wine lovers either! It was actually packed in some of the smaller tasting rooms like Page Mill Winery.

Our itinerary included lunch and 4 winery stops, lots of laughter and some fantastic wine that purchased for last minute Christmas presents!

Lunch: Firehouse Bistro & Books, Livermore

This restaurant located in Downtown Livemore blew me away! The original firehouse building that served Livermore from 1906 to 1976 and was completely renovated as a restaurant in 2007.  The concept, part book store, part restaurant is unique. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, lots of wood paneling, and cozy banquets.  I had the Buffalo Bill’s Spicy Chicken sandwich with Grilled chicken breast with tangy hot sauce, blue cheese vinaigrette, zesty slaw, sliced tomatoes & smoked bacon. Sooo delicious!  My friends had the Croque Monsieur and the The WMD (chicken salad wrap).  We all shared an amazing goat cheese appetizer, served in olive  oil with olives and toasted bread. YUM!!   A great start to the day.

Winery Stop 1: Page Mill Winery, 1960 S. Livermore Ave. in Livermore.

Dane Stark, the winemaker at Page Mill Winery, is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. True, he gets to spend his saturdays in a tasting room interacting with happy wine lovers, but he’s part of the reason the folks are so happy!  A huge part of the experience is the tasting room atmosphere, dark blood red walls and drapes  and a crystal chandlier are right out of a french bordello but in a good good way!  Sure it’s small and it was crowded that day, but totally worth it!  We tasted off the reds flight, and ended up purchasing the 2006 Petite Sirah, Estate Vineyard Livermore Valley. SILVER MEDAL 2009 SF Chronicle Wine Competition $38.

The winerey is open from noon until 4:30pm every Saturday and Sunday

Winery Stop 2: Charles R Vineyards, 8195 Crane Ridge Road, Livermore

Ok, maybe I am a particularly partial to this winery because I LOVE their 2007 Chardonnay. I had to bring my friends here, if not for the atmosphere and “off the grid” feel to the winery.  Sure, it’s down a dirt road at the end of Greenville, but heck, this is the only off-roading my outback gets!  Lovely tasting room, delicious wines and family friendly atmosphere (we saw little kids playing with toys provided by the winery in the corner), it is a definite DO!  If you love chardonnay, definitely head out there and purchase the 2007 Chardonnay!   This chardonnay was barrel fermented, 100% malolactic fermentation, and given prolonged lees contact and stirring (batonnage) to generate a more fruitful flavor. If you don’t hurry…I may have to go buy up the rest! It’s so good!  Open Friday-Sunday 12 – 4:30 pm

Winery Stop 3: McGrail Vineyards, 5600 Greenville Rd, Livermore

A new winery? Sort of.  The folks at McGrail have been providing Cabernet grapes to local wineries for over 4 years.  Then they figured, why let everyone else have all the fun? The tasting room opened this past summer and already it is becoming a great new stop in Livermore Valley.  They focus on Cabernet only, but they do it so so well!  Also, their tasting room is gorgeous.  Don’t be intimitated by the family dog, Bear.  He’s probably the biggest German Shepard I have ever seen, but he is all warm & fuzzy!   Check them out…they are open 12-4:30pm Fri-Sun.

Winery Stop 4: Crooked Vine & Stoney Ridge, 4948 Tesla Rd, Livermore

Ah, the final stop.  Sure, we were tired and my friend Andi was a little tipsy…so thankfully we noshed on the pretzels and mustard sample at the tasting room.  We tried the Crooked Vine flight, and were pretty impressed with the selection…although it was a LONG flight.  Standouts were the Petit Sirah, so I bought a few bottles for x-mas gifts.  My friend bought the sparkling wine, which apparently she loves and gave as christmas gifts.  A good solid winery stop and in the summer the outdoor patio is probably a great way to spend the afternoon! Hours are Sat-Sunday noon – 4:30 pm.

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