Valentine’s Day celebrations in Oregon’s Washington County in 2013 have a theme: wine. Starting February 9 and continuing through February 17, wine-centered events are plentiful–ripe for marking the holiday multiple times with highlights such as tasting a limited production 2010 Pinot Noir paired with local artisan goat cheese.
Bottle Up Your Love (February 9): Back by popular demand, Montinore Estate is celebrating the holiday with its annual Pinot blending event. Create a “love potion” with your own blend of the three best vineyard blocks at the estate. Once you’ve perfected your blend, your potion will be bottled with a customized label. ($50 per person, includes two wine flights)
Sinful Sip: Four Guilty Pleasures from SakeOne with Papa Hadyn (February 9-10): SakéOne will turn its Kura into a wonderland for friends and lovers alike. Join in an early Valentine’s Day celebration at the brewery in Forest Grove, and enjoy America’s premium saké paired with desserts from one of Portland’s culinary restaurant landmarks, Papa Hadyn. ($10 per person)
Wines of Love (February 10): Join Artistic Director Scott Palmer and many favorite Bag&Baggage actors for an intimate evening of wine, food and holiday-themed performances. The evening includes wines selected for their romantic nature, light appetizers, and two hours of live entertainment. Seating is limited; ages 21 and over. ($18 per ticket)
Valentine’s Special Date Night (February 14): Plum Hill Vineyards hosts a valentine-themed date night event with an optional dinner. (Wine tasting and snacks are complimentary; optional dinner, $25 per person, reservations required)
Valentine’s Wine Loop (February 16-17): Spend Valentine’s weekend in the Chehalem Mountain AVA of the Willamette Valley. Ardiri Winery and Vineyards, Alloro Vineyard, Cooper Mountain Vineyards and Raptor Ridge Winery are all included in the second annual Valentines Wine Loop. Enjoy a romantic weekend of fine wines, chocolates, artisan cheese and roaring fires. If you get a special “Valentines passport” stamped at all four locations, you could win the “wine lovers basket.”
Watch for our upcoming blog post detailing other Valentine’s Day events in the area. Also, read more about 10 overnight romance packages at area hotels.