Be a wine Valentine this year with this list of wineries to visit or wines to get for the holiday.
Allegro Wine Bar at 2549 S. Queen St., York is offering a Valentine’s Weekend for couples from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Feb. 13. This includes painting a unique lovebird canvas, complimentary wine tasting, bottle of sparkling wine, cheese, crackers and all your art supplies needed. The cost is $95 per couple and can be purchased on their website at www.allegrowines.com. If you cannot make that, they also have wine and chocolate pairing for two that you can schedule between now and March 31. The cost is $50 and includes 4 reserve wines and chocolate pairing, a bottle of wine to share or take home up to $30, cheese, crackers, and 2 souvenir wine glasses.
Naylor Wine Cellars in Stewartstown is having a Lovers’ Wine Dinner on Feb. 13 and Feb. 14. Cost is $40 per person which includes dinner and one glass of wine. More details are available at www.naylorwine.com
Are you feeling lucky? Pittsburg has a WineFest at Rivers Casino on Feb. 14 called Lucky in Love where you can taste wines from 17 different wineries, for 3 hours and receive a $10 voucher for playing at the Rivers Casino after the tasting. Tasting time vary from 11:00 to 4:30 p.m. and tickets range from $27 to $35 per person and can be purchased at www.localwineevents.com
Annapolis, Maryland makes a great day trip from York and you have to stop by Red Red Wine Bar on 189 Main St. They are pairing cupcakes, wine and art for a great day with your sweetie. Greg Schmigel, an artist from New York City, will be available to sign artwork purchased at the event. More information is available at www.redredwinebar.com.
Stay at home
If you want to stay home and enjoy your special Valentine I am going to suggest a wine from the France, one of the most loved countries in all the world and what lady wouldn’t want to love a Baron?
Baron Thomas Saint Estephe 2002 is normally about $45 and you can obtain it at East Market Street and Shrewsbury for only $29.99. Surprise that love in your live with this elegant dark ruby colored wine. It is well balanced with an earthy smell and had a long finish that you will certainly enjoy. This is a Bordeaux wine from the left bank and it won’t last long with its limited quantities. This would pair well with beef or spicy food and even an evening in front of the fireplace.
When I think of places where love has blossomed in my life, Italy is certainly on the list. Available on East Market St., Hanover, and Shrewsbury is Villa Mora Montefalco Rosso Riserva 2008 for $14.99. This wine received 90 points with Wine Spectator and 89 with Wine Enthusiast. This wine would be great to snuggle with your loved one on Valentine’s Day. This is a silky medium bodied red with a dark color. See if you taste some interesting notes of nutmeg, cherry, mocha and spiced cranberry.
What will I be drinking on Feb. 14 you ask? I have a bottle of 2012 Ehlers Estate 1886 Cabernet Sauvignon that I have been saving for a special occasion. This wine is very well balanced. It is big and round, complex, yet layered. A baguette, this wine and dinner is served.
Happy ValenWine Day to all the lovers out there.