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Valentine’s Day Events in the SF Bay Area

Valentine’s Day is almost here! Still trying to come up with a plan? Here are some ideas for your romantic Valentine’s Day celebration in the Bay Area:


1349815038_8938_sf2SF Chronicle Wine Competition
February 14, 2015 at Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
Taste the finest of wines at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American wines in the world, will once again host the Public Tasting with thousands of patrons from around the nation. Each year, wine lovers experience exciting new award winning wines at what has become an annual tradition for many friends and families to gather and enjoy a delightful day on the Bay with amazing wines and delicious food. Tasting from 5,500 entries last year were poured at last year’s event and this year there will be a new showing of thousands of the country’s finest wines calibrated by the top professional wine judges. This popular event encourages guests to taste, learn and enjoy. Raise a glass and cheer to an exciting new wine experience. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Public Tasting is on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 1:30 – 5pm.

image0022Romance & Wine Weekend at Wente Vineyards Feb 13, 14, 15
Love is in the air at Wente Vineyards! A weekend of special events that will make your heart flutter and your taste buds sing.
Romance, Wine & Chocolate in The Event Center
February 14th, 12PM & 3:30PM
Enjoy 5 wines & dessert pairings prepared by Wente Vineyards. Learn how chocolate and wine can pair to create a romantic experience.
The Vineyard Tasting Room, 5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore

 Valentine’s Day Weekend Brunch in The Barrel Room
February 15th, 11AM & 1:30PM
A great way to end the Valentine’s Day Weekend! A casual brunch in The Barrel Room at Wente Vineyards.
The Estate Winery & Tasting Room, 5565 Tesla Road, Livermore

Wente Chef Prixe Fixe Menu
Enjoy a special menu prepared by their chefs:
Dinner Prixe Fixe Menu: February 13th, 14th & 15th
Brunch Prixe Fixe Menu: February 15th
The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards, 5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore


Castello di Amorosa RHGRoyal Hearts Valentine Gala
February 14, 7:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. at Castello di Amorosa in Napa Valley
Italy meets France for an evening of opulence, elegance, opera and romance. Treat your sweetheart to a celebration of love, Castello style!
• Arrive to a red carpet greeting with sparkling wine
• Enjoy fresh shucked oysters, sample sumptuous chocolates and hors d’oeuvres during an elegant wine reception
• Indulge in an elegant four course dinner of sumptuous French-inspired cuisine paired with Italian-style wines in the beautifully vaulted Grand Barrel Room
• Take delight in a night of romance and surprises with live opera performances


Make it a romantic night out with luxury car service from Black Tie. You’ll be impressed with our professional chauffeurs, world-class service and elegant vehicles. Leave the romance to us and reserve a luxury Town Car or Limousine for Valentine’s Day Today!

Top Napa Valley Wineries to Visit

We’re going to take you through a few of our favorite wineries along Highway 29, the main road in Napa Valley and home to some of the area’s most famous wineries and restaurants. Each winery has a story that narrates Napa Valley’s rich winemaking history.


Robert Mondavi

Its stunning mission-style architecture, with beautiful archways and bell tower designed by Cliff May, has become an iconic landmark that evokes California’s winemaking history. Stroll through the picturesque landscapes and enjoy spectacular views of the vineyards, mountains and art along the way. The Winery offers a variety of comprehensive tour programs for the novice and advanced enthusiast including wine tasting basics, reserve tastings, wine and food pairings, curated experiences and other specialty tours. Whichever experience you choose, you’re bound to appreciate Robert Mondavi’s unique opportunities for wine education and enjoyment.

Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day






Beaulieu Vineyards

In 1885, when Frenchman Georges de Latour’s wife, Fernande, first laid eyes on the land that would become their original Rutherford vineyard, she named it “beau lieu” or “beautiful place”, and Beaulieu Vineyard was born. It is one of the longest continually operating wineries in Napa Valley with over 100 years of rich history that speaks of a “beautiful place” and extraordinary people who shaped winemaking in America. Beaulieu Vineyard offers over 30 different wines with three different tasting rooms that allow you to choose the experience that is right for you: Main Tasting Room, Reserve Rom or Club Room.

Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.






Beringer Vineyards

Established in 1876, this place has history. Beringer is the oldest continuously operated winery in Napa Valley and the first to offer public tours. Guests can sample an unequaled selection of fine wines and learn about wine making from several seminars and wine tours that run daily. Explore the Old Winery and wine-aging tunnels built by Chinese workers who were employed to hand-chisel rock tunnels that were to be used for the storage and aging of wines. These fantastic tunnels built years ago are still used today. Don’t forget to check out The Rhine House, exhibiting the fine, detailed craftsmanship of the Victorian era with beautiful exterior stonework, stained-glass windows and interior wood paneling.

June – October 20th: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | October 20th – May: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.






Castello di Amorosa

Visit the “Castle of Love”, the only authentic medieval (13th century) Italian Tuscan castle and winery built in America, complete with high walls, five defensive towers and over 30 acres of estate vineyards. This unique winery offers a variety of tour options including Reserve wine tours, food and wine pairing tours and vineyard education tours. Castello di Amorosa makes a variety of award winning wines from its location on the hillside above Calistoga.

Open seven days a week from 9:30am-6:00pm March-October and 9:30am-5:00pm November-February.
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  • Corporate Parties and Shuttles
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  • Recommendation of Wineries
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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Choose Black Tie for Your Next Wine Tour

Andretti WineryIf you have never had the pleasure of enjoying a wine tour, then you should wait no longer. Black Tie is offering a great shuttle service that tours some of the greatest wineries around. However, we know that you may want to shop around for the best company to take you on your first wine tour. But first, to prove that Black Tie is the company that you should be using, here are the top 5 reasons to for choosing them:

  1. The driving is done for you. Let’s face it: driving is not always something that you want to do on your vacation. It is much nicer to be driven around by a company that knows exactly where to go, because quite frankly getting lost really stinks. Also, gas prices are just insane nowadays. With Black Tie’s shuttle service, you don’t have to worry about filling your tank and you get to feel secure riding with a company that knows what they are doing.
  2. Driver’s gratuity is included. We all know that tipping is the proper thing to do, but sometimes it gets confusing just how much you should tip or you dread that increased expense. Black Tie understands this and made sure to include it into your entire price, so you don’t have to worry about it.
  3. No need to pack a lunch. Black Tie is awesome in the way that they stop at the great V. Sattui for a gourmet luncheon. You will be sure to feel as if you hit food heaven. It’s always nice to know that your food is included in your tour, because you don’t have to fret over what to bring on your trip.
  4. The wine tour is great for any occasion. On Black Tie’s shuttle service, you can bring a significant other for a great date, some co-workers for a day out, or even just some friends to spend the day with. Black Tie is sure to accommodate whatever the party may consist of.
  5. Meet new people. Black Tie’s shuttle service is a great way to meet and socialize with some new people. It never hurts to meet some new people. After schooling, it tends to be more difficult to make new friends and this would be a great way to meet some.