Still wondering what to do for Valentine’s Day? If you are going to be in the Carmel, CA area there is no better place to wine and dine your sweetheart than this quaint and lovely town. There are events going on the weekend prior to Valentine’s Day as well as special dinners on the day itself. Here are a few suggestions.
On Saturday, February 11th, there is a Valentine’s Day Passport Event. This event allows you entry into 14 of the best Monterey County Wineries that are located along the River Road Wine Trail. (click here for wine trail map) At each winery you will sample special vintages and rarely-tasted wines along with food pairings and live music.
Wineries participating are Boekenoogen serving Pinot Noir with BBQ Pork Tenderloin, Hahn Winery, Manzoni Estate, McIntyre and Paraiso Vineyards, Pessagno Winery serving Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay with Babaloo Cuban Food Truck, Puma Road, Scheid Vineyards serving Syrah with Lamb Meatball Skewers, Sycamore Cellars, Talbot and Ventana Vineyards serving Rubystone with Cowboy Sausage made with Ventana Grenache. Cost per participant is $30.
If you don’t want to drive yourself try taking the “Love Trolley”. On Saturday and Sunday, February 11th /12th, the wine trolley is featuring a special wine tour for two which will visit 5 different wineries. The cost is $225 per couple and includes one bottle of red or white wine, 2 souvenir glasses and a cheese/meat platter.
If you would rather indulge in an afternoon of good food and wine, all in one spot, you can opt for Bernardus’ Valentine’s Sweets & Scents being held on Saturday February 11th from 11AM-2PM. Upon arrival you will be welcomed with a champagne cocktail, create a box of handmade chocolate truffles under the tutelage of their Pastry Chef and then enjoy a grand wine country buffet with a taste of their newly released wines. Cost is $95 per person, tax and gratuity included. Or maybe you would rather try the Aphrodisiac Tasting Menu at Aubergine held on February 11th & 12th serving sumptuous, aphrodisiacal dishes and decadent desserts. Cost is $125 per person + $110 wine pairing.
On the special day itself make reservations for one of these over-the-top options.
Aubergine’s Valentine’s Day Aphrodisiac Four-Course Menu pairing wines with delicious dishes and indulgent desserts. Cost is $99 per person + $85 wine pairing.
Or for something really different, surprise her with a bonfire on the beach, roses and champagne all set up and ready to go by Romantic Room Designs.
And last but not least, my favorite, a 4-course prix-fixe Valentine’s Day dinner at Pacific’s Edge Restaurant overlooking the ocean.
Choose from a multitude of delicious offerings such as Oyster Trio or Hearts of Palm Carpacccio for a first course, Crispy Sweetbreads or Foie Gras Trio for your second course, Colorado Lamb Rib-Eye, Veal Costelleta Chop or John Dory Dungeness Crab for an entrée and finish up with decadent dessert choices such as Warm Chocolate Torte (there has got to be chocolate for Valentine’s Day), Red Velvet Cake with white chocolate mousse or maybe a Meyer Lemon Parfait. Cost is $125 per person plus tax and gratuity or $175 with wine pairings. Reservations are a must.