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Even if it isn’t listed officially, who doesn’t include wine when describing a romantic moment.  Wine by the fireplace.  Gazing into one another’s eyes over a romantic dinner with wine.  Jaunts to wine regions, overlooking beautiful vineyard scapes, lakes, mountains, or cozying up in front of the fireplace….pretty much any winery will provide an ambience to set the mood.  So, I hope that you will not let this incessant snowy weather kill the mood for a romantic Valentine’s getaway.   Most Virginia wineries are open and parking lots shoveled.   They have lots of wine, chocolate, some are even presenting Valentine Dinners.  

So for those of you who are dragged, kick and screaming into this greeting-card-company driven holiday, you might as well spend it drinking good wine!  Here are a few suggestions, and you can find out more at http://www.VirginiaWines.org.

I would start on Friday with Music in the Courtyard at Potomac Point Winery in Stafford.

Over the weekend, check these out….chocolate, which is an official aphrodisiac is always a nice pair with a bold red.  My preference is a Tawny Port, and many wineries do produce a Port, so go for that if it’s available.

Chateau O’Brien Wine & Chocolate Pairing, Markham

Sugarleaf Vineyards Wine & Chocolate Pairing, North Garden

Philip Carter Winery Chocolate & Roses, Hume

And let’s not forget music…..Shake the Winter Blues at Sunset Hills Vineyard

If you want to live to celebrate many more Valentine Days, consider attending The Heart Healthy Wine Dinner at Doukenie Winery in Purcellville!

Live…Love….and be Happy!

What though youth gave love and roses age still leaves us friends and wine.
Thomas Moore


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