Check the calendar. It’s the month of romance. Specifically, it’s the month of Valentine’s Day. And just because February 14 happens to fall on a Sunday this year, you are still obligated to have a romantic evening with your Significant Other.
Technically, that romantic evening doesn’t necessarily have to take place on the 14th, especially if Sunday happens to be your must-see-TV night for “The Good Wife,” “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” or “The Simpsons.” But if you don’t go out for a romantic dinner that evening, at least be prepared to offer a romantic gift.
For a wine lover, that could mean any number of things, including reservations for a wine dinner at a local restaurant, airline tickets for a wine country getaway, or tickets to a wine-tasting event.
How about a trip to Las Vegas and tickets to a wine-tasting event? On February 20 — the Saturday after Valentine’s Day — the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino will play host to the 27th annual Splendor in the Glass Wine & Beer Tasting.
The Westgate is the resort formerly known as the LVH, and also formerly known as the Las Vegas Hilton, and also formerly known as the International Hotel. One of the reasons it has changed hands (and identities) a few times is that it is not located on the bustling Las Vegas Strip — and that also is one of its attractive qualities; you can get to it without enduring a traffic jam. (As we all know, a traffic jam should never be part of a romantic evening.)
The 2016 Splendor in the Glass promises tasting stations featuring more than 60 wineries and breweries, accompanied by delicious finger foods, plus music provided by a jazz ensemble. Aside from the few hundred people with whom you’ll be sharing the Westgate ballroom, it doesn’t get much more romantic than that. (May we also suggest you book a room for the night so as to avoid any worries about over-imbibing?)
For ticket information, go to: http://www.vegaspbs.org/winetasting/
If you can’t make it to Vegas that weekend, another alternative is to simply stay at home, cook a good meal, and share a bottle of Vinesse wine — perhaps a tasty Italian red, like the ones featured in this latest collection on sale for a limited time.
Remember, the most important element of a romantic evening is not where you are, but rather who you’re with.