Romantic Wine Getaways in Washington State and Northern California

chateauIt may be too late to plan a romantic wine-themed getaway for this Sunday, but you could still go online or make a few phone calls to make arrangements for later in the year — sort of like a Valentine’s Day I.O.U.

In yesterday’s blog, we offered a few ideas for Western New York and Southwest Michigan. Today, for a few more possibilities, we head west…

WASHINGTON STATE

Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t rain all the time in Washington. In fact, during the summer, the state’s largest winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle, plays host to an acclaimed outdoor concert series, and concert goers are encouraged to enjoy a picnic (complete with wine) on the vast lawn overlooking the stage.

The concerts were introduced in 1984, and the full 2016 schedule will be unveiled this spring. Already announced: Josh Groban on August 23 — and it’s already sold out.

Now, you don’t need to wait until the summer to hear great music at CSM. The winery is hosting a series of intimate “Winter Sessions” concerts in its (indoor) barrel room, offering a fun and romantic respite from the cool (and wet) winter and springtime weather.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Few wineries anywhere provide the opportunity to enjoy a full day of romantic activities. But Korbel Champagne Cellars, located in the Sonoma County community of Guerneville, is one — especially during the spring and summer months, when the magnificent garden is in full bloom.

Couples can begin their visit with a tour of the Champagne Caves, a 50-minute excursion through the estate’s historic cellars and history museum. The tour concludes with a tasting of some of Korbel’s finest products.

After the tour, pick up some provisions at Korbel’s Delicatessen & Market, which offers box lunches, snack boxes, fresh-tossed salads, soups, decadent desserts, wine by the glass and espresso drinks. There are plenty of spots on the grounds to sit down and enjoy your wine country mini-feast.

Finally, from mid-April into October, you can walk off (some of) those calories by exploring Korbel’s showcase garden, featuring an impressive collection of roses — more than 250 varieties in hedge-lined beds — along with a wide range of perennials, shrubs, redwood, linden, dogwood and flowering plum trees, plus plants native to the redwood forest.

• Wine makes a romantic gift not just for Valentine’s Day, but any time of the year. Check out Vinesse’s wide array of curated offerings today.

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