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Babysitter? Check. Candles? Check. Flowers? Check. That outfit (you know the one)? Check. Valentine’s Day approaches, and with it a chance to make this celebration of true love an evening to remember. Whether you’ve been together for years or newly in love, here are some of our top picks for date night at some local wineries.


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Wine & Chocolate Tasting at Auburn Road Vineyard & Winery

Bring your sweetheart to the winery for a special wine and chocolate tasting featuring a selection of Auburn Road’s finest wines. The vino will be paired with locally made treats by Sweet Mary’s Chocolates of Woodtown, NJ.

When: February 11-12, 12-5 pm
Where: Auburn Road Vineyards & Enoteca, 117 Sharptown-Auburn Road, Pilesgrove
Price: Free admission to the vineyard, $10 for the wine and chocolate pairing.
More info: Call 856-769-WINE (9463) or visit www.auburnroadvineyards.com


Wine Lovers’ Dinner Dance at Tomasello Winery

It all starts with a choice of two gourmet, four-course menus. Add a curated selection of Tomasello Wines, beer, cocktails, and live entertainment by Diamond DJs of Berlin, NJ, and you’ve got a date night that’s both romantic and fun. Reservations are required.

When: February 117-11pm
Where: Tomasello Winery & Banquet Hall, 225 White Horse Pike, Hammonton
Price: $80/couple, including tax and gratuity, plus a cash bar for cocktails and beer
More info: Visit www.tomasellowinery.com or call (800) MMM-WINE (666-9463)


Valentine’s Day Dinner at Auburn Road Vineyard & Winery

Treat your favorite valentine – or even the whole family – to an evening of great food, fine wine and music by local musicians, The Wood’s Edge Trio. On the menu: locally made artisanal pasta with a delicate porcini mushroom cream sauce. Reservations are required and space is limited, so book your table soon.

When: February 14, seatings at 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Where: Auburn Road Vineyards & Enoteca, 117 Sharptown-Auburn Road, Pilesgrove
Price: $34.99/adult and $21.99/child
For more info: Call 856-769-WINE (9463) for reservations or email reservations@auburnroadvineyards.com

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Valentine’s Dinner at Laurita Winery

Treat your sweetie to a deluxe four-course dinner featuring lobster, beef tenderloin, luscious chocolate dessert, and more, designed by the culinary experts at Branches Catering in West Long Branch. Bring your big pants! Here’s a peek at the rest of the mouthwatering menu.

When: February 117:00-10:00pm
Where: The Laurita Room at Laurita Winery, 85 Archertown Road, New Egypt
Price: $65/person plus tax and gratuity
More info: For reservations, call 732-542-5050 or visit www.lauritawinery.com


Valentine’s Hawk Haven Wine Dinner

Hungry? Book a reservation for this mouth-watering five-course dinner designed by Chef Steve Cozzi, with each course paired with wine from Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery. Here’s a sneak peek at the menu.

When: February 11, 7 pm
Where:
Icona Golden Inn, 7849 Dune Drive, Avalon
Price: $99/person for dinner or turn dinner into a getaway by taking advantage of their special Valentine’s Day deal. Guests who book a table can also book an overnight stay at Icona Golden Inn for rates beginning at $119/night
More info: Call 609-368-5155 or visit: www.iconagoldeninn.com


Valentine’s Day Wine & Chocolate Tasting at Old York Cellars

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Cozy up with your sweetheart or your bestie at this guided wine and chocolate tasting for two. Located in the heart of the winery, this tasting includes eight wines, each paired with locally made, handcrafted chocolates, a bubbly toast, and a souvenir wine glass.

When: February 11 & 12; Seatings at 12 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:30 pm. Each seating is limited to limited to 8 couples.
Where: Old York Cellars, 80 Old York Road, Ringoes
Price: $50/per couple ($45/per couple for members of the Vintner’s Club)
More info: Call 908-284-9463 or visit www.oldyorkcellars.com