This article is sponsored by the Garden State Wine Growers Association.
Wine and romance are like two peas in a pod — they just go together. Luckily for New Jersey wine lovers, the Garden State is full of vineyards offering selections from Cabernets to Chardonnays, and everything in between. If you’re a connoisseur, check out this list of Valentine’s Day activities for wine lovers.
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Garden State Wine Growers Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend
Event Dates: Saturday, Feb. 9 – Sunday, Feb. 10
Where: All across NJ. Click here to see wineries near you.
Details: Valentine’s Day is all about perfect pairings. But there’s only one match that goes better than you and your significant other: Wine and chocolate. With that in mind, Garden State Wine Growers is hosting a Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend; complete with tastings, new releases, live music and, of course, wine and chocolate pairings. Check online for weekend specials and offerings.
More info: Click here or call 609-588-0085
Brook Hollow Winery
Where: 594 State Route 94, Columbia
When: February 14 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm
Price: $100 per couple (plus tax)
Details: Indulge in a six course wine and food pairing dinner with your partner this Valentine’s Day. Live music, a romantic ambience and a delicious menu are the perfect treat for any couple.
More info: www.brookhollowwinery.com or call 908-496-8200
Four Sisters Winery
Where: 785 County Road 519, Belvidere
When: February 10 from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Price: $50 per person plus tax and service fee
Details: Try your best to unravel the mystery of a scandalous murder at Four Sisters Winery. Find clues while enjoying a formal wine tasting and a delectable dinner, plus a tour of the wine cellar. Included in the price is a complimentary glass of wine and a rose for your partner.
More info: www.foursisterswinery.com or call 908-475-3671
Where: 269 Riegelsville Warren Glen Road, Village of Finesville, Milford
When: February 9-10 & 16-17 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: $20 per person
Details: Treat your Valentine to a special wine and chocolate tasting! Sample eight award-winning Alba wines while also enjoying dessert pairings and an etched Alba wine glass to take home.
More info: www.albavineyard.com or call 908-995-7800
Old York Cellars
Where: 80 Old York Road, Ringoes
When: February 9-10 & 16-17 at noon, 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm
Price: $50 per couple
Details: A table for two and a guided wine tasting paired with scrumptious treats (both sweet and savory) awaits you! Reserve a spot at one of the three daily seatings on the two weekends surrounding Valentine’s Day.
More info: www.oldyorkcellars.com or call 908-284-9463
Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery
Where: 600 S. Railroad Avenue, Rio Grande
When: February 9-10 & 16-17 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Price: $14 per person
Details: Since Valentine’s Day is on a Thursday this year, Hawk Haven is hosting its Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekends both the weekend before and after February 14, complete with live music, a rose for the first 50 ladies each day of the wine trail and a flower truck available on both Saturdays. For the price of the tasting, you will receive samples of eight wines and four chocolates, plus you can purchase a souvenir glass for just $2 more.
More info: www.hawkhavenvineyard.com or call 609-846-7347
Where: 85 Archertown Road, New Egypt
When: February 9 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Details: Say “I do!” all over again with a free vow renewal at Laurita Winery, performed during a non-denominational service by Wedding Officiant Dave Turner. Pre-registration is required by February 8. After your vows, stick around for a wine tasting and live music by The Half Brothers.
More info: www.lauritawinery.com or call 609-752-0200
Monroeville Vineyard & Winery
Where: 314 Richwood Road, Monroeville
When: February 9 & 10
Price: $10 per person
Details: Stop by for a series of five wines paired with your choice of either chocolate or cheese, as part of the Garden State Wine Growers Association Wine & Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend. Admission includes tasting and a souvenir glass.
More info: www.monroevillewinery.com or call 856-521-0523
Valenzano Family Winery
Where: 1090 Route 206, Shamong
When: February 14 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Price: $75 per person
Details: An elegant menu offering at Valenzano is just the ticket for you and your sweetheart. Shamong’s own Nate Butler, as seen on NBC’s The Voice, will treat diners to an evening of soul stylings and love music, while you enjoy options like pistachio-crusted scallops, osso bucco and more. This event sells out quickly, so reserve your spot now!
More info: www.valenzanowine.com or call 609-268-6731