February may be the month that fetes a groundhog and past Presidents, but we like to think of it as a month-long celebration of love. We’ve compiled our favorite ways to enjoy Valentine’s Day.  If you’ve not yet got plans… then definitely read on!

Chocolate and wine pairing at Annabelle's | El Dorado County

Wine + Chocolate (0r Wine + Beer + Food)

Like all good duos (think Jerry Lewis & Dean Martin, Steve Young & Jerry Rice, Sonny & Cher) wine and chocolate make magic when they come together. Enjoy this delicious pairing on February 8 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Details and ticket information>> 

Want to really impress your Valentine? Why not take them on a private winery tour or private tasting? Several wineries offer private tours and many more offer private tastings. See more >> 

On February 14 and 15, Fenton-Herriott is hosting a wine pairing dinner in its wine cellar that boasts FIVE delicious courses. Limited seats are available, so advance reservation is required. Details >> 

If your language of love is French, be sure to check out the French cuisine pairings by Allez! at Holly’s Hill on February 15-16. It will include paté, sausages, tapenade, cheeses, and French-inspired desserts all paired with Holly’s Hill wines. Think picnic a la Francaise! Details>>

Does your Valentine love wine and winter? Ensure your VIP Valentine status by getting tickets to the Winter Wine Adventure on February 22 at the Carson Road Wineries. Eleven wineries (and a brewery!) will be pairing some delicious bites with their wines, and of course, there will be the Scavenger Hunt Adventure to entertain you as you sip and enjoy the beautiful El Dorado County winter. Tickets and info >> 

Brunch at Argonaut Cafe | El Dorado County

Brunch It!

If you’re one that believes that brunch is the most important meal of the day, you’re in luck. There are plenty of choices for you and your Valentine. Sierra Vista Winery is hosting a Mimosa brunch on February 8 – it’s a great way to experience the winery! 

Try Something New

Looking to break out of the mold of classic Valentine’s Day celebrations? Why not go on a hike, take your sweetie on a Valentine’s Day carriage ridehit the slopes together, or even learn how to taste and blend wines. Better yet, tour a real gold mine!

And if you’re really ambitious, then, by all means, try them all! (And let us know your favorite!)

Man proposing to woman at top of Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort, El Dorado County, California

BONUS: Elope on the Slopes!

Ready to really commit to your Valentine? On February 14, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is hosting the first-ever Great Sierra Elopement! On this special day, 14 couples will have the opportunity to say, “I Do,” at 8,852’ atop of 360 Smokehouse BBQ (conditions permitting), featuring panoramic views of Lake Tahoe, Pyramid Peak, Huckleberry Canyon + the Lovers Leap area. Sierra’s own in-house officiants will be directing the nuptials, while also providing each couple with a photo to commemorate the moment as well as a complimentary beverage before taking their first lap as a wedded pair. See more>> 

Check out more events and things to do in El Dorado County.