Valentine’s Day Getaways – Sneak Away to a Romantic Destination

We are all looking for that romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s to escape for the weekend with your honey from the ice and snow of winter, to cozy up together in a rustic cabin or just even to get away for the night to take a well-needed break, we all would love to sneak away to a romantic destination. Enjoy my list of some of the most romantic destinations in the country, along with some incredible Valentine’s Day bubbles to pair with your stay!

 

The Biltmore Estate – Asheville, NC

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The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC is one of the most romantic destinations in the country on any given day but during the month of February, the Biltmore turns the romance up a notch. With their Valentine’s Day Package, you and your sweetie can enjoy the ultimate romantic getaway. Enjoy a 3 course meal in the The Dining Room, the Estate’s most exclusive dining experience or even take dinner in the privacy of your own room! Roses, chocolates, and wine complete the romantic experience in the historic home of the iconic Vanderbilt Family. Call 866-336-1245 or book online here. 

Moet & Chandon 2008 Grand Vintage Rosé, $69

With an actual vintage year, the Moet & Chandon 2008 Grand Vintage Rosé is a unique bottle of champagne and an example of the best of that year’s harvest. This “pink” champagne is actually more gold in color and has a powerful aroma of tropical fruits and nectarines. Finish up with a refreshing taste of grapefruit and ginger and this pink champagne is going to have you and your significant other sipping pretty, in pink.

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Baron’s Cove – Sag Harbor, NY

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Named one of the romantic towns in the US, don’t let winter in Sag Harbor, NY fool you. Once a thriving port, it is now known for its waterfront resort qualities, meandering tree-lined streets, 18th and 19th century architecture and casually sophisticated way of life. On foot, stroll up and down Main Street to discover singular boutiques, galleries, and local museums, or dine at the most widely-acclaimed restaurants in the Hamptons. By boat, explore the stunning local waterways, coves, and marinas. Or drive just minutes to a surprisingly deep array of wineries.

Baron’s Cove provides a romantic escape harborside with their To Sag Harbor with Love package that includes a romantic dinner, champagne, chocolate and deluxe accommodations in this award winning waterside resort. Cozy up fireside and enjoy all that this quaint harbor town has to offer!

Ruinart Rosé $78

This gorgeous champagne is intensely fruity and aromatic, due to it’s blending of french Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. A little spice paired with floral notes make this worth the splurge.

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Middlebury Inn – Middlebury, VT

For those that are looking for some snuggle time and maybe some together time on the slopes as well, Middlebury, VT is the place to go. Middlebury is also home to several breweries and wineries so watch the snow fall over a glass of wine or IPA. The Middlebury Inn celebrates love and snuggling with their Romance in New England package that includes champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, an intimate breakfast for two and a candlelit dinner. Cozy up in the cold weather and enjoy New England at it’s snow-covered finest.

Chandon, Rosé $24

A deal at $24 a bottle, this elegant sparkling rosé is a delightful pink color with berry, cherry and watermelon flavors. This sparkling wine is also excellent in cocktails, like the Rose Rosa Rosé!

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St. Regis, Mexico City

If you’re looking to heat things up a little, head down south to the St. Regis, Mexico City. Set in an urban oasis located in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, the hotel has several romance themed packages to share with your loved one.

For a quick getaway, the hotel’s “Celebrate Love” package includes a one night stay, a 60-minute couple’s massage, a romantic dinner for two with Möet Chandon Rosé, and in-room breakfast with a mimosa. They also offer incredible romantic dining packages, like the La Vie en Rose, which includes a 4 course menu paired with what else, rosé!

 

Charles Heidsieck, Champagne Rosé Reserve $89

Charles Heidseick’s Rosé Reserve is a classic example of pink champagne. A dusty pink color with a delicate sparkle, this gorgeous wine smells of fresh strawberries and gingerbread. This wine is powerful and stylish, as anything French must be.

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The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

It’s all about romance in Wine Country – And the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa has hearts all a flutter: Inspired overnight packages, rejuvenating spa treatments and amorous dining adventures are sure to send any relationship into over-drive. The romantic Inn celebrates with a sweetheart of a deal; the unmatched Wine, Roses and Romance package.  Bon vivants will bubble over unparalleled romance-inspired accommodations, sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries amenity, rose petal turndown, complimentary sparkling wine tasting passes for two at Gloria Ferrer Winery and breakfast either at the resort or in the privacy of your room or suite. Take advantage of the Willow Stream Spa and their Valentine’s Day themed offers, such as a Chocolate Facial or a Chocolate Chardonnay Pedicure!

 

Alfred Gratien, Champagne, Brut Rosé $50

Alfred Gratien Brut Rosé is the definition of erotic. With floral notes that invoke rose petals strewn across a bed, it sparkles energetically, making it perfect to sip and savor in front of a roaring fire. Watch those bubbles sparkle in the firelight as you enjoy it’s slightly smoky finish. This is perfect to enjoy on Valentine’s Day, savoring the wine and the one you love.

#OjaiLove

Last and certainly not least, show a different kind of love this Valentine’s Day. During the California Wildfires the town of Ojai was saved by heroic firefighters from the devastation. As they welcome visitors back to their beautiful valley, the hotels of Ojai have banded together to raise money for those who have been impacted by the Thomas Fire. By booking the Ojai Love package at any of the participating hotels, you’ll receive 10% OFF the best available rate & exclusive discounted access to some of Ojai’s best restaurants, shops & activities! Plus a $10 donation per night will be made in your name to help those who have been affected.

 

Either west coast or east coast, warm weather or snow, wherever you choose to celebrate this Valentine’s Day, make sure to do it with a delicious glass of bubbles and someone you love.

Join Me for a Twitter Tasting with Wines of Sicily!

Save the Date!

I have partnered with Wines of Sicily and this Thursday, November 3rd, join me as we taste our way through many of the wines under the Sicilia DOC designation. We’ll be tasting and tweeting, talking about the grape varieties, the food, the region and most of all, just how incredible Sicily IS! In order to truly enjoy this tweet-tasting experience, join along by checking out our cheat sheet below and purchasing your own Sicilia DOC wine. Chime in and let us know what you think but following @winesofsicily and using the hashtag #winesofsicily 

Cheat Sheet and Shopping List

 

THE PLACE

Not only is the island ruggedly beautiful with diverse wine growing regions, Sicily’s history has been influenced by cultures from the Greeks to the Normans.

The Story of Sicily

Sicily’s Wine-growing Mosaic

 

 

THE GRAPES

From crisp, fruit-driven whites such as Grillo to chillable reds like Frappato and intensely elegant Nero d’Avola, wines made with indigenous varieties will please all palates.

Meet the Grapes

Wines of Sicily - Grapes

THE FOOD

The diversity of local dishes from caponata to cannelloni makes eating Sicilian style a treat, but these vibrant and refreshing wines go with a range of everyday dishes.

Recipe Pairings 

 

THE WINERIES:

Here are some of the top producers to put on your shopping list when buying wines from Sicily. A quick trick to find quality wines is to look for the words Sicilia DOC. 

 

Stemmari

Wines of Sicily - Stemmari

Tasca d’Almerita

Feudo Montoni

Wines of Sicily - Feudo Montoni

Donnafugata

Valle dell’Acate

Wines of Sicily - Il Frappato - Valle Della'acte

Masseria del Feudo

Baglio del Cristo di Campobello

Principi di Butera

Maggio Vini

Cottanera

Vini Gulfi

Villa Pozzi

Planeta

Mondrarossa

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Heritage Radio | All In the Industry

I recently had a chance to speak with Shari Bayer of All In the Industry, a podcast dedicated to the behind-the-scenes of the hospitality industry. We chatted about the 10th Season of Check, Please! Bay Area, why I travel around the world to taste and experience wine, the Boston Wine Expo and all of the amazing events that I’m planning throughout the course of the year!

Check it out and I hope to see you at the Boston Wine Expo this weekend.

Cheers!

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Come See Me at the Boston Wine Expo~

AND THE WINNER IS…

 

NANCY T

 

Congrats!!

This is one of my favorite annual events and this year I’m the keynote speaker. There are so many delicious wines to sample and seminars to take your passion for wine to the next level. Hope to see you there.
Cheers, Leslie

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Boston Wine Expo

February 14, 2015
11:30-12:30pm

Sipping Smarts : Wine Basics

Join Leslie Sbrocco — author, consultant, Emmy-award winning PBS television host and wine expert on the Today Show, for a fast-paced, interactive session that will both educate and entertain. Learn to taste like a pro, pair like a sommelier, and become a savvy shopper with Leslie’s Top Tips and Insider Tricks. The session will kick off with sparkling wine, then move through six world-class whites and reds. Learn these new skills and put them to the test immediately. You will be prepared to shine, the next time you serve wine!

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3:30-4:30pm

Wine Words : Learn the Language of Wine

What does it mean when wine is called full-bodied, vibrant, oaky, or tannic? What elements in wine inspire these words and the other terms commonly used to describe wine? Take a virtual trip around the world of wine with me. From the terminology of basic wine growing and winemaking techniques to an explanation of what the French call terroir (the unique influences of the place of origin on the wine in your glass), I will cover all the important descriptors while you sample wines chosen specifically to help you to put those words to use in describing the wine you are tasting.
Not only will you approach a wine list with more confidence but your ability to convey your taste preferences to sommeliers and wine sellers will result in the selection of a more enjoyable bottle every time!

Boston Wine Expo 2015 #BWE15February 15, 2015

11:30-12:30pm

Sipping Smarts : Wine Basics

Join me for a fast-paced, interactive session that will both educate and entertain. Learn to taste like a pro, pair like a sommelier, and become a savvy shopper with Leslie’s Top Tips and Insider Tricks. The session will kick off with sparkling wine, then move through six world-class whites and reds. Learn these new skills and put them to the test immediately. You will be prepared to shine, the next time you serve wine!

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A Treasure Trove of Wine on San Francisco’s Treasure Island

Treasure Island Leslie Lizzie Bermudez Recently, I had a chance to spend the day with my colleague and friend, Lizzie Bermudez, host of the new show Bay Area Life on ABC in San Francisco. She and I had a raucous, rapid-fire visit to five tasting rooms to sample delicious vino (with a little bocce ball thrown in). We kicked off at The Winery SF sampling with winemaker, Bryan Kane.

Treasure Island Sol Rouge BottlesThere are a handful of other urban wineries to visit if you’re in the San Francisco area, but make sure to sample the myriad of vinous treasures on the island.

Treasure Island Wineries:

Winery SF
200 California Ave, Bldg 180 North San Francisco, CA 94130
415-735-8423
www.winery-sf.com

Hours:
Friday – Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday – Thursday
Private tours available by appointment

Vie Winery
400 California Avenue, Bldg. 448
San Francisco, CA 94130
(415) 756-1791
www.facebook.com/VieWinerySF
www.twitter.com/viewinery

Hours:
Sat-Sun: Noon- 5:00p
Mon-Fri: By appointment only

Bocce Ball Courts
Open Saturdays and Sundays 12PM-5PM
Available for Private Events Mon-Fri

Sol Rouge Winery
400 California Ave, Bldg. 141
San Francisco, CA 94130
415-756-2254
www.facebook.com/solrougewinery
www.twitter.com/solrouge

Hours:
Saturday and Sunday 12PM-5PM

Sottomarino Winery
400 California Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94130
(415) 967-4200
www.sottomarinowinery.com

Hours:
Saturday and Sunday 12Pm-5PM
Available for Private Events 7 days a week

Fat Grape Winery
1080 Avenue M
San Francisco, CA 94130
(415) 613-8925
www.fatgrapewinery.com

Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm