Uncork a lovely weekend at South Coast Winery Resort and Spa for Valentine’s Day

Wines, gifts, cards and chocolates await lovers coming to the South Coast Winery Resort and Spa on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. Tony Ault photo

Even though it is still winter in the Valley, the warm sun, flowers and singing birds will soon be ushering in Valentine’s Day for young and old lovers seeking romance and fun. South Coast Winery Resort and Spa is ready, as Cupid entices, with fine wines, food, luxury lodging or even a relaxing massage.

The skilled and welcoming staff of South Coast Winery Resort and Spa at 34843 Rancho California Road in Temecula Valley Wine Country is preparing a special Valentine’s Day menu with their Valentine’s dinner, a “romance at vineyards” package and for the romantically inclined, a cupcake and wine tour.

Don’t forget the winery’s “Decadent Romance Spa Package” with a 50-minute massage for two in a private couple’s room, followed by a glass of award-winning South Coast sparkling wine and yummy chocolate truffles.

One of Temecula’s oldest and finest wineries, South Coast Winery Resort and Spa isn’t just focusing on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday Feb. 14, but will offer the “Love at first Sip” Valentine’s Day specials all month long.

If its wine shopping for Valentine’s Day or for any other special occasion, wine connoisseurs can’t go wrong by picking up a bottle or case of the winery’s award-winning reds, whites, desserts or sparkling wines. The wines, produced by South Coast Winery at their Wild Horse Mountain Vineyards, have earned awards and ribbons nationally and internationally. Those awards are proudly displayed on the gift shops large wood-framed wall.

The friendly tasting room staff pours guests’ favorites and will help visitors discover just the wine for them at the roomy tasting bar.

The well-stocked gift shop offer clothes, fine glassware, shoes, exclusive toiletries and hundreds of other ideal gifts for every occasion. Gifts to impress lovers or close friends are available in the brilliant rings, bracelets and other jewelry in the specialized jewelry shop at the resort.

Businesses, nonprofits, speakers, wedding parties, family reunions or other special occasions can reserve the huge banquet room with fine dining and host of other amenities. The romantic wedding venue on the grounds offers vast green lawns, flowered hallways and arches, surrounded by acres of vineyards.

Still, the Tuscan-inspired Hotel Tower with its 50 luxury rooms from $189 a night and 82 villas from $249 a night for couples can be especially decorated to order for a couple’s big event. Introducing the winery to prospective brides, grooms and their families, the annual Bridal Show will be held Sunday, March 4, noon to 4 p.m. for only $10 a person, but space is limited, Marketing Assistant Lauren Rodriquez said.

Also, South Coast Winery Resort will present a Wine, Dine and Paint event Saturday, Feb 10, with artist and muralist Jill Roberts. Guests may come and learn to paint with Robert’s instruction while enjoying wine and food, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations are $75; call (951) 491-8506. Every Friday and Saturday in February and on Valentine’s Day, the resort will offer Wine and Cupcake walking tours and pairing for $60 per person.

The Vineyard Rose Restaurant offers food prepared by master chef Lauren Lowe and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast is served 8-11 a.m.; lunch is served 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and dinner is offered 5-10 p.m. daily.

South Coast Winery Resort and Spa is located on 63-acres and was established by owner Jim Carter who saw Temecula as one of the nation’s finest wine growing areas and a California visitor destination. Carter more recently built the Carter Estate Winery, which is growing in popularity, and another in Texas. The finest grapes are also grown and blended at the Wild Horse Peak Winery for the South Coast and the Carter Estate Wineries with the finished wine barreled at its Murrieta warehouse.

“It is Jim Carter’s vision to have a place where guests can come and receive gracious hospitality at all times,” Rodriquez said. “Everybody here, employers and staff have made a place like that. This is definitely an all-inclusive resort. Please come and visit us.”

Reservations are required for Valentine Day’s stays and are suggested for tours and other special events. For a complete list of services and events at South Coast Winery Resort and Spa, visit www.southcoastwinery.com, and for prices and event availability, call (951) 587-9463 or (866) 994-6379.

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