Click above to buy this Groupon for the February 14 "Food + Wine = Love" event. Buy here for the February 13 "Food + Wine = Love" event.
Love—without it, most pop songs would be about what the singer had for lunch and most poetry would be bad instead of cute. Today's deal lets you celebrate this magical force of nature in high style: for $48, you get a wine tasting for two at Loudoun Valley Vineyards in Waterford. You'll also get a picnic box lunch made by Nova Personal Chef. Buy your Groupon for either February 13 or February 14. The event begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at sunset (about 6:00 p.m.).
You, your special someone, and your favorite hand puppet will find plenty of things to do during that time. You can listen to live music and snuggle for warmth on the wraparound porch. You can take in some spectacular views of the Blue Ridge and Catoctin mountains through the large windows of the tasting room. And, of course, you can taste quite a lot of wine. Loudoun Valley's expansive vineyards produce a variety of viny varietals, including merlot, pinot noir, pinot grigio, and cabernet. Try the Legacy, a rich, port-styled wine with an intense cherry, toasty-oak nose and a smooth finish. Or double-whammy your taste buds with the Traminette's floral blend of gewurztraminer and seyval blanc. White wine fans, on the other hand, will look forward to a subtle citrus taste of the Vinifera White's blend of chardonnay, Riesling, and semillion, or the Viognier's complex bouquet of ripe melon, apricot, and a hint of honey. Top off your tasting with the tart Granny Smith–apple crispness of the Vin de Pomme dessert wine.
You and your lover will also get to tuck into a picnic box lunch provided by Nova Personal Chef. In it, you'll find smoked turkey and rosemary ciabatta sandwiches with baby greens and a red pepper mayonnaise, a side of pasta salad in red wine vinaigrette made from the vineyard's wines, and chocolate cheesecake brownies and fresh grapes for dessert. You'll have fun feeding them to each other with hand puppets as you watch the sun set over the Virginia foothills.
- Loudoun Valley doesn't have a fancy, wedding-locale building. Nor does it have incredible views. But it has some of the best-tasting wines I've ever had…They gave us a tasting of more than 10 of their wines and honestly, there wasn't one I didn't like. – Keri M., Yelp
- We recently visited the winery and had the most amazing experience. The new owners were absolutely delightful. The wine maker (female) has an amazing talent for blending spectacular wines, in particular the Cabernet Franc Reserve and Dynasty…I would highly recommend visiting the winery if you want to taste some of the best wines Virginia has to offer. – americanwino, Yahoo! Local
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Nova Personal Chef
Nova Personal Chef reinterprets the meaning of personal chef. Of course, Executive Chef Zan Dial brings his culinary prowess directly to customers’ homes and parties, where he dishes out plates of fresh lasagna, shrimp tacos, pulled pork, and brunch favorites. But he also works to make clients better personal chefs for families and friends. During private, hands-on cooking lessons, students get acquainted with the kitchen without having to make awkward small talk with the oven while it heats up.