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Here’s a great way to spread the love of Valentine’s Day over a few months: spend this weekend sipping wines around the Willamette Valley, then buy your sweetheart follow-up tickets to the North Willamette Wine Trail Weekend (March 31 & April 1).

This weekend (February 11 & 12) fourteen North Willamette Vintners are pulling out their most romantic vintages and serving up some truly memorable events for the Wines, Vines and Valentines weekend. Each event is priced separately, and you’re sure to find a vineyard that best fits your relationship (and budget). You’ll find wine and chocolate pairings for just $5, several romantic meals, and a chance to create your own wine blend with a custom label.

Once the official holiday of love is over, your darling will be able to look forward to next month’s vino adventure. The North Willamette Wine Trail Weekend brings together two dozen wineries for a day-tripper weekend worth remembering for seasoned wine lovers and novice sippers alike.

This ticketed event provides guests with complementary tastings of new and reserve wines, food pairings, and entertainment at each winery, as well as a long list of discounts and offers from area restaurants and hotels. Make a weekend of it and enjoy exclusive vineyard tours, winemaking demonstrations, and hands-on activities that will give you an exclusive look behind the scenes of your favorite wines. A list of participating wineries can be found here.

Tickets are just $45 for Saturday and Sunday, or $30 for Sunday alone. Buy you and your valentine tickets today, and consider your Valentine’s Day shopping done. FYI, adding a treat from a local sweet shop wouldn’t hurt…