Shake up Your Valentine’s Day

Lodi wine and chocolateDo something different this Valentine’s Day.

Instead of the standard dinner and a movie this year, take the afternoon and travel with your sweetheart or gal pals to the 15th annual Lodi Wine and Chocolate Weekend. What’s not to love about a weekend of wine and chocolate in the Lodi Wine Country?

40 wineries will be participating this year and going all out to give you an amazing day full of entertainment, delicious food, fun themed wine rooms, and, of course decadent chocolate and award-winning wines.

Try the chocolate covered bacon at H-G Vineyards, party Mardi Gras style at d’Art Wines, enjoy chocolate covered baklava and other Greek treats at Omega Cellars,  relax with live saxophone jazz at Harmony Wynelands, then shake things up with me (belly dancer, Nyla Crystal) at Acquiesce Winery for their grand opening of Lodi’s only all white wine winery.

Wine, Chocolate, and Belly Dance? What?

The grand opening of Acquiesce, an all white wine winery, is shaking up the Lodi Wine Country with their Rhone inspired white and rosé wines.

But the shaking doesn’t stop there!

In celebration of their grand opening, Acquiesce will have Rosé Jell-O “shooters” for you to sample along with their fruit-focused grenache blanc, Belle Blanc blend, and dry rosé, a blend of zinfandel and grenache.

Lodi winery belly dancer

Professional belly dancer Nyla Crystal

Still not enough shaking?

Enjoy a professional belly dance performance at Acquiesce winery. I will be there both days from 11am-5pm performing with beautiful silk veils, stunning red, pink, and wine colored costumes, and showcasing my thrilling sword balancing belly dance routines. Get inspired to throw your own Arabian Nights or Casablanca themed party.

Shimmy and shake with a belly dancer!

Throughout the day, I will be offering free mini-belly dance lessons for the ladies (and gentlemen if they are so brave). Concerned with your dance abilities? Don’t worry, I’m a trained belly dance instructor and can show you some fool proof belly dancing to make you look amazing!

You’ll be surprised at how easy some of the belly dance moves are. After your mini-lesson, show off your glamor and new found talent with a couple of snapshots to prove to the folks back at home that you really did belly dance at a winery!

Then you can indulge on the white chocolate Grenache Blanc gourmet cupcakes knowing you had your belly dance exercise for the day.

Acquiesce Winery

Acquiesce Winery

Wine, Chocolate, and Belly Dance. Now That Makes Sense.

Sound like fun? A Valentine’s weekend of wine, chocolate, and belly dance sure beats one night at a crowded restaurant, but with the event being on the weekend, your Tuesday night will still be free for that Valentine’s dinner too!

Come join me, an award-winning, internationally performing belly dancer (and PhD biochemist at UC Davis), and Sue Tipton, the Rhone-inspired white wine wonder and owner of Acquiesce Winery for a fabulous Valentine’s Day celebration in the Lodi Wine Country.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $45 online or at the door of any participating winery for $55 and are valid for both days if you keep your wrist band on. Included in the entrance fee are a commemorative wine glass, a chocolate tin, wine tasting and admission to 40 participating wineries.

More information from Acquiesce Winery.

22353 N. Tretheway Road
Acampo, CA  95220
(209) 333-6102

• Meet the Author • Nyla Crystal

Dr. Nyla Crystal holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry and performs family-friendly shows for weddings, birthday parties, and corporate events in the Silicon Valley portion of the San Francisco Bay Area. She also co-directs the international award-winning Troupe Scimitar and the Dangerous Beauties Belly Dance show. Learn more about Santa Clara belly dancer, Nyla Crystal.

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  • I never knew that belly dancing could be so much fun. Seems as if some of the moves are somewhat easy to learn. Sure does wonders for the body anyway.
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    • For people like me who get easily in a trance at the gym doing repetitions, Zumba, step aerobics, belly dance, etc, are great alternatives and provide mental and social as well as physical workouts.

  • I would love to see a live belly dancing show. It is just something I had never thought of before. Yes and it does seem like it’s a great way to get in shape also. Good luck and keep having fun!
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    • You should see a belly dance show! In most large cities, there are at least a few Middle Eastern restaurants featuring belly dancing.

  • Really i love belly dance show.
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  • When I read the title of your post, I thought you’re going to suggest on your readers to do belly dancing on their dates instead of very common candle light dinner.. haha! :D But anyway, still a great post!

    • Haha! That is another great idea and maybe one I’ll touch on next Valentine’s Day. Watching belly dance at a public event is less scary than bellydancing for your date or with your date!

  • Yeah, do something different on Valentines day. I want to attend a belly dancing lesson and give a dance number for my someone on that special day. ;)

    • Great idea and a fun gift for your loved one. Good luck with your lessons!

  • I guess the best gift that you can give to your partner is your presence :D

  • I hope my bf will stumbled on your page :D You really impress me Nyla!

  • It is too bad that I missed this for this Valentine’s day but hey it does come every year.
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  • Can’t believe I missed it this year – the annual Lodi Wine and Chocolate weekend is fabulous and now that you are part of the wonderful experience – it would have been a fabulous weekend. Will you be performing next year?


    • It is such a fun event. Mark your calendar for next year!

  • It becomes too interesting to celebrate our valentine with Wine, chocolate and belly dance show. I would love to see a live belly dancing show. I love belly dancing but always see on TV. I am eager to see it live with wine and my valentine.

  • Nice, so informative.
    It’s almost february and valentine comes again.
    Hope to make one in your list.

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  • wine and chocolate are like the best gifts. but with this perhaps it could be a great night out, or a romantic dinner don’t you think

  • Very nice info. We all should do something different on valentine’s day. Usually people do the same thing on like a reminder. But every year the excitement is decreasing because we already know what we will do.. As you said we should try something new so we can surprise out sole mate.
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