Need Something to do for Valentine's Day? How About Wine, Beer, Art or a Helicopter Ride? 

If you haven't decided on a romantic way to spend Valentine's Day with your loved one, you're almost out of time. Lucky for you, we compiled a little list of some fun (and classy) last-minute ideas.

  • Courtesy of Ste. Chapelle Winery
Take your sweetheart on a romantic drive out to Caldwell to take part in Ste. Chapelle Sparkling Valentine's Pairing, which offers a taste of Ste. Chapelle's finest bubbles, including the demi sec and brut, paired with savory and sweet treats. The Cake Ballers will have some decadent chocolate cake samples, and you'll leave with a souvenir champagne flute to remember a Valentine's Day well spent. The tasting runs from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Ste. Chapelle Winery (19348 Lowell Road) and costs $15 per person.

If bubbly isn't your style, head to the equally classy Sawtooth Winery Valentine's Gourmet Chocolate, Cheese and Wine Tasting in Nampa. This event offers an array of Sawtooth wines to try, paired with artisan cheese and chocolate from The Chocolat Bar, and live music by Michael Civiello. If you really want to impress your date, take him/her to a VIP sashimi/sushi/sparkling wine pairing in the private barrel rooms. This tasting runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sawtooth Winery (13750 Surrey Lane), and costs $15-$40.

click to enlarge Enjoy 2-for-1 price of admission today. - COURTESY OF THE OLD PENITENTIARY
  • Courtesy of the Old Penitentiary
  • Enjoy 2-for-1 price of admission today.
If your beloved is more into beer, snag a couple of seats at the 10 Barrel Pub Valentine's Day Brewmaster Dinner. 10 Barrel's first-ever Valentine's Day dinner will be an intimate, five-course beer pairing dinner with dishes like spice-rubbed Kobe beef carpaccio and buttermilk panna cotta with a raspberry Nutella cookie crumble for dessert. The dinner runs 5-9 p.m. (830 W. Bannock St.) and costs $65 per person.

For something completely different, take your date out to the Old Penitentiary's Romancing the Pen for guided tours offered hourly starting at 12:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. The cost of admission includes a 2-for-1 special. The penitentiary, located at 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, will stay open until 8 p.m.

click to enlarge Flying M's Valentine for AIDS silent auction is all about great art for a great cause. - KELSEY HAWES
  • Kelsey Hawes
  • Flying M's Valentine for AIDS silent auction is all about great art for a great cause.
If you really want to knock your date's socks off, book a Valentine's Helicopter Tour through Silverhawk Aviation Academy (4505 Aviation Way) in Caldwell. The 15-minute air tours take place 6-10 p.m. tonight, as well as Friday, Feb. 19; Saturday, Feb. 20; Friday, Feb. 26; and Saturday, Feb. 27. The cost of a tour starts at $150.

Don't forget: today is also the last day to bid in the Flying M's Valentine for AIDS silent auction, with more than 260 local artists' art work to choose from. Last year, the auction raised more than $27,000 for the Safety Net for AIDS program, which provides housing, utilities, grocery and medical assistance for those living with HIV/AIDS. Bidding is open at Flying M (500 W. Idaho St.) until 6 p.m.
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