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The Toledo Zoo offers fine evenings filled with wine, food and animal encounters

Bottles of wine
Bottles of wine
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Attention, wine enthusiasts and animal lovers! The Toledo Zoo has the perfect getaway outing that combines both your interests with their unique series of Vineyard Adventures that will give you an experience that you won't soon forget.

Vineyard Adventures These wine tasting events each have a special theme and take place in different locations throughout the Zoo. Guests will enjoy a wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres and live entertainment event that offers guests the opportunity for a fun evening with friends or a romantic experience for two and just for Valentine's Day, an adventure that includes a multi-course gourmet dinner.

The Friday, February 14 Vineyard Adventure is entitled "Valentine's Day Wine & Dine" and it takes place at the Zoo's Arctic Encounter from 6:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. Set amidst a backdrop of two waterfalls and seven saltwater streams in the Arctic Encounter, guests will be able to view polar bears, gray seals, harbor seals (which you can view above and below water) and gray wolves.

Guests will also be able to please their palates with a gourmet dinner that includes menu items like caramelized onion risotto balls, salad, roasted butternut squash bisque, bacon-wrapped pork loin with a mustard cream sauce, gouda and green onion mashed potatoes, walnut roasted brussels sprouts with sherry vinaigrette and chocolate cake with maple frosting and whipped cream. Each course will be paired with a different domestic or international wine.

Musical entertainment for the evening will be provided by Ultimate Nights and there will also be live painting and an auction.

Saturday, March 1's Vineyard Adventure is entitled "Spring Alive: Fairytales, Fables & Flowers" and will take place at the Nairobi Pavilion where guests will be surrounded by authentic African sculptures, decor and artifacts as they sample the wines and hors d'oeuvres and enjoy a cooking demonstration by the Toledo Zoo's executive chef.

Other upcoming Vineyard Adventures include "Flight" on May 2 at the Aviary and Lodge and "Beach Party" on June 6 at the Penguin Deck and Main Plaza.

Cost of the special Valentine's Day Wine & Dine Dinner is $85 per person, All other Vineyard Adventures are $45 per person. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. You can make reservations by calling 419-385-5721.

For more information about any of the Vineyard Adventures get online at

You must be 21 years of age to attend the Vineyard Adventures. Parking is free at the Toledo Zoo.

The Toledo Zoo is located at 2 Hippo Way in Toledo, Ohio. It is approximately a 90 minute drive from Cleveland.

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