Everyone wants to date a wine-savvy romeo, and this is especially true on Valentine’s Day. That’s why picking the right restaurant, a popular dish and the most sensual wine to pair with it is monumental. If you’re not as well schooled in food and wine pairing, not to worry; we’ve done the work for you by creating a trio of romantic packages. A few footnotes: 1) We picked the following restaurants because together they offer a broad range of authentic dishes, as well as geographic diversity in the county. 2) Since wine lists are subject to change, we’re offering suggestions as to the varietal. 3) If you can’t snag a reservation right on Valentine’s Day, simply pick another day for your romantic outing. Wine-savvy romeos will still be revered.

Handline Coastal California Cuisine

This spot celebrates seafood and boasts it offers some of the freshest on the coast. The Hog Island Sweetwater Oysters, at $2.50 a pop, are so popular here you can trust they’ll be on the menu. Smart wine picks to pair with oysters include sparklers, Chablis and sancerre. (935 Gravenstein Ave., Sebastopol, 707-827-3744, handline.com)

The Brass Rabbit

This restaurant on the Healdsburg Plaza specializes in French comfort food, and one of the most popular items on the menu is the Devil’s Gulch Rabbit Pot Pie at $27. Tasty pairings for this dish include full-bodied pinot noirs, syrahs and zinfandels. Meanwhile the signature dish on Saturday nights is the Boeuf Bourguignon at $29, and pinot noir is definitely the best choice here. (109 Plaza St. Healdsburg, 707-473-8580, thebrassrabbithealdsburg.com)

Tisza Bistro

This new restaurant has a menu that embraces both old world and new world dishes. While it has an eclectic menu, the hands down favorite appears to be Wiener Schnitzel, which is German for “Viennese cutlet.” at $24. The most refreshing wines to pair with this $24 dish include riesling, grüner veltliner and sauvignon blanc. (8757 Old Redwood Hwy., Windsor, 707-838-5100, tiszabistro.com)

Wine writer Peg Melnik can be reached at 707-521-5310 or peg.melnik@pressdemocrat.com.

All About Quakes

5 Things to Do When The Shaking Starts

- Duck, cover, hold: Duck or drop down on the floor, take cover under a sturdy desk or table and hold on. Be prepared to move with it.

- If indoors, stay there: At least, until the shaking stops. If you’re outside, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees and power lines and drop to the ground. If you’re in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place.

- After the shaking stops: Get to a safe place outdoors if you think the structure you’re in is in danger of collapsing. Provide first aid for anyone slightly injured and seek medical attention for anyone seriously injured.

- Assume there will be aftershocks: Secure anything heavy that could fall, and eliminate fire hazards.

- Gas and water: Listen to the radio for instructions regarding turning off gas and water. If you smell gas, or think it is leaking, shut it off. Only a professional should turn it back on.


6 Things To Now To Prepare For A Disaster

- Contacting loved ones: Create a plan for how you will contact one another after the quake, such as establishing an out-of-area contact who can help coordinate the locations of family members and other information should you become separated. Make sure children learn these phone numbers and addresses and know the emergency plans.

- Important papers: Keep copies of important documents at the house of your out-of-area contact or keep important documents and valuables in a fireproof storage box or safe deposit box.

- Disaster supplies kit: Keep a smaller version in your vehicle. Families with children should have each child create their own personal pack.

- Know evacuation routes: Establish several different routes in case certain roads are blocked or closed.

- Plan for pets: Animals are typically not allowed in places where food is served, so you will need to have a place to take your pets if you have to go to a shelter.

- Don’t run out of gas: Always run on the top half of the tank, not on the bottom half.

Things To Remember

Water may be in short supply.

Natural gas and electric power may be out for days or weeks.

Garbage and sewage services may be interrupted.

Telephone, Internet, cell phone, and wireless communications may be overloaded or unavailable.

Mail service may be disrupted or delayed.

Gasoline may be in short supply, and rationing may be necessary.

Bank operations may be disrupted, limiting access to cash, ATMs, or online banking.

Grocery, drug, and other retail stores may be closed or unable to restock shelves. Businesses may sustain damage and disruption—many small businesses require a long time to reopen or do not survive disasters.

Your income may be affected — payroll checks or direct deposits may be delayed.

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Source: County of Sonoma