Upvalley wineries and restaurants offer so many ways to welcome the New Year: With Champagne corks popping, at a community gathering, masquerade ball or at a dance party.
Here are some of the places where you’ll be able to welcome 2013 in style.
• The St. Helena Public Library will throw an early New Year’s Eve party, at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 27. Live music will be played by Swing 7, drinks and snacks will be served. Those who would like to practice their swing steps are invited to come at 6:30. No reservations are required and $10 donations will be accepted to cover costs.
• Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen: Some special additions to the menu will be featured on New Year’s Eve, including Roasted Delicata Ravioli with porcini cognac cream and Parmesan ($19.95), Truffled Lobster Pot Pie ($36.95) and Floating Island Vanilla Custard with caramel ($9). For reservations, 963-1200, cindysbackstreetkitchen.com.
• Cindy Pawlcyn’s Wood Grill and Wine Bar: Some special additions to the menu will be featured on New Year’s Eve, including “Surf & Turf,” grilled beef tenderloin, green peppercorn sauce and half lobster Thermidor ($45) and Croquembouche, Crispy Profiteroles filled with Brandy cream and caramel ($10). For reservations, 963-0700, cindypawlcynsgrill.com.
• Goose & Gander: the restaurant will throw a Prohibition-style speakeasy party, with flapper dresses, Scott Beattie’s Prohibition cocktails, live ragtime pianist, fire dancers and Champagne tower. There will be two rounds of dinner seating and an after party. The first seating will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and second seating, which is currently sold out will be followed by an after party. Price for the full dinner is $155 and $175. After party tickets are $30. For reservations: 967-8779, goosegander.com
• Long Meadow Ranch Winery and Farmstead Restaurant: Four course prix fixe menu is offered for $55, and $75 when served with wine pairings. Miyagi oysters on the half shell can be found on the menu, along with grilled Long Meadow Ranch grass-fed New York steak with bone marrow bread pudding and other festive choices. Live music will be played by the Isaac Carter Band and a Champagne toast will welcome 2013. For reservations, 963-9181 or farmsteadnapa.com.
• Barolo: A lively, energetic vibe will greet New Year’s revelers with dinner served until 10 p.m. and cocktails until the wee hours. For reservations, 942-9900 or barolocalistoga.com.
• Brannan’s: Live music will begin at 8 p.m. with the legendary Herb Gibson Trio. Dinner will be served from Brannan’s standard steak house style menu with the addition of specials for the evening. For reservations, 942-2233 or brannanscalistoga.com.
• Castello Di Amorosa: The Tuscan style castle and winery will throw a lavish New Year’s Eve Masquerade ball. Wine Club members and their guests will enjoy a candlelit five-course dinner, Champagne toast and a balloon drop at midnight. The band Crossfire will strike a beat at 10:30 p.m. Guests will be picked up at no cost from Calistoga lodgings by shuttles. The price is $255 for Wine Club members and $295 for their guests. For reservations, 967-6274 or castellodiamorosa.com.
• JoLe: The restaurant will open from 5 p.m. until the New Year. Some festive additions to the regular menu will be served. Bubbly drinks, balloons and noisemakers will add to the festivities. At midnight there will be Champagne toast. For reservations, 942-5938 or jolerestaurant.com.