There are more great restaurants in the Bay Area than there are nights to enjoy them. Whether you want Italian food, Mexican, or sushi, old favorites and new discoveries line the blocks of every neighborhood.
But every now and then, what I’m really craving is the perfect night in with my husband. I don’t care if you have a Michelin star or you made it onto Eater’s “must-try” list, some nights you simply can’t beat cooking together with the person you love and turning an ordinary night into something special just because you both are there.
When Karl the fog finally begins to let up and we get those magical warm days and nights in the fall, it’s the perfect opportunity to buy a luxurious cut of steak, open a beautiful bottle of red, and settle in for the perfect evening.
While Cabernet Sauvignon and steak seem to be the classic California pairing, I prefer to reach for a peppery Syrah with just-ripe enough black fruit, Mediterranean dried herbs, and hints of violet and lavender on the finish. This Syrah from Raft is classic and refreshing in its expression, yet simultaneously undeniably Californian in its generosity and warmth.