A La Carte: Sending out 2013 in style

It's not too early to start making your New Year's Eve plans, as reservations are required for most restaurants and Wine Country destinations.

Here are a few savory ways to usher in the new year with family and friends:

Barndiva in Healdsburg pulls out all the stops for an elegant dinner party starting at 8 p.m. (An a la carte menu will be served earlier in the evening.) Chef Ryan Fancher serves up a six-course dinner highlighted by seasonal fruits and vegetables, plus luxurious tastes of seafood like caviar and lobster. Cost is $150. 431-0100. 231 Center St. barndiva.com.

Safari West will throw a wild New Year's Eve party with all of their favorite four-footed friends at 6 p.m. at the 400-acre animal preserve east of Santa Rosa. Cost is $100, including dinner, dancing and a midnight toast. Overnight lodging packages also available. 3115 Porter Creek Road. 579-2551. safariwest.com.

Santé at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn will serve a New Year's Eve dinner with seatings from 7-9:30 p.m. at the restaurant. Cost is $195, including a seven-course menu, live entertainment and a midnight toast. 938-9000. fairmont.com/sonoma. 100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma.

The Westin Verasa Napa will host the Red Tie Affair, including a sparkling wine reception, passed hors d'oeuvres and a five-course dinner at 7 p.m. at La Toque restaurant. After dinner, guests can enjoy music, dancing and a bubbly countdown to the new year. $195 for dinner and the party, $75 for the party only. To reserve: mvillanueva@westinnapa.com. 1314 McKinstry St., Napa.

St. Francis Winery named best restaurant

OpenTable has announced its 2013 Diners' Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America, with St. Francis Winery & Vineyards rated as No. 1.

At the winery, Executive Chef David Bush offers multi-course wine and food pairings in the intimate, 20-seat dining room.

The wine and food pairings are offered at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Monday and Thursday. For the current menu, go to stfranciswinery.com.

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