To wit, here’s a two-step plan to countering the cold, the gray and the wet:
Step 1: Wine.
Step 2: Carbs.
With the assist: Contrada, a cozy new Tuscan restaurant that’s now open on Union. More words in a second, but first, have a look around.
You’ll feel the warmth the moment you enter the space, complete with redwood panels and a walnut bar. You might note the antique mirrors or brass light fixtures as you settle into a mid-century-esque chair at the bar. You might also be distracted by the rich smells of wood-oven roasted vegetables and slow-cooked meats.
Then, it’s time to let the healing begin. A glass of red will do nicely. Perhaps one of the 16 California varietals on tap. Perhaps your lovely companion would like to share a bottle.
All the better to pair with your feast of rustic Tuscan things, from pizza topped with local clams and Calabrian chili to housemade wild nettle lasagna layered with braised rabbit and truffle cheese. Rainy days are feeling better by the second.
Though they’ve still got nothing on the backyard wine garden.
Or the sun.