The Champagne Room at the Plumed Horse in Saratoga is a sublime experience. A private, candlelit alcove for two, the Champagne Room is just off the lounge, and on many nights your meal will be accompanied by a pianist. Close the curtains and admire the stained-glass window that enhances the Champagne Room’s ambience. Once you’re comfortably settled in, you’ll enjoy fare from one of the best kitchens in Northern California. Every year since 2008 Chef Peter Armellino has been awarded a Michelin star. His contemporary California cuisine–themed menu may feature Sonoma Lamb Loin, Alaskan Black Cod or Tobacco Smoked Painted Hills New York Steak. The wine list is also impressive – the Plumed Horse is one of only 81 restaurants in the world to have won a Wine Spectator Grand Award in 2015, reflecting “an uncompromising, passionate devotion to the quality of their wine program.” Such Grand Award–winning restaurants also generally have more than 1,000 wines to choose from, a wide breadth of producers, many mature vintages, and wines that pair perfectly with their menu, as well as service and presentation to match.