The French Laundry

Yountville, CA

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Cuisine Description

The cuisine at The French Laundry is contemporary American with French influences.

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Wine List Description
The focus of the wine list is based on the finest Californian and French producers, although the restaurant offers a comprehensive selection of 2,500 selections from around the world. More than 300 wines are offered in half-bottle format, including many which have been bottled exclusively for The French Laundry.
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Riot-Worthy Dish
Wine Enthusiast editors asked America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2013 "which dish would start a riot if it was taken off the menu?" Their riot-worthy dish is…
"The oysters and pearls (a sabayon of pearl tapioca with Island Creek oysters and white sturgeon caviar) continues to be a signature dish."

Perfect Pairing
Oysters and pearls paired with a fine Blanc de Blancs Champagne—Chef Thomas Keller’s personal favorite—is a perfect pairing. The bright acidity and chalky texture of the wine cuts through the richness of the sabayon, and is a natural complement for the salinity of the caviar and oysters.

Wine Events
Each wine pairing is custom-created for guests of The French Laundry based on their stylistic preferences, menu selections and budget.


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