French Laundry
November, 2007


Bert Simon  "Serrig Herrenberg" '89 Riesling


 We drove up to Napa and spent the night - so we could indulge & then crash!!

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Stopped at the Trefethen winery - I bought a sweet wine for DC!

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I like the contrast between these shots what follows.

Talk about atmosphere!

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 Downtown Yountville, just befor the Holidays.

There was a snap in the air which was great for appetite!

Lulu and I ordered the Vegetables tasting - the rest had meat... but all shared (and snapped photos)!

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Salad of Hawaiian Hearts of Peach Palm, Celery Branch, French Laundry Garden Beets, Green Orange "Aigre-Doux"

Salad of Matsutake Mushrooms, Asian Pear "Carpaccio", Turnip Ribbons with Mizuna & Turnip Seed Vinagrette 

Pierre Peters "Blanc De Blancs" Grand Cru, Bert Simon "Sierrig Herrenberg" 1989 Riesling


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 Tahitian Vanilla-Glazed Salsify with Pomegranates, Chestnuts and Watercress

Sato No Homare "Pride of the Village" Junmai Ginjo

Fillet of Atlantic Striped Bass, Crispy Eggplant, Cauliflower Pine Nuts, Cilantro and Mazanilla Sherry "Gastrique"

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 Tartare of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, Fuyu Persimmon, Lilly Bulbs, Charred Scallions and Nicoise Olive Oil

Columella, 2005 South African Palladius


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 Vermont Butter - Brian's favorite!!

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 Hand-rolled Potato Gnocchi, Baby Artichokes, Tomato Raisins, Crispy Spanish Capers, Arugula and Squid Ink vinagrette

Sweet Butter-Poached Mian Lobster Tail, Glazed Sunchokes, Chanterelle Mushroom Puree, Watercress and Royal Blenheim Apricot Emulsion

Maple Syrup-Glazed Eggplant, Thumbelina Carrots, Kakai PumApkin Seeds, Pickled Jujubes, Cilantro and Sultana-Curry Sauce


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All-Day Braised Kurobuta Pork Belly, Roasted Romain Lettuce, Parsnip "Coulis" and Black Truffle Glaze

Lost Highway; Sparky Marquis "Stellas Garden" 2005 Shiraz

Belgian Endive "Cuite Sous Vide", Pearl Onions, Marcona Almonds, Green Orange, Purslane and Cocoa-Foi Gras Emulsion

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 Ribi-eye of Elysian Fields Farm Lamb, Fennel Bulb, Sweet Peppers, Braised Short Ribs, Crispy Potatoes and "Bearnaise Reduction"

"Betteraves Parfumees a la Fuelle de Peche", Roasted Romain Lettuce, Celery Root and Dijon Mustard  Mousseline

Belgian Endive "Cuite Sous Vide", Pearl Onions, Marcona Almonds, Green Orange, Purslane and Cocoa-Foi Gras Emulsion

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 Grilled Surloin of Japanese "Wagyu", Akita Komachi Rice, Broccolini, Cashew Nuts, Satsuma Mandarin and Kanzuri Sauce

"Constant Bliss" cheese, Carmelized Belgine Endive, Plumped Sour Cherries and Arugula

"Vermont Shepherd", Country Ham "Croquette", Fennel Bulb, Mache and Black Truffle "Coulis"

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"Blue Del Moncenisio" English Walnuts, Transparent Apples, Frisee and 100 year old Balsamic

Kiralyudvar, "Cubee Ilona" Tokaji,  2001

Diane St. Claire Buttermilk Sherbert, Crispy Polenta and  Huckleberry Compote


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Persian Lime Sorbet with Coconut "Granite"

Alvear "Pedro Ximenez" Solera, 1927


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"Degustation de Glaces" Butterscotch "Semi Freddo", Mint Chocolate Ice Cream, "Creme glacee" and Amedi Chuao Chocolate Sauce

 "S'mores" Penut Butter "Parfait", Caramel "Delice" and "Sauce a la Guimauve Brulee"

Pave de Chocolate Blanc au The Vert, Pistacio "Pain de Genes" and Passion Fruit"


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 "Charlotte Aux Poires et aux Dates" Bartlett Pear Sorbet, Japonais Candied Hazelnuts and Pear "Coulis"


Dows 20 year Tawny Port


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Transformed! Super Hugs to Brian and Ross for organizing the trip and driving!!

 Suggestion for next Dining Adventure: Lalique Car, Orient Express!