Mar 082014
 

Meadowood Chef Christopher Kostow

Your Wine Country experience will not be complete without a Fine Dining moment… or two. Or in Michelin Guide’s opinion… 14.  Known throughout the world for its discriminating guide, Michelin has honored two Napa Valley restaurants with three stars (the only 3 star restaurants in the San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country edition of Michelin). The Restaurant at Meadowood (three stars), in St. Helena, offers “elegantly casual environment in keeping with Napa Valley’s country setting, featuring a modern approach to Napa Valley cuisine.” Chef Christopher Kostow honed his skills in France, from a Paris bistro to the Michelin-starred Le Jardin des Sens in Provence. Call (707) 963-3646 for reservations.  •meadowood.com

“…a great meal is a kind of journey that returns you to sources of pleasure you may have forgotten and takes you to places you have never been before.”

The French Laundry (three stars) is the crown jewel of owner-chef Thomas Keller’s restaurant group (he also owns Ad Hoc and Bouchon in St. Helena and Per Se in New York). After apprenticing in France, Thomas brought the experience he remembered to the historic building in Yountville, which had been a saloon, a brothel, a French steam laundry and a restaurant, yet retained the name “French Laundry” by the locals. His philosophy sums up the success of this restaurant experience:  “…a great meal is a kind of journey that returns you to sources of pleasure you may have forgotten and takes you to places you have never been before.” Each day the chefs prepare a 9-course tasting menu, so each experience is unique to the last. Call ahead… way ahead, to get your reservation. (707) 944-2380. •frenchlaundry.com

 

Wine Country’s Michelin One Star Restaurants:

Auberge du Soleil180 Rutherford Hill, Rutherford. •800-348-5406  •aubergedusoleil.com

Bouchon Bistro6534 Washington St., Yountville •707.944.8037 •bouchonbistro.com

étoile Restaurant1 California Drive, Yountville. •888.242.6366. •chandon.com

Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant7871 River Road, Forestville •707.887.3300. •farmhouseinn.com

La Toque (In the Weston Hotel); 1314 McKinstry St, Napa •707.257.5157. •latoque.com

Madrona Manor1001 Westside Rd, Healdsburg •707.433.4231. •madronamanor.com

Redd6480 Washington St, Yountville •707.944.2222. •reddnapavalley.com

Sante´ Restaurant100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma •707.938.9000 •fairmont.com/sonoma/

Solbar755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. •707.226.0850. •solagecalistoga.com

Terrapin Creek1580 Eastshore Rd., Bodega Bay. •707.875.2700. •terrapincreekcafe.com

Terra1345 Railroad Ave., St. Helena. •707.963.8931. •terrarestaurant.com

 

Wine Country’s 2014
Michelin Inspectors Favorites for Good Value:

Backyard (Forestville)

Bistro Jeanty (Yountville)

Bistro 29 (Santa Rosa)

Boon Eat + Drink (Guerneville)

C Casa (Napa)

Chalkboard (Healdsburg)

Cook St. Helena (St. Helena)

Cucina Paradiso (Petaluma)

Glen Ellen Star (Glen Ellen)

Hot Box Grill (Sonoma)

LaSalette (Sonoma)

Monti’s Rotisserie (Santa Rosa)

Oenotri (Napa)

Redd Wood (Yountville)

Risibisi (Petaluma)

Sazón (Santa Rosa)

Scopa (Healdsburg)

the girl & the fig (Sonoma)

Willi’s Wine Bar (Santa Rosa)

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