If you are a big wine enthusiast as many are who live and visit here, then the following two stories may make you weep. The French Laundry was broken into on Christmas day and wine valued at between $275,000 and $300,000 was stolen. The reported loss includes 5 bottles of Screaming Eagle, approximately 60 bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and a few more. Sophisticated thieves with a wine palate, what’s this world coming to.
The thieve/s entered by prying open the front-door open and then forced their way into the wine cellar. The restaurant’s alarm system had not been activated.
In other news, Étoile at Domaine Chandon, the first restaurant to provide fine dining here in the Napa Valley, will close after hosting its annual New Year’s Eve party Wednesday night.
Plans are to turn the space into an extension of the winery’s Tasting Lounge and an enhanced Club Chandon venue. The restaurant opened in 1973 with Udo Nechutnys being the opening chef. When he left to open the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, Philippe Jeanty, a young chef from Épernay, France took over. Jeanty served as executive chef for two decades before opening Bistro Jeanty in Yountville.
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