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Advice surrounding a French Laundry Dinner?

wynnemat | Jul 28, 201109:49 AM     4

Hello Chowhound,
Longtime reader, first-time poster. I know this subject has been broached, likely ad-nauseum, however I would really appreciate any advice from the group. My wife and I have reservations at the French Laundry for 9pm in August. I have two primary questions, and would appreciate any input.

1) What would you do in Napa valley the day of the dinner reservation? I am hesitant to do any wine tasting or eat anything that would possibly detract from the experience. We have done several tasting menus before, just none that i have obsessed over this much. So, for those of you that have done this, what did you eat and do the day of? We were considering hiking or just exploring. This will be our first time in the valley. We are staying at the Villagio Inn, if that helps.

2) Questions about wine. I know this has been extensively covered, just wanted to get some new opinions. How do most of you approach wine at this restaurant? If you had hypothetically, $600 to splurge on wine alone, how would you approach it? Ask the sommelier to pair glasses, or would your money be better spent on a more luxurious bottle or half bottles? I know this is nitpicking, but we are so excited that thinking of these little details is half the fun.

Thanks for any help.

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The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

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