A former Chow lurker finally posts!
I'm planning a very special birthday celebration with 20 guests, all of whom appreciate excellent food and wine. I'm looking at either Bernardus or L'Auberge Carmel. Both options are about the same on cost for dinner and wine pairing (this is an enormous splurge), so it's coming down to a vote of preference. For years, I've longed to stay/dine at Bernardus, yet what I've read about L'Auberge's dining experience sounds incredible.
Where shall I celebrate my birthday with 19 of my favorite people?