We have a lunch reservation at the French Laundry and I have a question about the wine pairings. I have heard they are quite good there (I have enjoyed pairing at Quince but was dissapointed at Gary Danko) and would be interested in other thoughts. Also, thoughts on whether the reserve pairing is worthwhile would be appreciated.
In addition, I have a question about quantity. My SO will be driving us back to San Francisco and is worried that after 12 course and multiple tastes of wine, she might be a bit overwhelmed. On the other hand, there is the concern that sharing a single tasting might be insufficient. We plan on walking around (or just lounging) for at least an hour or so after the meal.
Just for calibration, we will typically share a single bottle of wine with a restaurant dinner and only on occassion will we do a cocktail or glass of champagne before that. For nice dinners we will often order bottles that approach, but do not exceed the $100 price point.
Any thoughts on the best strategy would be appreciated.