Dinner at The French Laundry, if you can get in, isnít for paupers. The menu is a multi-course tasting extravaganza that comes in at $270 per person, service included. Of course, the 15 or so courses take roughly 5-6 hours to consume, virtually insuring the consumption of several bottles of wine. The restaurantís wine list is extensive and elaborate, but not cheap either; figure $800-1000 per couple before youíre through.
Now The French Laundry has come up with a new profit center: a spirits list. Without much fanfare, the restaurant acquired its liquor license back in September, and head sommelier Dennis Kelly quietly went about sourcing a selection of the finest and rarest distilled spirits on the planet. (more…)