THE French Laundry Margarita? Or Crocker & Starr Sauvignon Blanc: Margarita in a Bottle

July 13, 2008 at 8:15 pm 2 comments

I went to dinner last night at the French Laundry with a mission–I was going to order a margarita.  Who drinks a margarita at such a fine dining establishment with a tome of wines that lacks rival?  Me.  I’m pleading guilty to that one.

In my quest for the ultimate margarita, I need to know how top shelf top shelf can be.  If I am going to taste top shelf, French Laundry is high up on the tippy top of the top shelf, and seemed like a great place to look.

Sadly, as I had feared and many of you might know, the French Laundry has a limited liquor license. Although I could not order a margarita, the sommelier brought me a wine he described as a “margarita made with passionfruit, and drinking this wine was like having a Margarita in a Bottle”:

A 2007, Crocker & Starr Sauvignon Blanc.  It was a beautiful, delicious wine, and if you can’t have the margarita, it is a good, maybe more respectable for fine dining, second choice. 

It was so tasty, that I am going to pick up Margarita in a Bottle to enjoy later this summer.  I recommend that, if you’re a margarita lover, you do the same.  Have a little French Laundry Margarita experience right at home.  Cheers!


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. aanraku  |  September 21, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    We dined with a party of ten in Sept. 2006 and 2007. At our 2007 seating they forgot the promised birthday cake and 5 of the 9 dishes were the same as the previous year. When we emailed and asked them to vary the menu, Thomas Keller called us personally and said, “If you don’t like what I serve, don’t come.” We cancelled and will now dine at Gary Danko’s in S.F., a much better restaurant. French Laundry is SO not worth what they charge you.

  • 2. Mermaid  |  September 22, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Wow! I’m just wondering how you got a reservation for 10! I have to say, if you’re a vegetarian, do not assume the vegetable tasting menu is all vegetables. You need to alert the waitstaff. Also, I think you get a better meal if you are not a vegetarian…the food is really geared toward the courageous omnivore.


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