Lunch was absolutely amazing. Every table gets freshly baked braided French bread with butter upon sitting down... a very "French" thing to do. We started off with a bottle of the 2009 Harmonique Pinot Noir, some escargot with mini puff pastry, and truffle fries to share. I ordered the steak frites, which was absolutely delicious. The steak was cooked to a perfect medium and topped with caramelized shallots and an herbed butter. It being truffle season, Bouchon was featuring dishes with fresh truffles. One of my co-workers ordered a house made pasta dish with freshly shaved truffles and it was heavenly!
One thing you can't do is eat at Bouchon and skip dessert. Needless to say, by the end of lunch we were too stuffed to eat anything else, but how often do you get to go to Bouchon? Of course we all ordered our own desserts. I got an apple crumble with maple ice cream. If you ever get this at Bouchon, it is large enough for 2-3 people to share! Do not attempt to finish this yourself! They were also featuring a chocolate brownie with candied walnuts, caramel sauce and ice cream. Half the table got that and scarfed it down!
The front of Bouchon in gorgeous Yountville, CA
Menu doubles as a napkin holder
Steak frites and an apple crumble with maple ice cream
Two hours later, we finished lunch and headed to Turnbull Wine Cellars for our tasting. We were a bit short on time since we spent so much time at Bouchon, so this was the only winery we went to. Turnbull looked like an art gallery as you walk in. They were featuring original Ansel Adams prints and had a great collection of wine to taste. We had a flight of Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. To give you an idea of how good their wine was, I wanted to buy a bottle of the 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, which was part of the tasting, but it turned out to be $85 per bottle! It might have been worth $85, but I know it will probably just sit in my collection for years before being consumed. My co-workers were making fun of how I brought a bottle of Veuve Cliquot for the limo ride up that I had from my wedding (3 years ago, mind you). Luckily, it was still bubbly, but they were impressed that I hadn't finished it off already!
The grounds also had a nice outside seating area with a fire pit and a cute little vegetable pairing garden. I'm not sure who owns this place, but there were a bunch of old antique cars on the lot as well, so the owners must be huge car collectors. I would highly recommend checking Turnbull Wine Cellars out on your next trip to wine country!