Domaine Chandon closes Étoile restaurant

Napa sparkling wine estate Domaine Chandon has closed its once Michelin-starred restaurant Étoile due to a dwindling demand for fine dining at the winery.

The restaurant opened in Yountville in 1977 and has been credited with transforming the fine dining landscape of the Napa Valley.

The only fine dining restaurant housed within a Napa winery, Étoile was awarded a Michelin star in 2010 under the stewardship of head chef Perry Hoffman, who at 25 was the youngest ever chef to be awarded a Michelin star.

Having lost its star in 2013, due to a drop in demand for the fine dining experience, estate manager Matt Wood decided to close the restaurant on 1 January.

“It’s definitely the end of an era for the Napa Valley and for the winery – there’s a lot of sadness,” Wood told the San José Mercury News.

In contrast, business is booming at the estate’s more casual Tasting Lounge, which specialises in oysters, charcuterie and cheese paired with flights of Domain Chandon.

Due to its popularity, the estate plans to move the Tasting Lounge to the space previously occupied by Étoile.

Domaine Chandon was founded in 1973 by Champagne house Moët & Chandon.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Supply Chain Assistant

Speciality Drinks
Park Royal, London, UK

Customer Services Administrator

Speciality Drinks
Park Royal, London, UK

Gin Buyer

Craft Gin Club
London (Fitzrovia)

Customer Service & Operations Administrator

Marussia Beverages UK Ltd
London, UK

Sales Account Manager

Berkmann Wine Cellars
London, UK

Sales and Brand Manager

The Duchess Virgin Gin & Tonic
London, UK

Brands Sales Executive

Woolf Sung Ltd
London, UK

International Logistic Manager

Wine Source
London, UK

Prosecco Springs

London,United Kingdom
26th Apr 2018

Spirits & More

19th May 2018

db Awards 2018

23rd May 2018
Click to view more

The Global Malbec Masters 2017

the drinks business is proud to announce the inaugural Global Malbec Masters 2017

The Global Sparkling Masters 2017

the drinks business is thrilled to announce the launch of The Global Sparkling Masters.

Click to view more