Chef Thomas Keller’s Napa Valley fine dining institution The French Laundry is opening up its wine cellar to the public in aid of its furloughed workers.
The American chef posted on his Instagram that The French Laundry was, for the first time, making available to the public its private cellar of Modicum wine, a private label vintage made exclusively for the restaurant, with a portion of proceeds going to help the furloughed workers of The French Laundry, Per Se, Ad Hoc, Bouchon Bistro, and Bouchon, through the Keller Restaurant Relief Fund.
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Modicum: A very little of the very best. We have decided for the first time to release our library vintages of Modicum, the private-label wine created for The French Laundry. These exceptional wines are offered at an outstanding value, but with limited availability due to our small production. Modicum wine is a symbol of a time and place that makes us so proud. The collaboration between the sommeliers and the vineyard owners is a remarkable example of the combined spirit that still holds true today after more than two decades. Immense gratitude to Bobby Stuckey MS, Paul Roberts MS, Dennis Kelly MS, Erik Johnson, Andrew Adelson and Erin Tichy. Your support of Modicum also extends to the Keller Restaurant Relief Fund, where a portion of each purchase will go towards helping our furloughed employees who make up our restaurant family during this pandemic in the Napa Valley, New York City, Surfside and Las Vegas. To learn more and to purchase, please see link in bio. #feeditforward #modicumwine #saverestaurants
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Chef Keller has been extremely busy during the coronavirus, conducting cooking masterclasses on his Instagram, but also organising to lobby congress for measures to save the restaurant industry, and taking on the insurance industry in order to push them to pay business interruption costs.
Modicum was a co-creation between The French Laundry’s sommeliers and wine producers, and captures the essence of happier times for the restaurant. These vintages are extremely limited and should prove to be sought after by wine enthusiasts and collectors. Those interested can purchase the wine here.