Michelin Awards Coveted Stars To 10 Wine Country Restaurants

Michelin-Stars-2014SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 22, 2013 – Michelin today announced its highly regarded star selections for the eighth edition of the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country. The book goes on sale tomorrow.

Both of the Wine Country’s 2013 three star restaurants—The French Laundry and The Restaurant at Meadwood—maintained their status in the 2014 guide. A Michelin three star rating is considered the ultimate international recognition in the culinary world, with just over 100 restaurants currently holding this prized distinction.

This year, a total of 10 Wine Country restaurants received a coveted Michelin star rating. Here is the complete list of the Wine Country’s Michelin star restaurants for 2014:

Restaurant

Michelin Stars

Wine Region Town
The Restaurant at Meadowood

3

Napa Valley St. Helena
The French Laundry

3

Napa Valley Yountville
Solbar

1

Napa Valley Calistoga
La Toque

1

Napa Valley Napa
Auberge du Soleil

1

Napa Valley Rutherford
Terra

1

Napa Valley St. Helena
Bouchon

1

Napa Valley Yountville
Terrapin Creek

1

Sonoma County Bodega
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant

1

Sonoma County Forestville
Madrona Manor

1

Sonoma County Healdsburg

About the MICHELIN Guide

Thanks to the rigorous MICHELIN Guide selection process that is applied independently and consistently around 23 countries, the MICHELIN Guide has become an international benchmark in fine dining.  The selections of all restaurants in the guide are made by Michelin’s famously anonymous inspectors who dine in the San Francisco area regularly.  These local inspectors are trained to scrupulously apply the same time-tested methods used by Michelin inspectors for many decades throughout the world.

This ensures a uniform, international standard of excellence. As a further guarantee of complete objectivity, Michelin inspectors pay all their bills in full, and only the quality of the cuisine is evaluated. To assess the quality of a restaurant, the inspectors apply five criteria defined by Michelin: product quality, preparation and flavors, the chef’s personality as revealed through his or her cuisine, value for money, and consistency over time and across the entire menu. These objective criteria are respected by all Michelin Guide inspectors, whether in Japan, the United States, China or Europe. They guarantee a consistent selection so that a star restaurant is the same value regardless of whether it is located in Paris, San Francisco, New York or Tokyo.

Source: Michelin Guide

To see Wine Country restaurants designated for 2014 as “Bib Gourmand” by Michelin Guide, click here.