““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”
A Napa Valley Must
Originally from the Champagne region of France, Chef Philippe Jeanty has long been a Napa Valley fixture, having opened the restaurant at Domaine Chandon back in 1977. After more than 20 years as executive chef at that premier spot, Jeanty decided to launch his own place and, in 1998, Bistro Jeanty was born. Ever since, Bistro Jeanty has been known for its bustling, unpretentious ambiance and wonderful French-bistro-style fare.
Diners "ooh" and "aah" for starters that include duck foie gras pâté with a port poached pear; truite fumée a l'huile (home-smoked trout and potato salad with olive oil); and an amazing crème de tomate en croûte (tomato soup in puff pastry). Classic entrées include moules au vin rouge, a quintessential coq au vin; and entrecôte frites (truly awesome frites). But the standout is the deconstructed daube de boeuf, which is beef stew with mashed potatoes, buttered peas and carrots. It simply cannot be topped.
Along with an excellent wine list, such dishes make Bistro Jeanty a must visit for anyone touring Napa Valley.
Bistro Jeanty, 6510 Washington St., Yountville, Calif., (707) 944-0103, www.bistrojeanty.com.