When farm, inn and 52-seat fine dining concept Single Thread—the first major project from chef and farmer, husband and wife team Kyle and Katina Connaughton—opens in Healdsburg this weekend, guests won’t just come for the seriously ambitious food, but a wine list to match.
Sommelier Evan Hufford's list champions local, hard-to-find California producers, featuring a back catalogue of rare bottles from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, particularly Pinot Noir and Zinfandel, which he has unearthed from dusty winery cellar corners and from vetted private collectors.
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The restaurant even has its own on-site winery: a 450-gallon-capacity concrete-egg fermenter that’s visible from the dining room but zoned with its own address, making it one of the smallest bonded wineries in the U.S. Starting in 2017—and turning the usual food-wine pairing convention on its head—each year one local winemaker will craft a single wine specifically to match Kyle Connaughton’s cuisine, perhaps even as a pairing for a single dish.