I'll be dining at French Laundry next week for my birthday. Not the type of place I can go ever day, so I've been saving my pennies for a few weeks just to be able to fly up and have a good time. My question is in regards to wine: I don't think I'll be able to afford their wine pairings (I've heard their wine list is pretty overpriced for what you get), and not having a particular taste for wine yet, I don't think it would be worth it anyway. It is a special occasion however, and I'm willing to pay the corkage fee to bring in something special to have with dinner. I was thinking of a nice champagne (Dom perhaps), but when would you enjoy this? During the first few courses...with the main...dessert? Or maybe there is a nice bottle that you men can suggest for a young wine noob such as myself, that would help a lot too. Oh, and if you have any other suggestions for a better experience at French Laundry, I'm all ears.