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The Meteoric Rise of Kellerville

Before one, great man rode into town on his white horse, things weren't always so idyllic in Yountville, and Bloomberg takes a long look at just how much the place has changed from a "raucous, drunken town" to Kellerville, home to the most Michelin stars per capita in the US: "The change began when one chef, Thomas Keller, bought a restaurant called the French Laundry and raised its standards and prices before he began serving in 1994 ... 'People who've been in Napa for a long time say they weren't allowed to go to Yountville when they were young,' said Mike Silvas of Morgan Lane Inc., a residential brokerage. 'It was where the unsavory types hung out. It was pretty run-down and crummy.'" [Bloomberg]