We belong to BV and several other wineries in Rutherford as cellar club member. We recently had a chance to visit them for complimentary wine tasting and had lunch at Alex and Auberge du Soleil. Overall, the dining experience at Alex was far superior. The amount we spent for lunch and wine at Alex and Auberge du Soleil were virtually identical (around $155 for two of us), but we found the quality of cuisine and service at Alex much more satisfying. The biggest difference was the quality of service. While the wait staff at Alex showed the desire to serve, at Auberge du Soleil it took forever to place our order. The view that Auberge du Soleil offers is certainly nice, but the intimate ambience at Alex is equally attractive. It's sad that the only good thing we remember about Auberge du Soleil is the helpful valet parking. We would definitely go back to Alex, but don't know about Auberge du Soleil.
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