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SingleThread Names New Wine Director

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Chris McFall to Oversee Beverage Program at the Three Michelin-Starred Restauran

October 21st – Healdsburg, CA – Chef Kyle and Katina Connaughton are pleased to announce Chris McFall has moved into a larger role overseeing the entire beverage program as Wine Director at SingleThread. Most recently the restaurant’s Head Sommelier, the accomplished beverage professional first gained recognition in his hometown of Austin, Texas when he was named Best New Sommelier by Wine & Spirits Magazine in 2012 for his work at Paggi House. McFall later managed and developed noteworthy programs at two-Michelin starred Lazy Bear in San Francisco prior to joining the SingleThread wine team in the spring of 2020.

“I’m elated to continue the legacy of the Beverage Program at SingleThread,” said McFall.  “It is an honor to collaborate with the local and international winemakers that inspire us.”

McFall will oversee SingleThread’s highly curated, 150-plus page wine list that includes bottles from around the world with a special focus on Sonoma wines. A variety of specialty sake selections from SingleThread’s cellar, along with a vibrant zero-proof beverage program, are now under his purview as well. McFall worked with Little Saint Bar Director Matt Siegel and SingleThread Farm to expand the non-alcoholic initiative. In 2021, SingleThread received the coveted Wine Spectator Grand Award, which recognizes extraordinary wine lists, cellars and service across the globe – an award held by only 97 restaurants worldwide. 

About SingleThread

SingleThread is a source-focused, farm-driven restaurant and inn that offers its diners and guests time- honored preparations of seasonally inspired cuisine, and a uniquely curated taste of Sonoma Wine Country. The concept was born out of Kyle and Katina Connaughton’s Southern California upbringing, as well as their extensive international travels and experiences living and cooking abroad in both the UK and Japan. SingleThread is a three-Michelin starred restaurant whose foundation is rooted in a wealth of Japanese principles and traditions surrounding hospitality, food culture, and service. The restaurant focuses on the concept of “omotenashi,” described as a heightened sense of hospitality and anticipation of a guest’s every need. At SingleThread, the relationship between farmer and chef is more than a side story; it is the heart of the experience. 

In October 2020, The Michelin Guide honored SingleThread with a Green Star, its first year of awarding restaurants in the United States for their efforts on sustainability. In June 2021, its wine program received the Wine Spectator Grand Award.  SingleThread is ranked #37 in 2021 and #50 in 2022 at the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards. SingleThread is a member of Relais & Chateaux, an international association of independent luxury hotels and restaurants around the world. For more information, visit www.singlethreadfarms.com.

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