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Always mix business with pleasure

If being locked in a hotel conference room in the city for 8 hours isn’t your idea of getting a fresh perspective, we’d be delighted to offer something a little different. We offer plenty of “Only at The Vineyard” activities to inspire and motivate.

The wine discovery experiences are always popular:

  • Aromatic Grapes – enjoy tasting wines made from aromatic grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Shiraz
  • The Art of Wine Tasting – learn how to taste wine from the experts
  • Old World vs New World – which will be your favourite style of wine?
  • Discovery – excite your taste buds with rare and intriguing wines
  • Blind Tasting – an equal number of French and American wines to try. Will you guess correctly?

Other activities that are equally fun to try:

If you’d like to discover more about how we can help to make your meeting memorable, please click here, call our events team on 01635 528770 or email Poppy – events1@the-vineyard.co.uk

Up and Coming Events in September 2012

Saturday 8th September - Ascot Food and Wine Festival

If you’re planning a visit to the Ascot races, this weekend is the ideal one to go. The Ascot Food and Wine Festival offers visitors a day filled with races, food demonstrations, numerous stalls with local products, and of course, wine tastings. Renowned Chef Valentine Warner as seen on BBC2 and ITV, will be at the racecourse throughout the day, doing demonstrations such as ‘Trout with Chanterelles and Artichokes’. Moreover, the Shop ‘n Drop service allows you to buy products at the stands throughout the day, and pick them up at the end of the event so as to avoid carrying around your wares all day. For more information, click here.

Monday 10th September – Ladies Lunch - Life as a Race Horse Trainer

Richard Philips, who was an assistant trainer to Henry Candy, set up in his own right almost twenty years ago and has been extremely successful on the flat and over jumps during this time. He is acquainted with a great many influential characters in the racing world, and will be speaking about the life, encounters and experiences of a trainer. The lunch is £60 per person, and can be booked by calling 01635 528770.

Monday 10th September – Ladies Wine Club: Wine and Fashion, How Does it Work?

Wine, women and Yohann. If that sounds like a good time, then we’d strongly recommend you join our Ladies Wine Club. Ideal for those who enjoy wine and would like to learn more about it in a friendly and informal atmosphere, this is also a great way to meet other like-minded ladies.
3pm-5pm. £30 per person. Please call 01635 528770 to reserve your place.

15th & 16th September – Royal County of Berkshire Show 2012

Undoubtedly one of the largest events in the County of Berkshire, one can see everything from chickens to llamas, horse driving to pig-showings. Some of Britain’s best foods will be available at numerous stands, complete with cookery demonstrations and tastings. Impressive performances in show jumping and the great spectacle of Livestock Grand Parade finally round up the day. Celebrate some of the proudest agriculture the countryside has to offer! For more information or to purchase advance tickets, visit their website.

Saturday 22nd September – Dubai Duty Free International & Party in the Paddock with Lionel Richie

Global superstar Lionel Richie will bring the Dubai Duty Free International Weekend to a close with a live Party in the Paddock concert following the last race. With seven races including three group races this raceday promises to be a cracker! For tickets and more information, click here

Friday 28th September – Piedmont Wine Dinner at The Vineyard

This month at The Vineyard, we celebrate Piedmont, one of the most renowned wine regions of Italy where wine quality hits a unique high. Join us for a fabulous evening of food and wine pairing featuring two of the best local Piedmont winery estates: Poderi Colla with its famous Barolo ‘Dardi le Rose’ and Marchesi di Gresy will present its exquisite Barbaresco called ‘Martinenga’. We will be joined by Master Sommelier, Nigel Wilkinson, will guide us through the wines during this unforgettable evening.

Tickets are at £95 per person and can be booked by calling 01635 528770.
Please click here for a preview of the menu.

Up and Coming Events in August 2012

Saturday 11th August – Burgundy Wine Dinner at The Vineyard

Join Yohann Jousselin MS, Head Sommelier at The Vineyard and UK Sommelier of the Year 2011 and Gearoid Devaney MS and UK Sommelier of the Year 2008, who will guide you through Burgundy from North to South with wines from prestigious areas including Meursault and Nuits St Georges.

Gearoid Devaney currently works for Flint Wines, a London based wine company who specialises in fine wines from Burgundy. Please click here to view the menu.
£95 per person. Reserve your place online or call us on 01635 528770 to book.

Sunday 12th August – Classic Vehicle Show at Newbury Racecourse

This is the 20th Annual Classic Vehicle Show in support of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. The show attracts a variety of classic cars, commercial vehicles, motorbikes and other unusual classic vehicles. Refreshments are also available.
Entry forms can be downloaded from www.classicvehicles.org.uk

2nd Aug-22nd Sept – Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Watermill Theatre

From Thursday the 2nd of August running through until Saturday the 22nd of September, ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ will be playing at the Watermill Theatre. With high-energy, great music numbers throughout, this romantic comedy took Broadway by storm, winning six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Performances start at 7:30pm. Please click here for further information.

Friday 24th August – The Rainforest show with Martin Rapley at Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre

Get close up and hands on with the creatures of the rainforest. Martin Rapley returns with a fantastic selection of creatures from the rainforest. A great opportunity to meet his animals up close. Usually including a rainbow boa, green iguana, chameleon, tree frog, leaf insect, stick insect, praying mantis, tarantula, forest scorpion and cockroaches.

Sessions throughout the day at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.
Please click here for further information.

Up and Coming Events in July 2012

Friday 22nd June to Saturday 28th July – Ben-Hur at the Watermill Theatre
The Watermill is overawed to present an unbelievably spectacular and never-before seen stage version of the novel by General ‘Lew’ Wallace. Almost certainly the greatest book ever penned… Experts say no book has ever been so widely read…  Find out more

Friday 6th to Sunday 15th July – Newbury Comedy Festival at the Corn Exchange
Just three days left to see some fantastic top name comedians and some of the latest talent at Newbury’s Comedy Festival 2012 (6th – 15th July). Find out more

Saturday 14th July – Newbury Summer Festival – Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury Racecourse
The Weatherbys Super Sprint is one of the major races for two year olds of the entire flat racing season. Some of the country’s quickest horses will race at blistering pace over the shortest racing distance of 5 furlongs. The high class supporting races include the Group 3 Shadwell Stakes and the Listed Shadwell Beech House Stud Stakes. Find out more 

Monday 16th July Ladies Lunch – Maurice Blik – The Vineyard 
Join artist Maurice Blik for an interesting and insightful talk on his past experiences, work in sculpture and in particular the commission of the ‘At First Light’ bronze statue by Sir Peter Michael in 1997. This statue proudly stands within the grounds of nearby Donnington Valley Golf Club and was aptly named ‘At First Light’ because it was specifically designed for a site, which catches the first light of dawn. £60 per person. Find out more

Friday 20th July – Cheese, Wine and Spa Evening with Darphin The Vineyard 6.30pm – Enjoy a selection of artisan cheeses and wines and learn more about food and wine pairing from Yohann Jousselin MS. 7.15pm– Interactive Darphin Skin Secrets talk. 8pm – Taster treatments in the spa including mini hand and head massages. Enjoy your goodie bag filled with Darphin product samples and Vineyard chocolates. Just £15 pp. Please call 01635 589415 to book.

Sunday 22nd July – Newbury Waterways Festival at Kennet and Avon Canal
The Newbury branch of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust proudly organises the Newbury Waterways Festival which this year will be on Sunday 22nd July. Boats will start gathering from Friday 20th July for the event which takes place in Victoria Park and at The Wharf. Find out more

Monday 23rd July – Foundation Wine School – Blind Wine Tasting – The Vineyard - 6pm-8pm
Discover the art of blind wine tasting with Head Sommelier Yohann Jousselin MS. £25 per person. Find out more

Monday 23rd July – Ladies Wine Club, Winemaker event – Domaine Laroche -  The Vineyard - 3pm-5pm
Join Yohann and other like-minded ladies for the second Ladies Wine Club event. Domaine Laroche is one of the best producers of Chablis and has wineries in South Africa, Chile and in the south of France. £30 per person. Call 01635 528770 to book and discover more.

Wednesday 25th July – Advanced Wine School – Blind Wine Tasting – The Vineyard - 6pm-8pm
Have fun tasting wines blind with Head Sommelier, Yohann Jousselin MS. £30 per person. Find out more

Saturday 28th July – Kipling’s Just so stories at The Corn Exchange
Critically acclaimed, award winning Newbury Youth Theatre perform their brand new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Just so stories. Adapted and directed by Amy and Tony Trigwell-Jones and devised by the company, this year’s production marks a return to these much-loved fables, having produced their first version of the Just so stories in 2007. Find out more

Up and Coming Events in June 2012

Monday 11th June – The New Menu Concept  at The Vineyard
Join us for the June Ladies Lunch and be one of the first to see the new look and feel of The Vineyard and try, taste and enjoy our new menu created by Executive Chef, Daniel Galmiche. Our new menu includes more flavours and exciting food combinations than with a traditional menu so you’ll be treated to five dishes, some savoury and some sweet, and they’ll all be matched perfectly with wine selected by Yohann. £60 per person For more information

Thursday 14th June – Thursday Evening Racing at Newbury Racecourse
What better way to unwind after work and enjoy a summer’s evening! Soak up some Pimm’s and enjoy the great racing action. For more information 

Saturday 16th June –Wine Dinner - Raiding the Peter Michael Wine Library 
We begin the summer months with a trip to the Golden State giving you an exclusive opportunity to taste new releases and rare, back vintages from the Peter Michael Winery, consistently rated as one of the world’s greatest estates. Don’t miss out on what could be your last chance to enjoy Peter Michael’s 2005 L’Espirit des Pavots, 2007 La Carrière Chardonnay, and 2007 Le Caprice Pinot Noir, to name but a few, which have all received frequent high praise from critics and connoisseurs alike. £120 per person. Formore information

Sunday 17th June – Father’s Day  at The Vineyard
Celebrate Father’s Day at The Vineyard with a three course Sunday lunch. View sample menu. £39 per person. For more information

Sunday 17th & 18th June – The tiger who came to tea at The Corn Exchange This delightful family show is packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of this classic tale of teatime mayhem. Expect to be surprised! For more information 

Friday 22nd to 28th July – Ben-Hur at Watermill Theatre
Based on the novel by General ‘Lew’ Wallace. Written by Patrick Barlow. The Watermill is overawed to present an unbelievably spectacular and never-before seen stage version of the novel by General ‘Lew’ Wallace. Almost certainly the greatest book ever penned… Experts say no book has ever been so widely read. For more information

Tuesday 26th June – Pump Technology Race Evening at Newbury Racecourse After a long stressful day at work, racing at Newbury Racecourse is a relaxing way to wind down after a busy day in the office. Why not bring along some friends on a balmy summer’s evening to double the fun?! For more information

Thursday 28th June- 1st July 2012 Barbury Castle Horse Trilas Marlborough Come and see the British Eventing Team – see them one month before the Olympics and cheer them on to Gold. See some of the other nations Olympic teams compete at Barbury as their final run before the Olympics at Greenwich. Feel the Olympic Fever! For more information

Saturday 30th June – Opera Brava – The Barber of Seville at Newbury Racecourse 
Greenham Common Trust is delighted to announce the return of Britain’s leading outdoor opera company Opera Brava to Newbury Racecourse to perform Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. For more information

Up and Coming Events in May 2012

Saturday 5th May- Tiddler and other terrific tales at The Corn ExchangeAdapted from the bestselling books Children’s Laureate, Julia Donalson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler- creators of The Gruffalo. A new show from the award-winning Scamp Theatre. Find out more

Sunday 6th May- Sing-a-long-a-Sound-of-Music at The Corn Exchange
For those of you not yet converted, Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music is a screening of the classic Julie Andrews film musical in glorious, full-screen technicolor, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along! Find out more

Monday 7th May- Crafty Craft Race at Kennet and Avon Canal
Crafty Craft has been running since 1974 and is a fantastic fun event on the first May Bank Holiday. This year the theme is the Olympics. It is a boat race from Hungerford to Newbury in home-made boats. As well as building and rowing the boats, the teams must lift the boats out of the water and carry them around each lock. Find out more

Wednesday 9th May 2012 Andy Hamilton: Hat of Doom at The Corn Exchange One of Britain’s best loved comedy performers, Andy Hamilton serves up a one-man show, brimming with jokes, stories, gossip, cash prizes, nudity, trampolining and ‘mild peril’. Find out more

Saturday 12th to 26th May 2012 Newbury Spring Festival at Newbury
With approximately 50 events each year The Newbury Spring Festival is one of the UK’s most prestigious Arts festivals. The festival is privileged to be able to use some of the countries best regional performance spaces and many famous locations from the surrounding countryside. Find out more

Sunday 13th May 2012- Bayer 10K Race 2012 at Newbury
The Bayer Newbury 10K is an annual multi-terrain event in the heart of Newbury. Bayer continues to work in partnership with Newbury Athletic Club (NAC) in organising the event. Now in its fifth year, the event has expanded to accommodate 1,000 runners. Find out more

Monday 14th May – Real Downton Abbey – Lady Carnarvon, Countess of Highclere Castle at The Vineyard at Stockcross
Come to hear Lady Carnarvon talk about the ‘Real Downton Abbey’ and how life at Highclere Castle has changed over the past hundred years. Find out more

Friday 18th May 2012 – Gourmet Wine Dinner California vs. France at The Vineyard at Stockcross
Enjoy the taste of some of the most highly rated and sought after Peter Michael Californian wines as well as quality French wines carefully selected by Yohann himself. Yohann will choose a Californian and French wine of the same grape variety and price point for each course and let you decide on the wine that gets your top vote. Which country will be crowned our wine winner of the evening? You decide. Find out more

Friday 18th May 2012- Friday racing at Newbury Racecourse
What better way to enjoy a spring day! Soak up some Pimm’s and enjoy the great racing action. Find out more

Friday 18th May- A Time To Heal at Highclere Castle
The Countess of Carnarvon and special guest Professor Simon Wessely are offering a unique and exclusive talk along with a private tour of the Castle, all in support of Combat Stress and Highclere Parish Church.  Find out more

Saturday 19th May 2012- JLT Lockinge Stakes and Beer Festival at Newbury Racecourse
The highlight of Newbury’s Flat racing season featuring the JLT Group 1 Lockinge Stakes, one of the best races for milers in the country. The racecourse will also be staging their second Beer Festival featuring a wide selection of local real ales and live music. Find out more

Saturday 19th May- Kuljit Bhamra presents Bollywood to Bhangra at The Corn Exchange 
Two legendary names from the British Asian music scene come together in a new theatre show created especially for the Festival. Kuljit Bhamra, the producer of tonight’s show, is the award winning Bhangra record producer who fuses Bhangra dance beats and Hindi film tunes into British and Asian jazz/pop, and Sangeeta is the hugely popular and successful singer with a vast repertoire of songs. Find out more  

Monday 21st May – Foundation wine school- California at The Vineyard at Stockcross Find out more

Monday 23rd May – Advanced wine school- California at The Vineyard at Stockcross Find out more

Saturday 26th May 2012- Party in the Paddock at Newbury Racecourse
The very first Party in the Paddock of 2012 kicks off in style with chart topping DJ Calvin Harris. Come along and enjoy a fantastic days racing plus a first class concert with Calvin Harris; singer, songwriter, DJ and record producer.Find out more 

Saturday 26th to 27th May 2012 Highclere Game and Country Fair at Highclere Castle
Set in the glorious grounds of Highclere Castle, the fair draws visitors from across the southern counties and much further afield. The Highclere Game and Country Fair is home to some of the world’s most prestigious field sports competitions and attracts competitors from across the globe. Find out more

Up and Coming Events in April 2012

Tuesday 3rd April – Henry V & The Winter’s tale – Watermill Theatre Bagnor, Newbury
Henry V tells the tale of the greatest British warrior in English folklore. The Winter’s Tale, a tragic fairytale, tells the mysterious and extraordinary story of a man consumed by an inexplicable jealousy that destroys his family, his kingdom and himself. Find out more

Sunday 8th April – Easter Fun at Highclere Castle
Join the Easter Bunny on Easter Sunday on 8th April 2012 at 2pm for a very special Egg Hunt around the Castle grounds. Make your very own Easter bonnet at home and then join in the Easter Bonnet Parade at 3pm. It will be judged by Lady Carnarvon and a Special Guest. Categories for entries are up to 5 yrs / 5yrs- 10yrs / 10 yrs and over. Find out more

Sunday 8th April – Newbury’s 15th Classic Car & Bike Show & Jumble at Newbury Racecourse
Andrew Greenwood’s Classic shows are delighted to be returning to Newbury Racecourse. Find out more

Tuesday 10th – 13th April –  Family Easter workshops 2 at Newbury College at Newbury
A great range of short workshops available from bake your own muffins, art and 3D crafts, jewellery making and plant pot painting for spring bulbs. Find out more

Tuesday 10th April – Story telling and bear mask making at Hungerford library.
Local award winning author Katie Cleminson is coming to Hungerford library to read her brilliantly written and beautifully illustrated children’s books to children aged 4-10 years at Hungerford Library. Find out more

Friday 13th – 15th April – All about gardening show at Newbury Showground
Green fingered enthusiasts and occasional gardeners alike will find plenty of inspiration at the show. Find out more

Friday 13th  – 14th April –  French market at Newbury
A French Market will be trading in the Market Place in Newbury on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April. This will be in addition to the famous Charter Market as usual.Find out more

Saturday 14th  – 15th April –  All about dogs show at Newbury Showground
A weekend packed with fun, competitions, entertainment, shopping and activities for dogs. Find out more

Friday 20th April. Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials weekend at Newbury Racecourse
First day of the Flat season! Find out more

Monday 23rd April. Celebrate St. George’s Day, The Vineyard at Stockcross
A taste of Pam Ayres, come and enjoy Pam – her wit and humour. Reception drink, three course lunch, glass of wine, petit fours and coffee, together with a signed copy of her autobiography. Find out more

Tuesday 24th – 28th April – Love on the Tracks at Watermill Theatre
The Watermill in association with Big Olive Productions presents Love on the Tracks by Richard Attlee, directed by Michael Woodward. Find out more

Friday 27th April – Science Museum Live on Tour at The Corn Exchange
Experience spectacular science, dangerous demonstrations and extraordinary experiments as the Science Museum takes to the stage with a fantastic live show to blow your mind and challenge your brain! Find out more

The Dinner Party

Imagine the scene…you are in the position of needing to impress your boss, mother-in-law, parents etc, and in a moment of madness you suggested a dinner party at your house! Well, I can’t promise that you’ll cook the perfect dinner, or that conversation will flow…but I can give you a “heads-up” on what you should be drinking.

I guess the golden rule is to keep it simple. Start with the aperitif. Sparkling wine is the classic choice here, led by Champagne of course, but don’t be afraid to check out decent New World sparkling wine as well. New Zealand and California spring to mind. Alternatively a good glass of dry white wine is presently in vogue. Look out for Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc or a delicate Macon Villages from Burgundy. Do some nibbles. Cheese straws and salted almonds always work and please, please stay away from highly flavoured crisps. Chilli, mature cheddar, balsamic reduction stuff is never going toleave the palate all evening!

Head to the starter and go fuller bodied or more aromatic with white wine. If there are spices in the dish, try Alsace Pinot Planc or Riesling. More conservative foods would be absolutely fine with New World Chardonnay or maybe South African Chenin Blanc. I find pan-fried scallops matched with Condrieu (Rhone Valley) heaven, if a little ostentatious!

Main course heads two ways with red wine. Softer, more delicate food (fish, poultry) needs Pinot Noir. Preferably Californian, preferably Sonoma Coast, whilst the robust meat courses (beef, venison) cry out for the Bordeaux varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or Malbec. Remember that if you like your meat well-done, you can safely drink older wines, whilst if rare beef is your passion, a juicy young and tannic red will hit the spot.

With the dessert course, two choices again. Fruit-based offerings work great with Late-Harvest Muscat or Botrytis Sauvignon Blanc. Chocolate is just amazing with Banyuls, Black Muscat or event Tawny Port.

Follow those ideas and you won’t go far wrong…

James Hocking
Director of Wine
The Vineyard Group

Berkshire Events – March 2012

Friday 2nd March – Mencap Charity Raceday at Newbury Racecourse
Raceday in aid of West Berkshire Mencap – a great day for entertaining! Find out more

Saturday 3rd March –Greatwood Charity and Equestrian Raceday at Newbury Racecourse
Some of the season’s best jump racing. This racing day recognises the rehabilitation charity. Find out more

Monday 5th March – Flower arranging with gold medal winner, David Ragg at The Vineyard at Stockcross
Create your very own floral arrangement with Bournemouth-based award winning Floral Designer, David Ragg who will guide you through the design process from start to finish to make sure your finished piece will amaze and inspire. Find out more

Saturday 17th March- Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Newbury
Evening of traditional Irish entertainment at St. George’s Church Hall –  Find out more

Sunday 18th March – Mother’s Day at The Vineyard at Stockcross
Treat your Mum to a delicious five course lunch at The Vineyard and she’ll receive an Espa Replenishing Collection gift to take home. Find out more

Friday 23rd March- Betfair Grassroots Raceday at Newbury Racecourse
A great day at the races with another Friday jump meeting at Newbury. Find out more

Saturday 24th March- Jump Season Finale at Newbury Racecourse
A great day out to celebrate the end of the jump season. Find out more

Monday 26th March- International Antiques & Collectors Fair at Newbury Racecourse
The perfect introduction to antiques fairs for people new to the industry. Find out more

Thursday 29th March- Newbury back in fashion at The Corn Exchange
Parkway shopping centre will host two amazing fashion shows this March. An un-missable opportunity to see the new looks for spring and summer. Find out more