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Fantastic Festive Wines for 2015

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With some many wines to choose from and enjoy over the festive season, Romain Bourger has selected five of his favourites.

Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs, Napa Valley, 2010
One of the festive wines for 2015 recommended by Romain is  from Schramsberg estate. Owned by J. Davies Estate and established back in 1862, it was one of the pioneering vineyard to produce a sparkling wine using the second fermentation in the bottle, such as Champagne. Blanc de Blancs means white from white and is made from Chardonnay grape. The wine shows a creamy foam and delicate bubbles. The nose has notes of ripe stone fruit, toast, fresh almond and citrus, the palate is creamy with a fresh finish. Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs gained international recognition in 1972 when President Nixon served the wine at the “Toast to Peace” in Beijing, China.

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Peter Michael Winery, L’Après Midi, Knights Valley, 2013
Sir Peter Michael long had a great interest for wine, he established his winery in Sonoma in 1982 and released his first wine in 1987. L’Après Midi, the French for “the afternoon”, is a Sauvignon Blanc based wine blended with a touch of Sémillon which was first produced in 1991. It undergoes its fermentation in oak barrel bringing to the wine a hint of smokiness and a riche texture. It develops aromas of ripe tropical fruit such as passion fruit and fresh mango with a touch of pink grapefruit. The palate has a lovely minerality very well balanced with the oak character. This wine is very well suited for a poached Salmon with a Hollandaise sauce.

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Langhe, Poderi Colla, Bricco del Drago, Piedmont, Italy, 2008
A wine made from a local grape called Nebbiolo, a very delicate and light coloured red wine. This Langhe is a very juicy wine full of plums, red cherry as well as a touch of violet petals. The palate is delicate and perfumed with soft and silky tannins. It shows more dark fruits such as blackcurrant and blackberry with a touch of pepper and leather. This wine is a more wintery wine and goes well with game such has a fillet of venison or cheese.

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Tio Pepe, Palomino Fino, Jerez, Spain, NV
Unfortunately, sherry is not used enough in gastronomy, however, it is an incredible style of wine because of its diversity and versatility with food. This light and dry Sherry made from Palomino grape is perfect for an aperitif due to its citrus aromas bringing a lively freshness. Its hint of nuttiness makes it well suited for veloutés and soups. Also, a richer style such as an Oloroso or a sweet Pedro Ximene would work very well with cheese or a Christmas pudding.


Tokaji, Disznoko 5 Puttonyos, Tokaj, Hungary, 2007
Since 1992 Disznoko is part of Axa Millesime. This sweet wine is made in a very traditional way. It is produced from a local grape called Furmint. This great pudding wine develops aromas of cooked tropical fruit such as pineapple, mango as well as some acacia honey and a great acidity. The balance is great and the wine shows an amazing balance. This is a fantastic wine to have with Christmas pudding or a trifle.

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Another Successful Wine Festival Weekend

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Bottles in a row WFW14 compressed 150x150 Another Successful Wine Festival WeekendI know I may well say this every year, but this year’s wine festival at The Vineyard seemed to surpass all previous years in terms of just about everything…food, wine, and many masterclasses aimed at helping our customers get the very best out of a bottle of wine. Our suppliers stepped up to the mark and provided a selection of truly stunning wines really indicative of our list at The Vineyard.

First off was our annual wine festival dinner. Two matched wines per course hence groaning tables of wine glasses (all Riedel of course) ready to showcase the bottles. Hard to pinpoint specifics, however feedback that I received thought that the Grüner Veltliner Steinsetz (Schloss Gobelsburg) was the star white of the evening, whilst the Mac Forbes Pinot Noir from Australia and the venison course was the pairing of the evening. The Peter Michael L’Esprit des Pavots held its ground with the cheese course also, even up against Tawny Port! To buy these wines, please contact me, James Hocking, on 01635 589414 or email me: jameshocking@vineyardcellars.com

Following that, our Saturday tasting was well-subscribed, and with an ever expanding Wine tasting 1 compressed 150x150 Another Successful Wine Festival Weekendgroup of suppliers, the room was full of wine. Newcomers to our tasting this year were Berkmann Wines, with a decent range of Italian and Argentinean bottles, plus Clark Foyster Wines, showing a solid range from Australia, France and Portugal. We had over 150 wines open, covering all the major viticultural regions of the world. All together, 10 of our top wine suppliers helped make this event a success.

And the wine, I most wanted to take home? Champagne Taittinger kindly gave us a couple of bottles of their flagship Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs. Pure hedonistic pleasure…frankly the customers were lucky to get a look in!!

We actually have a Taittinger Champagne dinner coming up on 5th December and there are still a few places left. Please see our website for the menu and more details. It’s sure to be a great evening. Our sparkling bubbles galore wine school is also taking place on 3rd December. We hope to see you at one of our up and coming events.

We also welcomed WSET who were talking to all our guests about our popular level 1 course, but also our new intensive level 2 course, which we’re running for the first time from 6th to 8th February.

Cheers

James Hocking
Director of Wine

Only a few weeks until our annual wine festival on 15th November

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Glasses in a row 150x150 Only a few weeks until our annual wine festival on 15th NovemberWe do also have a five course dinner with matching wines to open the annual wine festival on the evening of 14th November. It’s going to be a very lively and entertaining affair with suppliers each giving an insight into the wines they’ve chosen to match with the dishes. We are filling up fast for this event, but do still have places left if you would like to join us. View menu

As you would expect, California will be well-covered on the day, showcasing the best of the true North Coast region (taking in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties) and wines such as Waterstone, Ferrari-Carano and Donelan Family will be on tasting. Donelan has been our success story of 2014 with just beautiful Chardonnay, Roussanne and Syrah. Peter Michael Winery will have a selection of Pinot Noir plus the Knights Valley flagship Les Pavots on the stand.

Turning to Europe, brilliant winemaker Dermot Sugrue (ex-Nyetimber) will have his Goringtumblr ma5g2y57h11rveocqo1 1280 150x150 Only a few weeks until our annual wine festival on 15th November Brut to show you just how good English fizz can be, however Champagne Taittinger will doubtless want to argue that point with their collection of wines open, plus I will stand my corner with Schramsberg Vineyards! Germany is covered by the wines of Weegmuller and Huesgen whilst Spain has Lopez de Heredia – surely the most classic Rioja you will find. On other stands South Africa, Italy, France and Austria are all showcased. This is truly a world wine festival!

And just to finish, we’ll be opening a selection of Sherries this year, plus a pair of beautiful Madeiras, the perfect Christmas day post prandial.

MeatPlatter 150x150 Only a few weeks until our annual wine festival on 15th NovemberThe Wine Festival begins at 12pm and finishes at 4pm. There will be over 150 wines to taste throughout the day and you’ll also be able to chat to WSET experts about the WSET courses we offer here.  Don’t forget,  your £25 wine ticket can be redeemed against a case of wine over the value of £250 and we also have a special lunch menu available in our restaurant for just £25 per person. To view the menu, please visit our website.

See you there…

James Hocking
Director of Wine
The Vineyard Cellars

A new look for The Vineyard

The 13th June saw the unveiling of the new-look public spaces at The Vineyard. With over 150 people attending the launch including friends, family and local business people there was definitely a buzz about the place.

Our public space including the reception, bar and casual dining area has been transformed, so now as guests walk through our doors, they will instantly see why we are called The Vineyard.

A dramatic new painting depicting the infamous Judgement of Paris wine tasting in 1976, an impressive glass-floored wine vault containing over 880 bottles giving guests the opportunity to see down to our cellar, and a brand new menu concept are just some of the exciting changes we’ve made.

On the evening of the launch party, Sir Peter gave an informed and entertaining speech about the famous Judgement of Paris wine tasting so guests could understand why Sir Peter commissioned such an impressive painting to depict the event.

As the doors of the wine vault were opened, guests were met with the stunning piece painting adorning the wall in front of them. Guests admired piece of art work painted by artist, Gary Myatt, and the new Taste room as this too has been refurbished throughout.

Now onto the really fun bit of the evening – the blind wine tasting! Guests were given the opportunity to taste two white wines and two red and vote for their favourites. We couldn’t have asked for a more diplomatic result – the French white and the Californian red won the night!

The white wines tasted were:

  • Bourgogne, Chardonnay,Vincent Girardin, Burgundy, France, 2010
  • Waterstone, Chardonnay, Napa, CA, 2010

And the reds:

  • Waterstone, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, CA, 2007
  • St Émilion, Vieux Château Negrit, Bordeaux, France, 2009

The launch party was a huge success and the team at The Vineyard is looking forward to many more events being held at the hotel in future.

Keep an eye on our new website for news of the exciting wines being lined up for this year’s Vineyard Wine Festival on 26th-27th October. Tickets will be limited.

For more information on The Vineyard, please visit: www.the-vineyard.co.uk

The Peter Michael Winery Dinner June 2012 – Raiding the Library

On Saturday June 16th, I was asked to host and preside over something really special. For those who know the Peter Michael Winery and Vineyard Cellars, we spend more time than anything else saying “I’m sorry. We have no wine to sell”. This year is no exception, with a 2-year wait on the winery mailing list and only minimal stocks left here in the UK. “Raiding the Library” was therefore a chance to sample the unobtainable, paired with Daniel Galmiche’s bespoke tasting menu.

First up, Coeur a Coeur. A new wine for the winery made from 50% each Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Crisp, refreshing, but with the weight one would expect from Laville Haut-Brion or equivalent top Graves. A pair of Chardonnays followed to demonstrate the differences that terroir and micro climate in a single area can bring. Richness and ripeness versus minerality and steeliness, all within a couple of miles of each other!  On to the reds. Le Moulin Rouge is the opulent, blockbusting Pinot Noir from Gary Pisoni’s ranch down in Santa Lucia, South of San Francisco. Often the rarest wine made by the winery, this was the first time we opened this at any event in Europe. The flagship Les Pavots followed, exuding those classic left-bank Bordeaux characteristics of graphite, mineral, and dark fruit notes, lifted by a touch of cinnamon and other spice notes. The evening was complete…

But not quite. I had collected many old bottles of “PMW” as we call them over the past fifteen years,  and opened a few late-night bottles for our more hardened tasters. Clos du Ciel (long-since departed Chardonnay from Howell Mountain), Crète d’Or (Russian River Valley Chardonnay made once!), and older vintages of Belle Côte Chardonnay and Les Pavots Proprietary Red made up the list. We were done!

A very special evening, in the presence of Paul & Emily Michael and around forty ardent Peter Michael Winery fans. We’ll do it again some time…

James Hocking
Director of Wine
The Vineyard Group

A Select Four

Here at The Vineyard wine is what we do. The wine list currently sits at around 3000 bins but is considered a work in progress as new and exciting wines are continually being sought out.

This month we have selected just four from our list, which we think deserve a special mention.

Milmanda 2007 from the Miguel Torres Winery in Spain.

Our first suggestion is Milmanda 2007 from the Miguel Torres Winery in Spain.
This wine is made from 100% Chardonnay and has intense aromas of white fruits with notes of cooked apple and pear followed by a creamy vanilla touch from the oak ageing process. This wine is an excellent accompaniment to shellfish such as lobster, crab and shrimp.

Palladius 2007 from Eben Sadie in South Africa.

Our next selection is Palladius 2007 from Eben Sadie in South Africa. Perfect with fish such as John Dory served with roast potatoes or a potato gratin. This wine is a blend of three grape varieties, Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Grenache and offers a lovely palate of ripe exotic fruits balanced with a touch of acidity.

2001 Cahors, from Cosse Maisonneuve in the south west of France.

Our third selection is the 2001 Cahors, from Cosse Maisonneuve in the south west of France. With a beautiful palate of black fruits with notes of chocolate and tobacco, demonstrating a delicate balance between the softness of the tannins and acidity. This wine is perfect with slow cooked Lamb, mashed potatoes and truffle oil.

2004 Larkin from the Cabernet Franc winery in Napa, California.

Last but by no means least is the 2004 Cabernet Franc from the Larkin winery in the Napa Valley, California. A wonderful wine that compliments game served with a red wine sauce. This wine shows some ripe dark fruit aromas followed by notes of cigar boxes, coffee and black pepper, this wine has an acidity which balances out the generous ripeness as well as the roundness of the tannins.

All of these wines are available to try at The Vineyard or please do speak with our Sommeliers who will be happy to make a recommendation based on your selection from our menu.