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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.