Full Flavours & Aromas at The UK’s Wine Hotel
23 Feb 2015
-Monthly Wine Schools: introducing a different wine region each month
-Romantic Wine Getaway: pairing food and wine with an award winning spa
-Californian Wine Tasting: explore the cellar holding over 800 bottles of Californian wine
-WSET Wine Qualifications: 92% pass rate with Level 1 & 2 courses each month
-Sample 2015 highlights from Austria, Chile, England, Germany & South Africa
The UK’s wine hotel located in Berkshire has an exciting selection of wine themed events throughout the year. These include informal wine schools, wine inspired romantic breaks, selected wine producing region events and more formal wine qualification breaks. Aside from the extensive calendar of events, The Vineyard will keep any guest busy with its 30,000 bottle cellar, and Head Sommelier Romain Bourger has already raised a glass to five key regions for the year.
On Wednesday 4th March the hotel’s wine school focus is England with a more detailed focus on Southern England from Kent to Cornwall. Learn about some of the best sparkling wines in the world produced here in England.
On Wednesday 8th April the focus is on Italy North & South. Often viewed as the most food-friendly wine, Italian wine lovers won’t be disappointed by the suggested pairing of classic dishes to key Italian wine regions.
On Wednesday 6th May California is the specialist wine subject. Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties are all under the spotlight and many of the wines opened will be totally new and exclusive to The Vineyard.
On Wednesday 3rd June the biggest growth area in the world of fine wine in recent years is celebrated; Argentina. The noble Malbec grape is one of the most perfect matches for beef and this wine school will pair selected beef cuts with Argentinean wine.
Each wine school is between 6.30pm to 8pm and priced £30 per person. Enjoy the wine school, two course dinner in the California Bar priced £55 per person. Stay the night with breakfast from £123.50 per person.
The wide selection of wines are the perfect accompaniment to the celebrated contemporary French and Mediterranean cuisine, from award-winning executive chef Daniel Galmiche. Add to the experience an award winning boutique spa with indoor pool and guests have the perfect ingredients for a year round Romantic Getaway.
Spend the night at The Vineyard and enjoy a five course tasting dinner in the main restaurant. On arrival guests are welcomed with a bottle of Champagne, fruit and handmade chocolates in the room. A 55 minute spa treatment each is also included along with a freshly prepared Bento box lunch. Wake in the morning to a Bucks Fizz breakfast in bed. This break is priced from £540.00 based on two guests. More information: http://www.the-vineyard.co.uk/RomanticGetaway.asp
California Wine Tasting – Saturday 9th May
The Vineyard, is no stranger to ‘The Golden State’ as its owner Sir Peter Michael owns a winery in California, and the hotel’s cellar holds over 800 bottles of Californian wine. In May, visitors have the chance to taste and purchase over 50 Californian wines from various regions throughout California. Priced £30 per person. Spend the night from £201.00 per person including breakfast.
WSET Wine Qualifications
Where better to learn more about wines than at the UK’s wine hotel? The 49-room Vineyard, with each suite and bedroom named after an iconic international wine, had an above average pass rate of 92% as a venue in 2014 and offers Level 1 day qualifications and Level 2 three day qualifications. For Level 1, no prior wine knowledge is required making it ideal for anyone with an interest in wine seeking a deeper level of understanding. Overnight courses cost from £322.50 per person including a full day of WSET Level 1 Award professional tuition by a WSET-certified tutor in wine training including the exam, wines, a three-course lunch and tour of the vast cellars, one night (Sunday) accommodation with breakfast and use of the spa facilities including swimming pool. Aspects of wine covered at this level include storage and service, grape varieties, food and wine matching.
Day courses cost from £199 per person including a full day of WSET Level 1 Award in wine training with exam, wines, three-course lunch and tour of the cellars. The course runs on Sundays in 2015: 22nd March; 19th April; 17th May; 28th June; 9th August; 20th September; 18th October and 22nd November.
2015 – From Austria to South Africa – 5 Countries to sample
Romain Bourger, The Vineyard’s Head Sommelier highlights the top ‘new’ wine producing regions for 2015 with recommendations for similar wines from the extensive cellars at The Vineyard. Less known in the UK, Austria produces a diverse range of red and white wines but the star of the show is Grüner Veltliner, a zingy, crisp white. Try these at The Vineyard; 2013 Schloss Gobelsburg, Grüner Veltliner, Steinsetz, Kamptal – £42.00 and 2011 Umathum, Zweigelt, Burgenland – £39.00. With a great diversity of climate conditions ideal for a wide range of grape growing varieties – hot summers, cooling coastal breezes and moderate rainfall – Chile offers such revered wines as Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Pinot Noir. Try these at The Vineyard 2011 Viña Santa Rita, Chardonnay, Reserva, Casablanca Valley – £42.00 and 2011 Casa Lapostolle, Syrah, Cuvée Alexandre, Colchagua Valley – £48.00. Over the last 20 years wine making in England has hugely improved, in particular English sparkling wines. Fans of Riesling need look no further as Germany offers some of the world’s greatest: dry and fresh; rich and full bodied or sweet. Enjoy these two wines at The Vineyard; 2011 Weingüt Egon Müller, Riesling, Scharzhof, Mosel – £62.00 and 2011 Weingüt Meyer-Näkel, Spätburgunder, Ahr – £45.00. South Africa is the oldest ‘New World’ wine-producing country producing many different styles of wine, from intense, concentrated Cabernet or Merlot to spicy, delicate Syrah. Enjoy these two South African wines at the hotel; 2007 Ashbourne, Pinotage, Walker Bay – £53.00 and 2011 Ken Forrester, Chenin Blanc, FMC, Stellenbosch – £70.00.
Say cheers throughout the year at the UK’s wine hotel.
The Vineyard, Stockcross, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8JU 01635 897589
A night at The Vineyard is priced from £247.00 based on a Luxury Double room
for two guests sharing inclusive of breakfast