#GrapePricedWine at the UK’s Wine Hotel and on the High Street Nationwide
15 Aug 2017
- #GrapePricedWine campaign showcases accessible wines on the high street
- The Vineyard is home to 30,000 bottles in its cellars, 100 wines served by the glass
- Special Wine Dinners and Christmas make the hotel the ideal place to gather family
- Monthly #GrapePricedWine competitions and promotions at the-vineyard.co.uk
The Vineyard in Berkshire is the UK’s wine hotel, and is passionate about wine both within its four walls and also across the nation. The Vineyard have unveiled a #GrapePricedWine (Grape Priced Wine) campaign to introduce wines from around the world to a wider audience, showcasing accessible wines at great prices, with tips on how to choose the right wine for the drinkers budget. At the hotel, the award-winning team of sommeliers know all about the vast cellar of some 30,000 bottles of wine. There are 100 wines to enjoy by the glass.
Head Sommelier, Romain Bouger, has selected a few favourites which are available from local supermarkets, as well as The Vineyard’s own extensive wine list. Showcasing style, depth and quality here are Romain’s Top 6 wines under £20.
Blanquette de Limoux, 1531, Languedoc-Roussillon, France, 2015 (Tesco, £9.00)
A delicious sparkling wine made from a local varietal called Mauzac. It is fresh and ripe with a delicate intensity, fine bubbles and a lively finish. It is historically the oldest sparkling wine ever made, dating back to 1531.
Pessac-Léognan, Château Tour Léognan, Bordeaux, France, 2014 (Waitrose, £14.99)
In my opinion, this is a great example of white Bordeaux (and from a top producer, the Perrin family also producing Château Carbonnieux). It is a classic blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon with a touch of oak which brings a delicate texture to the wine. It is dry, fresh but with a creamy mouth feel and intense aromas of boxwood, pink grapefruit and lime.
Colinas de Uruguay, Albariño, Uruguay, 2016 (Sainsbury’s, £8.00)
A classic Spanish varietal, very fresh, lively and crisp. It definitely is a summer wine and a great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio
Cintila, Fernao Pires, Península de Setúbal, Portugal, 2015 (The Vineyard, £19.00)
Delicate, light and fruity, this is a perfect Rose wine to enjoy on a hot day. It has a lovely texture that makes it very food friendly
Opal Ridge, Gewürztraminer/Verdelho, South Eastern Australia, Australia, 2015 (The Vineyard, £19.00)
An aromatic blend that has the tropical notes of Gewürztraminer but with the added freshness and citrus tones of Verdelho. The wine is dry with a lovely texture and a touch of rose petal and orange blossom
Viña Edmara, Pinot Noir, Valle Central, Chile, 2015 (The Vineyard, £19.00)
Light, juicy and mouth-watering, this is a great example of Pinot Noir from Chile. It has a lovely spiciness and depth of aromas but remains very well balanced.
Robby Jenks, the hotel’s rising star chef oversees the 3 AA Rosette restaurant. The Vineyard hotel’s menus include the Discovery Tasting Menu (5 dishes £75.00). Robby regularly teams up with Romain to pair some of the dishes from the Discovery Tasting Menu with a glass of wine:
Loch Duart salmon, cucumber, English wasabi and dill
Gusbourne, Reserve, Brut, Kent, England, 2009 £12.50
A beautifully fresh sparkling wine made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier that cut through the salmon but match the freshness of the cucumber
Pan- fried Label Rouge foie gras, preserved plums, parsnip and basil
Alsace Grand Cru Riesling, Domaine Schlumberger, Kitterlé, Alsace, France, 2012 £13.00
This great Riesling is actually dry but has a beautiful oily texture to match the richness of the Foie Gras
Fillet of halibut, parsley, mussels and sea herbs
Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Azienda Agricola Cos, Sicily, Italy, 2012 £10.00
This light red wine is mainly made from Nero d’Avola and has a very aromatic nose but a delicate texture on the palate that goes amazingly well with the meatiness of the halibut
Saddle of venison, red cabbage, blackberry and chervil root
Justin Vineyards, Justification, Cabernet Franc/Merlot, Paso Robles, CA, 2012 £12.00
This wine is made more as a Saint Emilion style, the powerful nose of ripe dark fruit goes greatly with the blackberries of course but also with the gaminess of the venison
Earl grey parfait, lemon bergamot, cubebe pepper
Tokaji, Sauska, 5 Puttonyos, Tokaj, Hungary, 2003 £18.00
An amazing Tokaj, this wine isn’t too sweet so it doesn’t overpower this delicious dessert but the slightly honeyed notes pair very well with the earl grey parfait
The 49-room Vineyard, with each suite and bedroom named after an iconic international wines is the ideal place to enjoy affordable wines or a special bottle. Guests can expect a feast for the eyes too with the walls around the hotel full of art by artists including Henry Martin, Ronald Searle, Boris Smirnoff and Doris Zinkeisen. The Vineyard is also home to an award-winning spa with an indoor pool for hotel guests only.
Throughout the year, The Vineyard hosts regular wine dinners, again showcasing wines from around the world paired perfectly with seasonal dishes. On Tuesday 10th October, the hotel will host a Tri Nations Dinner Wine Challenge. Set up in 2014 this event has been showcased in wine capitals around the world. Wines from South Africa, New Zealand and Australia will be presented and The Vineyard joins this prestigious culinary and wine challenge as the guest nation showcasing the USA’s California. Six courses with two matched wines per course. Priced £150 per person.
Start planning Christmas early this year and book a two or three night escape at the UK’s wine hotel between 24th and 27th December. The Vineyard is ideally placed geographically in Berkshire to gather the entire family, close enough to main roads, a railway station and Heathrow Airport. Two nights priced £749 per person including a wine masterclass, several dinners, entertainment, breakfasts and use of the spa facilities.
With #GrapePricedWine in mind, The Vineyard will be running monthly competitions over on their website and offering wine tips on their blog. Raise a glass to that!
The Vineyard, Stockcross, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8JU 01635 897589
Accommodation and breakfast is priced from £247 based on two guests.