Palate Paradise at The UK’s Wine Hotel
3 Mar 2014
Old World Taste & New World Values by Award Winning Chef Daniel Galmiche
The Vineyard in Berkshire is the UK’s wine hotel, home to over 30,000 bottles of wine in its cellars and owned by Sir Peter Michael who founded his first winery in California in 1982. A unique collection of wines demands an extraordinary chef, and Daniel Galmiche has created a selection of menus that blend fine dining and fine wines.
Daniel draws upon his unique experience and passion to share his love of food and authentic French/Mediterranean cooking at The Vineyard. He uses locally sourced ingredients from sustainable stocks in many of his seasonal dishes – a triumphant blending of Old World taste and New World values some might say. At The Vineyard, Daniel works with Alan Holmes, the hotel’s restaurant and wine director to deliver paired menus that celebrate the very best cuisine and wine.
The ‘Current Menu’ is designed so that diners can create their own wine and food tasting. As a guide, The Vineyard suggest taking four to five dishes to match with wines chosen from the 30,000 bottle cellars. Dishes include; Lyme Bay skate wing, parsnip, cima di rapa, capers and Cherry wood smoked oxtail, fillet of beef, onion, Swiss chard and Corn fed duck breast, butternut squash, curly kale, wild rice, amongst others, all paired according to the individual palate. This menu is available daily at lunch and dinner and priced from £29.00 per person for three dishes.
With 100 wines served by the glass at The Vineyard, it is the ideal location to sample unique tasting menus. Daniel Galmiche creates tasting menus every season, whereby guests can choose from eighteen different sweet and savoury dishes. ‘The Judgement Tasting’ brings together 12 wines; 6 Californian and 6 French. The Judgement of Paris forms the basis for this gastronomic experience where 7 dishes are paired with 12 wines. On 24th May 1976 an Englishman, Steven Spurrier, staged a competitive blind tasting of French and Californian wines in a small room in a Paris hotel. It was here that a strange thing happened, rocking the so called ‘civilised’ world to its roots. In a blind tasting with some of the leading French wine aficionados of the day, unknown Californian wines were chosen over France’s best. At The Vineyard, diners get to debate which of the wines they prefer over this tasting menu.
The California Bar at The Vineyard offers casual dining in a relaxed wine bar atmosphere with a stunning painting of The Judgement of Paris in the background. With over 800 Californian wines to enjoy, Daniel Galmiche has devised a selection of dishes ideal for pairing with one or more glasses of wine. Dishes includes; Waldorf salad (Apple, spiced walnuts, celery, grapes) and Risotto (Pumpkin risotto, parmesan cheese, black truffle) and Steak haché (Hand-made Scottish beef burger, tomato relish, matchstick chips). A course paired with one glass of wine is priced from £15.00 per person.
Daniel has achieved Michelin Stars throughout his career. He achieved the prestigious award of a Michelin Star at Harvey’s in Bristol where he was Chef/Manager. He maintained the coveted Michelin Star at L’Ortolan near Reading and also regained a Michelin Star at the magnificent Cliveden House in Berkshire. Daniel has released several books including The French Brasserie Cookbook, published in September 2011 and his second cookbook; Revolutionary French Cooking is due out in May 2014. At the end of 2013 Daniel collaborated with other leading chefs to create simple, delicious recipes for those living with cancer in Recipes for Life.
Daniel states; “Eating out is one of the greatest pleasures of life. I have made it my mission to communicate this.” At The Vineyard Daniel has celebrated this in all of his menus and raised a glass of wine throughout.
The Vineyard, Stockcross, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8JU 01635 897589