OUR WINTER WINE DINNER SERIES 2019/2020
I am mindful that our Winter Events need to be a little more challenging each year, to coax our many wonderful and loyal customers from hibernation. Thank you for your business.
Once again we have partnered with our old friends at Matthew Clark from whom (as with Trevor Hughes) we have been buying wine since we started at the Buttery in Glasgow in 2002. It would appear there is some demand for another Epicurean Dinner, therefore I will be hosting another at the end of the series, new twist.
Trevor Hughes will be returning, along with me to host our annual American evening.
It’s going to be another action packed Winter ….. can’t wait!
Friday 1st November Wines of New Zealand
Winemaking is still fairly new to New Zealand. Yet after only a couple decades, Kiwi winemakers are already producing wines that are consistently lauded by international experts.
In 2002, American wine guru Robert Parker declared a Felton Road 1997 Pinot Noir as one of the top 3 wines in a blind tasting of Burgundy reds. (And this from a man who has been a vocal critic of New Zealand wines…)
In April 2003, Wine Spectator rated central Otago as one of the top 5 most exciting New World wine regions. And now the up-and-coming Hawke’s Bay Shiraz is rivaling even the best Australian Shirazes. So what on earth is going on here?
Appetizer, three courses and all wines. £
Friday 15th November Wines of Chile
Chile has a wine industry that stretches back nearly 500 years. Grape cuttings were first brought to Chile by Spanish missionaries in order to produce wine for the celebration of Mass. The favorable climate, abundance of water from the melting glaciers of the Andes, and high altitude allowed the Patagonian wine industry to flourish over the centuries. The arrival of European immigrants during the 19th century brought new grape varieties and winemaking techniques. Chile has been exporting wines to Europe since the 1880s. £
Friday 6th December Wines of France
French wines can be confusing because they rarely put the name of the grape on the bottle. Instead they put a controlled place name, appearing on the label as the "Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée." You will often see this abbreviated as AOC or, to get in line with EU terminology, AOP. The rules for winemaking and grape growing in each appellation have grown out of each region's long history. Why put the place on the label instead of the name of the grape? Many people would say that it's because of the notion of terroir. Essentially, terroir is the wine's expression of the place from where it came. When winemakers speak about terroir, they're talking about a variety of things that influence the vine, including the type of soil it's growing in, the slope and elevation of the vineyard, as well as the climate and weather. £
Friday 10th January American Pairing Dinner
Our annual American evening extravaganza hosted by Trevor Hughes and owner Ian Fleming from the USA. A great night is always assured featuring authentic American recipes from Ian's Inn's on the Eastern Shore, USA. American boutique Wines drawn from reserve stocks held by Trevor, from whom Ian has been buying wine for over 30 years.
Avoiding mass market produce, there is fabulous regional produce available in the USA and with recipes drawn from so many cultures, the food scene is dynamic. Combine that with wine from largely boutique wineries with small productions of concentrated wines and we have all the ingredients for our most popular winter wine event of the year. ££
Friday 24th January Robert Burns Evening
The Burns Supper is an institution of Scottish life: a night to celebrate all things Scottish, including the life and works of the national Bard. Ours is an indulgent affair with Malt Whisky, fine Wine, proven Scottish dishes from our kitchens, Rabbie's Poetry and our Highland Piper. Hosted by our wonderful Burns Master of Ceremonies (foolhardy chairman) Gregor Wood.
Very popular this year so please book early, not your traditional 'Burns Night. ££
Appetizer, four courses, wines, Malts and entertainment.
Friday 7th February Champagne Tattinger
Taittinger presented by a Master of Wine . . . . . . it just does not get better than this! Champagne Taittinger is one of the few remaining family owned/operated houses. Distinguished for its extensive vineyard holdings of 752 acres, including prestigious Grand Cru vineyards in the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims regions. Unlike most large houses, Taittinger relies primarily on estate grapes for its portfolio of Champagnes. Also unique are the higher proportion of Chardonnay in its wines that gives Taittinger its signature style, and the time devoted to aging the wines before release. Master of Wines Mark O'Bryen of Hatch Mansfield hosting. ££
Friday 21st February Wines of Spain
Spain's unique geography and situation are responsible for the wide range of climates available throughout the country which give rise to a large number of different grape varieties which can be cultivated there. Vineyards stretch from the green, rolling hills of the north to the arid expanses of the south, and all the differences between them, from weather to the richness of the soil and the water, are what makes Spanish wines so special and unique. The influence of the Cantabric Sea, Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea play a very important role in the ripening of the fruit, and even the breezes blowing from them contribute to the differences between Spanish wines. £
Friday 13th March Wines of Italy
Italians take wine very seriously. And just as they eat regionally, Italians drink regionally. Go to Tuscany, and you will find locals drinking Chianti, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Brunello di Montalcino, and other Tuscan wines with their meals. Head to Abruzzo, and you will find Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo, or Trebbiano d'Abruzzo on the table.
Italy is the largest producer of wine in the world, and it exports much of its wine to North America. Every Italian region produces good wine (some more than others, of course). Italian wines run the gamut from fresh, lively wines (either red, white, or rosé) best sipped young to deep, noble wines meant to mature in a cool cellar. £
Friday 27th March Wines of South Africa
South African wines offer impressively good value, and feature styles and tastes that are food friendly, blending elegance and power. South Africa has been producing wine since the first vines were planted in the 17th century, brought by the Dutch governors of Cape Colony. The most important South African wine regions are around the two cities of Stellenbosch and Paarl. £
Friday 10th April Epicurean Dinner with Ian Fleming
"Epicurean definition . . . having luxurious tastes or habits, especially in eating and drinking"
Food and Wine Pairing Dinner with our owner, Ian Fleming as he joins us from the USA. Tonight he shares his personal favourites from around the world, paired to dishes from our Master Chef, inspired by his travels and experiences. Expect old world wines and classic dishes, quality over volume with a twist. ££
Accommodation, afternoon tea & scones, appetiser, three-course dinner, breakfast, all wines and VAT for two persons.
Classic Room £247 Classic Room £268
Heritage £268 Heritage Room £288
Lake View £315 Lake View £335
Lake Superior £366 Lake Superior £386
Non-resident spaces are very limited at Non-resident spaces are very limited at
£78 per person for the dinner and all wines. £88 per person for the dinner and all wines.
Book a Friday Event and you can have the Thursday evening at half the bed and breakfast rate!