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Californian Wine Weekend 

Friday 14th and Saturday 15th March 2014

Why attend?
Whether you’re a Californian wine lover or simply want to discover more about this exciting wine producing country, this is the event to attend. California is on a roll right now, with a succession of superb wines, from vineyards dedicated to pushing quality ever higher. Visitors often note a pastoral, "laid back” approach to viticulture, but behind that lies some of the greatest vineyards and wines on the planet.

Friday 14th – Peter Michael Winery Dinner

The weekend begins with the Peter Michael Winery dinner where you will have the rare opportunity to try the latest and back vintages of Peter Michael wines perfectly matched with a five course dinner.

£120 per person


2010 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs (aperitif)

Carpaccio of lobster, chilli and mango
2012 L'Apres-Midi Sauvignon Blanc

Guinea fowl and parsley terrine, caramelised onion, sourdough toast
2011 Ma Danseuse Pinot Noir

Fillet of brill, celery and red wine jus
2011 Le Moulin Rouge Pinot Noir

Lamb rump, white beans, tomato, garlic and olive
2010 L'Esprit des Pavots

Selection of British and French hard cheeses
2010 Les Pavots

Please call us on 01635 528770 to book

Saturday 15th – Taste over 50 Californian wines

You will have the chance to taste and purchase over 50 Californian wines from various regions throughout California. Peter Michael Winery, Benovia, Ferrari-Carano, Waterstone, Honig Vineyards and Rudd Estate will be but a small selection of bottles being opened. The winery owners and representatives will also be there too so feel free to ask them anything about their wines or even just life in California’s wine country!

All day tasting ticket -  Two for £40***

Two course lunch in the California Bar with one glass of wine - £25 per person** - Book a table online

Taste Peter Michael 100 Point

Ma Danseuse Pinot Noir

On 15th March at 2.30pm, The Vineyard will be opening a bottle of 2010, Ma Danseuse, Pinot Noir from the Peter Michael Winery, which recently achieved 100 Robert Parker points. Due to the rarity of this wine, only one bottle will be opened to share with guests attending the all day Californian wine tasting. All we ask is for a minimum charity donation of £20 to go towards Hospitality Action in exchange for a taste (35ml glass) of this exceptional wine.



12pm - Rising Stars 
A range of wineries or grapes that are making a huge impact on Californian offerings

1.30pm - Cool Climate Pinot Noir 
A comparison of four different regions

3pm - New Wave Fusion Wines
A range of aromatics suited to modern Oriental & Asian influenced cuisine

4.30pm - Can California Age?
A vertical tasting of recent Les Pavots vintages. Don't miss the opportunity to be part of the Peter Michael Winery Les Pavots vertical tasting masterclass. This is something really special as we take you through the recent vintages. We have a feeling this will be popular so secure your place now as there are limited spaces available. £25 per person.

Please call us on 01635 528770 to book


Meet the Wineries Dinner

After an afternoon of wine tasting, relax in the hotel or take a stroll if the weather’s behaving itself and get ready for the five course discovery dinner where five of California’s well known wineries will host the evening along with James Hocking, Vineyard Cellars’ Director of Wine, showcase their favourite wines and give you an insight into why their wineries keep ahead of the vinous world.

£95 per person


NV "J" Cuvee 20 (aperitif)

Pressed confit foie gras, rhubarb, ginger, spiced bread
2011 Ferrari-Carano Pinot Grigio

Hand dived scallops, carrot, lemon, hazelnut
2011 Benovia Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Turbot, morels, mushroom puree
2010 Talley Estate Pinot Noir

Cherry wood smoked fillet of beef, oxtail, smoked mash
2010 Buccella Mica Cabernet Sauvignon

Carrot parfait, roasted pineapple, tonka bean foam
2011 Ferrari-Carano Eldorado Gold (halves)

Please call us on 01635 528770 to book

Stay the Night

Enjoy a night’s stay in a luxurious room and experience this unique weekend. As well as a dinner with matching wines and an educational wine tasting on Saturday, be sure to make use of our boutique spa throughout your stay and relax over a leisurely breakfast the following morning.

One night break from £239.50 per person*
Two night break from £474.00 per person*


Please call us 01635 528770 to book

*Subject to availability. Based on two people sharing a Luxury Double room. A supplement of £25 per person will apply for the Friday night. The two dinners are included in the two night break.

**Restricted menu applies.

***two tickets for £40. Each ticket thereafter is £20. The price of just one ticket is £30.

Californian Wine Weekend