Unique wedding cakes by Yevnig

As an honoured preferred supplier to The Vineyard, it is always a real pleasure for Unique Cakes, by Yevnig to work with aspirational couples-to-be who are getting married, or are holding their wedding reception at this stunning & beautiful venue.

For the coming wedding season, we have been working on three very special new designs with a common and elegant golden theme. Whilst perfectly complementing the luxurious and exclusive setting of The Vineyard, our lavish new cakes are guaranteed to provide a grand and opulent centrepiece for the big day.

Golden Sequins

Unique wedding cakes - Golden Sequins Chic metallic sequins are a hot favourite and are very-much in vogue this season. With gorgeous sequined bridal dresses becoming very popular, our ‘Golden Sequins’ cake is a decadent mixture of vintage frills, pearls & a glamorous burst of sequins; in a luxurious and splendid 4 tier arrangement. A very bold and unique statement.

Champagne Birdcage

Unique wedding cakes by Yevng - Champagne birdcageInspired by the flourishing chic trend, this cake captures hints of gold champagne, with elaborate love nest frills and colourful vintage patterning. A romantic birdcage sits atop 3 towering tiers. Elements of opulent jewellery, pearls and frills nestle a pair of white lovebirds. This cake has a grand stature, presenting the perfect centrepiece.

Heart of Gold

Unique wedding cakes by Yevnig - Heart of GoldThe design of this cake captures the true essence of love and happiness, celebrating the fun of marriage and living life together… With an effervescence of tiny golden spheres rising up through the tiers, the cake takes its inspiration from the bubbly and joyful qualities of vintage champagne. Frills on the lower tier and in the heart at the top are influenced by the classic elegance of a flowing wedding dress train.

A luxury cake is not just about looking good. It’s what is inside that really counts – and we take a great pride in baking cakes of exceptional quality, taste and texture.

For the coming wedding season, we are seeing an emerging trend for our Signature Chocolate Stout and our exclusive-recipe Luxury Red Velvet cakes. These are two splendid flavours, for which I would strongly recommend a tasting.

Our gorgeously rich and dark chocolate cake with a cheeky hint of Stout is a little secret and a real favourite of our customers! Bursting with flavour, the rich and moist dark sponge is perfectly complemented by our light and silky Baileys Swiss meringue buttercream filling. It’s a divine combination!

Another often-requested flavour is our Luxury Red Velvet cake. A smooth and luxurious cake, noted for its attractive and unique red colour. We bake our Red Velvet cake with a hearty portion of chocolate and cocoa, for a scrumptious richness. It is ideally paired with our premium white chocolate truffle filling for a decadent and memorable celebration.

We hope these emerging trends have given you food for thought.

Providing a bespoke and premium service, each and every commission is tailored and designed exclusively for your special day and is always very unique. It would be my honour to create your dream wedding cake.

As a preferred supplier, Unique Cakes, by Yevnig offer a 10% discount for clients booking their wedding at The Vineyard and can be contacted on 01256 421984 or www.yevnig.com

To speak to one of our dedicated wedding co-ordinators about celebrating your special day at The Vineyard, please call us on 01635 589407 or email events1@the-vineyard.co.uk

Californian Wine Weekend – 8th to 9th May 2015

Californian wine weekendWell, we are getting ever closer to our Californian Wine Weekend on 8th and 9th May this year so I guess I should start to announce some of our visitors from across the water and the wines they will be showing…

At dinner, featuring Peter Michael Winery, we will be opening for the first time the 2013 L’Apres-Midi Sauvignon Blanc, a beautiful Sauvignon Blanc-based wine with a touch of Semillon added. Think white Bordeaux…but VERY good white Bordeaux. It goes without saying that the Les Pavots will be opened along with some of the family’s Pinot Noir. It promises to be a good night! View the menu with matching wines

At our Saturday tasting, these wines will be again open to taste, but joined with many others from our range of Californian bottles. Taste over 50 Californian wines that will be open to taste and purchase for just £30 per person. Maryann Bautovitch will be flying in from Talley Estate and pouring their Arroyo Grande Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Brent Shortridge, owner of our best sellers Waterstone, Mandolin and Amala Springs arrives on the same day and will be showcasing his entire range from the delicate Mandolin Riesling, to the deep, dense Waterstone Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Joe Donelan joins us for the first time this year and will showcase some of the finest Syrah to emerge from the US, plus a beautiful Viogner from Sonoma County. Masterclasses will be in progress throughout the day to help you get the most out of every taste…

And if you’re really lucky, I might just open a bottle of Peter Michael Chardonnay…!

Discover more about the Californian Wine Weekend.

Cheers,

James Hocking
Director of Wine
The Vineyard Cellars

Berkshire Events this April

Events in Berkshire this April3rd to 20th April – Easter at Bucklebury Farm

Come and join in during the Easter Holidays: bottle feed the baby lambs and go on an egg-citing Easter egg hunt (3rd April to 6th April) or enjoy a delicious meal from Woody’s – the new cafe and tea rooms.
Set in a stunning 77-acre site they have a host of attractions including: deer park, farm animals, indoor play, pedal go-cart track, tractor rides (included in your admission price), refreshments, adventure playground, a wild walk, Be a Farmer Club and den building.
Bucklebury Farm Park offers a magical experience and a great value day out whatever the weather, that will appeal to the whole family, school groups, senior citizens’ clubs, or just a couple of friends.

You can find them in the Berkshire countryside close to the village of Bucklebury between Reading and Newbury. Sat Nav: RG7 6RR

Prices: Adults – £9.45 and children & seniors – £8.45 (under 2’s are free), family ticket – £32.50 (2 adults and 2 children)

Please call 0118 971 4002 to book or find out more online


Wednesday 8th April – Italy Wine School at The Vineyard

Chianti lovers won’t be disappointed here, but think of all those other Italian regions producing consistently great wine – Campania, Trentino Alto-Adige being just a couple we will showcase. Italian wine has often been viewed as the most food-friendly of all the great wine producing regions, so we will go into some depth about the process of pairing classic dishes to these great regions.

£30 per person

Please call us on 01635 589407 to book

Discover more about our future wine schools


Saturday 18th April – Ashampstead Spring Food and Local Produce Fair

10am to 5pm
Following the success of their Easter food fair in April 2014 Ashampstead are now organising another fair in order to raise money for the village hall. There will be hot food available/coffee/tea/beer as well as homemade cakes. Stallholders cover everything from preserves, cheese, bread, cakes and chocolates to plants and crafts.

Ashampstead Village Hall, Church Lane, Berkshire RG8 8SW.

Entry fee – £1


Sunday 19th April – Aladdin at Arlington Arts Centre

2.30pm and 7.30pm performances

There are so many Berkshire events in April and this is one not to be missed.
Ballet Theatre UK returns to Arlington Arts with their breath-taking adaptation of the story of Aladdin. Be enchanted as the dancers weave together the story of the lonely, streetwise orphan. A tragic deception sets Aladdin on the path to treasures even greater than the gold and jewels he seeks. The classical ballet company are dazzling as always in this adventure that uncovers spells, riches and, of course, true love.
BTUK features a cast of some of the most superbly talented dancers handpicked from across the globe. As one of the newer ballet companies, their choreography can be relied upon to be exciting and up to date. Their shows are always fast to sell out at Arlington and, like any fairy tale, have to be seen to truly be believed.
“one of the most innovative companies on the touring circuit” – getreading.co.uk.

Prices: £17, concessions – £15, family – £50

Please call 01635 244246 to book and view more details online


Friday 24th April – Italian Wine Dinner at The Vineyard

7pm onwards

The Frescobaldi family own over 1,000 hectares of vineyards, all located in excellent areas for the production of fine wines. We will be joined by the family’s export director, Giuseppe Pariani, who has spent his whole life in the Tuscan wine business, and has been a passionate advocate for the Frescobaldi estates for the last 25 years. He will give us a full insight into the different regions and it’s wines mixed with a fascinating look at Tuscany’s turbulent past.

Five course dinner with matching wines

£95 per person

Please call us on 01635 589407 to book

Discover more about our future wine dinners

Create your very own Easter nest

Chocolate - 580 x 288With Easter just around the corner, impress your friends and create your very own Easter nest by following our Head Pastry Chef, Anthony Millon’s step by step instructions and recipes.

Recipes

Chocolate mousse

Ingredients: 100g dark chocolate, 1 egg yolk, 200g soft whipped cream

Method: Melt the chocolate (slightly warmer than luke warm, but do not boil or burn), add the yolk to the chocolate, and mix and add cream to the chocolate and yolk .

Honey cream

Ingredients: 25g honey, 25g sugar, 75g double cream, 100g soft whipped cream.

Method: Use a pan and bring the honey and sugar to the caramel stage on the stove once the sugar starts to colour and you have a strong honey smell stop cooking. Heat the double cream in a microwave or on the stove until warm. Add this to the honey and sugar and leave until cold. Use a large pan to do so as this is likely to double in size. Leave to go cold. Once cold, add the soft-whipped cream through, and place into a piping bag with a star nozzle.

Rhubarb compote/purée

Cook the rhubarb with sugar until soft, and use as compote. Or alternatively once cool, blend and pass through a sieve to make a purée.

Step by step instructions

image1Crack the eggs two thirds of the way along, take the egg yolks and whites out and put the shells to one side.

 

 

 

image4Wash the shells and leave them to dry.

 

 

 

Easter nest -image 1Left: Raw Rhubarb, peeled.

Right: Strawberries, lime juice, crème fraîche and sugar
Mix these together

Crushed chocolate eggs

 

New Picture (42).jpgTop: Vanilla Ice Cream, Strawberry, add the mixed strawberries with lime juice, crème fraîche and sugar.

Bottom: A spoonful of mixed berries; blackberries and raspberries

 

New Picture (43)Top: Add chocolate mousse, pipe use a piping bag with a star nozzle.

Middle: Add crushed bits of meringue on top of the strawberry mix.

Bottom: Add rhubarb purée

New Picture (44)Top: Add decorations eg. crushed mini eggs and edible flowers

Middle: Drizzle raspberry coulis over the top of the meringue.

Bottom: Add the honey cream, pipe using a piping bag with a star nozzle.

New Picture (45)Bottom: Once the honey cream has been added, add the raw rhubarb (peeled) on top.

 

 

 

New Picture (47)Place in a cardboard egg container; add straw and extra chocolate eggs.

 

 

I hope you enjoy making these Easter nests and have a very happy Easter. Enjoy afternoon tea over the Easter holidays for just £25 per person.

Happy Cooking!

Anthony Millon
Head Pastry Chef at The Vineyard

 

 

 

What to drink this spring

What to drink this springSpring is here! OK, the weather may be a little variable at the moment, but things are definitely warming up and this certainly affects my seasonal wine selections. Read on for my recommendations on what to drink this spring.

Historically, March and April see the gamut of new wine and vintage releases throughout the vinous word. Many wine trade fairs are hosted around the country, with producers across the globe visiting the UK and showcasing their latest releases. So, what am I drinking at the moment…?

I always have a soft spot for Italy at this time of year, and have picked up a beautiful new Greco di Tufo from Feudi di San Gregorio, based down in Campania, Southern Italy (RRP £15.52). Lovely almond nose with a touch of white peach and honeysuckle flavours. I added their red wine Rubrato, made from the Aglianico grape (RRP £14.10) at the same time wanting that lovely balance of high acidity and low tannin. With a charcuterie board, either of these will be stunning. The whole concept of wine and food pairing is second nature in Italy…it’s just a concept that works!

wine glasses with rose wineLeaving Italy for a second, Germany and the classic grape of the region Riesling starts to come into fashion at this time of year, with Koester Wolf Riesling Kabinett (RRP £8.75) being consumed by the gallon chez Hocking, loaded with all that crisp lemon/lime zesty flavour and suitable for the spiciest of dishes. Also look out on our wine lists for the most exciting rosé wine I’ve tasted in years and on the water now – it’s from Austria and called Umathum. Every household should open this whilst the BBQ is getting up to temperature!

We have an Italian wine school coming up at The Vineyard on 8th April where you’ll be able to try some fantastic wines from all the great wine producing regions. We’ll also go into detail about how to match these delicious wines with food. Discover more

Cheers

James Hocking
Director of wine

Relax at The Vineyard Spa this Mother’s Day

Mother's Day at The VineyardOn any given day mum is often the hub of the family, from cleaning, taxi duties and cooking to being a shoulder to cry on. Say thank you to your mum this Mother’s Day by nurturing your loving bond with some mother and daughter spa time.

Relax at The Vineyard Spa this Mother’s Day. Our half spa days are ideal Mother’s Day gifts if you don’t have a whole day to spare. And in March enjoy a half day spa day for two for £120 saving £20. Available Monday to Friday. The half spa day includes use of the spa in the morning or afternoon, a freshly prepared Bento box lunch, one x 25 minute treatment each of your choice and tea, coffee and non-alcoholic refreshments.

A pamper evening for two is a great way to get away from it all and spend some quality time with mum in our tranquil spa. Enjoy full use of the facilities, a 25 minute treatment each and a main course from the California Bar menu for just £105 for two people.

If you can only spare an hour why not treat mum this Mother’s Day to a couple’s deluxe pedicure and have a good catch up whilst being pampered?

If time is an issue in your busy schedules, why not give the perfect pampering gift with our Red Grape Body Polish and Red grape Body Cream, which is exclusive to The Vineyard Spa.
This is the perfect combination to make your skin gleam. The Red Grape Body Polish will gently exfoliate any dead skin cells away leaving the skin feeling silky smooth while the Red Grape Body Cream will leave your skin beautifully nourished and hydrated.

We also offer our full range of spa days and treatments as gift vouchers, these last for a year so your mum is able to come and pamper herself at her own leisure. Browse our range of spa vouchers.

Events in Berkshire this March

Events in Berkshire this MarchLadies’ Lunch – Mojo & McCoy – The Vineyard

Monday 2nd March -12pm to 3pm

One of the events in Berkshire this March not to miss. Recently opened high end clothing shop in Hungerford, Mojo and McCoy, will showcase their latest range of clothing via a fashion show and talk you through the best buys for the up and coming season. With the race calendar about to begin for 2015, discover what to wear to stand out from the crowd and get some top racing tips for the Cheltenham Gold Cup Day on Friday 13th March.

Three course lunch with matching wines – £60 per person

Please call us on 01635 589407 to reserve your place

Discover more about our future ladies’ lunch events


Wine School – England – The Vineyard

Wednesday 4th March – 6.30pm to 8pm

England Just a few years ago, English wine was regarded as a misnomer, how that has all changed! We now can lay claim to producing some of the best sparkling wines to be found anywhere. This school will focus on those great competitors to Champagne of course, but will also have a useful insight into the range of aromatic white wines being produced, along with something pink and red. We will focus on Southern England from Kent to Cornwall.

Please call us on 01635 589407 to reserve your place

Discover more about our future wine schools


Royal Shakespeare Company – Love Labours Won

Wednesday 4th March – 7pm

The Corn Exchange
Watch the Royal Shakespeare Company perform Love Labours Won on a live broadcast at the Corn Exchange.

Tickets: £14.50, Concessions £12.50

Please call to book tickets on 0845 5218 218 or book via the website


An Audience with Jon Snow

Friday 6th March – 7.30pm

John O’Gaunt School, Hungerford

Join Jon Snow, longstanding presenter of Channel 4 News at John O’Gaunt School in Hungerford for what will be a fascinating evening.

Tickets – £10

Please call John O’Gaunt School on 01488 682400 or Hungerford bookshop on 01488 683480 to book

Find out more on the John O’Gaunt School website


Mother’s Day at The Vineyard

Sunday 15th March

Relax on Mother’s Day and enjoy a three course lunch in our elegant restaurant with a glass of Schramsberg Rosé on arrival. All Mums will be treated to a gift from The Vineyard.

£60 per person
Please call us on 01635 528770 to reserve your table


Andy Parsons: Live and Unleashed – But Naturally Cautious

Thursday 19th March – 7.45pm

The Corn Exchange
Andy Parsons is back on the road and heading for Newbury with his fifth show “Live and Unleashed – But Naturally Cautious’. Having enjoyed huge success as a writer and performer on television, radio as well as on the comedy circuit. Andy’s fifth tour will be packed with laughs with his brand or sharp witted and edgy comedy.

Tickets – £15

Call the box office to book your tickets on 0845 5218218 or book via the website


Tuxedo Junction

31st March – 11th April

The Watermill Theatre
A fantastic event in Berkshire this March. It’s the 1940’s, women are wearing their hair in victory rolls and dancing with the GI’s whilst Hollywood is booming. The music scene is booming with swing, Jazz and crooners and we’re off for a toe tapping ride across America.

Show Times:
Monday to Saturday evenings 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matineés 2.30pm
Saturday 11 April performances at 1.30pm and 6.30pm

Ticket prices – £14.50 to £26.50

Please call The Watermill Theatre on 01635 46044 to book tickets.
Website – www.watermill.org.uk

The increasing popularity of English wines

Sparkling_Summer_HeaderSince I arrived in the UK in 2008, the reputation of English wines has not stopped growing. More and more consumers are aware of the quality of English estates such as Nyetimber and Chapel Down leading the market. During the past 15 years however, a fair amount of boutique wineries have emerged and improved.

We now hear a lot about English sparkling wines, but winemakers have proved that England is capable of also producing very good still wines.With over 400 vineyards planted in UK, there certainly is plenty of choice!

Here are my top five English wine recommendations below. It was a difficult choice to make though with so many incredible wines to choose from:

Wiston Wine Estate Goring NV
Based in the South Downs, the estate has been in the Goring family since 1743. The 16 acres of chalky vineyard were planted in 2006 with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. This is an outstanding non vintage, fresh with a great minerality, aromas of fresh apple, citrus and very well balanced. I discovered this estate fairly recently, and for me it is one of England’s rising stars. www.wistonestate.com

Ridgeview Knightsbridge
Ridgeview was established in 1994 in Sussex and released its first wine in 1996. Knightsbridge is a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. This wine has a rich palate of ripe stone fruit with a creamy texture and a long finish. I do like riper styles of Champagne in general, and this wine is definitely to my taste. www.ridgeview.co.uk

Chapel Down Bacchus 2014
Bacchus is a cross of Silvaner and Riesling itself crossed with Müller-Thurgau. And what better name could have been given than the name of the Roman god of wine? The cooler English climate allows this grape to retain a higher acidity than in Germany, where it was created in 1933. This wine is a bit a Sauvignon Blanc with notes of citrus, fresh cut grass, a touch of tropical fruit and a lively acidity. A great match with a cold pea velouté. www.chapeldown.com

Gusbourne Estate Pinot Noir 2011
The story of winemaking at Gusbourne dates back to 2004 when Andrew Weeber took over the estate and planted the first grapes in the same year. Their first releases were their Brut Reserve and Blanc de Blancs 2006. This Pinot Noir is without a doubt the best English red wine I have tasted. It has a ripe and juicy palate with flavours of ripe red fruit, a hint of smokiness and spices. The palate is very well balanced and offers a great complexity. www.gusbourne.com

Nyetimber Demi Sec
Since its establishment in 1986, Nyetimber has been regarded as one of the leading English estates. They produce wines which have received several awards, but I think that the Demi-Sec is one of the most interesting in their range. The Chardonnay base gives a lovely creaminess to the wine as well as aromas of very ripe white and stone fruit, confit citrus and a touch of vanilla. We don’t usually find lots of those off dry sparkling wines, but this in undeniably a great wine to have with an afternoon tea or a light dessert like an Eton Mess. www.nyetimber.com

Try more of my favourite English wines at our English wine school on Wednesday 4th March when I’ll be focusing on estates in Southern England from Kent to Cornwall. Discover more about this wine school. Just £30 per person. also browse our long list online containing a variety of fantastic English wines to enjoy.

Santé

Romain Bourger
Head Sommelier at The Vineyard

New Look for Cocktail Bar at The Vineyard

Cocktail bar at The VineyardUpdated by Liz Cleall Interiors, our cocktail bar at The Vineyard now has an elegant and sumptuous feel to it thanks to the luxury armchairs, lighting, tables, blinds and small sculptures all locally sourced from carefully selected suppliers. As well as the new furniture and soft furnishings, the bar has also been extended to accommodate our 100 wines available by the glass.

wallpaperAs we are all about wine here at The Vineyard, one of the luxurious wallpapers that now adorn the walls has a gold cork print, whilst the other has an elegant vinyl look. Both have been sourced from Altfield, a leading resource for beautiful textiles, wallcoverings and leather, distributing a number of high end lines from around the world.

The 1950’s floor lamp and mirror over the one of the sofas have been carefully chosenCocktail bar - lamp, mirror and sofa from Julian Chichester’s collection. Julian Chichester has established an enviable reputation for classically inspired, quality English furniture.

We are also proud to have two small glass sculptures made by well known local sculptor Johannes Von Stumm who is famous for combining three different materials; glass, granite and iron. He has attracted public and critical acclaim in a decade of successful exhibitions, both in the UK and abroad.

Our stylish scatter cushions on most of the cosy armchairs have been sourced from Wemyss who are dedicated to producing high quality fabrics with a wide selection of beautiful textures, patterns and colours. Most fabrics are 75% natural fibres to ensure a lovely handle.

Liz spent time searching for the perfect sofas for the cocktail bar and eventually found the smart shallow button back Manhattan sofas at Kingcome Sofas who have an excellent reputation for manufacturing the highest quality upholstered furniture in a wide range of designs from traditional to contemporary.

Events in Berkshire this FebruaryWe look forward to welcoming you to our newly refurnished cocktail bar soon to enjoy our range of unique cocktail and over 100 wines by the glass. The cocktail bar is also ideal for group wine tastings and cocktail making masterclasses. For more details on where Liz sourced the furniture and soft furnishings for the cocktail bar, please visit her website – www.elizabethcleallinteriors.co.uk

Photographs taken by www.ahpphotography.co.uk

Wild Garlic is in season

I love this time of year when wild garlic is in season. The white flowers are really pretty and I love the soft garlicky flavour they produce when cooked; it’s not as strong as the everyday garlic you’ll find in supermarkets. The flowers are not only fantastic with salmon and lamb, but are also great in salads. You can also eat the leaves and the stem, both of which can be used in cooking.

Found near streams, wetland areas, in nature reserves and also funnily enough you will find it growing in woodland areas amongst bluebells. It’s great to be able to walk through the woods and smell the wild garlic.

There’s so much that goes well with wild garlic, but my particular favourites are cooking up a garlic veloute and a small parmesan espuma, parfait! Look out for wild garlic infused dishes at The Vineyard soon.

I am also hosting the Magnificent Seven Dinner on Friday 20th March together with seven of my very best suppliers all providing one ingredient that will be used in each dish.A wild garlic veloute and morels Fricassee is the first course matched with a fantastic Rioja. The garlic is kindly being supplied by Mash Purveyors.  Discover more about the dinner and view the full menu online

I’d love to hear all about what your wild garlic recipes so please message me on Twitter @danielgalmiche.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Daniel Galmiche
Executive Chef at The Vineyard