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Grape Priced Wines

At The Vineyard we Eat. Sleep. And Drink wine.

We want you to enjoy great wine too, so did you know that great wines are available at affordable prices?

We are dedicated to providing each guest with an unforgettable wine experience. Our team are passionate about sharing their love and knowledge of wine and over the forthcoming months we are going to showcase accessible wines at great prices, with top tips on how to choose the right wine for your budget.

Our Head Sommelier, Romain Bourger, has chosen his Top 6 wines under £20… these are available from top supermarkets or our very own extensive wine list.

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

To 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.

We hope to see you soon for a glass of wine or two!

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

Events in Berkshire – December 2013

tumblr_mxdt6wRECv1rveocqo1_1280Festive Dining throughout December and January at The Vineyard
Enjoy lunch in our restaurant with friends or colleagues in December from £29 for three dishes (Monday to Thursday). And choose matching wines from just £7 per glass. View our menu and Short Wine List. Please call 01635 528770 to book. Discover more by visiting our website

Hungerford Victorian Extravaganza at Hungerford – Friday 13th December 5pm to 10pm
Every year on the second Friday in December, the Hungerford Victorian Extravaganza heralds the arrival of Christmas. The official opening time is 5pm when the town is alive with steam engines, organs, side stalls, street entertainment, the big wheel and other fairground rides. Crowds can see the bustling street scene; Punch and Judy shows, stilt walkers, clowns, jugglers and for the children and Father Christmas.

The shops will be open with their staff in Victorian dress, some giving out mulled wine and mince pies. See the Grand Parade at 7pm and fireworks at 9pm. Free parking is available at Charnham Park and then proceed on foot to the High Street. For more info, please visit their website

The Vineyard Wine School – Wednesday 11th December – The Christmas Turkey
Quite simply, how to be the perfect host on Christmas Day. What to drink, what to match with it and how to make a lasting impression (for all the right reasons!) in what is surely the most family-orientated, special meal of the year. £30 per person. Please call 01636 528770 to book. Discover more by visiting our website

Carols in the Barnat Bucklebury Saturday 14th December
Come along to Carols in the Barn with complementary mulled wine and mince pies on arrival followed by singing from 5.30-6.30pm. This wonderful evening was really popular last year thanks to the fantastic programme created by Daniel and Sandra Nicholls and their team. It’s a traditional candle-lit carol service from within the rustic barn to celebrate the story of the nativity with farm animals to set the scene. Entry is free to this event. There will be a bar along with hot dogs/soup and hot chestnuts on sale. For more info please call 01189714002 or visit their website

Ballet Theatre UK: The Nutcracker at Arlington Arts Centre – Fri 20th December at 7.30pm
A perfect treat for the Christmas season– a wondrous experience that evokes joy and elevates your spirit to new heights. Whether continuing a valued tradition or discovering the magic of this beloved festive classic for the first time – Ballet Theatre UK’s Nutcracker is sure to leave you with a sense of warmth and treasured memories that will last a lifetime. 17, for more info please call 01635 244246 or visit their website

Christmas and Boxing Day Lunch at The Vineyard
The Vineyard is a place to indulge the palate and refresh the spirit. Where gastronomes and wine lovers indulge and the curious enjoy a new and very different experience. If you’ve not already booked for Christmas Day (£150 per person) or Boxing Day lunch (£50 per person) , why not join us and celebrate with friends and family? Please call 01635 528770 to book. Discover more by visiting our website

New Year’s Eve at The Vineyard – The Big Bottle Bash
Nothing is quite as impressive as seeing an old wine being poured from these large bottles such as Magnums and Jeroboams, so why not join us for a New Year’s Eve party like no other! Our Big Bottle Bash! Before dinner, don’t miss the chance to see our wine team decanting these fantastic wines and sharing some interesting big bottle facts.

Champagne aperitif with canapés, six course dinner with matching wines poured from a variety of large bottle formats, followed by dancing to our live band, fireworks at midnight and a special toast to see in the New Year. £295 per person. Please call 01635 528770 to book. Discover more by visiting our website

Taste of Christmas Fair

Monday 2nd December 2013 – 12 noon to 8pm

In aid of Pelican Cancer Foundation and West Berks Mencap

If you are still looking for the perfect gifts for friends and loved ones and want to buy them something unique and luxurious, come along to the Taste of Christmas Fair at The Vineyard.

There will be exciting stalls selling unique, luxury and affordable gifts, cookery demonstrations and wine tasting. Bring your friends and family to join us for a special Taste of Christmas. Doors open at noon and there will be special offers for lunch and dinner at The Vineyard.

With over thirty stalls at the fair selling gifts and treats for the whole family including clothes, jewellery, stocking fillers, seasonal decorations and plants, here is just a little sneak preview into some of the stalls that will be with us on 2nd December.

Entry to the Fair is only £5 per person and will go to the Pelican Cancer Foundation and West Berks Mencap

Discover more about the Taste of Christmas Fair

Discover more about some of the stalls

Branche d’Olive – a luxurious range of gifts, lifestyle accessories, home fragrances and luxury bath and body products – Visit the website

Polly Ollie Annie – Polly Ollie Annie provides good quality, handmade clothes appropriate for everyday wear as well as the most special occasions. All products are hand sewn and knitted in England. The limited edition vintage range consists of the most precious handpicked antique fabrics, laces and buttons.  Visit the website

Armadillo Jewellerya stunning collection of stylish, delightfully original and utterly wearable jewellery from designers across Europe. Fabulous gift ideas at sensible prices, or that ‘special something’ to wear yourself. There are plenty of lovely things for well under £20 and some very pretty items for less than £10 so you’ll be spoilt for choice. Visit the website

Vintage Tiger – Contemporary and Classic clothing for ladies created from beautiful Velvets and Silks. The styles are mostly original with rich and colourful accessories to match – standard sizes and bespoke. Visit the website

Absolute Snugs – Absolute Snugs was created in 2009  and brings the very best quality, Australian made ugg style boots to the UK consumer, and at a sensible price! Furthermore the purchaser has the reassurance of dealing with a person here in the UK should there be any issues with their purchase. Visit the website

Ila Spa – At ILA they create luxury organic skincare, spa products and treatments. Meaning ‘Earth’ in Sanskrit, ‘ila’ reflects our faith in the power of nature as the source of real wellness. They only use the finest natural plant and mineral ingredients, wild-harvested in remote, untainted regions by artisan producers who value traditional, sustainable practices. Visit the website

Lotus Direct selling handmade and exclusive home accessories, lighting and fashion accessories. Many of their products they source have an ethnic story to tell. Visit the website

Master Sommeliers dinner on 24th November

Discover more about the Master Sommeliers hosting our dinner on 24th November

With just over a week to go before our Master Sommelier Dinner, we thought we’d share a bit more about the Master Sommeliers who will be joining us for what will be a very exciting wine fuelled evening. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see all five Master Sommeliers in one place and quiz them on their wine knowledge

Discover more about the menu and wines

Please call us on 01635 589407 to reserve your place

Dimitri Mesnard MS

Dimitri is a leading wine expert for Jackson Family Wines and their Prestige Account Manager for Europe. Prior to working for the Jackson Family, Dimitri worked at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons and was for several years, Head Sommelier of Hotel du Vin, Tunbridge Wells.

Nigel Wilkinson MS

Nigel is the Fine Dining Account Manager for Boutinot Wines. Nigel became a Master Sommelier in 2005 and is now the Assistant Secretary for the Court of Master Sommeliers European Chapter. Before entering the wine trade, Nigel was twice runner-up in the UK Sommelier of the Year Competition and was named ‘Young Wine Server of the Year’ in 1999. Nigel lives in North Wales with his wife Joy and his two sons Owain and Aled.

Matt Wilkin MS

Originally from Adelaide, Australia’s 1st Master Sommelier Matt Wilkin arrived in the UK December 1998 following a number of years learning his trade in Australia and France.

Matt has held a variety of prestigious roles including Executive Sommelier at the Michelin two-starred Capital Restaurant and Hotel Group Knightsbridge, where he oversaw wine purchasing, liaising with suppliers, staff training, private wine tastings and cellar management for 6 operations. He now jointly owns and runs London-based wine company H2Vin ltd specialising in the Loire and Rhône Valleys whilst successfully building a serious collection of great Burgundy.

Gearoid Devaney MS

In 2010, Gearoid joined Flint Wines and  is one of the most well-known and qualified sommeliers in the country, having passed his Master Sommelier qualification in 2009 and having worked in some of the top restaurants across Europe. Food is as much his passion as wine so he’ll happily answer any questions regarding matching the two together. Previously Gearoid was Head Sommelier at the famous London restaurant, Tom Aikens.

Claire Thevenot MS

Claire was born and raised in Besancon, Franche Comte like Daniel Galmiche! She worked a bit in France, Germany and Switzerland before moving to Brighton 10 years ago for the opening of Hotel du Vin there. She also worked here at The Vineyard for a number of months.After 5 years, she took on the wine training role for both Hotel du Vin and Malmaison. She currently works for Enotria, a specialist wine supplier, where she gets to meet so many people and taste nice wines with the best sommeliers in London.

Discover more about the Master Sommeliers Dinner 

November 2013 – Best of British – Black Cow Vodka

There is such an abundance of exceptional distilleries and producers cropping up in the UK now that here at The Vineyard we wanted to give you the opportunity to taste the best of them.  Each month throughout 2013 we are working with a different distillery to showcase the best of what Britain has to offer. 

This month we introduce:
Black Cow Vodka is produced in Dorset and made from 100% cows’ milk.  This is a totally unique concept that farmer Jason Barber took from a nomadic Siberian tribe called Tuva who have been using milk from their herds for many centuries to then ferment and make a spirit.

Although the idea may sound crazy, it is actually quite simple – you begin by making cheese.  During this process you will separate the milk into curds and whey.  Jason will take the curds and send them off to be made into his award winning cheese. The whey, which is usually considered a by product and discarded, is fermented into something much like a beer using a very special strain of yeast that converts the natural sugar in the milk to alcohol.  This is then distilled, triple filtered and then bottled.

Only 300 bottles are produced from each batch of this brilliantly hand crafted and artisan vodka.  It has an amazing mouth feel, which lends itself well to enjoying on its own or also in cocktails. Here at The Vineyard we have created some fantastic cocktails using this brilliant vodka. Alternatively we recommend drinking it with Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic Water, plenty of ice and a slice of lemon.

Black Cow Martini  – £13.00
Black Cow Vodka stirred with dry vermouth; garnished with a twist of lemon

Milk & Honey  – £13.00
Black Cow Vodka shaken with honey, lemon, apple and clove syrup and egg white

Cheers

David Coveney
Head Barman

Events in Berkshire – November 2013

Hungerford Christmas Fair at Hungerford
Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd November 10am to 4pm
There will be approximately 30 stalls, many of them new to the fair this year, selling a wide variety of Christmas gifts to suit everyone. There will also be a café selling delicious soup, sandwiches and cakes.
All the proceeds from the gate and raffle will be going to the Bruce Trust, which provides canal boat holidays for disabled, disadvantaged and elderly people along the Kennet and Avon Canal. In addition, a percentage of all sales will go to AMREF, the charity supported by Kathini Graham who started and ran the fair for over 25 years.

Spectacular Fireworks Display at The Racecourse Newbury
Saturday 2nd November
Gates open 5.30pm and fireworks start a 7.30pm
A professional firework extravaganza with a spectacular pyrotechnic display set to music. Heart FM’s drivetime presenter Luke Smith will be compering the whole event. Throughout the night there will be three live performances from the ‘The Ian and Mel Sound’, ‘Military Wives Choir – Aldershot’ and finishing with ‘State 51’.
Advance tickets – £4 for adults, £3.50 for 5 to 16 year olds and just £12 for a family (2 adults and 2 children).
Entry on the night is just £5 per person with under 5s free.
For more info visit www.newburylions.org.uk

An Audience with Esther Rantzen CBE at The Watermill Theatre
Monday 4th November at 2pm
Esther’s career began with BBC Radio as a sound effects assistant. From there she moved into television as a researcher/reporter and in 1973 became a producer/ presenter of That’s Life!, which was on air for 21 years. In 1991, Esther received an OBE for her services to broadcasting. In 2006, she was raised to the order of CBE for her services to children through her work in various charitable causes. She has recently launched The Silver Line, a helpline for older people, designed to combat loneliness.
Tickets £25 per person
For more information call 01635 46044 or visit www.watermill.org.uk

Ladies’ Lunch at The Vineyard – Heather White-Smith
Monday 11th November 12pm to 3pm
Join Heather White-Smith at our Ladies’ Lunch in November, author of the book ‘My Years with the Churchills’ which tells the true story through her diaries, of a 17 year old girl who, was given the job as Assistant Private Secretary to Lady Churchill, wife of the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill.
Discover more
£60 per person
Please call Ami Williams on 01635 589407 to reserve your place

Wine School at The Vineyard – The Wine Clinic
Wednesday 13th November
6.30pm to 8pm
Dr. Hocking & Dr. Holmes will answer any questions you may have about wine. Bring that special bottle you have had a home for many years and it will be appraised with advice about when to drink it and with what food. A real ‘open wine mic’ situation in every respect. Bottles will also be open to taste at the waiting room and the clinic!
Discover more
£30 per person
Please call us on 01635 528770 to book

La Bohème at The Corn Exchange
Thursday 14th November
at 7.30pm
Kennet Opera present Puccini’s classic love story. One of the most popular operas ever written, La Boheme mixes heartbreaking melodies with exuberant choruses. Comedy sits side by side with tragedy, in Puccini’s classic love story of Mimi and Rodolfo. Sung in English.
Tickets £15, Concessions £12.50.
For more information call 0845 5218218 or visit www.cornexchangenew.com.

Master Sommeliers Dinner 
Sunday 24th November
7pm arrival for 7.30pm
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to attend the second Master Sommeliers Dinner at The Vineyard with five of the world’s best sommeliers showcasing their favourite wines paired with each delicious dish. With only 211 candidates in the world holding the Master Sommelier title, join us in welcoming Dimitri Mesnard MS, Nigel Wilkinson MS, Matt Wilkin MS, Gearoid Devaney MS and Claire Thevenot MS for what will be a very exciting evening.
Discover more and see menu
Five course dinner with matching wines – £95 per person
Stay the night with dinner and breakfast from £209.50 per person
Please call Ami Williams on 01635 589407 to book

Christmas Market at Victoria Park
Saturday 30th November to Sunday 22nd December
10am to 7pm
A winter wonderland is coming to Victoria Park. Inspired by the festive markets of Germany and Austria, this December Newbury will host its first Christmas Market. With the aroma of mulled wine and gingerbread filling the air, a dazzlingly array of stalls selling inspirational and unique gifts, sparkling lights and live performances.
For more information please call Newbury Tourist Information centre 01635 30267 or visit www.newburychristmasmarket.co.uk

Wine Festival Weekend Round Up

We had an amazing start to the Wine Festival on Friday 18th October with an opening Wine Festival Dinner. Created by Daniel Galmiche, each of the five courses were matched with fantastic wine suppliers’ choices and their introductions caused plenty of discussion around our table.

Greek Viognier versus South African Chenin Blanc with the parsley root velouté certainly surprised most people with the outcome on my table! My personal favourite though, I have to say was the Habla del Silencio red wine, selected by Georges Barbier to go with the Veal main course. Although it was up against stiff competition against Ma Danseuse from the Peter Michael Winery, I found it a delightful combination that was unexpectedly good for such a good value wine. A lesser known area that certainly was punching well above its weight!

Marmite choice of the evening had to be the Leonor 12 year old Palo Cortado sherry with the cheese; a wonderfully nutty style of sherry by Gonzalez Byass with it dividing the audience into loving or hating it!

The Nyetimber wines showed extremely well at all showings and received rave reviews and comments, both at the dinner where we showed the Classic Cuvée and an older vintage of the Blanc de Blancs. While at Saturday’s masterclass, the rosé 2009 won over the audience hands down against Schramsberg and Taittinger rosés, much to everyone’s surprise.

I particularly enjoyed doing the Call My Bluff masterclass with Daniel O’Keefe (Hallgarten-Druitt) and James Hocking (The Vineyard Cellars) as it was a chance to lie, cheat and befuddle our way to victory in a bit of fun, as we each described a wine while guests had to taste and see who was telling the truth. Great fun!

Of all the events that I have been involved with this year, this certainly was the most fun and entertaining, and a definite date for the diary for next year, as there was just so much going on, so many great wines to try and I don’t believe anyone left without trying something new or learning a little more about wine in general.

A huge thanks has to go out to our suppliers and supporters though, as without their assistance and effort over the weekend, this would not be such an unmissable occasion.

Keep a look out on our website for details of next year’s Wine Festival Weekend dates. We still have a number of events still to come this year including wine dinners, wine schools, ladies’ lunches and our Christmas gift fair.

Cheers

Alan Holmes

Restaurant and Wine Director

Rioja Alta Dinner at The Vineyard Hotel

When you think of Spain and red wine, then the immediate thought turns to Rioja.

This classic region in North-Eastern Spain has been producing consistent, high quality, rich, robust red wines for many years.

So we were delighted when one of the top estates, Rioja Alta, joined us for the evening of 27th September.

Francisco Corpas, Export Area Manager, introduced us to a variety of their wines, not just from Rioja, but also their Albarino from Rias Baixas in Galicia, a Ribera del Duero and finally a wonderful pair of Riojas.

This charming man, enthused, delighted and enthralled our guests with his inside knowledge, history and amusing tales of Rioja and Spanish wines evolution over the last 100 years.

Once again, our Executive Chef Daniel Galmiche had pulled out all the stops to produce a variety of dishes, with an Iberian influence that matched perfectly the choice of wines, so much so, that Francisco proclaimed he’d never had a better matched menu! Praise indeed! If this was anything to go by, then our next two big wine events should also be a success. As we look forward first of all to our Wine festival weekend on the 18th & 19th October, and then to our hugely popular Master Sommelier Dinner, when 5 master Sommeliers will battle it out for your votes as to the wine pairing of the evening.

Taking part on Sunday 24th November, not only will you get an amazing insight into what it takes to become a Master Sommelier, but also you will hear many points, tips and interesting facts on how to get the most from your wine. I can’t wait….

To find out about up and coming Wine Dinners at The Vineyard please click here. Or call us on 01635 589407 to find out more.

Santé

Alan