TASTING MENU SERIES

A new event series for 2016 through which we showcase some of London’s most exciting restaurants with exclusive wine dinners, hosted by the wine producers.

Osteria, Inspired Italy: £50

Four-course Italian wine dinner

Barrafina (Adelaide Street), New Wave Spain: £65

Five-course Spanish wine dinner

Dickie Fitz, Australian Heroes: £50

Four-course Australian wine dinner

Newman Arms, Argentine Adventure: £45

Four-course Argentinian wine dinner

Trullo, Inspired Italy: £55

Four-course Italian wine dinner

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RESTAURANT-HOPPING TOURS

Experience five restaurants and five different wines in one day. Choose below from a tour of Soho & Fitzrovia, Devonshire Square – both home to some of London’s most cutting-edge restaurants – or our signature Cicchetti Trail – a tour that includes five of central London’s best pizzerias and pasta places.

Cicchetti Trail

Wine tours – Including Pizza Pilgrims, Vico, Mele e Pere and Polpo

Devonshire Square

Wine tours – Including, Pitt Cue Co., Old Bengal Bar, Fish Market, Kenza and Cinnamon Kitchen

Soho & Fitzrovia

Wine tours – Including, Talli Joe, Newman Arms, Smoking Goat, Blacklock and Picture

WINEMAKER TABLES

An opportunity to meet some of the world’s most inspiring winemakers and to enjoy their wines matched with the restaurant’s Festival Menu.

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RESTAURANT WINE TASTING

Learn more about the best wine to order and drink in restaurants, in the beautiful surroundings of the Andaz Studio. We have flown in the producers themselves from the countries of origin, so you can learn from them what makes their wines so special. Fantastic value at £15: less than the price of a bottle of wine in a restaurant.

With producers:

Thelema, Burch Family Wines (Howard Park), Skillogalee, Kooyong, Carrick, Il Poggione, Colterenzio, Leyda

With producers:

Bogle, Man O’War, Bertani, Fontanafredda, Yealands, Chalmers, Stargazer, Planeta, Ruggeri, J Lohr

With producers:

El Esteco, Chivite, Morgenster, MontGras, Ste Michelle Wine Estates

With producers:

Ascheri, Cecchi, Umani Ronchi, Ferrari, Chiarli, Fiol, Botromagno

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To view and buy these wines online, visit Great Western Wine:

Fiol (Valdobbiadene, Italy)

Loosely translated, Fiol means ‘cool boy’ in the local Treviso dialect. This young and dynamic group of friends have great ambitions to help Prosecco become an even bigger phenomenon than it already is. Their fizz is a leading name in Italy, and delicious to boot!

www.fiol.it/

Cannonball (Sonoma, USA)

Founded in 2006 by Yoav Gilat and Dennis Hill, Cannonball Wine Company has grown from a modest Cabernet producer to a solid industry player. Their mission is to produce approachable, quality wines and to always deliver a serious splash! They have succeeded in creating delicious, structured wines that contradict the serious, conventional and complicated approach with their fantastic packaging and undeniable sense of fun.

www.drinkcannonball.com

Chiarli (Emilia-Romagna, Italy)

Modena, the home of Ferrari and Maserati, of Pavarotti and Acetico Balsamico, is also the home of Lambrusco. Since 1860 the Chiarli name has been synonymous with this grea, and much misunderstood, wine style. Chiarli’s expertise sparked a Lambrusco revolution and today stays true to its origins, focusing on the historic varietals of Sorbara and Grasparossa, alongside promising new styles such as Pignoletto.

www.chiarli.it

Vistorta (Veneto, Italy)

Owned and operated since 1980 by Count Brandino Brandolini d’Adda, Vistorta is a 500-acre estate located in western Friuli-Venezia Giulia. With substantial winemaking investments in Bordeaux, Brandino has acquired the know-how and entrepreneurial mentality which he applies to his 40 acres of vineyard planted almost exclusively with Merlot. Brandolini is determined to produce the best Merlot in Italy, and he is constantly researching the best pratice and planting systems to achieve this; the wine has an uncanny similarity to those exalted wines from the right bank of Bordeaux.

http://en.vistorta.it/

MacMurray (California, USA)

Actor Fred MacMurray bought the MacMurray ranch in 1941. Fred embraced the rancher’s lifestyle, raising prize-winning cattle and farming crops here for decades, while his children rode horses through the hills. Transformed into a world-class vineyard in 1996, MacMurray Ranch quickly became one of Russian River’s most acclaimed Pinot Noir vineyards. Today, the estate has grown to encompass vineyards throughout the Russian River Valley and the Central Coast, but continues to honour the roots and history of the MacMurray Ranch. The original buildings have been faithfully restored, and the 1,500-acre property is home to oldgrowth oaks, Redwood trees and indigenous wildlife.

www.macmurrayestatevineyards.com

Il Poggione (Tuscany, Italy)

High on its perch overlooking the lush Maremma, Tenuta Il Poggione has been a byword for top quality Brunello for more than a century. Its dramatic scenery proved irresistible to Florentine landowner Lavinio Franceschi in the late 19th century, drawn to the area by the tales of a local shepherd whose sheep spent the summer months on the sunlit slopes between Montalcino and Sant’Angelo.

www.tenutailpoggione.it

Morgenster (Stellenbosch, South Africa)

New and Old Worlds meet at Morgenster. The estate was bought by Italian Giulio Bertrand in 1992 with a dual vision: to make the best Bordeaux-style wine outside France and the best Italian-style olive oil outside Italy. For the wine, Giulio had the requisite cool breezes and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean; in Château Cheval Blanc’s Pierre Lurton he found the expertise and experience he also needed. The result is the perfect marriage of South African and French know-how, to which Giulio has added his own twist, only releasing a portion of each vintage on launch. The rest is kept, evaluated every six months and released in batches, allowing customers to buy several vintages of the same wine.

www.morgenster.co.za

Jermann (Veneto, Italy)

Jermann are best known for their iconic white wines. Their Pinot Grigio is considered the monarch of this fashionable category, their spectacular Chardonnay “Dreams” is dedicated to U2′s 1987 album “The Joshua Tree,” and their highly-decorated Vintage Tunina is considered by critics one of the best Italian whites.

www.jermann.it/en

Chivite (Navarra, Spain)

J. Chivite Family Estates is a family firm with one of the longest histories of winemaking in Spain. Current owner, Julián Chivite López, inherited the now renowned estate along with eleven generations of experience to go with it. Their stellar Colección 125 series, which commemorates the bodega’s 125th anniversary, includes a Chardonnay that is consistently voted among Spain’s top whites.

www.chivite.com/en

Umani Ronchi (Marche, Italy)

In the 1950s Gino Umani Ronchi set up a small farm in the Marche region at Cupramontana, in the heart of Verdicchio Classico country. Since then, Umani Ronchi has transformed from a regional label into an international brand, but it has not lost sight of its roots in the land: roots that spread across the globe in Umani Ronchi’s finest wines.

www.umanironchi.com/en

Ascheri (Piemonte, Italy)

Ascheri’s vineyards are some of the most picturesque in Piemonte, right in the centre of Bra. They have a state-of-the-art, modern cellar, a renowned boutique hotel and fantastic restaurant – Osteria Murivecchi – all owned by the family.

www.ascherivini.it/en

Stargazer (Tasmania, Australia)

Winemaker Samantha Connew believes we should always look up, as the best treasures can be above us. Her brainchild, Stargazer, pays tribute to Abel Tasman who, as an explorer and navigator, spent much of his time gazing towards the heavens, and was the first European to site Tasmania.

Tasmania is a place of breathtaking natural wonder; wind-whipped, rugged and unforgiving, but ultimately it’s a place where Samantha has found a fitting home for her vines and her passion. Her wines are delicious, contemporary and balanced, and are the very definition of boutique.

www.stargazer.com.au

Ferrari (Trentino, Italy)

Giulio Ferrari learned the art of Champagne-making in Épernay, and was, by all accounts, an obsessive perfectionist. Today, Ferrari is the leading name in Italian sparkling wine and all of the family’s wines are Trentodoc, meaning they are bottle-fermented and made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes grown at high altitude in the mountains of Trentino. The house style is super-refined, and – to that end – Ferrari wines are, quite honestly, impeccable.

www.ferraritrento.it/EN

J Lohr (California)

Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, most quality winemakers in California paid little attention to the state’s Central Coast, preferring instead to focus their efforts on warmer and more fashionable spots. Not Jerry Lohr. Armed with an instinctive feel for climate, soil and location forged in his upbringing, Jerry turned towards Monterey. Since planting those first vines in Arroyo Seco more than 40 years ago, J. Lohr has become a flag-bearer for some of the most dynamic emerging Californian wine regions.

www.jlohr.com

Botromagno (Puglia, Italy)

The Botromagno estate is located in Gravina in Puglia, the sun-drenched heel of Italy. Despite the harsh and rocky soil the land is abundant with vineyards and olive groves and was once called by King Federico II “a garden of earthly delights.” Today, brothers Beniamino and Alberto continue the legacy of bringing out the finest qualities in traditional wines in this magnificent corner of Puglia..

www.botromagno.it

Viña Leyda (Leyda Valley, Chile)

Viña Leyda was founded in 1998, in Leyda Valley, a place now recognized as the last great innovation of Chilean viticulture, as well as a place of beautifully dramatic landscape. The train station building depicted on their labels was once the last train stop before travellers from Santiago reached the Pacific Ocean. It became both a landmark and a saying (a variation on the Spanish “la ida”,meaning “going”), showing them the way to the coast. Chief Winemaker Viviana Navarrete’s mission is to reflect and express the unique conditions of the Leyda Valley in each of her wines, and to harness the nature of the region to produce some of the best Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in Chile.

www.leyda.cl

Howard Park (Western Australia)

From Western Australia’s rugged coast, Burch Family Wines is family-owned and operated, with a global reputation for crafting wines of distinct regional character. Their much-lauded Howard Park wines have a real sense of place; bold and elegant in equal measure.

www.burchfamilywines.com.au

Quinta do Crasto (Douro, Portugal)

Iconic estate Quinta do Crasto is nestled among the breathtakingly beautiful and historically rich terraced vineyards of the Douro Valley. Crasto’s founders were pioneers in the Douro Valley, devoting much of their time to unfortified winemaking when most of their neighbours remained 100% focused on Port. Their wines are testament to this long-standing commitment.

www.quintadocrasto.pt 

Planeta (Sicily, Italy)

Planeta’s vision has played a key role in revolutionising the perception and quality of Sicilian wines. Founded on an unrivalled knowledge of the land, and forged by many years as grape growers across 17 generations, the estate has captured the interest, perfume and freshness of Sicily’s grapes, through its six boutique wineries.

Planeta has opened the world’s eyes to the charms of Sic­ily’s indigenous grape varieties, ushering in a broad range of wines that today owes as much to Grecanico and Nero d’Avola as it does to the winery’s signature Chardonnay.

www.planeta.it/en

Kooyong (Mornington Peninsula, Australia)

In the cool climes of Australia’s Mornington Peninsula, 80km south of Melbourne, boutique winery Kooyong have crafted a reputation for the very best representation of Australian Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The vineyard is split into five individual and distinct areas, it is these differences which influence the flavours of the wines from each site.

www.portphillipestate.com.au

Skillogalee (Clare Valley, South Australia)

Dave and Diana Palmer bought Skillogalee twenty years ago following a sudden rush of blood to the head. Today they remain at the helm of a successful boutique family business, including an incredible winery restaurant.

Are they glad they made the sea change? Dave says, “I’m 20 years into my wine apprenticeship and I’m still having fun!”

www.skillogalee.com.au

Man O’ War (Waiheke Island, New Zealand)

Man O’ War is a stunning array of coastal hillsides with high cliffs and pristine beaches forming a ruggedly beautiful coastline. The current owners bought the land in the 1980s, and have named their ‘discoveries’ in honour of family history, naval legacy, and this special part of the world. These wines are utterly unique, and have quickly built a cult following across the globe. Taste the wines, and you’ll see why!

www.manowarvineyards.co.nz

Bogle Winery (California, USA)

It’s now nearly 50 years since father and son Chris and Warren Bogle established their first vineyard near Clarksburg in California, while the estate has since expanded, the boutique philosophy embraced from the outset still continues. Family remains vital too – brother Ryan and sister Jody have joined Warren in the running of the company, Jody joins us in London to share the family stories.

www.boglewinery.com

Ruggeri (Veneto, Italy)

Ruggeri was established by Giustino Bisol in 1950 and is now run by his son, Paolo, and grandchildren Giustino and Isabella. This winery’s collection of Proseccos – many bottled as top-quality Prosecco di Valdobbiadene DOCG – are among the finest to be found in the region. Isabella Bisol remains an inspirational figure in the quality Prosecco movement, and continues to evolve and energise the family business.

www.ruggeri.it

Chalmers (Victoria, Australia)

Chalmers is truly a family business, with all immediate family members involved at every level, and their commitment to innovation and excellence has made them a pivotal force on the Australian wine scene for almost 30 years. Continuing her parents’ pioneering work with Italian grape varieties, Tennille works tirelessly to promote a new wave of “Aussie” wines.

www.chalmerswine.com.au

Bertani (Veneto, Italy)

Bertani was one of the first companies in Italy to understand the value of bottled wine. This translated into major investments to bottle and export quality Italian wines and by the 19th century Bertani wines were already crossing the Atlantic. It is with Bertani that the story of Amarone begins, an intense wine that is the symbol of the land from which it is born – a wine born to live forever.

www.bertani.net/en

Fontanafredda (Piemonte, Italy)

Fontanafredda, whose vineyards are among the finest in the area, is a winery that combines history with a great sense of conviviality and community, with thoroughly modern production facilities for everything from Asti to Barolo.

www.fontanafredda.it

El Esteco (Salta, Argentina)

El Esteco’s 1,000 acres of vineyards stand at the heart of the Calchaquí Valley. French immigrants David and Salvador Michel founded the winery in 1892, producing distinctive and elegant high-end wines, with great concentration of colour, deep aromas and well-defined flavours. Their determination has certainly paid off; El Esteco is the leading winery in Salta. These wines are fantastically typical of Argentina – bold, intense and stylish.

www.elesteco.com

Carrick (Central Otago, New Zealand)

It’s 20 years since Steve and Barbara Green established the first of Carrick’s vineyard plantings on the Cairnmuir terraces at Bannockburn in Central Otago. What was then a tangle of wild thyme and briar roses has become one of the region’s most successful producers. They produce stunning Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc with real and heart and soul.

www.carrick.co.nz

Thelema (Stellenbosch, South Africa)

Cabernet may be its trump card, but the origins of Thelema owe more to the wines of Burgundy than Bordeaux: it was a bottle of Puligny-Montrachet that lured Gyles Webb away from accountancy in Durban to winemaking in Stellenbosch. Today his son continues the good work his father began, and Thelema was recently rated one of the world’s top 100 estates.

www.thelema.co.za

Cecchi (Tuscany, Italy)

Brothers Cesare and Andrea Cecchi – who are the latest generation at Cecchi’s helm – have a mantra: “Traditional wines doesn’t mean old wines: the future should not be a repetition of the past, but an improvement on it.” Here, tradition meets innovation to wondrous effect.

www.cecchi.net/en/

Yealands (Marlborough, New Zealand)

According to conventional wisdom, you weren’t supposed to be able to plant vineyards in the rugged foothills of the Awatere Valley. Thankfully, Peter Yealands saw beyond conventional wisdom, and Yealands has become one of the Southern Hemisphere’s finest all-round producers. Winemaker Tamra has blazed a trail, and is the sheer embodiment of the Yealands spirit – obsessive perfectionism and a can-do attitude.

www.yealands.co.nz

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