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A whistle-stop women-centred wine tour

Dorchester Collection head sommeliers celebrate International Women’s Day

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A whistle-stop women-centred wine tour

January 20 2013
Helen Chislett

Women wine enthusiasts, reach for your diaries now. From March 6 to 8, the Dorchester Collection will be hosting a wine “road trip”, beginning at 45 Park Lane in London and featuring three of the Collection’s head sommeliers. Vanessa Cinti (left in first picture, based at 45 Park Lane), Estelle Touzet (centre in first picture, at Le Meurice, Paris) and Alessandra Veronesi (right in first picture, at Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan) are hosting the evenings, which have been planned to mark International Women’s Day on March 8. Between them, the three sommeliers have 33 years’ experience and a shared passion for all things oenological. Of course, men are not excluded, but as Veronesi comments: “This is a chance to share experiences with fellow women interested in the delicacies of the grape.”

The London leg promises to be an intimate affair, with no more than 20 guests enjoying a selection of wine from the US, France and Italy, along with canapés. As well as talking about Old World versus New, the three will discuss female winemakers, the female palate and next-generation wine families – as well as what it is like to be a woman in the sommelier world. The cost for the one-hour event is £100 per person.

The road trip then continues to Le Meurice on Thursday March 7 and Hotel Principe de Savoia (second picture) on Friday March 8. For oenophiles wishing to enjoy all three evenings with a one-night stay at each hotel (and a 10 per cent discount on selected spa treatments for women), the price is £1,600 per person.

Touzet says she is looking forward to “sharing the Le Meurice experience with fellow female professionals”. Cinti, who is responsible for introducing a greater selection of US wines to Wolfgang Puck’s first European venture, Cut at 45 Park Lane, is similarly enthusiastic: “These evenings will be a celebration of all that wine brings to an occasion and the moments that different wines evoke for individual women.”

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