The spirits of four world-class vineyards are being brought to the heart of London in a new series of four wine-paired tasting dinners (£110) at The Grill at The Dorchester.
The quartet begins with a dinner featuring wines from the award-winning Jackson Family Wines, the California-headquartered winery celebrating 34 years in business, and which now has vineyards all over the world, including Chile and Tuscany. A March 31 meal features its Capensis Chardonnay, often referred to as South Africa’s answer to white burgundy, as well as a rich St Emilion from Chateau Lassègue, served with Welsh lamb.
Wines from Rhône valley winemaker Jean Luc Colombo, particularly celebrated for his single vineyard Cornas, a Syrah grown on the steep slopes of the northern Rhône, will step into the spotlight on May 5. Diners will be served Les Ruchets from 2007, one of the finest recent vintages, which should be drinking beautifully when served alongside braised beef cheeks.
Provence takes centre stage on September 15. The featured estate, Château la Coste, the vineyard 20km north of Aix-en-Provence owned by Irish property developer Patrick McKillen, produces distinctive spicy reds from a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as floral whites and a classic pale-pink Provençal rosé.
From France back to The Grill at The Dorchester’s home turf. The final dinner on November 10 features a Brut, a rosé and a Blanc de Blancs from Coates & Seely, the English winery that’s a collaboration between Nicholas Coates, a former banker, and Christian Seely, MD at Axa Millésimes, which owns such illustrious estates as Bordeaux “super second” producer Château Pichon-Longueville and Douro port producer Quinta do Noval. The fresh acidity in English sparkling wine makes it the perfect foil for rich French cuisine.