A whistle-stop women-centred wine tour

Dorchester Collection head sommeliers celebrate International Women’s Day

Women wineenthusiasts, reach for your diaries now. From March 6 to 8, the DorchesterCollection 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 AlessandraVeronesi (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 allthings oenological. Of course, men are not excluded, but as Veronesi comments: “Thisis a chance to share experiences with fellow women interested in thedelicacies of the grape.”

The London leg promises to be an intimate affair, with no more than 20 guests enjoying aselection of wine from the US, France and Italy, along with canapés. As well astalking 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 tobe a woman in the sommelier world. The cost for the one-hour event is £100 perperson.

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The roadtrip 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 stayat each hotel (and a 10 per cent discount on selected spa treatments for women), the price is£1,600 per person.

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Touzet saysshe is looking forward to “sharing the Le Meurice experience with fellow femaleprofessionals”. Cinti, who is responsible for introducing a greater selectionof US wines to Wolfgang Puck’s first European venture, Cut at 45 ParkLane, is similarly enthusiastic: “These evenings will be a celebration of allthat wine brings to an occasion and the moments that different wines evoke forindividual women.”

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