This month, Searcys is launching a series of wine dinners “in the clouds” at its recently renovated private dining rooms in The Gherkin. The new spaces – named Alto, Cirrus, Stratus, Cumulus and Nimbus – sit sky-high above London on the 38th floor of the Norman Foster-designed building and provide a spectacular view for the four events, which mark the launch of the venue’s new private-dining packages.
To kick things off, “Size Matters” (£75) on February 22 will showcase a range of fine wines aged in large-format bottles, handpicked by Karim LeCloarec, general manager and head sommelier of Searcys at The Gherkin, with insights on the significance of shape and size of glassware and how wine ages differently in large bottles.
The evening will begin with magnums: Searcys champagne with canapés, followed by pouilly-fumé from the much-admired Loire producer André Dezat to accompany a starter of Cornish mackerel, golden beetroot, potato salad and squid ink. Seasonal Rhug estate venison with celeriac, blackberries and hazelnuts will then be served with Château La Tour de By from a jeroboam, and to finish, a selection of artisan British cheeses accompanied by port from a jeroboam of rich and spicy 10-year-old Alves de Sousa.
Three further themed dinners are scheduled this year. On May 10, the award-winning English producer Nyetimber will introduce a sparkling range (£75) that includes two prestige cuvées recently released to considerable acclaim. Timed for the summer solstice, “Midsummer Night’s Dream” (£75) will highlight natural wines – sparkling, white, red and sweet – from a number of prestigious Loire Valley wine producers. And on October 11, a Tuscan wine dinner (£95) celebrating the start of the truffle season will feature the fabled wines of the Antinori family, with special truffle dishes prepared by Searcys’ development chef, Shaun Rowlands.