First we had the three tenors giving their all for opera. Now we have the five sommeliers doing the same for food and wine. Of course, anyone could buy a CD of Carreras and co. However, only a very limited number of tickets are available for a very special wine dinner at the five-star Vineyard Restaurant and Hotel in rural Berkshire on Sunday November 24.
The Master Sommeliers Dinner is back by popular demand after the rousing success of last year’s inaugural event. On this occasion, the famous five are Matt Wilkin from Australia, Gearoid Devaney from Ireland, Nigel Wilkinson from the UK and Dimitri Mesnard and Claire Thevenot from France. Given that there are only 211 people in the world with the title of master sommelier to their name, it is a rare opportunity to have five such distinguished and talented “somms” in the same place at the same time.
Each sommelier has chosen one of their favourite wines to match one of chef Daniel Galmiche’s five courses. They will also introduce their wine, explain their selection, explore its characteristics and talk about the region, varietal and producer – and answer any questions people care to throw at them. In other words, they are going to sing for both their and your supper.
This unusually entertaining and interactive wine dinner costs £95 per person. Guests can also stay the night, with dinner and breakfast, from £209.50 per person. The evening begins at 7pm with drinks and canapés and a warm welcome from Alan Holmes, the Vineyard’s restaurant and wine director.