The UK’s leading wine hotel, The Vineyard, offers a stay in its Luxury Suite, spa treatments and a five-course meal paired with its best wines
Lucky winners of our competition can enjoy a stay at the UK’s leading wine hotel, The Vineyard, near Newbury in Berkshire. Housing some 30,000 bottles in its cellars,
The Vineyard offers superior food and wine set in luxurious surroundings with 500 pieces of arts dotted around the hotel, giving it a unique charm.
The lucky winner will spend two nights at the five-star hotel, staying in a Luxury Suite, enjoying a Judgement of Paris five-course dinner paired with wines on one night. There will also be the option of two 55-minute spa treatments, full use of spa facilities and daily breakfast included.
The Judgement of Paris refers to the events of 24 May 1976 when Englishman, Steven Spurrier, staged a competitive blind tasting of French and Californian wines in a room in a Parisian hotel. With the participation of some of France’s leading wine aficionados, the wine world was rocked when unknown Californian wines triumphed over better-known French varieties. The Vineyard owner Sir Peter Michael was so inspired by this that he has stocked the cellars of his hotel with over 800 Californian wines, including the critically-acclaimed Peter Michael wines from his winery in Knights Valley, Sonoma, California.
Dinner at The Vineyard is an exceptional experience, and The Judgement Tasting Menu brings together 12 wines – six Californian and six French varieties – the obvious question at the end of your meal being: “Which did you prefer?”
Award-winning head chef Daniel Galmiche has created several menus with restaurant and wine director Alan Holmes to showcase the best in food and wine flavours. Vegetarian pairings are offered as well as a selection of lesser-known wines from around the world.
Guests can also purchase Peter Michael wine, including 2010 Clos de Ciel and Ma Danseuse Pinot Noir, awarded the highest accolade in the wine industry, from The Vineyard cellars, the UK’s only exclusive Californian wine merchant.