Wine Dinner - A Journey down the Rhône
friday, 9th march 2018

Thirty kilometres south of Lyon begins the Rhône Valley vineyard. Steeped in history, it stretches along the river: southwards to Avignon, west towards Nîmes and east to the Luberon. Famous for having provided the "Wine of the Popes" since the fourteenth century, the entire region’s wines are produced by passionate winemakers on land where the mistral blows and the sun seems to shine endlessly.

From the north, from Vienne to Tain, stretch the world famous vines of Condrieu, Côte-Rôtie, Saint Joseph, Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage, where Syrah reigns solo in the red wines. As for the whites, Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne give them their unmistakeable identity. Further south, a string of internationally renowned appellations spread out: Côtes du Rhône-Villages, Rasteau, Cairanne, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes-de-Venise, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (both red and white), Tavel and Lirac.

Join Alastair Llewellyn-Smith of Thorman Hunt on a Journey down the Rhone. Established in the 1970s, Thorman Hunt's aim was to provide top quality wines from individual French growers to the UK Independent Wine Trade. Whilst the business has grown since then, their ethos has not changed. Alastair will talk you thorough the smorgasbord of grape varieties that make up the treasure trove of Rhône Valley wines.


Crémant d'Alsace Domaine Bruno Sorg NV

Charcuterie: selection of saucisson and cured meats, 
pickles, homemade chutney, Josper grilled sourdough

Fleurie André Colonge 2015
Morgon, fut de Chene Cuveé Joseph, Dom de la Chaponne 2014
Beetroot cured salmon, 
cucumber, dill, horseradish

St Joseph Blanc Yves Cuilleron 'Lombard' 2011
Navarin of lamb - loin, neck and smoked belly
young vegetables, roasted garlic

Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf du Pape blanc 2015
Domaine de la Charbonniere Chateauneuf du Pape rouge Cuvée Hautes Brusquieres 2011 en magnum
Manjari, mousse, orange, hazelnut sponge, ice cream

Muscat de Beaumes de Venise
Maury, VDN Pouderoux 2014

Coffee and petits fours

Tickets include:
Aperitifs from 7pm with dinner at 7.30pm.  
Ticket includes dinner with all accompanying wines

£95 per person
£90 per person for LRG card holders  
£85 per person for Great Fosters Dining Club members and their guests     

If you would like to stay overnight a special rate of £120 per couple in a cosy double room or £145 per couple in an executive room is available for anyone attending the dinner. This rate also includes full English breakfast.      

To reserve your place please e-mail the events office or call on 01784 480401
Full pre-payment will be taken at the time of booking.