Chris Peacock stays in a luxury country hotel and enjoys an indulgent tasting menu with pairing wines
Billed as a place to ‘eat, sleep and drink wine’, The Vineyard is a luxurious countryside retreat where food and wine take centre stage. But it’s far more than just a restaurant with rooms.
Owned by wine aficionado Sir Peter Michael — the man behind California’s revered Peter Michael Winery — it’s a veritable shrine to the grape, with cellars housing around 30,000 bottles from all over the world, some worth over £20,000.
To complement this high-calibre wine menu, Michelin-starred gourmand Daniel Galmiche has created a suitably decadent tasting menu in the restaurant. Inspired by an infamous wine-tasting in 1976, which saw French and Californian wines go head to head, the seven-course Judgement of Paris menu allows guests to blind-compare two pairing wines with each course. My partner and I are no wine experts, but charming sommeliers were on hand to help us navigate the fine wines and immaculate dishes.
After dinner, our room for the night was a classic English country house-style suite, the perfect place to relax and unwind after such extravagant wining and dining.
Location: Stockcross, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8JU.
Price: Rooms from £437 for two, including dinner with matching wines and breakfast.