Wine Dinners


Join us for spectacular wine dinner events throughout the year.


At Summer Lodge this year we are combining the best that our master Sommelier, Eric Zwiebel, and the wine world has to offer with the finest Dorset produce expertly prepared by our executive chef Steven Titman. Our aim is to marry the unique flavours of the Dorset terroir with wines from around the world. With a huge emphasis on the local provenance of our food, our goal is to highlight the flavours of stunning wines that complement our home-grown culinary treasures.   

Glenelly: Stellenbosch - South Africa 
7th April 2020

In 2003 at the age of 78, May de Lancquesaing, then owner of the famous Chateau Pinchon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, purchased the estate. Part of the original Idas Valley farm, granted by Simon van der Stel in 1682, and with a nod to the original Huguenot settlers she set about removing the fruit trees and planting vines. Her vision to create a winery using the best of the micro-climateand soil of the valley while providing local economic development for the community was realised and Glenelly was born. 

The 1783 stamp on the label denotes her family’s involvement with wine for almost a quarter of a century and this love of wine, and long tradition of wine making, has translated into wines of genuine character and complexity. 

Price: £110 per person


Pares Balta: Masia Can Balta – Spain 
5th May 2020

This is a winery with more than 220 years of history. In 1978, Mr Joan Cusiné Hill took over the winery. His son Joan Cusiné Cusiné started to manage Pares Baltà in the eighties and released his first still white wine “Blanc de Pacs” which is still produced today.

Since 2000, the management has been in hands of Joan and Josep Cusiné Carol, their grandsons. They have brought new and fresh ideas into the company but they have also shown respect for its tradition and heritage. The winemakers, Maria Elena Jimenez and Marta Casas, wives of Joan and Josep Cusiné, have contributed to the consolidation of the winery’s philosophy. In 2011, they made the first biodynamic treatments and they were applied in some experimental plots. One year later, the excellent results encouraged them to extend the application to all the vineyards. Biodynamic farming seeks to provide maximum vitality, self-balance and harmony to the vineyard. It is an agriculture based on biodiversity and astronomy (not astrology). 

Price: £110 per person


Brancaia: Tuscany - Italy
7th July 2020

In 1981, the Swiss couple Brigitte and Bruno Widmer fell in love with the abandoned Brancaia estate (Castellina in Chianti) and purchased it. Two years later, Brancaia made the first rank in an important Chianti Classico tasting and then gained international recognition. This lead to a continuous extension of the activities resulting in purchasing the Poppi estate (Radda in Chianti) in 1989. In 1998, they founded Brancaia in Maremma, only 10km from the Mediterranean coastline. Since 1998, Barbara Widmer, oenologist and daughter of the founders, has been responsible for the winemaking as well as for the vineyards on all three estates - with the consultancy of the famous oenologist Carlo Ferrini. Today BRANCAIA is one of Tuscany’s leading wineries, receiving important national and international awards every year. 

Price: £110 per person


Five Sommeliers Dinner
4th August 2020

Enjoy a night of laughter, learning and luscious wines as Eric and his world-class Sommelier friends put you through your paces.  With complimentary food from Steven and his team, you will have a gourmet experience to savour, which features interesting and unusual wines from around the world.

Price: £140 per person


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