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.
Black Tie Sommelier Dinner
6th August 2019
A firm favourite of the last twelve years, this is an evening of fun and laughter, learning and competition. Hosted by Eric and a team of his friends, some of whom are the best sommeliers in the country, the featured wines vary from the traditionally famous to the new and innovative.
Price: £135.00 per person
1st October 2019
Renowned amongst experts the world over for their aromatic fruitiness and compatibility with many kinds of food, Alsace whites are outstanding - from powerful Rieslings and spicy Gewurztraminers to delicately scented Muscats and pretty Pinots (Blanc, Gris and Noir). The only permitted red grape - Pinot Noir - makes wines full of summer berry flavours. Alsace’s white wines range in style from bone dry to lusciously sweet, which means there’s a perfect wine to match with whatever you’re eating - from spicy Indian curries to fragrant Asian dishes and sushi to traditional fare from Alsace.
Price: £105.00 per person
Black Tie Champagne Dinner
3rd December 2019
The origins of Champagne Taittinger date back to the original Champagne house founded in 1734 by Jacques Fourneaux. However its links to the Taittinger family started in 1931 when it was purchased by the founder of today’s company; Pierre Taittinger. As a young cavalry officer in the 1st World War he spent much time in the Champagne area where he was stationed at Château de la Marquetterie in Pierry, near Epernay. He instantly fell in love with the property along with its fine vineyards and purchased it in 1932, a year after he had bought the Fourneaux Company.
Today it remains owned and managed by the Taittinger family and is headed up by Pierre Emmanuel Taittinger. Pierre Emmanuel’s son, Clovis Taittinger and daughter, Vitalie Taittinger, both work in the business making it very much a family affair. The hallmark of the Taittinger blend is the high percentage of Chardonnay it contains, this gives the wines ultimate elegance, delicacy and finesse. This can be anything from 40% in the Brut Reserve NV to 100% in the prestigious Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs and we know through research that it is enjoyed by ‘independently minded’ people.
Price: £135.00 per person