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.

Contact us to book your chosen events: call +44 (0) 1935 48 2000 or email

Alain Graillot Rhone Valley, France
2nd April 2019

The Graillot philosophy is as simple as it is successful – to produce appealing, sensibly-priced wines that people will want to drink. Today Alain’s vineyard is comprised of Syrah, Marsanne and Roussanne vines which surround his cellars at Les Chênes Verts. This is a great source of clean but characterful, fruit-accentuated red and white Crozes Hermitage for gratifying forward drinking. In favourable vintages Alain also produces small volumes of a more age-worthy, denser Crozes Hermitage called ‘La Guiraude’. Minimal volumes of Saint Joseph and Hermitage are also made.

Price: £105.00 per person 

Angelo Negro - Monteu Roero, Piedmont, Italy
2nd July 2019

They have been cultivating vineyards on the Roero hills since 1670, and work to fully interpret the potential of this corner of Piedmont, dedicating their wines to prestigious native grape varieties, enhancing the identity of each one. The passion that fuels the work and the relationship of love and respect that link them so closely to the area is rooted deeply in the past. Theirs is an historical family, proud of its roots and of the fact that they have custody of a precious heritage of knowledge and traditions. With wines that embody the heart and soul of Italy this family run winery is simply stunning in its simplicity.

Price: £105.00 per person

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

Alsace, France
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

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