Throughout the month of June, we will be shining our vinous spotlight on The Golden State of California, pouring the wines that make it arguably the most exciting wine-producing region in the world right now.
Visit our restaurants – including Avenue, New Street Grill, Le Pont de la Tour, Sartoria, Kensington Place, Angler, 3 South Place, Skylon, Quaglino’s and Plateau – and our shops – New Street Wine Shop, Le Pont de la Tour Wine Merchant and Bluebird Wine Cellar – and you will taste some truly outstanding wines, from classic icons like Opus One at Avenue and Le Pont de la Tour, to the exciting ‘new wave’ at Plateau and New Street Grill.
There is an all new Surf + Turf pop-up in the courtyard at Old Bengal Bar, serving California-inspired bbq food for lunch and dinner. Make sure you also check out the vineyard installation and new lunchtime menu down the road in New Street Wine Shop.
There are lots of great tastings and dinners too. Join BBC Saturday Kitchen’s Jane Parkinson at Le Pont de la Tour, Channel 4’s Four Rooms presenter Wendy Meakin at Almeida. The inimitable Michael Simms will be pitching Italian Sangiovese against the cream of the Californian crop at Sartoria; and there will be lots more happening besides.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
SUNDAY SUNSET BBQ
7 JUNE | SOUTH PLACE HOTEL
Enjoy senational Sonoma County wines and top tunes all afternoon.
Get the lowdown.
“GO WEST!” TASTING
10 JUNE | ORRERY
Those in the know “go West”. Find out how wine styles from California have changed over the years and taste the Orrery team’s favourite picks.
MICHAEL’S DINNER PARTY
15 JUNE | SARTORIA
For his June dinner party, popular Sartoria head sommelier, Michael Simms, will be comparing classic Italian and Californian Sangiovese.
Reserve your seat around the table.
‘NEW WAVE’ WINE DINNER
15 JUNE | PLATEAU
California’s new wave of wineries are gathering momentum and causing a stir. Taste some of the best, alongside the much-loved cooking of Plateau head chef, Damian McGarey.
CALIFORNIA & CRUSTACEA DINNER
23 JUNE | KENSINGTON PLACE
Matching the Kensington Place team’s favourite California wines with great crustacea from the Fish Shop next door.
Reserve your places.
DINNER WITH JANE PARKINSON
23 JUNE | LE PONT DE LA TOUR
Join Saturday Kitchen presenter and Stylist columnist, Jane Parkinson, for an evening of fine food and wine, tasting both classic and contemporary California wines.
Book now. (Menu and wines to be announced)
25 JUNE | AVENUE
Tasting of cool climate wines from across the State of California at U.S. focused restaurant, Avenue.
Be cool – book now.
EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE DINNER
30 JUNE | ALMEIDA
We could listen to the fascinating Channel 4 presenter and “cultural Swiss army knife”, Wendy Meakin all night – and on 30th June, you can too. Wendy will be telling us all about the ground-breaking work of Californian (via Kingston-Upon-Thames) photographer, Eadweard Muybridge, over dinner with mighty-fine wines from her home State.