A Rhone Gourmet evening at West Lodge Park, a journey through wine and flavour

The Rhone Valley, a picturesque region nestled in Southern France, has been a hub of wine culture since ancient times. The legacy of this viticultural haven can be traced back to the Greeks who introduced winemaking in the 4th century BC. However, it was the Romans who truly established the vineyards and reputation of this region, using the Rhone River as their natural highway through France, while planting vineyards along the way. Fast forward to the present day, and the Rhone Valley continues to captivate wine enthusiasts with its exceptional offerings.

On the evening of Friday, November 3rd, West Lodge Park will be the stage for a remarkable event – a Rhone Gourmet Evening. This exclusive gathering promises to be a celebration of the cuisine and wine of the Rhone Valley. Guests can look forward to a themed five-course gourmet dinner, each course paired with a specially selected glass of wine. The evening will be dedicated to showcasing the wines of ‘Ferraton Pere & Fils,’ a name synonymous with excellence in the world of Rhone Valley wines.

Ferraton Pere & Fils is one of the most exciting houses in the region, working closely with the renowned Chapoutier family and embracing the principles of biodynamic farming. The result is a portfolio of wines that have garnered numerous accolades. To be precise, five of their wines have achieved a remarkable 95 points from ‘Wine Spectator,’ and nine more have earned 93 points or higher from ‘The Wine Advocate’ and ‘Wine Spectator.’

Samuel Ferraton, the artisan winemaker behind this exceptional label, represents the perfect fusion of traditional winemaking and modern techniques. He has seamlessly blended the wisdom of the old world with the innovation of the new, creating wines that are not only a testament to the region’s heritage but also a vision of its future.

What truly sets Ferraton’s wines apart is their minimalistic approach to winemaking. The wines are bottled un-fined and unfiltered, allowing the true essence of the Rhone Valley terroir to shine through. The resulting vintages are a genuine reflection of the land, the climate, and the passion that goes into every bottle.

The evening promises more than just fine wine; it’s also culinary journey that enhances the experience. Each course of the gourmet dinner is thoughtfully paired with a different Ferraton wine, showcasing the flavours and the incredible diversity of the Rhone Valley.

The Menu

Appetiser –  Baked St. Marcellin with truffle honey, paired with Côtes-du-Rhône Samorëns rouge, Ferraton.

Starter –  Dorade and salmon tartare with shaved fennel and herb vinaigrette, paired with Saint-Joseph blanc La Source, Ferraton.

Main course –  Slow-cooked rib of beef à la Lyonnaise, accompanied by Cornas Lieu-dit Patou, Ferraton.

Cheese course – Reblochon with quince jam and apricot and walnut bread, paired with Crozes-Hermitage La Matinière rouge, Ferraton.

Dessert – Poached pears and Syrah parfait, served with Rasteau, Vin Doux Naturel, Domaine de Beaurenard.

The meal concludes with Café de Monde coffee or Eilles loose-leaf tea and infusions, along with petits fours.

This gourmet evening is an exceptional opportunity to enjoy the best of what the Rhone Valley has to offer in a luxurious and inviting setting. The evening will be further enriched by the presence of Charlie Monro from Berkmann Wine Cellars, who will introduce each wine with anecdotes that provide a deeper understanding of these exceptional vintages.

Don’t miss your chance to embark on this exquisite Rhone Valley adventure. Join us at West Lodge Park on Friday, November 3rd, for a night of indulgence, culture, and the finest wines that the region has to offer.

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