The Rhône rises in the Swiss Alps and flows south and west into France. At Lyon it turns sharply south, and from there heads 300km down to the horse-grazed marshes of the Camargue, and the Med. Wine-wise, the Rhône has two separate regions. In the Northern Rhône, from Vienne southwards, vineyards are perched above the river, Syrah rules the reds, and the whites are rich and sometimes fragrant. The broad expanse of the Southern Rhône takes in historic towns such as Orange, Avignon and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a host of different grape varieties and other famous wine villages. The wines are impressive, gutsy blockbusters.
For this wine dinner we have some really stunning wines from both north and south, including a fine (rare, white, northern) Condrieu from Michel Chapoutier (one of the very top wines made with the Viognier grape, from one of the top producers), and a Côte Rôtie Brune et Blonde from Guigal, one of the best manifestations of the Syrah grape in France.
Charles Metcalfe will be back again to paddle us gently down the river, as we tuck into the chefs' dishes reflecting the Rhône Valley.
£80 per person for aperitif with canapés, four courses matched to wines, coffee and petits fours.
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