Brighton Wine Week

Like wine? Like Brighton? Like events? Then Brighton Wine week is the best thing to happen to you ever. Fact.

What is Brighton Wine Week

Brighton Wine Week is the first of three consumer festival periods to be hosted in 2018 by the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival. It features 11 days of tastings, wine dinners and trails around the city, culminating in a Wine and Gin Festival on Sunday 15 April.

The Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival is a not for profit Community Interest Company run by local business people passionate about hospitality and food and drink in our city and surrounding Sussex. The objectives of the organisation are to promote the area as a gastronomic tourism destination, connect the local supply chain from producer to consumer, and raise awareness of careers in the food and hospitality industries to young people.

Further consumer events for 2018 include Brighton Cocktail Week (6-15 July) and Autumn Harvest (6-16 September). For more information visit www.brightonfoodfestival.com.

The list of events is extensive and extremely exciting. There are special dinners, tapas and wine trails and masterclasses that will open your eyes to a whole world of wine. In addition to the one off events, a number of restaurants across Brighton and Hove will be offering special menu featuring their favourite wines, including one English wine, throughout the week. These special menu’s will cost between £5 and £7 and will be available from top venues such as Blanch House, The Chilli Pickle, Drakes, Fourth & Church, Harbour Hotel, Isaac-At, Jeremy’s Restaurant, Market Restaurant Bar, Metrodeco, The Bull in Ditchling, and The Salt Room.

Events not to be missed

Below is a list of all events taking place which can also be viewed at www.brightonfoodfestival.com.

Thursday 5 – Sunday 15 April 2018

The Ginger Pig & The Ginger Dog pair with Ridgeview

The Ginger Pig, 3 Hove Street, Hove BN3 2TR • 01273 736 123 • The Ginger Dog, 12 College Place, Brighton BN2 1HN • 01273 620 990

Enjoy a glass of Ridgeview Bloomsbury perfectly paired with two Irish rock oysters at the Ginger Pig in Hove, or paired with cured salmon, seaweed cracker and preserved lemon at the Ginger Dog in Kemp Town.

Brighton Wine Week special price of £10 (offer limited to one per person)

Villa Sandi prosecco tasting at Blanch House

Thursday 5 April 2018 • 7pm

The Story of Villa Sandi: A Prestige Prosecco Masterclass

Blanch House, 17 Atlingworth Street, Brighton BN2 1PL • http://www.blanchhouse.co.uk

Blanch House are proud to present a unique premium Prosecco tasting, with carefully matched canapes. Flavio Geretto from prestigious family winery Villa Sandi in the heart of Prosecco country invites you to learn what makes a prestige Prosecco. Listen to the story of Villa Sandi, learn how to differentiate the different expressions and what food to enjoy them with.  Prestige Prosecco – The Story of Villa Sandi.

Advance tickets £30 from 01273 603 504 for five tastings and matched canapés

 

Thursday 5 April 2018 • 7pm

Ridgeview Wine Dinner at Murmur

Murmur, 91-96 KIng’s Road Arches, Brighton BN1 2FN • 01273 711 900 • http://www.murmur-restaurant.co.uk

The team at Michael Bremner’s Brighton seafront restaurant, Murmur, join forces with their friends at English sparkling wine producer Ridgeview to create a bespoke tasting menu for Brighton Wine Week. Over a four-course menu, Ridgeview’s Tom Surgey will be presenting four sparkling wines from the Ridgeview range expertly paired with Murmur’s modern British take on contemporary dishes.

Advance tickets £65 from 01273 711 900 or http://www.murmur-restaurant.co.uk for four courses with matched sparkling wines

 

Friday 6 April 2018 • 7pm

Manjus wine dinner

Manjus, 6 Trafalgar Street, Brighton BN1 4EQ • 01273 231 870 • http://www.manjus.co.uk

Manjus is a vegetarian spice sensation paying homage to the region of Gujarat. Delivering a fresh taste of India through an ever-evolving menu. Enjoy a special four course menu with four award-winning wines, paired by their sommelier.

Advance tickets £37 for four courses with matched wines • To book call 01273 231 870

Wine and Tapas Trail

Saturday 7 April 2018 • 2-6pm (also Sunday 8 April)

Brighton Wine & Tapas Trail

Participating venues across the city

The perfect way to spend a leisurely weekend exploring some of the best food and drink businesses in the city. Each venue will be offering a glass of wine and tasty tapas for just £5 each. Participating venues include Befries, Butler’s Wine Cellar (Kemp Town village outlet, Saturday only), Curry Leaf Café (Kemp Town Kitchen outlet), Drakes, Fourth & Church, Harbour Hotel, La Cave à Fromage, La Choza(Western Road outlet), Market Restaurant & Bar, Metrodeco, Pascere and The Salt Room. Visit http://www.brightonfoodfestival.com for more participating venues.

Advance tickets £10 from http://www.brightonfoodfestival.com which also includes complimentary entrance to the Brighton Wine & Gin Fair on Sunday 15 April

 

Saturday 7 April 2018 • 7pm

Argentinian wine dinner

Harbour Hotel, 64 Kings Road, Brighton BN1 1NA • 01273 323 221 • http://www.brighton-harbour-hotel.co.uk

Harbour hotel heads to South America’s premier wine producing country for a night to remember. Chef will be showcasing an Argentinian themed menu with each of the four courses paired with wines showcasing the range of styles currently coming out of Argentina. Our wine expert will be on hand to present and answer any questions, plus there’ll be tango dancers on hand to get you into Argentine groove.

Advance tickets £50 for arrival drinks followed by four courses with matched wines • Email brighton.events@harbourhotels.co.uk or call the events team on 01273 323 221

 

Sunday 8 April 2018 • 2-6pm (also Saturday 7 April)

Wine & Tapas Trail

See Saturday 7 April for details.

 

FoodLab - George Boarer with Steven Edwards at Etch - credit Julia Claxton
credit Julia Claxton

Sunday 8 April 2018 • Noon-3pm (approx)

FoodLab: Emerging Talent

Etch, 216 Church Road, Brighton BN3 2DJ • 01273 227 485 • http://www.etchfood.co.uk

Our first FoodLab of the year sees young talent from Brighton’s hottest kitchens take centre stage for a never-to-be-repeated gourmet extravaganza hosted at Etch. Our young chefs – all 26 or younger – will each be randomly matched in advance with a local food or drink producer to create an inspiring and experimental dish. Chefs include: George Boarer (Etch; Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Awards 2017 Young Chef of the Year), Eliott Buchet (Jeremy’s Restaurant) Jackson Heron (Murmur), Isobel Humbey (The Salt Room), Michael Norman-Watts (64 Degrees), George Thomas (Isaac-At) and Sam Watson (The Ginger Fox). Producers include: Bedlam Brewery, Blackdown Artisan Spirits, La Cave à Fromage, Red Roaster Coffee, Ridgeview Wine Estate, Trenchmore Farm and Wobblegate juices.

Advance tickets £70 from 01273 227 485 for seven courses plus a welcome drink created by chef Steven Edwards and Seb Cole from Boho Gelato. Wines by the glass available to buy on the day.

 

Monday 9 April 2018 • Regular opening hours

California tasting

Butler’s Wine Cellar (88 St George’s Road, Brighton BN2 1EE • 01273 621 638) and Fourth & Church (84 Church Rd, Hove BN3 2EB • 01273 724 709)

Drop in for a free tasting of selected California wines throughout the day (subject to availability).

International chef exchanege at La Choza with chef Bas Oonk

Monday 9 April 2018 • 7pm

International Chef Exchange: Mexico, Surinam & Indonesia

La Choza, 105 Western Road, Brighton BN1 2AA • 01273 325 444 • http://www.lachoza.co.uk

Guest chef Bas Oonk from Michelin Bib Gourmand awarded Restaurant Basaal in the Netherlands joins forces with La Choza’s head chef Benji Hinchliffe for a chilli-infused meal featuring dishes inspired by Mexico, and the former Dutch colonies of Indonesia and Surinam. A unique fusion meal not to be missed.

Advance tickets £25 from 01273 325 444 for four courses • ‘Marques Del Valle’ Mexican wines will be available to buy by the glass on the night

 

Tuesday 10 April 2018 • Regular opening hours

Italian tasting

Butler’s Wine Cellar (88 St George’s Road, Brighton BN2 1EE • 01273 621 638) and Fourth & Church (84 Church Rd, Hove BN3 2EB • 01273 724 709)

Drop in for a free tasting of selected Italian wines throughout the day (subject to availability).

Emilia Romagna dinner at Pascere.jpg

Tuesday 10 April 2018 • 7pm

The sparkling wines of Emilia Romagna dinner

Pascere, 8 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AH • 01273 917 949 • http://www.pascere.co.uk

Pascere restaurant, well known for its emphasis on great wine, hosts an exclusive wine dinner focusing on the lesser-known sparkling wines of Emilia Romagna in Italy. With two AA rosettes and glowing reviews in the Guardian, the Telegraph and the Independent, you’ll be sure to enjoy an interesting and flavoursome four-course menu by chef Johnny Stanford designed to match these specially selected wines.

Advance tickets £55 from 01273 917 949 for four courses with matched sparkling wines

 

Tuesday 10 April 2018 • 7pm

Sussex Tasting Tour dinner

Isaac At, 2 Gloucester Street, Brighton BN1 4EW • http://www.isaac-at.com • 07765 934 740

Take a tour through Sussex using your taste buds, joining Isaac and the team for an evening of locally sourced food paired with some of the finest Sussex wines. Enjoy Isaac’s four course set menu, showcasing the best local produce found here on our doorstep, with four local wines from Bluebell, Ridgeview, Stopham and Wiston vineyards.

Advance tickets £55 from http://www.isaac-at.com/reservations for four courses and matched Sussex wines

Austrian Wine tasting at Butlers

Wednesday 11 April 2018 • 7.30-9pm

Austrian wines: the basics

Butler’s Wine Cellar, 247 Queens Park Road, Brighton BN2 9XJ • 01273 698 724 • http://www.butlers-winecellar.co.uk

As part of Brighton Wine week, Butler’s host an Austrian tasting in their Queens Park Road shop, where you’ll sample six wines: three whites, a rosé and two reds, made in different regions and using indigenous grapes from this amazing wine making country. Henry and Cassie of Butler’s say they drink more Austrian wines than any other at home and are very excited to be sharing their passion for them with you.

Advance tickets £15 from http://www.butlers-winecellar.co.uk or 01273 698 724

 

Wednesday 11 April 2018 • 7pm

A Taste of the Mediterranean wine dinner

The Salt Room, 106 Kings Road, Brighton BN1 2FU • 01273 929 488 • http://www.saltroom-restaurant.co.uk

It’s safe to say that we all have very fond memories of the Mediterranean. The combination of the sun, sea, food and wine is hard to resist. The Salt Room with its uninterrupted views of Brighton seafront from the mezzanine will be holding a wine dinner inspired by this fantastic part of the world. Executive chef Dave Mothersill’s four course menu for the evening will echo the tastes of the Mediterranean with inspirational seafood, fish and meat dishes with expertly paired wines. The evening will be hosted by Steve Daniel and Joe Wadhams from Hallgarten. Steve Daniel has one of the most respected palates in the industry and has been a real pioneer of Mediterranean wine over the last 30 years. Joe has worked closely with The Salt Room and sister restaurant The Coal Shed helping curate their wine lists. They will be showcasing a diverse range of indigenous varietals from the likes of the Balearics, Greece and Croatia. This is a rare opportunity to let the team at The Salt Room;  Seafish UK Restaurant of the Year 2017, and Hallgarten indulge and inspire you .

Advance tickets £75 from 01273 929 488 includes aperitif with canapés followed by four courses paired with wines

 

Wednesday 11 April 2018 • 7pm

Sherry Night

Market Restaurant & Bar, 42 Western Road, Hove BN3 1JD • 01273 823 707 • http://www.market-restaurantbar.co.uk

Market specialises in Anglo-Spanish cuisine, sourcing only the best ingredients from Sussex and Spain for their innovative take on tapas and small plates. This unique five course menu will celebrate Jerez’s wonderful wine Sherry, a particular favorite both to sip and also accompany the food at Market. Head chef Ian Atkinson (previously of one and two Michelin star and two hat restaurants in the the UK and Australia) will be creating a Sherry-inspired five course menu alongside a matching Sherry flight that’ll be presented to you by their special guest and Sherry expert, who will also be on hand to answer all your Sherry questions.

Advance tickets £50 from 01273 823 707 for five courses with matched wine

 

Thursday 12 April 2018 • 7pm

An Evening in Bordeaux wine dinner

Drakes, 43-44 Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1PE • 01273 696 934 • http://www.drakesofbrighton.com

Synonymous with excellence, Bordeaux wines have been amongst the finest in the world for centuries. Now a new generation of artisan winemakers head a quiet revolution developing new styles through modern advances.

This special evening hosted at Drakes, combines classic Bordeaux dishes using the best of local Sussex produce and paired with a collection of excellent wines by boutique Bordeaux growers.

Wines will be presented by Frazer of Department 33 who import and are passionate about French artisan wines, especially Bordeaux.

Advance tickets £69 from 01273 696 934 for four course tasting menu with wine pairing (please note no menu alternatives available)

Fourth and Church exterior

Thursday 12 April 2018 • Tasting only 6-7pm, winemaker dinner 7pm

Gusbourne Estate at Fourth & Church with Butler’s Wine Cellar

Fourth & Church, 84 Church Road, Hove BN3 2EB •  01273 724 709 • http://www.fourthandchurch.co.uk

Gusbourne Estate is one of the UK’s leading wine producers and have vineyards in Kent and West Sussex, producing both sparkling and still wines.

Tasting: Join us to chat with the Gusbourne and F&C team, and to taste a sample of their sparkling and still wines with a Fourth & Church nibble.

Winemaker dinner with Henry Butler: Gusbourne Estate and Henry Butler host an exclusive Gusbourne wine dinner in our private tasting room for eight lucky guests, This will include a four course menu with some suprises matched with Gusbourne’s exemplary wines, not to be missed by any enthusiasts of English wine.

Advance tickets £10 (tasting only) or £60 (4 course dinner with matched wines) from http://www.fourthandchurch.co.uk or 01273 724 709

 

Friday 13 April 2018 • Regular opening hours

Spanish tasting

Butler’s Wine Cellar (88 St George’s Road, Brighton BN2 1EE • 01273 621 638) and Fourth & Church (84 Church Rd, Hove BN3 2EB • 01273 724 709)

Drop in for a free tasting of selected Spanish wines throughout the day (subject to availability).

 

Friday 13 April 2018 • 7.15-9.30pm

Make Your Case

La Cave à Fromage, 34-35 Western Road, Hove BN3 1AF • 01273 725 500 • http://www.la-cave.co.uk

Our mixed up, messed up, mashed up ‘Make Your Case’ punk wine tasting returns. Host Andrew Kay will be joined by presenters from Butler’s Wine Cellar, La Cave à Fromage, Market Restaurant & Bar, North-South Wines, Ridgeview Wine Estate and The Salt Room for the wildest wine tasting you’ve ever seen.

During the break, the team from La Cave à Fromage will be serving up sharing platters of cheese and charcuterie with marinated and chargrilled vegetable antipasi, baguettes and fig and almond bread.

Advance tickets £35 from 01273 725 500 includes wines and sharing platters

 

Saturday 14 April 2018 • Regular opening hours

South African tasting

Butler’s Wine Cellar (88 St George’s Road, Brighton BN2 1EE • 01273 621 638) and Fourth & Church (84 Church Rd, Hove BN3 2EB • 01273 724 709)

Drop in for a free tasting of selected South wines throughout the day (subject to availability).

 

Saturday 14 April 2018 • 7.15pm

La Cave à Fromage X Ridgeview

La Cave à Fromage, 34-35 Western Road, Hove BN3 1AF • 01273 725 500 • http://www.la-cave.co.uk

Join La Cave à Fromage’s David Deaves and Tom Surgey from Ridgeview, to explore matching Ridgeview sparkling wines alongside selected Sussex cheeses. Not your usual pairing, Tom and David have combined skills to prove this can work with a range of cheeses perfectly matched with Ridgeview varietal blends. The tasting will include three of Ridgeview’s award-winning range alongside six cheeses from local producers. Bread and charcuterie will also be served..

Advance tickets £39.50 from 01273 725 500

Wine festival

Sunday 15 April 2018 • 2-5pm

Brighton Wine & Gin Festival

My Brighton, 17 Jubilee Street, Brighton BN1 1GE • http://www.mybrightonhotel.com

Join us in the stylish Merkaba and function rooms of My Brighton hotel for a tasting of wines from local vineyards, Sussex gins with Double Dutch mixers, and wines from other leading world regions. The perfect way to toast the close of Brighton Wine Week 2018!

Advance tickets £10 from http://www.brightonfoodfestival.com which also includes the Wine & Tapas Trail on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 April.

 

Sunday 15 April 2018 • 2-5pm

Redroaster Ridgeview Afternoon Tea

Redroaster, 1D St James’s Street, Brighton BN2 1RE • 01273 686 668 • http://www.redroaster.co.uk

Set within the beautiful botanical backdrop of Redroaster café in Kemp Town, chef Matt Gillan will be preparing an afternoon tea with a twist. In Matt’s modern style, expect afternoon tea re-imagined served alongside a glass of Ridgeview who are leading the way in crafting world-class English sparkling wine.

Advance tickets £30 from http://www.redroaster.co.uk

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