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May

14

Enter the house of Dom Perignon in London

Champagne-lovers rejoice: this May, the house of Dom Pérignon is popping up in bricks and mortar form in central London. The Champagne giant is bringing three of its 'Plénitudes' vintages - vintages that are released in stages as they mature - to the capital, with a 10-day tasting event set in a mystery Belgravia townhouse. The event, called Les 3 Etages, will take place over three floors of the townhouse, with each floor dedicated to a specific vintage, including the UK debut of the 2005 'P1' Plénitude, an aged expression of the Champagne that has matured for nine years in Dom Pérignon's cellars.

Each tasting will comprise two Champagnes: from 2005 and 1998 (rarer vintages are also available to sample at extra cost). These Champagnes will be paired with luxury canapés by Spring's Skye Gyngell, who will also develop lunch and dinner menus for guests to enjoy during the pop-up's 10-day stint. Dishes on the lunch and dinner menus will include crab with wild asparagus and borage flowers; each will be matched with one of Dom Pérignon's Plénitudes vintages. As well as the tastings, the house will see opulent parties, intimate dinners and extraordinary creative collaborations take place as part of Dom Pérignon's residency.

Les 3 Etages will run from 5-14 May. Tickets for the tastings start at £95; the set lunch and dinner menus cost £200 and £250 respectively, including Champagne. To register your interest and find out more, visit the Les 3 Etages website.

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Belgravia

Jul

7

The wines are the stars this summer at Galvin at Windows

You know how at traditional wine dinners, it's the sommelier's job to find a wine that perfectly matches the chef's dishes? Well, this year, Mayfair restaurant Galvin at Windows will turn that philosophy on its head, with four wine dinners where the wines are the true stars.

And what wines they are. Each dinner will centre around a selection of wines from a specific producer, including Champagne houses Louis Roederer and Taittinger, Burgundy vineyard Domaine Faiveley, and Second Growth Bordeaux wine producer Pichon Longueville.

The winemakers themselves will attend the dinners, talking diners through the wines and answering questions about their production. Meanwhile, guests can tuck into a four-course meal, with dishes prepared by Galvin's chef Joo Won to bring out the full potential of each wine - and, of course, take in Galvin at Window's fabulous views.

This monthly event kicks off with a Taittinger wine dinner on 12 May (£125), followed by Domaine Faiveley on 2 June (£125), Pichon Longueville on 7 July (£125) and Louis Roederer on 23 September (£150). Each event starts with a canapé reception. For more information or to book tickets, email reservations@galvinatwindows.com or call 020 7208 4021.

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Galvin at Windows, 22 Park Lane

May

1

Chelsea Flower Show Laurent Perrier L Etranger

Not only do the folks at Champagne Laurent-Perrier have the Midas touch when it comes to producing spectacular Champagnes, they're also a green-fingered lot. The Champagne house's garden entry at last year's Chelsea Flower Show won the coveted 'Best in Show' prize. To toast its success, Laurent-Perrier is hosting a three-course Champagne dinner at Kensington restaurant L'Etranger - with the chance to win a pair of tickets to this year's show.

The evening will start with a canapé reception and a welcome glass of Laurent-Perrier Brut. Guests can then enjoy a three-course meal, with dishes developed to truly set off the selection of Champagnes. A starter of five tomato salad with truffle-infused burrata will be paired with Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle; a main course of grilled Irish veal chop with stuffed courgette flowers and shiitake mushrooms will be matched with Laurent-Perrier Rosé; while the flavours in a dessert of strawberry-and-black-pepper panna cotta will be beautifully expressed by a glass of Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut.

After the meal, the hosts will reveal the winner of the prize draw, who will be presented with two tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show, for Wednesday 20 May. A second winner will take home a bottle of Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle.

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36 Gloucester Road SW7 4QT

May

14

Dine with Stephen Fry at the new-look Bibendum

You know how almost everyone's fantasy dinner-party guest list includes Stephen Fry? Well, on 14 May, diners at Bibendum can make the dream of eating with the BBC's most popular polymath a reality, because the restaurant is celebrating the relaunch of its first-floor dining room with a one-off celebratory dinner, and Fry will be one of the evening's Master of Ceremonies.

Diners will be treated to a Champagne-and-canapé reception and four-course meal, with dishes cooked by the restaurant's new head chef, Peter Robinson, who will use recipes from Bibendum's founding chef, Simon Hopkinson. These will include asparagus with black-truffle vinaigrette, roast lamb with anchovy, rosemary and garlic, and blackcurrant jelly with crème Chantilly - all paired with matching wines courtesy of wine writer Matthew Jukes. Hopkinson will join Fry as one of the hosts for the evening; the two will recount anecdotes and answer questions.

Guests will be the first to see the new-look dining room - a refurbishment that was overseen by the restaurant's owner and design guru, Sir Terence Conran. The all-new space will combine slate-coloured carpets, brightly coloured leather chairs, and artistic nods to the Michelin mascot, from whom the restaurant takes its name. As a souvenir, each guest will take home a specially commissioned porcelain sugar bowl.

The dinner will take place on 14 May, from 7pm. Tickets cost £150 per person, including all food, wine, coffee and water, plus the complimentary sugar bowl. To book your place, call 020 7581 5817.

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Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road

May

14

Enter the house of Dom Perignon in London

Champagne-lovers rejoice: this May, the house of Dom Pérignon is popping up in bricks and mortar form in central London. The Champagne giant is bringing three of its 'Plénitudes' vintages - vintages that are released in stages as they mature - to the capital, with a 10-day tasting event set in a mystery Belgravia townhouse. The event, called Les 3 Etages, will take place over three floors of the townhouse, with each floor dedicated to a specific vintage, including the UK debut of the 2005 'P1' Plénitude, an aged expression of the Champagne that has matured for nine years in Dom Pérignon's cellars.

Each tasting will comprise two Champagnes: from 2005 and 1998 (rarer vintages are also available to sample at extra cost). These Champagnes will be paired with luxury canapés by Spring's Skye Gyngell, who will also develop lunch and dinner menus for guests to enjoy during the pop-up's 10-day stint. Dishes on the lunch and dinner menus will include crab with wild asparagus and borage flowers; each will be matched with one of Dom Pérignon's Plénitudes vintages. As well as the tastings, the house will see opulent parties, intimate dinners and extraordinary creative collaborations take place as part of Dom Pérignon's residency.

Les 3 Etages will run from 5-14 May. Tickets for the tastings start at £95; the set lunch and dinner menus cost £200 and £250 respectively, including Champagne. To register your interest and find out more, visit the Les 3 Etages website.

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Belgravia

Jul

7

The wines are the stars this summer at Galvin at Windows

You know how at traditional wine dinners, it's the sommelier's job to find a wine that perfectly matches the chef's dishes? Well, this year, Mayfair restaurant Galvin at Windows will turn that philosophy on its head, with four wine dinners where the wines are the true stars.

And what wines they are. Each dinner will centre around a selection of wines from a specific producer, including Champagne houses Louis Roederer and Taittinger, Burgundy vineyard Domaine Faiveley, and Second Growth Bordeaux wine producer Pichon Longueville.

The winemakers themselves will attend the dinners, talking diners through the wines and answering questions about their production. Meanwhile, guests can tuck into a four-course meal, with dishes prepared by Galvin's chef Joo Won to bring out the full potential of each wine - and, of course, take in Galvin at Window's fabulous views.

This monthly event kicks off with a Taittinger wine dinner on 12 May (£125), followed by Domaine Faiveley on 2 June (£125), Pichon Longueville on 7 July (£125) and Louis Roederer on 23 September (£150). Each event starts with a canapé reception. For more information or to book tickets, email reservations@galvinatwindows.com or call 020 7208 4021.

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Galvin at Windows, 22 Park Lane

May

19

Explore Friuli and Alto Adige's finest wines over dinner with Tim Atkin MW

As its name suggests, Enoteca Turi is passionate about Italian wine, and the Putney restaurant is used to wowing regulars with the fruits of its extensive and ever-evolving cellar. On Tuesday 19 May, it will co-host a wine-tasting dinner along with wine expert Tim Atkin MW. The event will focus on two of Italy's lesser known northern wine-producing regions: Friuli and Alto Adige. Both regions produce white wines of exceptional quality.

The event will begin with Italian canapes such as crab, pea and basil crostini, and mackerel in saor, paired with an exceptionally light 2013 Hofstatter Pinot Grigio. Each savoury dish from the four-course meal will be paired with two wines, and Atkin will talk guests through each. For example, during the pasta course of black cannelloni with cuttlefish ragout, guests can sample both the crisp, fragrant 2012 Quartz Sauvignon Bianco from historic winery Cantina Terlano in Alto Adige, and the rich, honeyed 2012 Gewurtztraminer Kolbenhof from the same region's family-run winery, Hofstatter. To set off the main course of turbot and scallops with crab, saffron and courgette flower barley risotto, there will be a minerally 2008 Studio di Bianco from artisan producer Nicola Manferrari's Borgo del Tiglio estate in Friuli, plus a 2011 Ribolla Gialla Pettarin from Enzo Pontoni's 50-hectare vineyard Colli Orientali del Friuli - a full-bodied wine bursting with soft fruit.

The wine-tasting dinner costs £115 per person. To book your place, email info@enotecaturi.com.

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28 Putney High Streety

May

3

Wine Tasting at New Zealand House

Bob Campbell MW is probably New Zealand's most well-known wine buff and critic - the Down Under equivalent of Jancis Robinson. This May, he will host an intimate wine masterclass featuring some of his country's top wines, with food by fellow New Zealander Anna Hansen's The Modern Pantry. The one-day course will showcase all that is great about this beautiful country.

The course covers the history of winemaking, with a focus on modern techniques that encourage sustainable viticulture and organic winemaking, plus developments that have increased the profile of New Zealand wines, such as the screw-top revolution. Guests will be able to sample new vintages and regional styles, including a Kalex Riesling from Central Otago, the 1994 Dog Point Section, from Marlborough, a Coopers Creek Sauvignon Blanc from Hawke’s Bay, and many more. The course includes a light lunch from The Modern Pantry.

There are only 45 places available on this course, which takes place on Sunday 3 May from 10am-4.30pm. Tickets cost £150 and can be booked via The New Zealand Wine Cellar.

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