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Monkey Island Estate launches English wine pairing dinner series

The dinners, served at the luxurious private island hotel in Bray will celebrate local English winemakers

Monkey Island Estate, the luxury private island hotel on the River Thames in Bray, has announced a series of English wine pairing dinners throughout 2023.

The first event, on Friday, January 27, will showcase Fairmile Vineyard, which is known for its award-winning sparkling white wine. Founded by Anthea and Jan Mirkowski, the Henley-On-Thames vineyard has won multiple awards, including its maiden vintage wine from 2015 being voted England’s only Outstanding sparkling white by Decanter Wine & Lifestyle magazine (January 2020), winning 95-97 points out of 100.

Jan will present the family’s wines, which will be served alongside a menu specially-curated to bring out their best characterstics. Dishes will include Beetroot Cured Lock Duart Salmon to start, followed by Creedy Carver Chicken and Strawberry Posset.

The dinners will take place at Monkey Island Brasserie

The next event will take place on February 23 in partnership with Marlow-based Harrow & Hope, which was named Wine GB’s UK winery of the year in 2019. Owned by Henry & Kaye Laithwaite, the vineyard is listed as Monkey Island Estate’s signature sparkling wine and Henry will lead the evening’s tasting with a variety of wines, which will again be accompanied by a curated food menu.

Additional wine-pairing events will be announced soon and guests looking to discover the bespoke dinners are of course also able to maximise their visit with to a stay at the hotel, for the ultimate wine-lovers getaway.

The dinners, which are available to book via Open Table, are priced at £95 per person and include four different glasses of English Sparkling Wine, and a three course set menu, followed by coffee and petit fours.