The wine list at Swinton Park offers an extensive range of wines, both in terms of grape and region, including a good selection of wines by the glass.
Download the Swinton Park Winelist February 2014 (PDF, 247 Kb)
Here are some suggested wines for the Game Season:
The game season is the peak of Swinton Park’s dining year, as the grouse, pheasant, partridge and venison of the estate find their way into Simon Crannage’s kitchen. This also the highlight of the wine lover’s calendar, as few dishes show off fine wine better than game. Traditionally game was well hung and well cooked, but modern chefs prefer more tender cuts from younger birds and beasts, which will often work better with subtler wines.
The old maxim of Pinot Noir for feathers and Syrah for fur has much to offer. Younger grouse, pheasant and partridge are well matched with Burgundy, especially wines with ten years or more in the cellar which have started to develop the leaf-mould and mushroom character of mature wines. We suggest a 2002 Gevrey Chambertin, from a riper vintage and offering the traditional power of the village; or a 1999 Chambolle Musigny, a more delicate and perfumed wine.
As we move from the late summer days of September into the misty autumn and snowy winter; as the foraged sauces move from fresh redcurrants, through bramble jus, to wild mushrooms and as the birds become more intensely flavoured and are joined by venison; more robust wines come into play. Syrah from the Northern Rhone, or from the cooler parts of the New World such as western Victoria, offers a lifted, peppery quality and a fresher palate which is much more appropriate to game than jammy Shiraz. From Faugeres we have a Syrah with a dash of leathery Mourvedre, perfect as the nights draw in; while our Brunello di Montalcino from Tuscany balances autumn fruits with some tobacco and clove spice.
We also run a series of Wine Appreciation Lunches through the year which provide an opportunity to try some new wines and discuss topical issues in the wine world. Each lunch has a theme and includes a tasting followed by a two course lunch. Full details of these and other themed lunch and dining experiences can be found on our Themed Lunch and Dining Experiences page.
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We’re looking forward to Mothering Sunday on 30th March and are delighted to report that Spring has arrived! The snowdrops are out, new season’s rhubarb is coming up and the bluebells won’t be far behind. We’ve a tempting selection of celebratory treats for Mothers to enjoy on the day itself, as well as gift vouchers for a wide range of activities, available from our online shop.
We are also hoping a late Easter will bring warm weather for our first Deerhouse Lunches and Dinners of 2014 – including a new Barbecue Cook & Lunch course, to polish up your grilling skills ready for summer.