I love the Royal Horseguards Hotel so I was excited to be invited by Joes Bloggers to their special #RHGDiscoverWine wine tasting event in the Horseguards cellar earlier this month. We started the evening upstairs in the Churchill Bar where the lovely Kelly from Tastour introduced herself to us as well as giving us an overview of the prosecco we’d been given to drink.
Once everyone had arrived we were given a short tour of the hotel by Mitch which I absolutely loved. If you know anything about me you’ll know that I adore snooping around fancy hotels and my idea job would be a hotel inspector. Being paid to stay in luxury hotels? Yes please!
I did a Periscope of the tour but in case you missed it, here are some of the points I took away from the tour itself:
- The hotel is home to the National Liberal Club of which Winston Churchill was a member
- There’s also a now blocked up (or so they say) passageway in the cellar which leads to the MoD
- MI6 was also founded on the 8th floor of the hotel
- The hotel now has it’s very own English Heritage blue plaque celebrating this fact
We were also allowed out on to The Terrace which I had the pleasure of seeing at a previous event held by the hotel – it was very different in the dark evening but still super cosy.
Finally it was time to descend into the cellars for the main event. Kelly was an incredibly knowledgeable sommelier who not only knows her stuff but also shares it in a really fun way. She had the room in stitches with some of her comments and it’s proof of her delivery that I actually remember some of the tips that she gave us.
I won’t give away all of her secrets but my main takeaways were that when in a restaurant if the company serves the wine you want by the glass you should be able to ask for a taster first to ensure that you like it, the further you can hold a glass of white wine away from your nose and still be able to smell it the more you should expect to pay for it and if you have a blocked nose your smell will be impacted so you might as well drink the cheapest wine!
Over the course of the evening we tried the following wines:
Taittinger Brut Réserve Champagne – Dry and elegant, subtly biscuity
Glass £15.00 / Bottle £85.00
Chapel Down Brut Blanc de Blancs, England – Lemon, apple pie and brioche: the palate is fine with lots of toasty and baked apple flavours
Glass £11.00 / Bottle £60.00
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough – Redcurrant spice and fresh lemon zest
Gamay-Pinot Noir Coteaux Bourguignons Rouge – Fresh, light, red and black summer fruits
Saint Veran Chardonnay – dry and well-rounded, mineral (gun-flint) and lively from the first attack
Veramonte Cabernet Sauvignon – Rich blackcurrant with a dash of spice, very smooth and well-balanced
Unsurprisingly I preferred the more expensive champagne over the cheaper sparkling wine and the whites over the reds (blech!) but you could tell that they were all high quality wines and I had an absolutely wonderful evening. Thank you so much to Kelly, the Royal Horseguards Hotel and of course Joes Bloggers for making it so much fun!