Wine & Dine : Chateau Musar

and Thursday 03 December 2015

Chateau Musar was established in 1930 by Gaston Hochar at the tender age of 20. His inspiration was both the 6,000-year wine-making history of Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley and also his time in Bordeaux – a connection which was strengthened during the Second World War when he befriended Major Ronald Barton of Château Langoa-Barton while he was stationed in Lebanon. In 1959 he graciously stepped aside for his two eager sons Serge and Ronald. Serge, who sadly passed away in 2014, was the better known of the pair, having travelled extensively to promote the wines. Ronald, however, has been instrumental in running the business side of things, and his huge contribution includes keeping the winery open against all odds throughout the civil war. This is especially shocking given that in 1989 the winery and the Hochar family home were directly hit by shelling, but the Hochar brothers did more than stand their ground: for a short time they even used the cellars as a bomb shelter to give local people refuge.

Today it is overseen by the third generation: like their father and uncle, Serge’s eldest son Gaston now manages the day-to-day operation of the winery whereas his younger son Marc helps to control the commercial aspects. Chateau Musar has been described by many as one of the great wines of the world, and it is certainly eccentric and intriguing in style. The third generation continues to build on Serge Hochar’s artistic craftsmanship. He has been quoted as saying “I once produced a wine that was technically perfect but it lacked the charms of imperfection”, and the ultimate aim is still to make Musar in the most natural and authentic way, but with a touch of fascinating volatility.

Join me to taste eight wines specially selected from Chateau Musar's amazing range and chosen to accompany a four course dinner designed by Ugur Vata at The Galley Dishes that show the individuality & flair which is associated with Ugur's imaginative cooking.

Tutor: Jane Sowter – Chateau Musar UK

£50pp fully-inclusive of tuition, a minimum of eight wines for tasting / to accompany a four course dinner

WIne & Dine: Wines from Uruguay

7.30 – 9.45 / 10.00 PM

Wines from Uruguay
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Uruguay’s moderate, Atlantic-influenced climate is so different to that of - for instance - Chile and Argentina. The wines reflect this: alcohols are lower, tannins are firmer and acidity is higher. There is an appealing freshness to these wines, which have food-friendly attributes too.Taste some lovely examples from this 'under-the-radar' wine producing country.

Judging by the comments received from guests who have attended a Wine & Dine session (Matching food & wine), at The Galley, Woodbridge, this is by far the most popular platform to taste & appreciate wine.

The Galley is one of our favourite venues, offering great food. Uğur Vata, cleverly incorporates both local ingredients, with those from his native Turkey.

This format really adds another dimension to wine appreciation and enjoyment. Two wines are tasted with each course — starter / main-course / cheese / dessert, giving you the opportunity to compare & contrast.

Join me to taste eight sparkling wines chosen to accompany a four course dinner designed by Uğur Vata at
The Galley — dishes that show the individuality & flair which is associated with Uğur's imaginative cooking.”

Tutor — Neil Courtier
Grape Sense
Member of The Association of WINE Educators

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£ 45.00 pp — fully-inclusive of tuition, a minimum of eight wines for tasting and a four course dinner

Wine & Dine : The Fizz Factor

7.30 – 9.45 / 10.00 PM

The fizz factor
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Sparkling wines / Champagne make excellent partners to a wide range of food. Taste, compare and contrast Champagne, prosecco, cava, English sparkling wine and more at the next Wine & Dine event.

Judging by the comments received from guests who have attended a Wine & Dine session (Matching food & wine), at The Galley, Woodbridge, this is by far the most popular platform to taste & appreciate wine.

The Galley is one of our favourite venues, offering great food. Uğur Vata, cleverly incorporates both local ingredients, with those from his native Turkey.

This format really adds another dimension to wine appreciation and enjoyment. Two wines are tasted with each course — starter / main-course / cheese / dessert, giving you the opportunity to compare & contrast.

Join me to taste eight sparkling wines chosen to accompany a four course dinner designed by Uğur Vata at
The Galley — dishes that show the individuality & flair which is associated with Uğur's imaginative cooking.”

Tutor — Neil Courtier
Grape Sense
Member of The Association of WINE Educators

Book Now

£ 45.00 pp — fully-inclusive of tuition, a minimum of eight wines for tasting and a four course dinner

Wines from the Luberon, Provence & Ventoux

Wines from the Luberon, Provence & Ventoux
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After spending seven days in this part of France last summer, I'm convinced that the quality of white, red & rosé wines being made here - has never been higher.

Judging by the comments received from guests who have attended a Wine & Dine session (Matching food & wine), at The Galley, Woodbridge, this is by far the most popular platform to taste & appreciate wine.

The Galley is one of our favourite venues, offering great food. Uğur Vata, cleverly incorporates both local ingredients, with those from his native Turkey.

This format really adds another dimension to wine appreciation and enjoyment. Two wines are tasted with each course — starter / main-course / cheese / dessert, giving you the opportunity to compare & contrast.

Join me to taste eight wines from Luberon, Provence & Ventoux chosen to accompany a four course dinner designed by Uğur Vata at
The Galley — dishes that show the individuality & flair which is associated with Uğur's imaginative cooking.”

Tutor — Neil Courtier
Grape Sense
Member of The Association of WINE Educators

Book Now

£ 45.00 pp — fully-inclusive of tuition, a minimum of eight wines for tasting and a four course dinner

Wine & Dine : Wines from Southern Italy

Wines from Southern Italy
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Today, Southern Italy is, arguably, Italy’s most exciting and dynamic wine-making 'region'. With an added emphasis on quality, wines from Southern Italy are increasingly receiving critical acclaim and can compete with wines from more popular areas of this country that carry loftier price tags.


Judging by the comments received from guests who have attended a Wine & Dine session (Matching food & wine), at The Galley, Woodbridge, this is by far the most popular platform to taste & appreciate wine.

The Galley is one of our favorite venues, offering great food. Uğur Vata, cleverly incorporates both local ingredients, with those from his native Turkey.

This format really adds another dimension to wine appreciation and enjoyment. Two wines are tasted with each course — starter / main-course / cheese / dessert, giving you the opportunity to compare & contrast.

Join me to taste eight wines from Southern Italy chosen to accompany a four course dinner designed by Uğur Vata at
The Galley — dishes that show the individuality & flair which is associated with Uğur's imaginative cooking.”

Tutor — Neil Courtier
Grape Sense
Member of The Association of WINE Educators

Book Now

£ 45.00 pp — fully-inclusive of tuition, a minimum of eight wines for tasting and a four course dinner

Meet the Artist #5 : John Barker

This is the fifth in our new series of events where a local artist presents and discusses their work and, following a specially created three course menu (with a glass of wine), an original work of art by the artist is presented to every diner joining us.

So far,
Glynn Thomas, Michael Coulter, Dale Devereux Barker and Ania Hobson have joined us, and this time will John Barker will be at The Galley to present and discuss his work and eventful life.

With a long career as an artist, John has a wide repertoire of work. He firstly trained at Hornsey College of Art and then went on to study sculpture and ceramics at Colchester School of Art. Sometimes colourful, sometimes monochrome, sometimes loose and whimsical, you never know what to expect next. But one thing's for certain, when people like a piece of John's work, they select very quickly and instinctively.

The cost of this exclusive evening is just £75 per person.
Click here to make a booking or join the event on Facebook.

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redpainting

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Wine & Dine : ‘SAS’ — Stellenbosch & Swartland'

7.30 – 9.45 / 10.00 PM

‘SAS’ Stellenbosch & Swartland'

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Stellenbosch has the 't-shirt' — established as arguably South Africa's premier wine region. Swartland — the hottest region in the Cape right-now, has been making heads turn.

Judging by the comments received from guests who have attended a Wine & Dine session (Matching food & wine), at The Galley, Woodbridge, this is by far the most popular platform to taste & appreciate wine.

The Galley is one of our favorite venues, offering great food. Uğur Vata, cleverly incorporates both local ingredients, with those from his native Turkey.

This format really adds another dimension to wine appreciation and enjoyment. Two wines are tasted with each course — starter / main-course / cheese / dessert, giving you the opportunity to compare & contrast.

Join me to taste eight wines from Stellenbosch & Swartland chosen to accompany a four course dinner designed by Uğur Vata at The Galley — dishes that show the individuality & flair which is associated with Uğur's imaginative cooking.”

Tutor — Neil Courtier Grape Sense
Member of The Association of WINE Educators

Book Now

£ 45.00 pp — fully-inclusive of tuition, a minimum of eight wines for tasting and a four course dinner

Meet the Artist #4 : Ania Hobson

#3 Ania Hobson

This is the third in our new series of events where a local artist presents and discusses their work and, following a specially created three course menu (with a glass of wine), an original work of art by the artist is presented to every diner joining us.

So far, Glynn Thomas, Michael Coulter and Dale Devereux Barker have joined us and this time around it will be Ania Hobson

Ania Hobson is a 25 year old artist who is well known for her oil paintings of portraits and evocative and dramatic foxes. In the last three years she has six times had paintings pre-selected for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Royal Society of Wildlife Painters and The Threadneedle Prize. Her paintings hang in Holland, Italy, France, America and Canada. Ania has also had paintings auctioned at the Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair where in 2014 her portrait of an Indian man raised £3000 for ‘The Magic Bus Gala’ charity in India. Ania Hobson has a degree in Fine Art from UCS and has also studied at the Princes Drawing School in London as well as having achieved crowd funding to enable her to study at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy.

The cost of this exclusive evening is just £50 per person.
Click here to make a booking.

Ania Hobson painting

Wine & Dine : Rioja & Ribera del Duero

7.30 – 9.45 / 10.00 PM

Rioja & Ribera del Duero

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Two truly great Spanish wine regions come head to head.


“Judging by the comments received from guests who have attended a Wine & Dine session (Matching food & wine), at The Galley, Woodbridge, this is by far the most popular platform to taste & appreciate wine.

The Galley is one of our favorite venues, offering great food. Uğur Vata, cleverly incorporates both local ingredients, with those from his native Turkey.

This format really adds another dimension to wine appreciation and enjoyment. Two wines are tasted with each course — starter / main-course / cheese / dessert, giving you the opportunity to compare & contrast.

Join me to taste eight wines from Rioja & Ribera del Duero chosen to accompany a four course dinner designed by Uğur Vata at The Galley — dishes that show the individuality & flair which is associated with Uğur's imaginative cooking.”

Tutor — Neil Courtier Grape Sense
Member of The Association of WINE Educators

Book Now

£ 45.00 pp — fully-inclusive of tuition, a minimum of eight wines for tasting and a four course dinner

Menu


  • Bubble & Squeak with Chorizo drizzled with dulce pimento dressing
  • Panfried baby squid with herb & garlic accompanied by saffron & lemon mayo
  • Panfried tenderloin of pork served with Jerez style sauce
  • Poached Pear and manchego cheese set over shredded beetroot drizzled with fig syrup

Wine & Dine : Super Chenin

7.30 – 9.45 / 10.00 PM

Super Chenin

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Chenin Blanc - a star grape variety - in all styles - dry to sweet & sparkling too. From the Loire - South Africa - New Zealand & elsewhere.


“Judging by the comments received from guests who have attended a Wine & Dine session (Matching food & wine), at The Galley, Woodbridge, this is by far the most popular platform to taste & appreciate wine.

The Galley is one of our favorite venues, offering great food. Uğur Vata, cleverly incorporates both local ingredients, with those from his native Turkey.

This format really adds another dimension to wine appreciation and enjoyment. Two wines are tasted with each course — starter / main-course / cheese / dessert, giving you the opportunity to compare & contrast.

Join me to taste eight wines and great 'expressions' of the Chenin Blanc grape variety chosen to accompany a four course dinner designed by Uğur Vata at The Galley — dishes that show the individuality & flair which is associated with Uğur's imaginative cooking.”

Tutor — Neil Courtier Grape Sense
Member of The Association of WINE Educators

Book Now

£ 45.00 pp — fully-inclusive of tuition, a minimum of eight wines for tasting and a four course dinner

Meet the Artist #3 : Dale Devereux Barker

#3 Dale Devereux Barker

This is the third in our new series of events where a local artist presents and discusses their work and, following a specially created three course menu (with a glass of wine), an original work of art by the artist is presented to every diner joining us.

Glynn Thomas was with us in November and Michael Coulter presented his work in January. Again each diner will be presented by a work by the artist created especially for the evening, and Michael had painted a collection of watercolours of different British wild birds.

This time around Dale Devereux Barker will be at The Galley to present and discusses his work and each diner will receive a unique linocut print to remember the evening.

Dale lives and works in Suffolk. A printmaker specialising in reduction linocuts and screen-prints, his work combines a celebration of colour and form with warmly engaging subject matter. The events of everyday life are transformed into colourful images loaded with humour and feeling. Objects about the home, mealtimes, figures in interiors or engaged in daily activity all take on a new life through his very personal imagery. Constantly changing, his works embrace ceramics, enamels and even works on perspex. Hugely qualified and respected in the art teaching world, Dales's own work is also known for this recurring study of swimmers.

The cost of this exclusive evening is just £75 per person. When you book your table, please let us know when you would like to dine — there will be two sittings to choose from at 7pm and 8pm.

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Wine & Dine : Wines from Galicia

7.30 – 9.45 / 10.00 PM

Wines from Galicia — ‘On an all-time high’

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Galicia is home to five DOs — Rías Baixas, closest to the coast, is the largest and best known — where Albariño is the dominant grape. Further inland lie the smaller regions of Ribeiro, Ribeira Sacra, Valdeorras and Monterrei. Taste wines made from the now fashionable Godello grape variety and red Mencia. With their food-friendly attributes this tasting should hit the right notes.


“Judging by the comments received from guests who have attended a Wine & Dine session (Matching food & wine), at The Galley, Woodbridge, this is by far the most popular platform to taste & appreciate wine.

The Galley is one of our favorite venues, offering great food. Uğur Vata, cleverly incorporates both local ingredients, with those from his native Turkey.

This format really adds another dimension to wine appreciation & enjoyment. Two wines are tasted with each course — starter / main-course / cheese / dessert, giving you the opportunity to compare & contrast.

Join me to taste eight wines specially selected from Galicia and chosen to accompany a four course dinner designed by Uğur Vata at The Galley — dishes that show the individuality & flair which is associated with Uğur's imaginative cooking.”

Tutor — Neil Courtier Grape Sense
Member of The Association of WINE Educators

Book Now

£ 45.00 pp — fully-inclusive of tuition, a minimum of eight wines for tasting and a four course dinner

Valentine’s night

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We are planning a very special evening on Saturday 14 February.

Valentine’s at The Galley

We have teamed up with
Robert Gatward from Ipswich to offer every couple a very special surprise gift to end their meal.

We have compiled a menu to match the special nature of the evening,
available to view here.

The meal is £35 per person. We do also ask for a £35 deposit per couple, in advance of the evening.

Click here to make a booking or call us on 01394 380055.

Meet the Artist #2 : Michael Coulter

#2 Michael Coulter

We are very excited to announce the second in our new series of events where a local artist presents and discusses their work and, following a specially created three course menu (with a glass of wine), an original work of art by the artist is presented to every diner joining us.

Glynn Thomas was with us in November where he explained the techniques involved in producing his etchings:

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On the evening of Thursday 29th January Michael Coulter will be joining us to present his work. Again each diner will be presented by a work by the artist created especially for the evening, in this case a unique watercolour (not pictured).

The cost of this exclusive evening is just £75 per person. When you book your table, please let us know when you would like to dine — there will be two sittings to choose from at 7pm and 8pm.

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Houseboats and Oystercatchers

Wine & Dine : Classic Chilean Wines

7.30 – 9.45 / 10.00 PM

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With some 460 years of wine heritage & a foundation in the 'modern era' based on Bordeaux grape varieties, classic wine styles have emerged, that have a sense of place & stand shoulder to shoulder with European counterparts. This tasting will showcase Chilean wines that exhibit great levels of quality & consistency, with some of the 'new classics' too


“Judging by the comments received from guests who have attended a Wine & Dine session (Matching food & wine), at The Galley, Woodbridge, this is by far the most popular platform to taste & appreciate wine.

The Galley is one of our favorite venues, offering great food. Ugur Vata, cleverly incorporates both local ingredients, with those from his native Turkey.

This format really adds another dimension to wine appreciation & enjoyment. Two wines are tasted with each course — starter / main-course / cheese / dessert, giving you the opportunity to compare & contrast.

Join me to taste eight wines specially selected from Chili & chosen to accompany a four course dinner designed by Ugur Vata at The Galley — Dishes that show the individuality & flair which is associated with Ugur's imaginative cooking.”

Tutor — Neil Courtier Grape Sense
Member of The Association of WINE Educators

Book Now

£ 45.00 pp — fully-inclusive of tuition, a minimum of eight wines for tasting and a four course dinner