June 2013
Contact: Arnelle Kendall
Telephone: (561) 330-0850

Experience Wine Dinners with UK’s Leading Sommelier Eric Zwiebel
and Award-Winning Executive Chef Steven Titman

at Summer Lodge Hotel, Dorset


From June through December, guests at Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spacan experience the extraordinary skills of the UK’s leading sommelier Eric Zwiebel and award-winning Executive Chef Steven Titman as they marry their skills once again to create their renowned Wine Dinners.Cellar Master Eric Zwiebel recently represented the UK at the prestigious ASI World Sommelier Contest held in Japan in March, finishing fourth. Steven Titman is the critically acclaimed Executive Chef at the restaurant at Summer Lodge, which has been recognized as the leading restaurant in Dorset.

Together they have created 12 wine dinners* beginning June 4 through December 3, 2013. Focusing on a selected house or style chosen by Eric Zwiebel, and with a guest speaker to inform and entertain diners, the wine dinners begin at 7:00 p.m. with an introduction to the selected wines. Dinner includes a delicious four-course menu specially created by Steven Titman to complement the five different wines (including aperitifs) showcased during the evening. *For a full list of Wine Dinner dates please click here.

Among the 12 dates are three shorter wine courses held over lunch as well as two very special black tie events; the first being a Black Tie dinner on August 6 with five Sommeliers and the second onDecember 3 for a very special Black Tie dinner with Pommery Champagne.

The short wine course lunches start from $80 per person and the wine dinners are from $155 per person. The Pommery Champagne Black Tie dinner costs from $235 per person.

Wine enthusiasts can also book an afternoon wine workshop with Cellar Masters Eric Zwiebel MS and Emanuel Pesqueira, which includes one Champagne, two white wines, two red wines and one sweet wine. Sessions are available upon request between 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and cost $190 per person.

For guests wishing to combine a wine dinner with a stay in one of Summer Lodge’s elegant bedrooms the Wine Dinner Package includes one night’s accommodations in a beautifully appointed bedroom, a wine dinner for two people including aperitifs and matching wines, and full English breakfast for two. The Wine Dinner package starts from $665 per room per night inclusive of VAT.

Summer Lodge Hotel is an award-winning five-star boutique property in the pretty village of Evershot, Dorset. Eric’s prestigious accolade is the most recent in a number of awards that the hotel has received. Highly acclaimed in particular for its food and beverage offering, the hotel currently holds Restaurant of the Year from the Taste of Dorset Awards, a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, and has been awarded three stars, the highest rating possible, from the Sustainable Restaurant Association. Summer Lodge House Hotel is a Relais & Chateaux property.

For details and reservations, please contact Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa at +44 01935 48 2000, email:, or visit us online

About Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa
The epitome of the English country house in a picturesque Dorset village, Summer Lodge is set in four acres of perfectly maintained gardens. This immaculately restored luxurious Relais & Châteaux property has swiftly earned a reputation as one of England’s finest country house hotels. In its award-winning restaurant, with its extensive wine list created by one of the world’s best sommeliers, diners are assured of a gastronomic delight. The Spa at Summer Lodge offers a large indoor heated pool and rejuvenating body and beauty treatments. All completed by a standard of service that blends old-style courtesy and personal attention with recognition of all the demands of contemporary travelers. Summer Lodge was awarded with the ‘Certificate of Excellence 2013’ by TripAdvisor, for consistently receiving excellent ratings, was voted No. 1 in Dorset, No. 2 in South West England, and No. 27 in Britain in ‘TheSunday Times Food List – Top 200 Restaurants in Britain’ 2010.

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013, 2012 and 2011
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013 – The Restaurant

TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2013 Awards ‐ Top 25 Small Hotels in the UK (14), Top 25 Hotels for Service in the UK (17)

Sommeliers Award Commendation at the Condé Nast Johansens Champagne Taittinger Wine List Awards 2013

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2012

Awarded 3 Stars by the Sustainable Restaurant Association 2012, the highest possible rank

About The Red Carnation Hotel Collection
Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa is part of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, an award-winning collection of five- and four-star family-run boutique hotels in London, Dorset, Guernsey, Geneva, Palm Beach, South Africa, and now Ireland. Each property has its own individual character and unique location that reflects the local environment, culture and cuisine. They all share the qualities that win Red Carnation so many prestigious awards – splendid luxury, generous hospitality, inventive and traditional cuisine, private art collections, passionate service and loyal staff committed to creating richly rewarding experiences for all their guests.

For more information about this award-winning hotel and the rest of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, please call toll free from the USA/Canada 1.877.955.1515; contact the Central Reservations Service toll free from almost anywhere in the world: + 800.1698.8740; and visit us at www.redcarnationhotels.comor

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About The TreadRight Foundation
The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established in 2008 by The Travel Corporation(TTC) to undertake conservation work and foster sustainability in the tourism industry.

Collectively funded by TTC’s family of brands, TreadRight supports projects that fall under the themes of water, biodiversity, leadership and community, and which drive the foundation’s vision to preserve the earth’s unique environments and diversity for future generations.

To date, TreadRight has donated more than US $1.5 million to sustainable tourism projects around the world, in addition to supporting the World Travel & Tourism Council’s ‘Tourism for Tomorrow’ awards.  To find out more about the foundation visit:

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