Spring has sprung at the iconic Orangery at Blenheim Palace and to celebrate a new seasonal menu, Searcys are hosting an exclusive wine tasting dinner on 5th April, with spectacular views of the Duke of Marlborough’s private Italian Garden.
The art of ‘Wine pairing’ will be a key part of the event, and wine specialist John Ferguson-Smith has selected a range of unusual wines that pair perfectly to the flavours of each dish carefully designed by Searcys Head Chef Billy Bush.

On the evening, John and Billy will discuss each course’s flavours and John will go on to explain why he has selected each wine. Grapes have been identified from unusual regions, or for their particular style, so that they are a little out of the ordinary to provide an interesting culinary match. An example of this being the choice of Albarino from New Zealand. This grape is nearly always associated with Spain, so this dinner is designed to offer a different perspective and a twist on the ‘standard’ wine choices we make.

The evening will start at 19.00 with a champagne reception followed by three courses, with a choice of two dishes per course and a wine specially selected for each dish. There will be an element of competition as guests at the event will be asked to vote for their favourite pairing at the event between dish and wine.

John works for Hatch Mansfield, which is one of the key wine and champagne suppliers Searcys work closely with. John has enjoyed his whole career in the wine industry, and his knowledge spans across the range of regions and styles. Searcys have previously run a range of wine pairing dinners which have always been very well received.

The Wine Tasting Dinner at The Orangery is perfect for locals or for a special trip. With the charming village of Woodstock, with it’s cosy B&B’s and hotels, a mere few minutes away, why not make a trip of it.

The Orangery’s New Spring Menu:


Salmon, compressed watermelon, pickled cucumber

Paired with

Sancerre Rose, Le Rabault, Joseph Mellot, Loire France.


Confit rabbit, rainbow carrots, mustard tarragon dressing

Paired with

Moulin-a-Vent, Chateau des Jacques, Louis Jadot.


Braised cod loin, tender stem broccoli, chestnuts

Paired with

Te Awa Left Field Albarino, Gisbourne, New Zealand.


Duo of spring lamb

Paired with

Crozes Hermitage Les Fees Brunes, Jean-Luc Colombo, Rhone, France.


Rhubarb fool, toasted lime meringues

Paired with

Taittinger Nocturne Sec, NV, Champagne, France.


Warm chocolate fondant tart, pistachio

Paired with

Villa Maria Reserve Noble Riesling, Botrytis Selection, Marlborough, New Zealand.

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The Ornagery, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock OX20 1PP

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