jamie goode's wine blog: Hotel du Vin, Cheltenham

Friday, September 21, 2007

Hotel du Vin, Cheltenham

Stayed last night in Cheltenham at the Hotel du Vin, where I'm blogging live from. Verdict? A little mixed. The hotel has only been open since July, and it is sort of part travelodge, part luxury hotel in feel - some bits of the decor really work, some bits (most notably the carpets and coridoors and public areas) feel low budget. All the rooms are named after wines (ours is Hush Heath, the makers of the UK's finest pink sparkling wines), but the maze of coridoors and lack of numbering system makes it impossible to navigate. We kept running into guests who were hopelessly lost, as we were.

We arrived quite late and decided to have food in our room with a DVD. The food, and service, is great - you get the impression from the buzzy bistro (and the 'metal' in the parking lot) that the restaurant is 'happening'. I had a brilliant done ribeye which I washed down with a bottle of Jim Barry's Coverdrive Cabernet Sauvignon 2005. I'd opted for this because of my current interest in the Clare Valley - turns out that it's a Coonawarra/Clare blend. Very nice, dark and intense, and doesn't show the 15% alcohol too much.

Now we're off to have a look round Cheltenham and find some breakfast.

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At 3:54 PM, Anonymous Colin said...

Sorry I missed you J, caught the reds which were sublime - see you at L

At 8:14 PM, Blogger Salil said...

Thanks for the note on the Cover Drive. I've seen a couple of those in stores downtown, so will definitely give one of them a try. (Besides, the name's great. Doesn't he also have another wine called "First XI"?)

At 11:04 PM, Anonymous Doug said...

The wine might be fine but at 15% I would find it more like a "Slog". (That's what is known as a silly point)

At 11:58 PM, Anonymous Kevin Lewis said...


I have looked at that wine about 5X but never picked it up...I have hesitated recently about Aussie Cabs and shiraz in that pice range b/c they were beginning to all taste the same..Iwill give this a try and see if it has some original character...Cheers!

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At 8:46 AM, Anonymous Cheltenham hotel said...

That sounds like a nice wine. I'm really getting into full bodied wines at the moment. The Full 15 is a nice drop too.

At 8:48 AM, Anonymous Franschhoek Hotel said...

I have tasted this wine and it is great. I would recommend it to all


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