American Wine Blog

As the debate rages on in the US Presidential elections, it’s time to turn your attention to something we can all agree is a popular choice – American wine.

On Friday 25 November, Wivenhoe House’s wonderful sommelier Lionel Lachasseigne, will be taking us on an entertaining and informative journey across the oceans to discover the joys of wine – American style.

His talk and wine tasting will be accompanied by a gastronomic feast including seared loin of tuna and duck two ways, all put together to heighten your appreciation of this evening.

And it’s not all about the Chardonnay, there’s some magnificent Zinfandel, Pinot Noir and even a mysterious Black Muscat that can all be enjoyed by wine connoisseurs.

“Wine production in the United really exploded after the end of Prohibition, “ explained Lionel. “Until the 1970s it was really dominated by Italian wine and that market is still very important to the Americans.

“If you try to steer clear of American wines, I’m here to change your mind. Some of their good wines are tremendous value and there are also some fantastic boutiqueones that deserve better acclaim.”

And of course, there will be the quiz to end all quizzes!

To reserve your table please call 01206 863666.


find us, however you travel
By car:

When using a SATNAV please enter the location WIVENHOE, Colchester (do not use a postcode as this will direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park).

Take the exit marked Colchester (A133)
Follow the A133 towards Clacton
Please follow signs for WIVENHOE
You will see a black sign on your right which says, ‘Wivenhoe House & The Brasserie’, turn right here into PARK ROAD
The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex, but PARK ROAD leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see our beautiful house from the road on your right
CONTINUE to follow the signs for WIVENHOE HOUSE and it will lead you to us.

If you would like any help with directions, please do call us on 01206 863666 and a member of our team will be able to assist you.

By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.