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Champagne dinner at Gleneagles

If you are a lover of fantastic food and great wines and Champagne, you have the unique opportunity to join Benoît Gouez, Chef de Cave, Moêt & Chandon, who is on a rare visit to Scotland, for a gourmet evening in The Ballroom at The Gleneagles Hotel on 17th June 2009. Working with Gleneagles’ Head Chef, Alan Gibb, Benoît will describe the special attributes of each Champagne and wine, explaining why they have been married with the dishes served – the best of Scottish flavours and French wines.   This rare opportunity starts from £590 per room, based on two adults sharing, including Champagne and canapé reception, gala dinner (including Champagne and wine), overnight accommodation, full Scottish breakfast and VAT.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. Not even Dom?? Haha, not a big champagne fan, so not much interest to me.

  2. I like Champagne – if someone else is paying for it – but much of it is overpriced because of the name and its association with luxury. Any decent sparkling white can be just as good.

  3. Here is a question for readers of this blog. The word luxury is used to sell lots of products from cars to apartments. How often do you see an apartment sold as basic? “Champagne dinner” is in my view a well worn cliché, that ranks along with Champagne Reception as a ploy to market something basic as “luxury”. Of course Gleneagles has an appeal without resorting to these tactics. In fact the the event will be a chance to sample various wines and champagnes.
    Getting back to my point. Why is the champagne used as a marketing tool. Some champagne isn’t even a pleasure to drink, dependent on whether your taste is for dry or sweet sparkling wine. Does anyone else agree that the use of the word champagne is a pure marketing tool?

  4. Kendal, I’ve never had a “desert” wine. It sounds like it would be kinda dry. ;-) On the rare occasions we buy dessert wines we tend to just get a half bottle as it’s so sweet and lovely that a little goes a long way. Nice to drink whilst eating Christmas pudding!

    John, I agree, but a lot of people still seem to be attracted by the offer of Champagne. It makes them feel like a VIP, because lots of people can’t afford it. If it works, then there’s no incentive for the marketing people to stop doing it, even if it is a bit old hat.

  5. John,
    I agree, I don’t know many people that purely drink Champagne for the shear enjoyment. Of course very special occasions bring it out, but after working in the travel industry for a time, it seems like it’s a marketing ploy.

  6. Spencer, why is a gourmet meal with champagne and wine tasting is “like an out of this world experience”? Surely its only a meal, wine, bed for the night and breakfast.

  7. I have to agree the restaurant at Gleneagles is fabulous and to be able to enjoy it coupled with wine & champagne pairings sounds wonderful. Gleaneagles is a great hotel and is a perfect Scottish escape particularly if you want a round of golf, enjoy the spa or fancy learning something new like shoorting or falconry.

  8. I’ve stayed at Gleneagles before. It was very nice and the room service breakfast was probably the best we’ve ever had. The Andrew Fairlie restaurant is also a must do.

    The activities, such as spa, shooting and golf are expensive though. We were only there two nights and the bill was hefty.

  9. I’ve eaten at Gleneagles and the food was all of the highest quality, lovely hotel and grounds… wish I had been able to stay there too!

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