Sopwell House will bring some Spanish sunshine to St Albans with its latest wine dinner.

On Thursday 21 September, The Restaurant will host a Spanish Wine Tasting Dinner in collaboration with Casa Rojo.

Head Chef of The Restaurant, Matthew Bird, has devised a menu with Casa Rojo to showcase the importance of wine pairing with different dishes.

The evening will consist of an inventive five-course tasting menu, followed by coffee and petit fours. Dishes include Seared scallops, creamed leeks, dill and crispy shallots; Roast Stone Bass, langoustines, tomato and fennel; and Salted honey cake, caramel cream, apple and calvados ice cream.

Each course will be matched with a Casa Rojo wine, ranging from the Molto Negre Cava with the amuse bouche; to the El Gardodel Circo Verdejo served with the Stone bass course.

Casa Rojo was founded by Laura Muñoz and Jose Luis Gómez in 2011, but the idea originated in Jumilla, Murcia in 1920. The winemakers explain their mission statement as believing that their wine is “the expression of a family, a land, a climate, and ultimately of an origin.”

Alejandro Van Lieshout, brand ambassador and sommelier for Casa Rojo, will be speaking to guests at the event to share his expertise on the brand, the Murcia region and the wines paired to each course.

The evening is priced at £75 per person for the five-course tasting menu with wine pairings.

Sopwell House is a Georgian manor house located in the city of St. Albans within the Hertfordshire countryside. Located only 20 minutes from London St. Pancras, the hotel is just outside of the hustle and bustle of the capital, with its 128 guestrooms and 16 bespoke Mews suites. The hotel has two restaurants, a cocktail lounge, and conservatory bar, all of which look out on 12-acres of gardens.

Sopwell House, Cottonmill Lane, St Albans, AL1 2HQ For reservations, please call: 01727