American Wine Dinner: Chimney Rock & Federalist Vineyards

News & Events 09 May 2016

Join us for a sumptuous 4-course dinner paired with five of the finest wines from Chimney Rock Winery & Federalist Vineyards, hosted by Chuck Cramer. Wednesday, 18th of May, 18:30. Tickets £145 per person. To book please email call 020 7321 6007.


Welcome drink: Iron Horse vintage brut 2010


Sirloin Carpaccio

Sanford, Santa Rita, California Pinot Noir 2009 (served chilled)


Duck Rillettes

Chimney Rock, Napa, California Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


14oz USDA Prime Dry-Aged Boneless Rib Eye (served medium rare)

The Federalist ‘Duelling Pistols’, Sonoma, California Zinfandel 2011


Creamed Spinach

Hashed Brown Potatoes

Pan-Roasted Wild Mushrooms


Cheese Plate

The Federalist, Sonoma, California Zinfandel 2011

About Chimney Rock Winery 

When the Terlatos first became involved with the estate, they recognized that to make unique wines of exceptional quality, the estate’s world-class vineyards would require a winemaking facility of equal caliber. Accordingly, in 2002, they dedicated significant resources toward building a state-of-the-art winery. This new winemaking facility offers our winemaking team the ability to ferment each and every vineyard block separately, while also conducting small-lot experiments to fine-tune and further express the true spirit of the Chimney Rock estate. The accompanying climate-controlled barrel rooms allow for long-term aging of Chimney Rock wines in French oak barrels at the ideal temperature and humidity.

What starts in the vineyard comes to fruition in the winery. Winemaker Elizabeth Vianna is deeply cognizant and intimately familiar with the estate’s vineyards and she fully captures the estate’s unique terroir through meticulous vineyard management and careful, artistically minimal winemaking principles. This “non-interventionist” style of winemaking allows the winemaker to fully utilize that which this wonderful and unique Stags Leap soil is capable of delivering. The end result offers wines that are pristine and authentic in terms of varietal character, accompanied by a velvety taste in the mouth and astounding softness, balance, and cohesion.

About Federalist Vineyards

The vineyards are located in Sonoma County, California, approximately 80 miles north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Zinfandel is the primary focus of the vineyards with 65% of its production dedicated to this varietal.

The vineyards & winery were founded in 1981. Three friends, John Grace, Mark Rafanelli and Philip Staley joined forces and purchased the site that is now the Alderbrook Estate. In 2000 the Terlato’s were asked to develop a long-range plan to produce world-class wines and market Alderbrook throughout the U. S. The Terlatos purchased a majority share in 2000 and invested in both vineyard sources and winery to provide the winemaking team the best grapes and equipment available. This has helped position the winery to produce single vineyard and estate wines with a focus on Zinfandel.