Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa has launched an extended wine-by-the-glass menu following investment in the Coravin wine system, which allows wine to be poured without removing the cork, thus leaving the remainder of the bottle unspoiled.
The Coravin is the first tool of its kind and lets people pour and enjoy wine from a bottle without removing the cork. The system uses a medical grade needle and a capsule of Argon gas to release the wine through the cork – preventing oxidation and preserving the longevity of the wine for up to eight years.
The Hotel’s wine menu now offers a broader range of wines by the glass, including 15 whites, three rosés, 20 reds and five dessert wines, as the new system allows staff to serve more expensive bottles of wine by the glass without risking wasting the rest of the bottle. Prices range from £6.95 to £75 per glass.
Noel Byrne, Chief Executive of Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa, commented on the investment: “Most of us would agree that wine is unlikely to go out of fashion, and in fact consumers are becoming more well informed about the variety of grapes and the different blends available – however we understand that our customers don’t always want to buy the full bottle. The new system means our customers can enjoy the wine they want without having to buy the whole bottle. It also gives our bar staff the ability to give customers tasters of the wine before they purchase a glass or bottle.”
As well as investing in its customer offering through the new system and wine menu, the Hotel has trained all food and beverage staff in using the equipment.
Noel continued: “We place the utmost importance on investment in staff training and up-skilling to ensure that our customers receive the highest quality service during their stay with us, while also giving our team opportunities for professional development