Gordon Ramsay has launched his own range of Californian wines
The bottles will be served at his restaurants in the US and sold online alongside free recipes paired with the wines
Gordon Ramsay has to be the most famous chef in the entire world. His name has been associated with all sorts of different things, whether it's food, restaurants or TV shows. There's one thing that he hasn't tried before though; wines. That's until now, as the British celebrity chef has launched his own wine brand!
The new brand, called Gordon Ramsay Signature Wines, contains a selection of wines crafted by the man himself in collaboration with winemaker and Master Sommelier Chris Miller. The wines are produced through Miller's brand Seabold Wines in Monterey, California. The wines are served in Ramsay's U.S. restaurants and are also available to buy at GordonRamsay.wine, which went live on 10 March. There are eight different varieties of wine available ranging from a 2019 Rose to a reserve from Napa and all the varieties are from Monterey. The bottles are priced from $20-$60 on the online shop. The bottles can also be purchased in seasonal installments as part of the Ramsay Wine Club, which also has additional discounts and perks.
As you'd expect from a chef as discerning as Ramsay, he's made sure that his wines are perfectly matched to certain meals. As well as additional winemaking information and tasting notes as you might expect, the Gordon Ramsay Wines website also features three or more complementary recipes for each of the different wines it sells. The recipes for the meals are also included on the site, so even if you aren't keen on getting any of the wines you can still have a peek at some Ramsay-approved recipes for things such as Tomahawk Steak (to go with the Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve) or truffle mac & cheese (to go with the Sauvignon Blanc).
Only a few hundred cases of each bottling will be made of the Ramsay wines, putting total production at only 2,000 cases. The wines will be sustainably produced; Seabold Wines have stated that they source their grapes from "sustainable and organic-practicing vineyards" and use a minimal intervention process of winemaking that involves "native yeast fermentations, no 'adjustments,' restrained use of oak, little-to-no fining or filtration, and responsibly minimal sulfur usage". Seabold Wines aims for the Ramsay wines to be "balanced, complementary with food, and always 100 percent vegan."
"It's a little surreal for our humble little winery to be working with someone as prominent as Gordon," Miller told Food & Wine about the collaboration with Ramsay. "We're excited to share these wines with both his fan base and wine enthusiasts alike. We hope the introduction of this project creates an opportunity for more people to experience or be introduced to California wines, and that it will yield a greater appreciation for the quality and diversity of the wines produced here."
"Passionate winemakers in California's cooler climate regions are producing delicious, balanced wines, and my time in California has convinced me that Californian wines stand with the best in the world. Christopher Miller is a master of his craft, so working with him has been amazing," said Ramsay about the collaboration. "Wine is a complex marriage of art, science, and tradition all captured together in a glass, and I am very excited to join in that tradition with Gordon Ramsay Californian wines. Until now the wine has been served exclusively at my restaurants in Las Vegas and Tahoe, so I'm very excited it's now available to anyone to enjoy with a delicious meal or on its own with friends and family."
Wine isn't the only alcoholic venture Gordon Ramsay's been getting into in recent times, either. Back in December Ramsay announced that he would be hopping on the hard seltzer trend, introducing a range of "Hell's Seltzer" drinks inspired by popular menu items from his Hell's Kitchen restaurants. If Ramsay wines aren't your bag, maybe some Gordon Ramsay-approved hard seltzer will be...