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June 26, 2014
Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens

A serious wine collection, fine food and stunning surroundings, Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens ticks a lot of boxes on the fine dining list of must haves.

Housed over several converted grand Georgian townhouses, the restaurant has huge windows bringing in the leafy views of Great Western Road and is covered in traditional oak panelling giving it a refined but far from stuffy atmosphere. It’s a relaxed venue but the service, as you would expect, is very professional.

Down to the wine cellar

With the name ‘du Vin’, expectations are set high from the get go on the wine front.

Take a look at the video below where Alan Brady, Head Sommelier takes us down to the wine cellar of One Devonshire Gardens, one of the biggest in the group.

A career in wine

Alan joined the Hotel six months ago as Head Sommelier, with a CV to add more weight to the ‘du Vin’ part of the Hotel.

He started out in the kitchens of Brian Maule at Chardon D’Or but quickly progressed to front of house then a supervisory position, which is where he discovered his love of wine.

With further training in wine and spirits he moved to the now departed Michael Caines restaurant in Glasgow and then out of the city and up to the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews.

At the Old Course he was Restaurant Manager and Head Sommelier for almost three years dealing with a much more global clientele and therefore wine list, giving him great experience of wines from exclusive producers from around the world.

A move to Glasgow beckoned and Alan brought this extensive knowledge to Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens.

Listen to Alan talking about his career in this section of the video.

Food & wine matching

One of the skills of a sommelier is to match wines with different dishes. The menus change frequently at One Devonshire Gardens to make the most of local and seasonal produce. You could get Dunkeld smoked salmon in a starter dish with an avocado and lemon jelly or Cairnhill beef in a main of a daube of pulled beef, asparagus, carrot and pea purée.

In this part of the video below, Alan takes us through some food and wine pairings and picks out a couple of wines; a dry Riesling from Clare Valley in Australia by Skillogalee and a Gigondas from southern Rhone from Domaine Saint Gayan.

Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens is well worth a visit; if you’re a food and wine lover you’re sure to see the knowledge and expertise behind its educated food and wine menus.

The venue has a number of offers on 5pm Dining. The dishes mentioned above are currently on the degustation menu which is £69 per person for 7 courses. If you’d prefer something lighter, their afternoon tea is available for £18.95 – find all Hotel du Vin’s dining offers here.