[glass] Events: Michaelmas 2014

Bottles Bacchus are very excited to have some fantastic wine producers coming to speak to the Society this term. We hope that you will be able to join us to discover, learn about and enjoy some exceptional wines.

See below for more details and to book your place at some of our events. (Booking opens seven days in advance. Please ensure you have first registered for online booking. Please cancel your place if you cannot attend a tasting for which you have booked a place.)

Details

Bacchus Introduction to White Wine

White wine

Tuesday 3rd Week (28th October)

The start of Michaelmas sees the return of the ever popular Bacchus Beginners' Classes which aim to give you an engaging, unpretentious and fun grounding in everything you need to know to enjoy wine. These classes are exceptionally good value and we sold out for several years in a row, so book now! Our first class explores how to taste wine and how to notice, understand and describe the main components of white wine. In other words, you'll be able to make sense of phrases like "a powerful fruity wine, a kick of alcohol, low acidity". We'll also taste the major styles of white wine so you get a concise overview of the wine world.

40 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests. 6.45pm for 7.00pm start, Larkin Room, St John's College.

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Bacchus Introduction to Red Wine

Red wine

Wednesday 4th Week (5th November)

Having explored white wine in the first introductory tasting, we now turn our attention to red wine. Again, the tasting is designed so that you can actually taste what sets different wines apart from each other and also explore the major red wine styles of the world. You can ask any questions you have and can expect a really fun evening of tasting ahead.

40 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests. 6.45pm for 7.00pm start, Larkin Room, St John's College.

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A Wine World Less Explored

A Wine World Less Explored

Thursday 4th Week (6th November)

Great opportunity to taste wines from various countries not commonly associated with fine wine, that are just as good if not better than those from “traditional” wine-growing locales. This is a good chance for beginners as we'll continue to work on the basics of tasting wine with some truly different examples but also more experienced members who'll have a chance to try something new and interesting.

40 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests. 6.45pm for 7.00pm start, Larkin Room, St John's College.

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Wines of Eastern France

Wines of Eastern France

Tuesday 5th Week (11th November)

Bordeaux, Burgundy, Languedoc, Champagne are the regions most commonly associated with French fine wines, but for an evening we’ll shift the focus to the border region of Alsace, which combines French distinctiveness with strong German influences to produce truly great if less known wines.

40 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests. 6.45pm for 7.00pm start, Larkin Room, St John's College.

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Vinakoper

Vinakoper

Tuesday 6th Week (18th November)

After 8 years, Slovenian wines make a return to Bacchus, this time in the shape of one of the country’s largest producers. Presenting a combination of great classics as well as some varietals endemic to the little corner of the world, this surely will be an evening to remember. If for nothing else, for trying wines and varietals you may have never heard of; among them "Refosco", the "kingly red", grown only in the hinterlands of the northern Adriatic.

Vinakoper website

60 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests. 6.45pm for 7.00pm start, Saskatchewan Room, Exeter College.

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Bordeaux Wine Council

Bordeaux wine council

Wednesday 8th Week (3rd December)

Bordeaux is known the world over for its winemaking, and yet it's a difficult place for consumers to navigate as the name Bordeaux is attached to wines of quite varied quality. Bordeaux makes easily some of the best wines in the world but also quite a bit of table wine (which still costs quite a bit!). Tonight a WSET Certified tutor visits Bacchus to cover the basics of Bordeaux and the 60 appellations it includes. Tonight we will be trying both some well-known Chateaux and some hidden gems, and will discuss grape varieties, blending, some history and how to match Bordeaux wines with food.

Participants are invited to bring their own crackers, cheese and even charcuterie to this tasting.

Bordeaux Wines website

40 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests. 6.45pm for 7.00pm start, Larkin Room, St John's College.

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Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

TBA 8th Week

Bacchus will, as per tradition, conclude the year with a dinner in one of Oxford's great restaurants. Expertly paired with a selection of wines of course. Details to be announced!

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