[glass]Events: Hilary 2002

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Beginners' Guide To Wine - Class One

red wine Tuesday 1st week (15 January)
7pm - lasting approx 2 hours
Magdalen College, Old Law Library

The first in a series of three small-group classes introducing wine to beginners. The classes cover tasting skills, 'good' vs. 'poor' wines, major white and red grape varieties and styles of wine. The dates of the second and third classes are:

Due to the content of these classes they can only be booked as a series rather than individual lessons. Please see the following download for further details:

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Leeuwin Estate - Margaret River, Western Australia

Leeuwin Estate logo Wednesday 3rd week (30 January)
7.50 for 8pm
Magdalen College, New Rooms


Founded in 1974 on prime sites in Margaret River, Leeuwin Estate has blossomed into one of Australia's icon wineries. The winery has been named 'International Winery of the Year' on 3 occasions by International Wine and Spirits Magazine. All their wines have incredible complexity and concentration but it is the Art Series Chardonnay for which Leeuwin is most famous. Australia's largest auction house, Langton's, classifies this wine in its top 'exceptional' category of Australia's top performers (the only white in this category). Mr Adam Russell from Leeuwin's UK importers, Domaine Direct, will be talking us through a range of wines produced by this legendary winery.

"One can only stand in awe of the achievements of Leeuwin Estate...in their unrelenting pursuit of excellence" (Australian wine guru James Halliday).

Graham's Port - Douro, Portugal

Graham's logo Thursday 3rd week (31 January)
7.50 for 8pm
Magdalen College, New Rooms


Always amongst the finest Port shippers, the firm of W & J Graham & Co has its roots in a Glasgow-based textile concern. During the early nineteenth century William and John Graham accepted 27 pipes of Port wine in settlement of a bad debt. The Port turned out to be very popular and Graham's developed a worldwide reputation as a fine Port shipper. This evening we welcome Ben Campbell-Johnston from Graham's importers, who will be talking to us about Port wine and guiding us through an amazing vertical tasting of vintage and single quinta port wines from 1970 to the present day.

Dr. Bürklin-Wolf - Pfalz, Germany

Bürklin-Wolf logo Monday 4th week (4 February)
7.50 for 8pm
Magdalen College, New Rooms


In the past decade the Dr. Bürklin-Wolf estate has become one of Germany 's most dynamic winemakers, responsible for producing some of the country's finest wines. Situated in the Pfalz at Wachenheim, the company owns holdings in many of the regions most famous vineyards. We are very fortunate to be hosting Tom Benns for this tasting, who is travelling from the Dr. Bürklin-Wolf winery in Germany to join us for the evening. He will be talking about the Pfalz region and bringing with him a very special selection of wines to taste.

Mas de Daumas Gassac - Languedoc, France

Mas de Daumas Gassac logo Thursday 4th week (7 February)
7.50 for 8pm
Magdalen College, New Rooms


Perhaps the most famous winery in the south of France, Mas de Daumas Gassac has achieved worldwide fame as the 'one first growth of the Languedoc'. Situated in a beautiful corner of the Hérault near Montpellier, the perfect vineyard soil was discovered by chance in the 1970's around the holiday home of Aimé Guibert. With the help of Bordeaux experts and the legendary Professor Peynaud, the property now produces world-class, highly sought after red wines and fabulous whites. We are privileged to be hosting Samuel Guibert, son of Aimé, who now helps run the family company. Himself a qualified winemaker, Samuel will be recounting the fascinating story of how Mas de Daumas Gassac came to be and taking us through a range of their outstanding wines.

Austrian Wine Bureau

Austrian Wine Bureau logo Tuesday 5th week (12 February)
8.20 for 8.30pm
Magdalen College, New Rooms


To those in the wine trade, Austria is renowned for producing red, white and especially dessert wines of outstanding quality. Rarely seen on wine shop shelves in England, interest in this area is growing rapidly as importers seek out top class producers. Tonight we delighted to host Thomas Klinger from the Austrian Wine Bureau, who is travelling from Vienna to join us for a unique and very special tutored tasting covering 14 top Austrian wines. All the main styles and regions will be covered in this comprehensive and educational evening. Members will also receive a complimentary copy of Philipp Blom's Faber & Faber book "The Wines of Austria". It promises to be an unmissable opportunity to learn about this relatively undiscovered region.

South African Wines

logos Date: Tuesday 19 Feb, 8.00pm
Venue: New Rooms, Magdalen


South Africa's wineries undoubtedly produce some of the most interesting and diverse wines available, making great use of their own native varieties and ancient bush vines. What's more, the majority of these wines are very reasonably priced. Ansgar Flaatten and Justine Gevisser will be giving us an introduction to South African wines and presenting an amazing selection of wines from Delaire (Stellenbosch), Waterford (Helderberg), Beyerskloof (Stellenbosch) and Boekenhoutskloof (Franschoek). In addition, Justine Gevisser will be telling us about the inspiration behind Waterford - a relatively new winery that is sparing no expense in its quest to craft sensational wines.

Bollinger Champagne

Bollinger logo Wednesday 7th week (27 February)
7.50 for 8pm
Magdalen College, New Rooms


One of the most famous and exclusive of all the French Champagne houses, Bollinger has a long and distinguished history producing impressive and sought after wines. As one of the last family owned and independent houses of the Champagne trade, Bollinger proudly maintains its' traditional reputation. Simon Les Challas, their Brand Ambassador, will be talking to us about Champagne production and taking us though a range of their fine Champagnes. This event is guaranteed to be very popular so please remember to book early!

Jackson Estate - Marlborough, New Zealand

Jackson Estate Wednesday 8th week (6 March)
7.50 for 8pm
Magdalen College, New Rooms


Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has been one of the great successes of the last few years, and Jackson Estate is consistently leading the pack. Jackson Estate is one of the few Kiwi Sauvignons that ages well and Mr Robin Kinahan MW will be talking us through a selection of Sauvignons together with a few other gems produced by this stellar winery.

"Marlborough's consistently greatest Sauvignon blanc" (Tom Stevenson in the Sotheby's Wine Encyclopaedia 1998)

Maison Louis Latour - Burgundy, France

Louis Latour logo Tuesday 9th week (12 March)
7.50 for 8pm
Magdalen College, Summer Common Room


Since its foundation in the 17th century Maison Louis Latour has become one of the most famous négociant-éléveurs in Burgundy. Renowned throughout the world for the quality of its wines, the company remains family owned and is today run by the sixth and seventh Louis Latours. Tonight their Director, Richard Nunn, visits the Society to present an overview of Burgundy and a wide range of Louis Latour wines to show this world famous region at its best.

Cognac Frapin, France

Cognac Frapin logoTuesday 10th week (19 March)
7.50 for 8pm
Magdalen College, Venue TBC


We will be hosting Cognac Frapin for a very rare and special evening of Cognac tasting this week. From the finest Brandy region in the world comes one of the finest producers - Frapin can trace their origins back to 1270 and the current family have been making this fine spirit for over 20 generations. Today the Frapin estate covers 300 hectares entirely in Grande Champagne, officially listed as Premier Grand Cru du Cognac. The evening will contain an overview of the Cognac region and a tasting of their fine distilled wines.

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