[glass]Events: Hilary 2003

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German Wines

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In a classic start to Hilary term's tastings, tonight we host three of Germany's leading wine producers. Historically Bassermann-Jordan has always been regarded as one of the best producers in the Pfalz (Palatinate) region of southern Germany. The six generations of family who have managed the estate have also been at the forefront of the German wine trade, from influencing the first German wine regulations to writing a fundamental work on the history of wine. We welcome Gunther Hauck from the estate to present their wines. Franz Keller is now one of the best producer of dry wines from Baden, Germany's most dynamic wine region. We welcome Fritz Keller from the estate to present their wines. Meanwhile, Heyl zu Herrnsheim, which dates from the 16th century, is rapidly rising in the first rank of German producers. The estate makes fine dry whites from Riesling, Silvaner and Weisburgunder in the historic village of Nierstein on the Rhine River. Michael d'Aprile will be representing the estate.

This is an unmissable opportunity to taste some of the finest German wines in production today.

Kendall-Jackson (California)

Kendall-Jackson Logo Tuesday 1st week (21 January)
6.45 for 7pm
The Buttery, Wolfson College


Since the first harvest in 1982, Kendall-Jackson has seen tremendous success both with critics and the public. Using grapes exclusively from California's 'True Coast', high-quality vineyards, a broad range of concentrated, intense quality wines are produced. With top competition achievements across its entire range, Kendall-Jackson has now been California's most awarded winery for two years in a row. Tonight we are hosting Michael Paynter, who will give a comparative tasting of Kendall-Jackson's fantastic Pinot Noir range.

35 places. Please book online. £3 payable on the glass.

Boutari (Greece)

Boutari Logo Friday 1st week (24 January)
6.45 for 7pm
Summer Common Room, Magdalen College


Although a wine producing nation for thousands of years, the past decade has seen a dramatic revolution with dynamic winemakers now producing new and challenging wines with the classic noble and fascinating indigenous varieties. With the support of companies like Oddbins, quality wine is now a major export for Greece. Boutaris & Son SA, founded by Ioannis Boutaris in 1879, is one of the country's most famous producers. It launched its career with Naoussa Boutari - a bottled Greek red so successful that it was to become a legend in the history of Greek wine. Tonight we will be learning more about the country and its wines, together with a selection of the excellent Boutari range to sample.

50 places. Please book online. £3 payable on the glass.

Schloss Vollrads (Rheingau, Germany)

Schloss Vollrads Logo Tuesday 2nd week (28th January)
6.45 for 7pm
New Rooms, Magdalen College


Germany's Rheingau region is one of the world's classic vineyard areas, and the most aristocratic in Germany. Famous for producing racy, slow-maturing, dry white wines, the Riesling grape is thought to have originated here and has been grown continuously in the region since at least 1435, pre-dating even Magdalen College! Schloss Vollrads itself counts as one of the world's oldest and most highly regarded wine estates, with records detailing wine sales back to 1211 and certainly existing long before this. Today the vineyards are still exclusively planted with Riesling in what are some of the best-situated, first class vineyards in the area. To much applause the estate is re-building its formidable reputation and tonight we are honoured to host director Dr Rowald Hepp, who will be talking about the region and the estate together with a presentation of their wines.

50 places. Please book online. £3 payable on the glass.

Felton Road

Felton Road Logo Thursday 4th week (13th February)
7.45 for 8pm
New Rooms, Magdalen College


Central Otago, New Zealand, is the most southerly wine-producing region in the world, and produces some of today's most sought-after wines. Tonight, the society is honoured to host Nigel Greening, director of Felton Road Wines. Although their first vintage was released less than ten years ago, Felton Road is already well known as the star of Central Otago, producing rich and complex Pinot Noirs, classy Rieslings, and some of New Zealand's best Chardonnays. Tonight's tasting promises to be one of the best of the year, as we are presented with a tour of Felton Road's exceptional 2002 vintage, as well as top wines from past years. We will also have the rare opportunity to taste and compare Pinot Noir that has been bottled using both cork and stelvin closures, giving us the chance to see and decide for ourselves the effect of closure type on the development of a wine, and gain some insight into this controversial issue.

50 places. Please book online. £3 payable on the glass.

Miguel Torres

Miguel Torres Logo Thursday 5th week (20th February)
7.45 for 8pm
Summer Common Room, Magdalen College


Miguel Torres is Spain's largest family-owned producer of wine, with more than 900 ha of land under vine in the Penedes region in northeast Spain, as well as vineyards in Chile and in California. Torres was founded in 1870, and has grown to be one of the most successful and respected Spanish wineries today. Tonight, Samantha McCormick will guide us through a tutored tasting of the Torres wines, including some of their finest wines made from local varieties such as Parellada and Temperanillo, for which Miguel Torres has been described as "visionary."

50 places. Please book online. £2 payable on the glass.

Gonzalez Byass

Gonzalez Byass Logo Monday 6th week (24th February)
7.45 for 8pm
New Rooms, Magdalen College


Gonzalez Byass is the world's largest and most successful producer of sherry, consistently winning awards for the quality of its wines. Founded in 1835 by Manuel Maria Gonzales, the company is now in its fifth generation of sherry production, and is still run by the family that first founded the house. Gonzalez Byass boasts a range of stunning sherries, most notably their flagship wine Tio Pepe, the best selling Fino sherry in the world. Tonight's tasting will include the Tio Pepe as well as a selection from their range of dry to sweet sherries, among them the famous caramel-flavoured Amontillado del Duque, and the sweet, creamy Matusalem. This is certainly an event not to be missed.

50 places. Please book online. £2 payable on the glass.

The University Wine Challenge - Australian Wine Bureau

Australian Wine Bureau Logo Tuesday 7th week (4th March)
7.45 for 8pm
New Rooms, Magdalen College


Here's the event we've all been waiting for! Tonight, Avril Abbott will present to us a broad range of Australian wines, highlighting some of the major grape varieties and vinification styles characteristic of Australian winemaking. And pay attention! Following her presentation she will distribute a short written exam, for which all of the answers will have been given during her talk. You will also be presented with two wines to taste blind. You will be asked to identify the grape variety (which will be one of those presented to you during the tasting), and to write a tasting note about each wine. The three top scores will go on to represent Oxford University in the national competition to be held in London in May/June 2003. The top prize? A round trip ticket to Oz for a spectacular wine tour, and an opportunity for travel in Australia! Beth, Ed, and Nina ended up taking the top prize last year, and it is definitely well worth the effort. We're excluding ourselves from the competition this year - but we want to see Oxford come out ahead once again. So start drinking those Aussie wines.

Book early! This is certain to be a popular event.

50 places. Please book online. £2 payable on the glass.

Lanson Champagne

Lanson Logo Monday 8th week (10 March)
6.45 for 7pm
90 High Street Lecture Room, University College


Tonight we are privileged to be hosting David Molyneux-Berry MW for a very special tasting. As one of the oldest Champagne houses, being founded in 1760, Lanson is a famous grande marque with an enviable history of fine wine production. The company obtains its grapes from over 800 acres of vineyards grown on chalky soil, selecting only the best vines from prime sites. Lanson produce six Champagnes, from their rare and expensive Noble Cuvée through to the highly regarded 'Black Label' non-vintage blend - released only after a minimum ageing of at least three years in their 7 km long cellars. Mr Molyneux-Berry will be talking to the Society about the Champagne region and the production of these famous wines, together with a tasting of the Lanson range.

This promises to be a very popular event, please book your places as soon as possible.

50 places. £5 payable in advance - please send a cheque (payable to Bacchus Wine Society) to Thomas Heath at Corpus Christi College to book a place.

Port Wine with Richard Mayson

Port Wine Institute LogoThursday 8th week (13 March)
6.45 for 7pm
New Rooms, Magdalen College


This evening the Society is proud to be hosting Europe's foremost port commentator, the journalist and author Richard Mayson. The most famous of all fortified wines, port is a unique and historic drink that is as popular as ever. Mr Mayson will be talking about the Port region of Portugal and guiding us through a wide range of wines, from tawny and ruby ports to Single Quinta. The tasting will also include the fabulous opportunity to taste vintage ports back to 1977. The Instituto do Vinho do Porto are kindly supporting the tasting.

50 places. Please book online. £5 payable on the glass.

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