[glass]Events: Hilary 2006

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 Glass of Red Wine Offered as a set of two evening sessions, each night includes the tasting of at least 7 wines. In a small group we will cover tasting skills, 'good' vs. 'poor' wines, popular white & red grape varieties and classic wine styles. It also offers a great opportunity for experienced wine drinkers to improve their tasting skills and improve their knowledge of the classic grape varieties.

Cost: £28 members, £42 non-members.

The dates for the classes are as follows:

To book a place please pigeon post a cheque (payable to Mark McDonald) to Mark McDonald at Merton College. These classes are always oversubscribed, so please book as soon as possible to secure a place. For further information please contact: info@oxfordwinesociety.org.

Schloss Vollrads (Rheingau, Germany)

Schloss Vollrads Logo Monday 2nd week (23rd January)
6.45 for 7pm
Memorial Room, Queens 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 much of Oxford University! 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.

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

Masterclass: Age, Quality and Faults

Wine GlassSaturday 3rd week (4th February)
Old Law Library, Magdalen College

In a new series of occasional tutored classes we aim to look in-depth at particular wine grapes, styles or vintages. The aim of these is to give a unique opportunity to learn by comparing a number of different wines whilst also fine-tuning our tasting skills in the process. Tonight we will be looking at the affect of age and quality on wine, comparing vintages back to the 1970’s in order to better understand the aging process. With approximately 12 wines to sample it will also enable us to compare some world famous bottles side-by-side with their everyday competitors. We will also learn more about some of the common faults to look for whilst wine tasting.

The list of wines tasted at the event can be found here.

18 places. Please book online. £15 payable on the glass.

Nyetimber (England)

Wine Glass Tuesday 4th Week (7 February)
7.45 for 8pm
Memorial Room, Queen's College


Over a decade ago Oz Clarke wrote "If someone wanted to make a Champagne look-alike, one of the most potentially successful sites would be in the counties of Kent and Sussex on the hills and slopes just above the English Channel." The Nyetimber estate was planted in the 1980s and produces only sparkling wine. The soil and climate are similar to that seen in Champagne and the vinification process is inspired by Champagne regulations. The result is a gold medal winner at the Paris International Wine Competition and a wine which is regularly confused with Champagne in blind tastings.

Tonight Dermot Sugrue, winemaker at Nyetimber, will guide us through five vintages of Nyetimber, going back to 1992.

45 places. Please book online. £5 on the glass.

Bisol Prosecco (Italy)

Wine GlassThursday 6th Week (23 February)
Magrath Room, Queens College
6.45 for 7pm


Robert Parker, the influential Wine Critic writes that Bisol is "Consistently one of the finest light-bodied, refreshing, crisp, pure Italian sparkling whites".

Tonight we welcome Giovanni Oliva from the estate who will be guiding us through some of the Bisol range.

Click here to see some pictures from the event.

38 places. Please book online. £5 on the glass.

Grand Cru IV - Burgundy

jadotSaturday 6th week (25th February)
6.45 for 7pm
Magrath Room, Queens College

Following on from the previous sell-out success of our 'Grand Cru' tasting series, what better way to start the new year than with a focus class looking at the worlds finest region. The purpose of these 'Grand Cru' evenings is simply a themed opportunity to taste the greatest examples of wine available today. These classes celebrate the very best wines in production and offer the unique opportunity to taste as a group wines so expensive and rare that they are often unavailable to individuals.

Tonight we welcome Guy Boursot who will guide us through the fascinating region of Burgundy. More details to follow at a later date...

Cost: £28 members (Limited places for non-members at £40).

Please book a place by sending a cheque (payable to "Bacchus Wine Society") to Chris Dix, St. Peter's College. Please book early to ensure a place.

Greek Wine Tasting

Wine GlassTuesday 7th week (28th February)
6.45 for 7pm
Old Law Library, Magdalen College


While Greece is the home of the longest uninterrupted wine making tradition on earth, it is only in the last thirty years that contemporary wine making has taken root. By the standards of France or Italy, let alone the New World, vineyards are small - the total production of wine across the whole country is much less than that of Bordeaux alone. Endowed with an enormous variety of soils, climates and native grapes, Greece is one of the most exciting wine regions in the world, and has the potential to be one of the greatest.

George Lemos, director of Vickbar Wines, presents a selection of these lesser-known wines, from the finest producers throughout the country. There will be the opportunity to sample red, white and rosť wines, as well as dessert wine. Three of these will be featured in the March issue of Decanter - two were selected as top 100 wines from around the world, and one (‘Cava’ Mercouri) was chosen by Steven Spurrier as Best Old World Red.

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

Wine and Cheese Tasting

Wine Thursday 7th Week (2nd March)
6.45 for 7pm
The Oscar Wilde Room, Magdalen College

Tonight the Cambridge Cheese Company will visit us for an evening of wine and cheese pairing.

These events are always oversubscribed. Please book early to avoid disappointment. 35 Places. £10 on the glass.

Les Caves de Pyrene (Regional France)

Les Caves Logo Friday 7th Week (3 March)
6.45 for 7pm
The Memorial Room, Queens College


Specialising in the more interesting and exciting wines fom regional France, this fantastic small merchant has twice won the International Wine Challenge award for "Best Specialist Merchant" in this sector. This evening we host their Director, Douglas Wregg, who will share his passion for this area and take us through a selection of their fine wines, illustrating some of these amazing lesser-known producers that have a loyal following amongst enthusiasts in-the-know.

35 places. Please book online. £10 on the glass.

Visit to Berry Brothers and Rudd (London)

BBRTuesday 8th week (7th March)
3.45 for 4pm
3 St James' St, London


This afternoon, by special arrangement, the Society is invited to visit the cellars of perhaps the world's most famous wine merchant - Berry Bros. & Rudd in St James, London. Established in the 1690's this family owned business have held the Royal Warrant since 1760 and continue to ship the finest wines around the world. Their London shop is the original premises occupied for 300 years and has extensive cellars and tasting facilities. On our visit we will hear more of their interesting history, have a guided tour of the cellars and conclude with a small wine tasting in their shop.

12 places are available. To book please send a cheque for £5 (payable to "Bacchus Wine Society") together with your contact details to Chris Dix, St. Peter's College. Please book by Friday 3rd March 2006. Members are responsible for their own transport arrangements to and from Berry Bros. & Rudd.

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