[glass]Events: Hilary 2007

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Ampelidae Wines

ampelidae Friday 1st Week (19 January)
Trinity College, Danson Room
6.45 for 7pm


Frederic Brochet founded Ampelidae in 1995, this French winemaker from the Haut Poitou obtained a PhD in Winemaking from the University of Bordeaux and is now the visiting professor of oenology at the University of Padua. His winemaking combines the techniques of the New World with the terroir and vines of the Old World. His wines are gaining increasing recognition and appear in February's edition of Decanter. Tonight we are lucky enough to be tasting a full range of the wines he makes.

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

Bordeaux Tasting CIVB (Council for Bordeaux Wines)


Wednesday 2nd Week (24 January)
6.45 for 7pm
The Memorial Room, Queen’s College


From its vineyards on the banks of the Gironde, Bordeaux produces an array of subtley different styles which can baffle the uninitiated. Tonight Michael Morgan in association with the Council for Bordeaux Wine will guide us through a complete cross-section of the region from Medoc in the north to Sauternes in the south based around 9 wines suitable for everyday drinking.

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

Asian Wine tasting

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Friday 3rd Week
7.45 for 8pm
Mure Room, Merton College

30 places. Please book online. £5 on the glass for APS/Bacchus members

Asia is a region with a long history of wine drinking and production, which is said to originate from over 4,000 years ago. China in particular is the sixth largest wine producer in the world. Most of the traditional Asian wines are produced from rice or wheat. Asian wines are famous for their unique mixture of taste and fragrance. We look to bring you an informative and relaxing evening with our finest selection of Asian wines.

Woodstock McLaren Vale tasting


7th February
6.45 for 7pm
Memorial Room, Queen's college


We are proud to present the award-winning Woodstock winery in Australia's McLaren Vale, who produce among other wines the legendary 'The Stocks' Shiraz from 100+ year old vines. The vineyard itself has special ties with Oxfordshire, with the original owner naming it after his hometown of Woodstock.

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

Beginners' Classes

 Glass of Red Wine

Old Law Library, Magdalen College
6.45 for 7pm

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, £45 non-members.

The dates for the classes are as follows:

To book a place please pigeon post a cheque (payable to Richard Caine) to Richard Caine at St Edmund Hall. These classes are always oversubscribed, so please book as soon as possible to secure a place. For further information please contact: edward@oxfordwinesociety.org.

For further information please download the following information sheet:

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Grand Cru - Bordeaux with John Avery

John Avery

Friday 5th Week (16th February)
6.45 for 7pm
Memorial Room, Queen's College

The tasting will be hosted by one of our most prestigious guests ever: the world-famous John Avery MW who will guide us through a vertical tasting from some of the region's most distinguished chateaux. It promises to be a unique occasion that will live long in the memory.

To reserve a place please send a cheque for £28 (members) or £40 (non-members) made payable to 'Bacchus Wine Society' to William Pearce, St Peter's College at the earliest possible opportunity.

The event is certain to be highly popular and places are limited to just 30.

Imperial Wine tasting (vertical)

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Tuesday 6th week (20th February)
Magdalen College, Old Law Library
Time 6:45 for 7

Vertical vintage port tasting led by two amateur wine enthusiasts. We will taste some of the greatest post-war vintages from the finest port houses spanning the decades back to 1945. A remarkable tasting not to be missed.

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

Château La Tour Blanche


Thursday 6th week (22nd February)
6.45 for 7pm
Memorial Room, Queen's College


A vertical tasting of a chateau placed top of the 'Premier Crus' of the Sauternes Appellation. The epitome of class Sauternes. Simply unmissable.

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

Australian Wines of Distinction

Penfolds Tuesday 7th week (27th February)
6.45 for 7pm
Magdalen College, Lower Oscar Wilde Room


This evening the Society is delighted to welcome Justin Knock, winemaker for Penfolds Wines, in what promises to be a fascinating exploration of a range of premium Australian wines. Focussing on such famous wineries as Wynns, Wolf Blass, Rosemount and Penfolds itself, we will taste eight wines spanning vintages from the past decade. This tasting will give members a unique opportunity to compare and contrast the different styles of serious Australian shiraz, and taste how these wines develop with age.

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

Chateau Labégorce & Marquis d'Alesme Becker

(Cru Bourgeois and 3rd growth Margaux)


Thursday 8th Week (8th March)
6.45 for 7pm Venue to be emailed to participants at a later date


Since their split in the early 19th century the Chateaux of Labégorce, Labégorce Zédé and Marquis d’Alesme Becker have trodden very different paths. Reunited last year under the same ownership tonight will offer an unparalleled opportunity to taste wine from these neighbouring yet contrasting properties.

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

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