[glass]Events: Hilary 2008

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OUWS Beginners' Classes

 Glass of Red Wine

Beginners' Tasting Class - led by Dr. Ed Fitzgerald.

6.45 for 7pm
Dorfman Centre, St. Peter's College

Now in their seventh year, we are pleased to be running our Beginners' Classes again this Michaelmas term. 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: £29 members, £48 non-members.

The dates for the classes are as follows:

To book a place please pigeon post a cheque (payable to Catherine Lee) to Catherine Lee at Magdalen College. These classes are always oversubscribed, so please book as soon as possible to secure a place! For further information please contact: edward@oxfordwinesociety.org.

Wine from the Alto Adige (Italy)

Alto Adige

Friday 1st Week (18th January)
6.45 for 7pm
Dorfman Centre, St. Peter's College

Wines from the northern Alto Adige region of Italy are some of the country's best kept secrets. Bordering on the Austrian Tyrol, this beautiful Alpine region makes high quality wines from Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio, with many other fascinating local red and white grape varieties. The wineries are mostly small, family-owned and managed, with wine production in this area pre-dating the Romans. This evening we are delighted to host Jane Hunt MW for a seminar on the wines of the Alto Adige region in association with the Organizzazione export Alto Adige della Camera di commercio di Bolzano.

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

Maison Louis Jadot

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Monday 2nd Week (21st January)
7.15 for 7.30 pm (NB the later starting time!)
Danson Room, Trinity College


Since its foundation in 1859, Louis Jadot has always been one of the leading wine producers in Burgundy. From family origins as humble wine makers, the company now has a justly famous reputation for its Premier and Grand Cru wines, with extensive vineyard holdings throughout the region. Tonight Patrick McGrath MW will be giving us an overview of Burgundy, taking us through a wide range of Maison Louis Jadot’s fine wines.

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

Regional Italian Food and Wine

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Thursday 3rd Week (31st January)
6.45 for 7pm
Miles Room, St. Peter's College (***note change of location***)


Tonight we are trying something a little different, namely the combination of fine Italian wines with fine Italian gourmet food. In doing so, we are fortunate to welcome Andrea Salvagni of Altissima (a London gourmet food and wine supplier) to take us through a selection of wines, cheeses, meats and oils which are distinctive of the various regions of Italy. For those who have participated in our previous Italian wine tastings this year or those who want a whirlwind (and delicious) tour of gourmet wine and food in regional Italy, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

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

Weingut Reichsrat von Buhl

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Wednesday 4th Week (6th February)
6.45 for 7pm
Dorfman Centre, St. Peter's College


With a history dating back to 1849, Reichsrat Von Buhl is a famous and well-established estate in the heart of the Pfalz wine region. With vineyards spread across the greatest sites in the area, this estate has an enviable record of producing some of the most impressive wines from these picturesque villages. Von Buhl's illustrious history includes a period when its wines were amongst the most expensive of Germany and Otto von Bismarck was a great admirer. Now with organic vineyards and extensive investment, this estate is again producing some of the world's greatest Riesling wines. Tonight we are delighted to be hosting Christoph Graf, Director at the estate, who is flying over from Germany to lead the tasting for us. With a wonderful selection of wines this promises to be a memorable evening.

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

Fairtrade Wine and Chocolate

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Tuesday 5th Week (12th February)
6.45 for 7pm
The Union

Like to know more about FairTrade Wine and Chocolate? Well here is your chance in a special joint charity event with Christian Aid which is being held at the Oxford Union. Tonight, we welcome Maria Elener, a wine buyer with The Co-operative to present a number of Co-op FairTrade Wines to us. She is responsible for the range of wines from South Africa and South America and is recognised within the industry as one of the most active supporters of FairTrade wine. We also welcome Anna Laycock from Oxfam who comes to talk about Divine chocolate.

After the tasting, we have been invited to the OxHub Cocktails and Jazz night which kicks off after the tasting. This is not to be missed either for it promises live music, great cocktails and jewellery sold to raise money for Hands Up for Darfur.

Pricing is as follows:
* Bacchus Members for the wine tasting only: £3 at the glass and sign up in the normal way through the Online Booking System.
* To attend the OxHub Cocktails and Jazz night afterwards: £3 for Oxford Union Members/£6 for non Oxford Union Members to be purchased at the main Union Office.
* Non Bacchus Members to attend the wine tasting: you will need to purchase a ticket for the OxHub Cocktails and Jazz night (as above) and pay an additional £3 wine supplement at the main Union Office when buying your ticket. Unfortunately due to Union ticketing rules, it is not possible for a non-Bacchus member to only pay for the wine tasting and not the OxHub Social.

For further information, please contact the lovely Rachael Ibbott at Christian Aid (RIbbott@christian-aid.org)

45 places. Bacchus members, please book online.

Wines of Argentina

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Thursday 6th Week (21st February)
*NOTE* later start 7.15 for 7.30pm
Danson Room, Trinity College


As the fifth largest wine producing country in the world, it is surprising that the wines of Argentina have only come to the attention of consumers abroad in the past decade. With a history of winemaking going back to the 1500's, when Spanish colonisers imported European vines, this country is now regarded as one the world's most dynamic wine producing regions. Couple this with an ideal climate and substantial new investment in the wine trade and Argentina is also producing some of the best value wines. From vineyards in the beautiful cool foothills of the Andes through to the temperate region of Mendoza, the diversity of vine growing areas also makes for a fascinating range of wine styles. Tonight we are pleased to host Tim Johns from Wines of Argentina, the UK promotional body for the country's wine trade, who will take us on a wide-ranging vinous tour of all the best regions.

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

Generation Riesling

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Wednesday 7th Week (27th February)
6.45 for 7pm
Dorfman Centre, St. Peter's College

The Generation Riesling University Tasting Tour arrives in Oxford this month and supports a German wine renaissance currently taking hold amongst wine drinkers in the UK. Such renewed interest in the German wine industry is, in part, a result of a new vibrant generation of winemakers. Eva Fricke from Weingut Leitz and Sebastian Fürst of Weingut Rudolf Fürst will lead a tasting of a selection of German wines from their, and their contemporaries, wineries, including examples of Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Come along to the tasting to find out what it is that makes Riesling and German wine in general the choice of wine writers, wine critics and (of course) several Bacchus Committee members.

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

Grand Cru Burgundy

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Saturday 7th Week (1st March)
6.45 for 7pm
Mure Room, Merton College


Tonight we take our second detailed look at Burgundy this term, discovering why what appears to be a simple, straightforward wine region is actually one of the most complex of all. We will taste a range of its finest products, including examples of Grand Cru wines. We welcome back to the Society Guy Boursot for this special tasting adventure. Guy hails from a vine-growing family at the heart of Burgundy in Chambolle-Musigny and worked for Berry Bros & Rudd for 17 years before setting up his own wine shop in the Pas de Calais region of north-west France. It has been said that to hear Guy talk on Burgundy 'is to truly appreciate the knowledge and pleasure derived from centuries of wine-making'. We are assured of an informative and entertaining evening!

Cost: £20 for Bacchus members. Non Bacchus members: £30 BUT included in this price is membership for the Society for our TT line up of events. Booking will not be through the website but on a first-in-first served receipt of payment.

Please send Catherine Lee a cheque (made out to 'Bacchus Wine Society') via the internal post to Magdalen (with a note to identify who it is from!) For the cash-only people, please hand-deliver everything to the Magdalen Porters and send her an email so that Catherine knows to expect it. For the non-members who would like to take the opportunity to join our fantastic society, please also include a completed membership form available under the Membership Tab. Please be sure that you can attend the event as unfortunately no refunds are possible

Asian Wine

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Tuesday 8th Week (4th March)
***CANCELLED*** for Hilary

Regrettably this event has been postponed due to scheduling difficulties with OUAPS. We hope to hold the event in another term.

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