[glass] Events: Hilary 2009

BottlesBacchus are very excited to have some fantastic wine producers and wine merchants coming to speak to the Society this term. We hope that you will be able to join us to discover, learn about and enjoy some exceptional wines.

See below for more details and to book your place at some of our events. (Booking opens seven days in advance. Please cancel your place if you cannot attend a tasting for which you have booked a place.)

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Chablis ‘Grand Cru’

Tuesday 0th Week (13 January)
7.45pm for 8.00pm
Danson Room, Trinity College

Chablis is famous for its own style of Chardonnay. Its Grand Cru vineyards lie on a band of "Kimmeridgian" chalky clay, which, it is said, contributes to the chalky, gunflinty, ‘river pebble’ notes in the wine. I will forever be a sceptic about gout de terroir - the idea of tasting the vines' terroir in a wine - but Chablis provides a persuasive counter-argument. However, some progressive wine-makers are making riper and softer wines, which are more like Burgundies than the traditional Chablis style. We start the term hosting the Union des Grands Crus de Chablis, tasting a Grand Cru wine from each of the producers in the Union, plus at least one wine from each of the 7 Grand Cru vineyards. This should make for an exceptional overview of the Region.

40 places. Please book online. £5 for members, £10 for non-members.

Wines of New Zealand

Wines of New Zealand

Thursday 1st Week (22 January)

In January, over 125 wineries from New Zealand will converge upon London to showcase their wines at the London Annual Trade Tasting and Consumer Fair. We have arranged for several of these producers to visit the Society on the 22nd of January, to talk us through a tasting of their wines. This will be an excellent opportunity to discover a range of New Zealand.s grape varieties and wine-making regions from Central Otago Pinot Noir to Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. I am looking forward to hearing first-hand, from the Producers, the back-stories to a range of great New Zealand wines.


40 places. Please book online. £5 for members, £10 for non-members.

Around Saint Émilion

Around St Emilion

Tuesday 2nd Week (27 January)

Around Saint Emilion comprise a group of wine-makers from the Chateaux and Appellations around Saint Emilion, at the heart of the Right-Bank of Bordeaux. I have recently become a convert to the Right-Bank style of Bordeaux (tasting a1983 Petrus and a 1995 Le Pin recently helped me on my way). Generally, these Right-Bank Bordeaux wines are more fruit-driven and less tannic than their counterparts on the Left Bank. At this tasting, we will try a range of Saint Emilion wines, from full-bodied, Merlot-dominated Reds to dry white Bordeaux Blancs. (The whites are mainly Sauvignon Blanc: They will provide an interesting contrast in style to the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that we will taste in week 1). This is shaping up to be a great experience of Bordeaux's Right-Bank wines.


40 places. Please book online. £5 for members, £10 for non-members.

Beginners' Classes

Glass of Red Wine

Saturday 2nd Week (31 January) and Saturday 3rd Week (7 February)

The classes will be led by Dr Ed Fitzgerald, an Associate Judge at the International Wine Challenge, past winner of Wine Australia tasting competition, distinguished WSET Advanced Certificate holder, and former OUWS President. Ed has 8 years experience running these classes and his attitude is always well received.

The cost of the two classes is a heavily subsidized £25 for OUWS members or £48 for non-members. These classes are very popular and always oversubscribed, but places are limited, so please do not delay in booking your place.

To book a place, please send your contact details (name and email address) together with a cheque for £25 (members) or £48 (non-members), payable to "Robert West", to Robert West at University College.

For further information please contact Rob at president@oxfordwinesociety.org.

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Marques de Caceres

Marques de Caceres

Thursday 3rd Week (5 February)

Rioja is the most presitgious Spanish wine-making region, producing great, oaky, ageworthy wines from grape varieties of (mainly) Tempranillo, Grenache (locally called Garnacha) and Carignan (Mazuelo). Marques de Caceres are seen as innovators in Rioja, yet remain true to the traditional viticulture and aging that characterises the area. The Society is very pleased to welcome Anne Vallejo from Marques de Caceres to present a range of these wines.


40 places. Please book online. £5 for members, £10 for non-members.


Monday 4th Week (9 February)

The Society is honoured to be hosting Patrick McGrath MW, old Oxonian and friend of the Society, for this special evening focusing on Errazuriz and the wines of Chile. From the slopes of Aconcagua north of Santiago, Errazuriz were established in 1870 and have established themselves as one of the benchmark wineries of the country. Patrick McGrath will lead us through a tutored tasting of his wines, including Don Maximiano and Vinedo Chadwick, undoubtedly amongst the very finest wines to be produced in South America today.


Please book online. £5 for members, £10 for non-members.

French Wine Masterclass: Joint event with the French Society

Glass of Red Wine

Thursday 5th Week (12 February)

An overview of the world's most prestigious wine-region. France is synonymous with exceptional wine, playing host to an inspiring list of wine-regions: Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Rhone, Alsace and Champagne. We'll enjoy and discover a range of these French wines, learning specifically about the different regions that make France stand out in the world of wine and the contributions of French culture.

15 places. Please book online. £10 for members, £20 for non-members.

Gambero Rosso

Gambero Rosso

Monday 5th Week (16 February)
Grand Ballroom, The Landmark, 222 Marylebone Road, London

Gambero Rosso (the Italian wine ‘Bible’.) are having their annual launch in London with an extensive tasting of wines from nearly 60 of the very best Italian wineries. From previous years. experience, there will be some exceptional wines available to taste, from almost every Italian wine-making region. The complete line up is inspiring (but too long to post on the website - so please email Rob for more details). A special ticket price has been negotiated for members of Bacchus.


10 places. Please book online. £12 for members. For further information please contact Rob at president@oxfordwinesociety.org.

Wines of Lebanon

Thursday 5th Week (19 February)

Further details to be confirmed soon.

Please book online. £5 for members, £10 for non-members.



Thursday 6th Week (26 February)

Faiveley are amongst the most well-known negociants in all of Burgundy, with holdings throughout the Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune, including Premier and Grand Cru sites. Mark Bingley MW will be presenting a range of these wines to the Society and giving an overview of Burgundy as a wine-making region. Not to be missed.


40 places. Please book online. £5 for members, £10 for non-members.


Wednesday 7th Week (4 March)

The wine-making regions of South Australia have trailblazed new styles of wine out of Old-World grape varieties: Barossa Shiraz and Coonawarra Cab Sauv are big, intense, alcoholic and full-bodied takes on their Bordeaux and Rhone counterparts. Established in the Barossa Valley, in 1849, Yalumba are Australia's oldest family owned winery and amongst the pioneers of Australian wine-making. They were Winestate Magazine Wine Company of the Year 2007. Tonight the Society welcomes Chris Unger, from Negociants UK, to represent Yalumba and presenting a range of their wines.

Please book online. £5 for members, £10 for non-members.



Tuesday 8th Week (10 March)

Taittinger is simply one of the most famous and exclusive of all the French Champagne houses. Tonight their Brand Ambassador will be visiting the Society to give a talk on Champagne followed by a tutored tasting of Taittinger wines including their renowned Comtes de Champagne. The company can trace its origins back to 1734, and is still one of the few independent family owned producers. Located in the great wine-growing areas of Champagne, Taittinger own vines covering 288 hectares in 34 different vineyards. This promises to be one of the most popular tastings of the year, so please book early.


Please book online. £5 for members, £10 for non-members.

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