[glass] Events: Hilary 2013

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.)

Details

Nino Franco Prosecco

Nino Franco Spumanti

Mondday 1st Week (14th January)

You will certainly know Prosecco as one of the sparkling tipples brought out at festive occasions and celebrations, but these wines are much more than simply a cheap alternative to Champagne. Tonight we will be sampling the range from one of Italy's top Prosecco producers, Nino Franco Prosecco.

The winery was founded in 1919 in Valdobbiadene, and is one of the oldest in the region. The estate has grown and evolved throughout the three generations of producers. Currently the company is under Primo Franco, one of the first pioneers to export Prosecco to an international market. Tonight Tim McLaughlin-Green and Dacotah Renneau will introduce us to the fantastic range of wines from Nino Franco.

40 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests. 6.30pm for 7.00pm start, Saskatchewan Room, Exeter College.

Nino Franco Prosecco

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St Urbans Hof

St Urbans Hof

Tuesday 2nd Week (22nd Januray)

Tonight, we are privileged to host Nik Weis, owner of St Urbans Hof. With 6 vineyards located across Germany's Mosel and Saar regions, St Urbans Hof's rieslings have come to be regarded as some of the finest example of the varietal. We will be tasting a selection of wines, showcasing the variety of styles and expressions produced by the riesling grape, as well as the influence of location (or terroir) upon German wines.

With top quality German wines not always that easy to find in the English market, this is going to be a very special opportunity to taste some fantastic wines!

60 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests. 6.30pm for 7.00pm start, Saskatchewan Room, Exeter College.

St Urbans Hof

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Chateau Musar

Chateau Musar

Wednesday 3rd Week (30th January)

Château Musar has been an icon in the wine world since the 1967 vintage was noticed in the UK at the Bristol Wine Fair of 1979. You could attribute its renown to the wine's unique style, its impressive ability to age or the fact that it's fine wine from Lebanon.... (it was even produced throughout Lebanon's civil war)

Regardless of the explanation, Musar makes seriously exciting wine. Tonight's tasting is not to be missed!

60 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests. 6.30pm for 7.00pm start, Vernon Harcourt Room, St Hilda's College

Chateau Musar

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Domäne Wachau

Domäne Wachau

Wednesday 4th Week (6th February)

Domäne Wachau is a co-operative enterprise with close to 440 hectares of vineyards in the Wachau area. The only winery in Wachau with wines from all the most prestigious sites in the region, they have been making some serious changes, since Roman Horvath MW and Heinz Frischengruber entered the winery some five years ago. From the very beginning the bar was set as high as possible: the target was to compete with the best producers of Riesling and Grüner Veltliner in the region and to raise the winery to one of the leading cooperatives in the world. Today, new measures for quality assurance have brought Domäne Wachau recognition as one of the top ten best white wine producers in Austria. Tonight, we are lucky to have Melanie Topp to introduce us to some of their wines.

40 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests. 6.30pm for 7.00pm start, Oscar Wilde Room, Madgalen College.

Domäne Wachau

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Emilio Lustau Sherry

Emilio Lustau Sherry

Tuesday 5th week (12th February)

Sherry is an often under-estimated drink, more associated with your grandmother's drinking cabinet than cutting edge modern wines. Tonight we hope to show you that this reputation is undeserved with what is a fascinating and delicious fortified wine. One of the largest family run Bodegas in Jerez, Spain, Lustau produce an excellent selection of wines with some world class stars at the top of their range. Tonight we welcome one Federico S&aaccute;nchez-Pece. He will be talking to the Society about sherry wines and leading us though an excellent selection from the Lustau range. Robert Parker, perhaps the world's most famous wine critic, says of Lustau: 'simply staggering in quality - sherries such as these remain among the last great unknown wine bargains of the world. They must be tasted to be believed'.

50 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests. 6.30pm for 7.00pm start, location Saskatchewan Room, Exeter College.

Emilio Lustau Sherry

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Santa Rita

Santa Rita

Tuesday 6th Week (19th February)

Santa Rita is one of Chile's oldest wineries, founded in 1880. Today, the company has several vineyards around the country and exports throughout the world. Tonight's tasting will provide the opportunity to explore the range and styles that new world South American wine has to offer.

40 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests. 6.30pm for 7.00pm start, Vernon Harcourt Room, St. Hilda's College

Santa Rita

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Wines of Rioja and Ribera del Duero

Rioja and Ribera

Tuesday 7th Week (26th February)

This is a fantastic opportunity to taste wines from two of Spain's greatest DOs, Rioja and Ribera del Duero. We'll take you through the award winning flight of Riojas from Bodegas Beronia, and the range of Tempranillos of Matarromera from Ribera del Duero.

40 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests. 6.30pm for 7.00pm start, Vernon Harcourt Room, St. Hilda's College

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Wines of Argentina

Argentina

Wednesday 8th Week (6th March)

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 welcome Lee Isaacs from the Oxford Wine Company, to talk about this fascinating region and introduce some of the excellent Argentine wines available from our favourite local wine merchant.

40 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests. 6.30pm for 7.00pm start, Saskatchewan Room, Exeter College.

Oxford Wine Company

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