[glass] Events: Hilary 2015

Bottles Bacchus are very excited to have some fantastic wine producers 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

Luce Della Vite and Attems

Thursday 2nd Week (29th January)

Tonight we have two wineries from two very different Italian regions presenting. Attems is from Friuli-Venezia Giulia in the Northeast. Squeezed between the Adriatic and the Alps, Friuli has a particular climate that reflects in its wonderfully refreshing white wines.

Luce della Vite from Montalcino started two decades ago as a joint venture of Vittorio Frescobaldi and Robert Mondavi with the stated goal of making amazing Super Tuscans and has since become a byword for quality in the region. Together, the two wineries show off some of the best wines Italy has to offer.

40 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests.
6.45pm for 7.00pm start, Saskatchewan Room, Exeter College.

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Wines of Austria

Thursday 3rd Week (5th February)

Despite four thousand years of winemaking history, Austria is a country often overlooked when it comes to finding great wines. Tonight we will be tasting a range of whites and reds from across this unique region in the heart of Europe. For newcomers, this should be a perfect introduction to Austrian wine, whilst existing fans would be crazy to miss a line-up showcasing some of the best produce that Austria has to offer.

40 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests.
6.45pm for 7.00pm start, Saskatchewan Room, Exeter College.

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La Jurade de Saint-Émilion

Wednesday 4th Week (11th February)

The village of St-Émilion is found on Bordeaux's Right Bank and has been producing wine since Roman times. It is famous for its lush, merlot-heavy reds and its producers are regarded as some of Bordeaux's most progressive. The appellation's wines come in a variety of styles and at a variety of price points and tonight we will taste a full flight, taking in a range of what St-Émilion has to offer.

Tonight we will be welcoming Dr Gerald Sacks to lead us through these wines. Gerald is President of the Oxford Guild of Sommeliers, an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College and Chancellor for the South England branch of the "Jurade", a Bordeaux Wine Society established in 1199. We can think of few people more qualified to help us discover this fantastic region.

40 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests.
6.45pm for 7.00pm start, Prestwich Room, St John's College.

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Penfolds

Monday 5th Week (16th February)

Tonight we are privileged to be hosting one of the biggest name producers in the world of wine. Penfolds was founded in 1844 and has since become, arguably, the Australian wine producer. With several vineyards across the South Australia region, Penfolds is able to produce wines with a range of varietals and styles. Penfolds produce wines right across the spectrum: from entry-level shiraz which you can pick up in a supermarket for under a tenner, to wines which excel in blind tasting judgments and retail for hundreds, if not thousands of pounds (their "Grange" range).

This evening, we will be tasting a crossection of Penfolds wines - undoubtedly a highlight of the term. Whether you're looking for a fun introduction to Australian wines or are planning a new expansion of your wine cellar, one of the definitive South Australian producers is a good place to start.

40 places available. £10 for members, £20 for guests. (On this occasion, payments must be made in advance.)
6.45pm for 7.00pm start, Saskatchewan Room, Exeter College.

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Ivo Varbanov Wines

Tuesday 5th Week (17th February)

Renowned Bulgarian concert pianist turned wine maker, since 2008 Ivo Varbanov has been producing some really exciting vintages. The wines have rapidly gained critical acclaim and commercial success for their distinctive style and exceptional quality. Organically farmed and produced in tiny quantities, these are part of a new wave of Bulgarian wines that are just entering the market.

Tonight, we are extremely privileged to be joined by Ivo Varbanov himself, who will be presenting some of his unique wines.

40 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests.
6.45pm for 7.00pm start, Prestwich Room, St John's College.

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Wines of South West France

Monday 6th Week (23rd February)

This broad area incorporates the upstream regions, once regarded as serious commercial rivals by the Bordelais, as well as appellations in the heart of the Gascony and French Basque country.

With fierce pride and long-standing traditions, the small scattered areas that fall under the South West of France regional label produce impressive wines from indigenous, exciting local varieties of considerable individuality. We'll be joined by wine educator Heather Dougherty as she walks us through this unique and under-appreciated wine producing region!

60 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests.
6.45pm for 7.00pm start, Saskatchewan Room, Exeter College.

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Wines of Switzerland

Thursday 6th Week (26th February)

With 4 national languages, borders with 5 countries and over a third of its population born abroad, Switzerland has long been a melting pot of European cultures. This is reflected in their wines, which fuse French, German and Italian styles and are often the objects of great local pride. Unfortunately, Swiss wine is incredibly hard to come by in the UK and (like all things Swiss) tends to leave a hole in your pocket.

Tonight we will be offering Bacchus members a unique opportunity to taste a flight of Swiss wines, bought in from British distributor "Alpine Wines". We will take you through some familiar and less familiar varietals (White Merlot, anyone?) from several of Switzerland's wine-growing regions. Continuing the "melting pot" theme, we will also taste a couple of wines from Südtirol/Alto Adige, an Italian region with strong Germanic influences! This promises to a unique and unusual tasting and a definite date for the diary!

40 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests.
7.45pm for 8.00pm start, Saskatchewan Room, Exeter College.

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Cakebread Cellars

Tuesday 7th Week (3rd March)

Cakebread Cellars is a family winery from the world-famous Napa Valley, the heart of US wine-country and the by-word for quality wine. Their superbly balanced wines have taken them to the top of California's must-try list. They will be presenting a selection of great Californian classics they've been carefully nurturing and developing over the last four decades.

40 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests.
6.45pm for 7.00pm start, Saskatchewan Room, Exeter College.

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Kavaklidere - Anatolian Wines

Monday 8th Week (9th March)

Kavaklidere are an Anatolian winery established in Ankara in 1929 as the first Turkish wine producer and proudly stands as the leading Turkish winery to this day. Now, the winery grows grapes all across Turkey and produces over 50 different wines on over 1500 acres of vineyards, both from international as well as endemic varietals.

40 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests.
6.45pm for 7.00pm start, Saskatchewan Room, Exeter College.

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