Events: Hilary 2016
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.
- Week 2 - Spanish Wines - More Than Just Rioja
- Week 3 - Dessert Wine Pairings
- Week 5 - Vinakoper - Slovenian wines
- Week 6 - Wines of Argentina with Lee Isaacs
- Week 7 - Bodega Raffy
- Week 8 - La Motte Wine Estates from South Africa
- Week 8 - Chateau de Seuil - Organic Bordeaux
Thursday Week 3 (4th February)
This term, Bacchus will present a long awaited tasting focusing solely on dessert wines - but with an unexpected twist. Come for the wine, but stay for the sweets. We'll provide both as we cover the basics of choosing wines to go with your desserts. Expect more than just port and chocolate, as we highlight both the classic and the more unconventional wine choices to compliment your final course.
40 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests. 6.45pm for 7pm start, Blue Boar Exhibition Space, Christ Church
Thursday Week 5 (18th February)
After a stellar presentation last year, we're happy to host another tasting from Slovenia's Vinakoper, this time with an authentic Slovenian surprise. We've decided to repeat this tasting due to overwhelming popular demand and to allow more people to experience the excellent wines, from a country less than well known in the British wine-circles. Presenting a combination of great classics as well as some varietals endemic to the little corner of the world, this surely will be an evening to remember. If for nothing else, for trying wines and varietals you may have never heard of; among them "Refosco", the "kingly red", grown only in the hinterlands of the northern Adriatic.
20 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests. 6.45pm for 7pm start, Stapeldon room in Exeter college
Wines of Argentina with Lee Isaacs
Thursday Week 6 (25th February)
Together with the Oxford University Blind Tasting Society and under the tutelage of Lee Isaacs we will explore the wonders and charms of this South American giant. Malbec, Torrontes and many others will make their appearance tonight. It would be remiss of anyone to miss this tasting - opportunities to get to know Argentina are far too few and far between.
40 places available. £7 for members, £12 for guests. 6.45pm for 7pm start, Saskatchewan room in Exeter college
Wednesday Week 7 (2nd March)
Bodega Raffy was founded in 2007 by Jean-Louis Raffy, a university professor with a passion for wine, who fell in love with a high quality wine producing area in Tupungato, Uco Valley, Madonna. Now his son, Guillaume Raffy, has also recently escaped the rat-race of working in the city of London after completing a series of Masters in Finance, and is heading up the business. Meet him at this fun and informal tasting to hear about Guillaume's journey from finance into the wine world, as well as taste their multi-award winning, prestigious range.
40 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests. 6.30pm for 6.45pm start, Lady Margaret Hall
La Motte Wine Estates from South Africa
Tuesday Week 8 (8th March)
La Motte is located in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley in South Africa's Cape winelands. Wine growing here goes back as far as 1752 but an incredible leap in quality came in 1970 when the current owner, the Rupert Family, took over the vineyards. They introduced the most modern techniques in both wine growing and making to unravel the full potential the climate and diversity of soils has to offer for their wines. By now, La Motte has established itself as one of South Africa's finest wine producers, reflected by the numerous awards it received for their unique and uniquely South African wines, especially for their lovely blends of such unlikely partners as Syrah and Viognier. Additionally, La Motte has established both social and environmental protection programs and is committed to biologic farming principles. Fortunately for us, Hein Koegelenberg, the Chief Executive Officer of La Motte Wine Estate himself, will come to Oxford to present La Motte's lovely range of wines.
40 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests. 7.45pm for 8pm start, Saskatchewan room in Exeter college
Chateau du Seuil - Organic Bordeaux
Thursday Week 8 (10th March)
Chateau du Seuil is unusual in that it is an organic property and in that its owners are from New Zealand and Wales thus having a truly dual perspective on Bordeaux wines. Fortunate for us, Nic, one of the Chateau's owners, will come to Oxford himself to share his wines and insights with us. In the tasting, some older vintages of red and white wines will be explored and it will be discussed how Bordeaux wine can evolve. Also, we will be shown the Chateau's delightful current vintages. Be prepared for a good fun evening, or to put it Nic's own words: "I am hoping for a very informal, interactive evening. I did say that we were not Bordelaise!"
40 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests. 6.45pm for 7pm start, Saskatchewan room in Exeter college
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- Michaelmas 2000, Hilary 2001, Trinity 2001
- Michaelmas 2001, Hilary 2002, Trinity 2002
- Michaelmas 2002, Hilary 2003, Trinity 2003
- Michaelmas 2003, Hilary 2004, Trinity 2004
- Michaelmas 2004, Hilary 2005, Trinity 2005
- Michaelmas 2005, Hilary 2006, Trinity 2006
- Michaelmas 2006, Hilary 2007, Trinity 2007
- Michaelmas 2007, Hilary 2008, Trinity 2008
- Michaelmas 2008, Hilary 2009, Trinity 2009
- Michaelmas 2009, Hilary 2010, Trinity 2010
- Michaelmas 2010, Hilary 2011, Trinity 2011
- Michaelmas 2011, Hilary 2012, Trinity 2012
- Michaelmas 2012, Hilary 2013, Trinity 2013
- Michaelmas 2013, Hilary 2014, Trinity 2014
- Michaelmas 2014, Hilary 2015, Trinity 2015
- Michaelmas 2015