[glass]Events: Michaelmas 2001

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Chanson Père et Fils - Burgundy

Chanson logo Tuesday 2nd week (16th October 2001)
7.50 for 8pm
Magdalen College, New Rooms

http://www.vins-chanson.com/

Founded in 1750, Chanson Père & Fils belongs to the first generation of wine merchants who began trading in Beaune in the 18th century. For more than two centuries, the family-owned and managed House of Chanson has acquired important vineyards located in some of the most desirable Premiers Crus areas in Beaune and neighbouring villages of Savigny and Pernand Vergelesses. Tonight their agent, Richard Banks, will introduce us to the fine wines of Burgundy, including some of Chanson Père & Fils' most renowned wines.

50 places. Please book online. £1 payable on the glass.

A limited number of guest places are available. £5 guest charge applies. Please book in advance by emailing president@oxfordwinesociety.org.

Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt - Germany

Kesselstatt logo Tuesday 3rd week (23th October 2001)
7.50 for 8pm
Magdalen College, New Rooms

http://www.kesselstatt.com/

Celebrating their 650th anniversary (1349 - 1999) two years ago, the Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt estate has enjoyed a long and eventful history as one of Germany's most famous fine wine producers. Only Riesling vines are planted on their 55 ha (136 acres) of vineyards on the steep slopes of the Mosel, Saar and Ruwer rivers. This evening we are honoured to be hosting Annegret Reh-Gartner, owner of Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt and the leading female winemaker in Germany. She will be accompanied by their UK agent, Peter Hofmann. Together they will be guiding us through a selection of their Riesling wines, dating back to the famed 1989 vintage. Hugh Johnson writes of this estate: 'Consistent high quality. Magnificent wines'.

50 places. Please book online. £1 payable on the glass.

A limited number of guest places are available. £5 guest charge applies. Please book in advance by emailing president@oxfordwinesociety.org.

Beginners' Guide to Wine - Class One

Wednesday 3rd week
7pm - lasting approximately 1 hour
Magdalen College, Old Law Library

classes.pdf

The first in a series of three classes introducing wine to complete beginners. The classes cover tasting skills, 'good' vs. 'poor' wines, major white and red grape varieties and styles of wine. The dates of the second and third parts to these classes are:

Due to the nature of the sessions, they can only be booked as a series rather than individual classes. For more information on this event please download the following document:

Charge: £15 members, £20 non-members (includes all three classes)

Taittinger Champagne

Taittinger logo Monday 4th Week (29th October)
7.50 for 8pm
Magdalen College, New Rooms

http://www.taittinger.com/

Taittinger is simply one of the most famous and exclusive of all the French Champagne houses. Justin Lewellyn, their Brand Ambassador, will be visiting the society to give a talk on Champagne followed by a tutored tasting of Taittinger wines. The company can trace its origins back to 1734, and is still one of the few independent family owned producers. Located in the great regions of wine-growing, the Taittinger Champagne vines cover 270 hectares in 15 different vineyards. Not a tasting to miss!

Charge: £4 for members, payable in advance. 50 places.

To book a place: please send a cheque for £4 (payable to 'Bacchus Wine Society') to Beth Shapiro at Holywell Manor ASAP, as places are likely to be in great demand.

Shiraz - The Australian Wine Bureau

Wine Wednesday 5th week (7th November)
7.50 for 8pm
Magdalen College, New Rooms

A Guide to Aussie Shiraz: One of the greatest wine successes of the last decade, Shiraz has come to be a firm favourite of those who like rich, full-flavoured reds. Avril Abbott, from the Australian Wine Bureau, will be talking us through a selection of 6 Shirazes from across Australia. This is a great opportunity to see how a single grape variety can be influenced by where it is grown and how the grapes are treated in the winery.

In addition to the shiraz tasting we will be taking part in the first ever Qantas Wine of Australia 'University Wine Challenge'. At the end of the tasting, questionnaires will be distributed: all the answers will be given during the tasting. Each person will also be given two wines blind and asked to identify the grape varieties.

The people who get the top three scores at the tasting will be invited to form the team to represent Bacchus in the Wine Challenge final which will be held in June/July 2002 (only UK universities are entering). The team members of the top scoring team at the final (3 people in total) will win return trips to visit 'Wine Australia', a showcase for Australian wines, to be held in Sydney in August 2002, and go on to have a holiday

50 places. Please book online. £2 payable on the glass.

A limited number of guest places are available. £5 guest charge applies. Please book in advance by emailing president@oxfordwinesociety.org.

Fonseca Port

Fonseca logo Thursday 6th week (15th November)
7.50 for 8pm
Magdalen College, New Rooms

http://www.fonseca.pt/

Without doubt one of the most famous houses in Oporto and a producer of legendary wines. With a history as rich as its' port and a stellar reputation we are delighted to host Fonseca for a tutored talk and tasting. The Society welcomes back Mr Nick Adams, MW (Master of Wine) from Mentzendorff, their UK agents, who will give a general introduction to port wines and guide us through a selection of Fonseca vintage and non-vintage wines. Hugh Johnson writes: 'Fonseca Guimaraens is regularly one of the finest and richest vintage ports'.

50 places. Please book online. £3 payable on the glass.

A limited number of guest places are available. £10 guest charge applies. Please book in advance by emailing president@oxfordwinesociety.org.

De Wetshof Estate, Robertson, South Africa

De Wetshof Estate logoFriday 6th week (16th November)
Magdalen College, Summer Common Room (NB venue!)
7.50 for 8.00

Without doubt one of the most successful and critically acclaimed estates in South Africa today. The De Wet family moved to South Africa in 1693 and have been heavily involved in the wine industry ever since. We are delighted to be hosting Geisenheim-trained winemaker Mr Danie de Wet together with Mr Gerard Barnes of De Wetshof Estate's UK agents, Raisin Social. Mr de Wet's wines have won him numerous international awards over the years, including 1993 Diners Club Winemaker of the Year. De Wetshof Estate pioneered the use of Europe's noble white grape varieties in South Africa and is justifiably famous for its superb Chardonnays. This really is an unmissable opportunity to taste a range of Chardonnays side by side, in addition to a few other gems.

"One of the most elegant Chardonnays in the world for the money" - The Guardian's Malcolm Gluck on Danie de Wet Chardonnay sur lie 2001 (05/11/2001)

http://www.dewetshof.co.za/
http://www.raisin-social.com/

40 places. Please book online. £1 payable on the glass.

A limited number of guest places are available. £5 guest charge applies. Please book in advance by emailing president@oxfordwinesociety.org.

The Rhône Dinner @ Le Petit Blanc

Wine Monday 8th week (26th November)
Le Petit Blanc Brasserie, Walton Street, Oxford

Quite simply the event of the term. After the success of our Loire Dinner earlier this year, Raymond Blanc's Oxford brasserie 'Le Petit Blanc' will again be the venue for a tutored tasting of nine Rhône wines and themed three-course dinner. We have 80 places available and members are welcome to bring guests.

Alfred Gratien Champagne

Monday 9th Week (3rd December)
7.50 for 8pm
Magdalen College, Summer Common Room

Alfred Gratien is a highly sought after, family owned Champagne producer - a breath of fresh air amongst the huge corporations that dominate production in the area. With 130 years of history, this tiny house produces only 150,000 bottles per year of traditional, high quality and long lived wines. Tonight their UK agent will guide us through 10 wines, starting with four excellent Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine showing the family's interest in the Loire, followed by six Gratien Champagnes dating back to the 1983 vintage.

50 places. Please book online. £4 payable on the glass.

A limited number of guest places are available. Please book these in advance by emailing president@oxfordwinesociety.org. £10 guest charge applies.

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