[glass]Events: Michaelmas 2004

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Beginners' Classes

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Glass of Red Wine Offered as a set of two evening sessions, each night includes the tasting of at least 7 wines. In a small group we will cover tasting skills, 'good' vs. 'poor' wines, popular white & red grape varieties and classic wine styles. It also offers a great opportunity for experienced wine drinkers to improve their tasting skills and improve their knowledge of the classic grape varieties.

Cost: £25 members, £40 non-members.

The dates for the classes are as follows:

To book a place please pigeon post a cheque (payable to Mark McDonald) to Mark McDonald at Merton College. These classes are always oversubscribed, so please book as soon as possible to secure a place. For further information please contact: president@oxfordwinesociety.org.

Oxford Great Value Tasting

Glass of Red WineWednesday 2nd Week (20 Ocober)
6.45 for 7pm
Summer Common Room, Magdalen College

Tonight members will have the opportunity to 'try before you buy' a range of wines readily available in stores around Oxford. As a service to members the Committee has selected 10 wines, ranging from £5 to £20, to test against the palates of value craving members!

Use this opportunity to help guide you towards good quality and value for money! The entire £5 glass charge will go towards covering the (unsponsored) cost of the wines.

36 places. Please book online. £5 payable on the glass.

Paxton and Whitfield Wine and Cheese Pairing

Paxton and Whitfield StorefrontTuesday 3rd Week (26 October)
6.45 for 7pm
Queens college, the Magrath Room


In what promises to be a particularly exciting event we have Paxton and Whitfield, the cheesemongers by Royal Appointment, instructing us in the art of matching cheese and wine.

In previous years this has proven to be a memorable occasion and competition for places is expected to be very high. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

50 places. Please book online. £5 payable on the glass.

Grand Cru IV - Champagne

Vineyard in the ChampagneFriday 4th Week Time (5th November)
6.45 for 7pm
Magdalen College, venue to be confirmed

Following on from the sell-out success of last years' 'Grand Cru' tasting series, we continue this year with a focus class looking at the finest Champagnes. The purpose of these 'Grand Cru' evenings is simply to taste the greatest examples of wine available today. These classes celebrate the very best wines in production and offer the unique opportunity to taste as a group wines so expensive and rare that they are often unavailable to individuals. Tonight our class will look at the likes of Dom Pérignon, Krug, Bollinger R.D., Louis Roederer's 'Cristal', amongst others. Dr Edward Fitzgerald will present a carefully chosen selection of the most famous bottles in this tutored tasting. This is a unique opportunity to taste the some of the world's greatest wines and a truly memorable night to talk about for years to come.

Cost: £28 members (Limited places for non-members at £40). Please book a place by sending a cheque (payable to "Bacchus Wine Society") to James Alexander at Brasenose College. Please book early to ensure a place.

Ceretto (Italy)

Ceretto LogoTuesday 5th week (9th November)
6.45 for 7pm
The Buttery, Wolfson College


The Society is pleased to welcome back Andrew Wilson who tonight will be guiding us through the excellent wines of Ceretto. The tasting will be given by Federico Ceretto who will be guiding us through the fine Barolo's and Barbaresco's of his estate.

50 places. Please book online. £5 payable on the glass.

Christie's Fine Wine Auction

Christie's LogoMonday 6th week (15th November)
Christie's Auctioneers, South Kensington, London


These days, rightly or wrongly, many fine and rare wines are traded as commodities like blue-chip stocks. Proudly at the centre of this international trade is Christie's of London, an auction house known to many for their fine art sales rather than fine wine. However, with their first wine sale taking place in 1766 and a team of nine highly respected experts on hand to advise clients, this is the one place to buy and sell the world's most famous wines. From everyday claret to a bottle of Château Lafite-Rothschild 1784 (which sold for £24,200 in November 2000) Christies is rightly proud of its historic tradition.

This afternoon, by a special annual arrangement, Christie's have again agreed to host a small number of OUWS members for the pre-auction tasting. This sale promises to be one of the largest of the year, some 700 lots, and features a collection of Chateau Musar, being sold by the property, and the Decanter World Wine Awards' charity lots, being sold to benefit WaterAid. David Elswood (Head of European Wine Sales) and Carolyn Holmes (Senior Specialist) will be there to greet us and take our group through the line up of wines and auction itself. Complimentary auction catalogues are kindly being provided.

12 places are available. To book please send a cheque for £5 (payable to "Bacchus Wine Society") together with your contact details to James Alexander at Brasenose College. Please book by Monday 8th November 2004. Members are responsible for their own transport arrangements to and from Christie's.

Inniskillin (Canada)

Inniskillin LogoTuesday 6th week (16th November)
6.45 for 7pm
Sip Bar and Restaurant, Walton Street


As well as the Icewine for which they are justly famous, Inniskillin also produce still table-wine. Tonight we shall be tasting a range of their wines, including their Icewine.

The tasting will be held in Sip Bar and Restaurant, Walton Street and the glass chrge will go towards the cost of providing nibbles throughout the tasting.

45 places. Please book online. £5 payable on the glass.

The Mas de Daumas Gassac Dinner

Mas de Daumas Gassac LogoThursday 6th week (18th November)
6.45 for 7pm
Magdalen College


The most awaited event of Michaelmas term is sure to be our OUWS Dinner. We are privileged to be hosting Samuel Guibert de la Vaissière of Daumas Gassac for a splendid evening of fine food and wines.

Perhaps the most famous winery in the south of France, Mas de Daumas Gassac has achieved worldwide fame as the 'one first growth of the Languedoc'. Situated in a beautiful corner of the Hérault near Montpellier, the perfect vineyard soil was discovered by chance in the 1970's around the holiday home of Aimé Guibert. With the help of Bordeaux experts and the legendary Professor Peynaud, the property now produces world-class, highly sought after red wines and fabulous whites.

Tonight will feature a drinks reception followed by four-course dinner specially prepared by Magdalen's Head Chef John Hall in the splendid setting of Magdalen College's New Rooms. Monsieur Guibert will guide us through a selection of vintage wines from the Domaine, carefully chosen to accompany the menu.

Hugh Johnson writes of Daumas Gassac: 'The only grand cru of the Languedoc'

Dress: Jacket & tie - Black tie optional.

The heavily subsidised price for the evening is £35 for members and £45 for non-members.

To book please send a cheque (payable to "Bacchus Wine Society") together with your contact details and any special dietary requirements to James Alexander at Brasenose College. Please book by Monday 8th November 2004.

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Castello Banfi (Italy)

Castello Banfi LogoMonday 7th week (22nd November)
6.45 for 7pm
The Buttery, Wolfson College


Nobody has made as much of an impact on Tuscan viticulture as Castello Banfi. Tonight we welcome Dante Cecchini from the estate who will be guiding us through their excellent wines.

This promises to be a very popular tasting, please book early to avoid disappointment.

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

Mission Hill (Canada)

Mission Hill LogoMonday 8th week (29h November)
6.45 for 7pm
New Rooms, Magdalen College


Tonight we are delighted to be hosting David Molyneux-Berry MW for a very special tasting. Mission Hill is one of Canada's premier wineries and is situated in the heart of British Columbia (the Okanagan Valley). Mission Hill produces a wide variety of wines from the 900acres it farms, including icewine, that we will be tasting tonight. Mission Hill has gone from strength to strength in recent years, winning the first Canadian Wines Award for best winery in 2001 and getting 99pts for its Oculus in 2004 (Wine International Magazine). Mr Molyneux-Berry will be talking to the Society about the region and the production, together with a tasting of the Mission Hill range.

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

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