[glass]Events: Michaelmas 2006

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Veramonte Friday 1st Week (13 October)
6.45 for 7pm
Wolfson Buttery, Wolfson College


To start the term we are delighted to host winemaker Christian Alagia from the Chilean winery Veramonte, who will be talk to the Society about the wines of Chile together with a tasting of their range of wines. This will include a range of their fine varietal wines together with their highly regarded flagship wine 'Primus', a blend of Carmenere, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Casablanca Valley.

40 places. Please book online. £5 on the glass.

Bat & Bottle

Bat and Bottle logo Thursday 2nd Week (19 October)
6.45 for 7pm
Oscar Wilde Room, Magdalen College


A tasting of specialist Italian wines from the critically acclaimed wine merchants Bat and Bottle.

'Anyone who claims to have a dull moment buying from the Bat & Bottle is probably on the wrong kind of medication' - Danny Cameron, raconteur and wine merchant May 2006

'An inspired and inspiring list' - Oz Clarke's 2005 Wine Buying Guide

40 places. Please book online. £5 on the glass.

Beginners' Classes

Old law Library, Magdalen College
6.45 for 7pm

 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: £28 members, £45 non-members.

The dates for the classes are as follows:

To book a place please pigeon post a cheque (payable to Richard Caine) to Richard Caine at St Edmund Hall. These classes are always oversubscribed, so please book as soon as possible to secure a place. For further information please contact: edward@oxfordwinesociety.org.

For further information please download the following information sheet:

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Henriques & Henriques Madeira

Madeira Thursday 5th Week (9 November)
6.45 for 7pm
Malmaison Hotel, Old Castle Site


Made exclusively on the tiny island of Madeira 400 miles off the African coast, this mellow, fortified style of wine has been an English favourite since the 15th century. Henriques & Henriques is now the largest independent producer and shipper of Madeira Wines and the only Madeira House to own vineyards. Tonight we are delighted to welcome Luke Webster from the Cambridge Wine Merchants who will guide us through a selection of his personal favourites.

Following the tasting members are invited to dine at Malmaison with a Portuguese-themed menu on offer to complement the wine.
Details and prices to follow by email.

40 places. Please book online. £5 on the glass.

Grove Mill

Grove Mills Monday 6th Week (13 November)
6.45 for 7pm
Old Law Library, Magdalen College


Fresh from winning three Trophies at the world's biggest wine competition – the London International Wine Challenge - we are delighted to welcome Grove Mill to Oxford. Established in 1988 in Marlborough, Grove Mill has been governed by one philosophy: To produce premium quality wine with minimal environmental impact. Tonight we shall taste a range of their iconic wines to judge for ourselves.

40 places. Please book online. £5 on the glass.

Fess Parker & Firesteed Wineries

Fess Parker Thursday 6th Week (16 November)
6.45 for 7pm
Old Law Library, Magdalen College


This evening the Society is proud to host two of America's leading Pinot Noir producers for a unique event. Tim Snider and Ashley Parker from the Fess Parker Winery together with Howard Rossbach from Firesteed Winery are travelling from America to take us through a fascinating tasting comparing the different styles of North American Pinot Noir from California and Oregon respectively. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn first-hand about this sought-after variety from some of the very best producers.
This is likely to be one of most popular events of the term, please ensure you book early.

35 places. Please book online. £5 on the glass.

Chateau de Putille - Loire Valley

putille Friday 6th Week (17 November)
6.45 for 7pm
The Mure Room, Merton College

Located in the Loire Valley, Chateau de Putille has gained international acclaim for it's wines including a place in Jancis Robinson's top 50 'archetypal summer wines to have in your fridge'. Tonight Thierry Caumel will guide us through a selection of his wine including the lesser known grape varieties of Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc.

40 places. Please book online. £5 on the glass.

Wines of Spain

Spain Tuesday 8th Week (28 November)
6.45 for 7pm
Old Law Library, Magdalen College

Tonight we are honoured to welcome Lynne Sherriff MW and Chuck Cramer to present 12 wines from 12 different regions of Spain. All the wines have been selected from the top 100 Spanish wines in the UK off trade by a panel of 12 professional judges including Oz Clarke. It promises to be a memorable evening and a great way to end the term!

40 places. Please book online. £5 on the glass.

Christie's Fine Wine Auction

Christie's LogoMonday 10th week (11th December)
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, with over 700 lots. 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 William Pearce, St. Peter's College. Please book by Monday 4th December 2006. Members are responsible for their own transport arrangements to and from Christie's.

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