[glass] Events: Michaelmas 2010

BottlesBacchus are very excited to have some fantastic wine producers and wine merchants 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

Off The Rack Tasting with Oxford Wine Company

Oxford Wine Company

Wednesday 1st Week (13 October)

Ever wanted to run round a wine shop and taste whatever you wanted? Or is that just me? You could at least give it a go.... (The shop in question has just won a best merchant award at the International Wine Challenge too...)

A rare treat this evening as we visit the Oxford Wine Company's new Oxford store to explore the vinous delights on offer, and best of all, we get to decide what we want to taste. The manager of the OWC store, Sam, has run some brilliant tastings for Bacchus in the past - his tour of Scotland's whisky's being particularly memorable. He is a fantastic bloke, an interesting speaker and knows plenty about good wine.

This is a brilliant opportunity for members of the society to catch up after the long break and for new folks to come along and get to know others. I look forward to seeing you there.

17 places available. £5 for members, £10 for non members. Arrive from 7.30pm to browse and start at 8pm at the Oxford Wine Company Store, 167 Botley Road, OX2 0PB. Map is here.

www.oxfordwine.co.uk/

Bacchus Beginners' Class 1 - Understanding White Wine

Understanding White Wine

Friday 1st Week (15 October)

The start of Michaelmas sees the return of the ever popular Bacchus Beginners' Classes which aim to give you an engaging, unpretentious and fun grounding in everything you need to know to enjoy wine. Last year we sold out, so book now!

Our first class explores how to taste wine and how to notice, understand and describe the main components of white wine. In other words, you'll be able to make sense of phrases like "a powerful fruity wine with soft tannins, a kick of alcohol, low acidity". We'll also taste the major styles of white wine so you get a concise overview of the wine world.

The Beginners' Classes are being run by Alex Linsley; Bacchus President, soon-to-be published wine guide author and friendly, unpretentious wine nerd that will answer any questions you have.

60 places available. £5 for members, £10 for non-members. 7.45pm for 8pm start, Mure Room, Merton College

The Best of All Bordeaux: Some stunning St Émilion and a sublime Sauternes from Vignobles Comtes von Neipperg

Vignobles Comtes von Neipperg

Monday 2nd Week (18 October), Beginners highly encouraged to attend

The Bordeaux estates of Comtes von Neipperg are a big deal. They were one of only ten Bordeaux estates at the highly prestigious Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux en primeur tasting in London this spring. And now they're coming to Bacchus!

I'm very interested in this tasting. Not only do we get to taste some of the world's most sought after wine, but the different wines all come from slightly different locations and are made slightly differently. This is a great opportunity to actually taste the nuances of wine for yourself. It is also wine that comes from one of the world's most famous regions, St Émilion. You will have the opportunity to try the 2004 and 2007 vintages of Comtes von Neipperg's top four wines and also enjoy his Sauternes, from the much lauded Chateau Giraud. Don't miss this opportunity to try some excellent Bordeaux!

50 places available. £5 for members, £10 for non-members. 7.45pm for 8pm start, Oscar Wilde Room of Magdalen College.

www.neipperg.com/

Bacchus Beginners' Class 2 - Understanding Red Wine

Beginners' Reds

Friday 2nd Week (22 October)

The massively popular Bacchus Beginners' Classes continue into second week - last year we had over 200 people learn about wine at these classes; they come highly recommended.

Having explored white wine in first week, we now turn our attention to red wine. Again, the tasting is designed so that you can actually taste what sets different wines apart from each other and also explore the major red wine styles of the world. You can ask any questions you have and can expect a really fun evening of tasting ahead.

The Beginners' Classes are being run by Alex Linsley; Bacchus President, soon-to-be published wine guide author and friendly, unpretentious wine nerd that will answer any questions you have.

60 places available. £5 for members, £10 for non-members. 7.45pm for 8pm start, Mure Room, Merton College

Portugal's Dynamic Best from Casa Leal

Casa Leal

Wednesday 3rd Week (27 October), All welcome

Portugal is an exciting place to be at the minute. From a history of port production it has evolved into one of the world's most exciting, quality driven wine producers - in the last decade! Its excellent winemakers and their forward thinking approach are winning Portugal the title of "the New World of the Old World". Tonight we are enjoying some of the most exciting and surprisingly affordable wines Portugal has to offer with Miguel Leal. Miguel is sufficiently knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Portugese wine he imports and sells it in the UK to much acclaim through his own company Casa Leal.

60 places available. £5 for members, £10 for non-members. 7.45pm for 8pm start, Mure Room, Merton College.

Chile's Extreme Wine Regions with Great Western Wine

Falernia

Thursday 4th Week (4 November)

Chile has some of the most extreme vineyards on the planet. Up mountains, in deserts, by the ocean... they have it. I believe these regions are the home to some of Chile's best wine too and tonight we test my theory. Great Western Wine is one of the UK's best wine merchants and has recently been awarded the title of Best Merchant in South West England by the International Wine Challenge and they sell, in my opinion, a great range of wines. They have been persuaded to bring wines from their star winery Falernia (of the desert-like Elqui Valley) and Graeme Ewins of GWW will be guiding us through a variety of others wines from around Chile too. A great opportunity to discover the concept of terroir is evolving in the New World and to taste the best of the wine being produced.

60 places available. £5 for members, £10 for non-members. 7.45pm for 8pm start, Mure Room, Merton College.

www.greatwesternwine.co.uk

Bacchus Introduction to: Sherry - a true fine wine

Sherry Glasses

Friday 5th Week (12 November)

I am massively enthusiastic about sherry. I love it. It is one of the world's greatest wines and all most people drink is the sweet creamy stuff that tastes like armpits. Tonight we right that wrong by introducing the vast spectrum of sherry styles that are available and cracking open some of the finest sherries that the society can lay its hands on to demonstrate the wonders that fine sherry is capable of.

We'll be getting a fun but thorough exploration of all things Sherry courtesy of a collaborative effort involving Bacchus, the Sherry Institute and Sam Hellyer of Oxford Wine Company who will present the tasting. This is a great opportunity to try some of the world's unexpectedly great wines, so don't be a fool. Book a place.

To fuel some serious wine nerd excitement, we will be trying some of the Equipos Navasos bottlings at the tasting - oh yeah! Translated out of wine-ish, these are sherry made by a group of top sherry producers and connoisseurs who are interested to see how amazingly good a sherry it is possible to make. It turns out the answer is VERY.

60 places available. £5 for members, £10 for non-members. 7.45pm for 8pm start, Mure Room, Merton College.

Felton Road: The best wine in New Zealand today?

Felton Road

Wednesday 6th Week (17 November)

To my mind, though Felton Road don't advertise it, they are the most exciting and best quality producer of wine in New Zealand today. Consequently I am very very excited to have them coming along to Bacchus. Felton Road are particularly famous for their exquisite Pinot Noir, which has been declared one of the two most iconic in New Zealand and is providing Burgundian winemakers with serious competition. And they have achieved all this in only ten years! Tonight Felton Road's wines will be presented by their UK representative Nicola Greening who will be guiding us through their whole range of Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We have the opportunity compare different vintages and their iconic single block wines. All in all a great opportunity to discover the New World at its best.

60 places available. £5 for members, £10 for non members. 7.45pm for 8pm start, Mure Room, Merton College.

www.feltonroad.co.nz

Château Margaux, presented by Aurélien Valance

Château Margaux

Thursday 7th Week (25 November)

They're coming! It's confirmed. For the first time in Bacchus's history we are hosting a tasting with the First Growth, Château Margaux. We're hugely excited to have Aurélien Valance of Marguax leading the tasting for us. Margaux is undoubtedly one of the behemoths of the wine world - the last of their wines I was fortunate enough to try was the 1990, and I was struck by how young it was. At 20 years old!

Château Margaux are simply one of the world's best wine producers. I hope you can come and taste their wines with us. This is set to be outrageously popular.

Note - Bacchus members will have a 48 hour window to book places for this tasting. Only after that time members guests and non members may apply to attend. This will be announced by email closer to the time.

60 places available. £15 for members, £30 for members guests, £35 for non-members. 7.45pm for 8pm start, Mure Room, Merton College.

www.chateau-margaux.com

On the Tenth Vintage of Bacchus: Grand Cru Tasting

Grand Cru

Tuesday 8th Week (30 November)

With absolutely no apologies for its horribly corny title (it's Oxmas don't you know), we are throwing another fine wine extravaganza to celebrate ten years since the first ever Bacchus tasting and to enjoy some festive cheer.

Lots has happened in the wine world since Bacchus was founded and tonight we are going to reflect on it all... in a manner of speaking. We are set to enjoy wines from each of the ten vintages of Bacchus and in true Bacchus Grand Cru style, they will be the finest that the world has to offer. We look forward to seeing you there.

60 places available. £15 for members, £30 for members guests, £35 for non-members. 6.45pm for 7pm start, Mure Room, Merton College.

Photos of events

View photos of previous tastings and events on our alumni page.
If you have any photographs of events to submit please email web@oxforduniversitywinesociety.com.

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