Events: Michaelmas 2013
Bacchus 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.)
- Week 1 - Bacchus Introduction to White Wine
- Week 1 - Bacchus Introduction to Red Wine
- Week 2 - Bacchus Introduction to White Wine
- Week 3 - Bacchus Introduction to Red Wine
- Week 3 - English Wine Producers with Julia Trustram Eve
- Week 4 - Bordeaux Wine Council with Anthony Stockbridge
- Week 5 - Louis Roederer with Mark Bingley MW
- Week 6 - Wines and Ports of The Douro with Russell Mellor
- Week 7 - Bacchus explores France
- Week 8 - Bacchus Christmas Dinner
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Wednesday 1st Week (16th October) and
Wednesday 2nd Week (23rd 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!
Due to popular demand, this year we'll be running two identical "White Wine" classes as well as two "Red Wine" classes, so pick the dates that suit you - these classes are exceptionally good value!
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.
60 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests. 6.40pm for 7.00pm start.
1st week venue: Saskatchewan Room, Exeter College.
2nd week venue: Vernon Harcourt room, St Hilda's College
- Book a place in 1st Week (16th October)
- Cancel a place in 1st Week (16th October)
- Book a place in 2nd Week (23rd October)
- Cancel a place in 2nd Week (23rd October)
Friday 1st Week (18th October) and
Monday 3rd Week (28th October)
The massively popular Bacchus Beginners' Classes 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!
Having explored white wines in the first half of the BBC, this second half focusses on 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.
There are two identical "Red Wine" classes, so pick the date that suits you. Fantastic value is guaranteed!
60 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests. 6.40pm for 7.00pm start,
1st week venue: Vernon Harcourt room, St Hilda's College.
3rd week venue: Vernon Harcourt room, St Hilda's College
- Book a place in 1st Week (18th October)
- Cancel a place in 1st Week (18th October)
- Book a place in 3rd Week (28th October)
- Cancel a place in 3rd Week (28th October)
Thursday 3rd Week (31st October)
Twenty five years ago, the thought of English sparkling wines triumphing over fizz from their French counterparts in Champagne was the stuff of fantasy. Nowadays, after numerous successes in blind tasting competitions, England enjoys its status as a producer of many highly sought after wines. With over 400 vineyards and a 60% increase in production over the last five years, it doesn't look like the English wine phenomenon is going to slow down soon.
Tonight we welcome Julia Trustram Eve to present a range of the best that England has to offer as well as giving a background into the history of English winemaking and the unique challenges of growing vines in a climate once deemed unsuitable.
60 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests. 6.40pm for 7.00pm start, Vernon Harcourt room, St Hilda's College.
Thursday 4rd Week (7th November)
Bordeaux is known the world over for its winemaking, and yet it's a difficult place for consumers to navigate as the name Bordeaux is attached to wines of quite varied quality. Bordeaux makes easily some of the best wines in the world but also quite a bit of table wine (which still costs quite a bit!). Tonight Anthony Stockbridge, a WSET Certified tutor, returns to Bacchus to cover the basics of Bordeaux and the 60 appellations it includes. Tonight we will be trying both some well-known Chateaux and some hidden gems, and will discuss grape varieties, blending, some history and how to match Bordeaux wines with food.
Participants are invited to bring their own crackers, cheese and even charcuterie to this tasting.
40 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests. 6.40pm for 7.00pm start, Oscar Wilde Room, Magdalen College.
Thursday 5th week (14th November)
Tonight we are delighted to welcome one of the most prestigious names in Champagne: Louis Roederer. A name synonymous with the finest that Reims has to offer, Louis Roederer Champagne is famous the world over with cuvées such as Cristal, originally created for Tsar Alexander II in 1876. We welcome Mark Bingley MW, to present a range of what Louis Roederer has to offer - with over 25 years' experience as their representative in Britain, we can think of no-one better to lead us through the rich history of this Champagne House. Make sure you book fast - this one's going to sell quickly!
55 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests. 6.40pm for 7.00pm start, Vernon Harcourt room, St Hilda's College.
Tuesday 6th week (19th November)
Because of its status as the producer of one of the most recognisable style of fortified wines, Portugal is often overlooked as a producer of non-fortified wines. Hopefully this evening, we will go some way to righting that wrong as we welcome Russell Mellor of Russell Mellor Wines to present a range of Ports and Portuguese table wines. Showcasing a number of wines that he stocks, Russell will guide us through Portugal's most famous wine producing region, demonstrating that if you know where to look, there is real quality to be had.
40 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests. 6.40pm for 7.00pm start, Venue TBC.
Friday 7th week (29th November)
Do you know your Marsanne from your Roussanne? What about your Piquepoul from your Colombard? While names like Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhône tend to immediately spring to mind when French wine is mentioned, we at Bacchus will hope to show you that French wine goes much further beyond these headline regions. We will be tasting a series of wines that are all stocked at the local Oxford Wine Company, where Bacchus members enjoy a discount on all purchases. So come along and you might just find a new favourite from the most venerable of wine producing countries..
40 places available. £5 for members, £10 for guests. 6.40pm for 7.00pm start, Vernon Harcourt Room, St Hilda's College.
Thursday 8th Week (5th December)
As is tradition, a meal at the Portobello Restaurant in Summertown will accompany our final tasting of the year. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
25 places available. £30 for members, £40 for guests. 8.15pm. Portobello Restaurant, Summertown.
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- Michaelmas 2000, Hilary 2001, Trinity 2001
- Michaelmas 2001, Hilary 2002, Trinity 2002
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- Michaelmas 2005, Hilary 2006, Trinity 2006
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- 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