[glass]Events: Trinity 2002

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Beginners' Guide To Wine - Class One

Friday 1st week (26April)
7pm - lasting approx 2 hours
Magdalen College, Old Law Library

The first in a series of three small-group classes introducing wine to 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 classes are:

Due to the content of these classes they can only be booked as a series rather than individual lessons.

Cost: £18 members, £30 non-members. To book a place please pigeon post a cheque (payable to 'Bacchus Wine Society') to Beth Shapiro at Holywell Manor as soon as possible

Maison Louis Jadot - Burgundy, France

Maison Louis Jadot logoMonday 2nd week (29 April)
7.50 for 8pm
Magdalen College, New Rooms


Since its foundation in 1859, Louis Jadot has always been one of the leading Burgundy merchants. With extensive vineyards throughout the region, the company has a justly famous reputation for its Premier & Grand Cru wines. Tonight Patrick McGrath MW will be giving us an overview of the Burgundy region and taking us through a range of Maison Louis Jadot’s fine wines.

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

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

Château Musar - Lebanon

Château Musar crestWednesday 3rd week (8 May)
7.50 for 8pm
Magdalen College, New Rooms


Founded by Gaston Hochar in the 1930’s, the famous winery of Chateau Musar makes outstanding claret-like matured reds from vineyards based in the high altitude Bekaa Valley. Still a family owned business, the red wines are a memorable spicy blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan, Grenache, and Mourvedre with a outstanding reputation for ageing. Tonight we will be tasting their full range of wines together with a vertical tasting of vintage reds back to 1982.

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

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

Vini Portugal

Vini Portugal logoFriday 4th week (17th May)
7.50 for 8pm
Magdalen College, Old Law Library


This evening Vini Portugal, the promotional body for the wines of Portugal, are kindly sponsoring an educational tasting of outstanding wines. For centuries Portugal has been famous for its’ fortified Port wines. In recent years the country’s table wines have come out from under the shadows of port to offer a refreshing change from mundane international grape varieties. We welcome Lance Foyster MW, a renowned expert on these wines, who will take us on a tour through these grapes and regions.

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

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

The Bordeaux Dinner @ La Gousse D'Ail

Moulis logosWednesday 5th week (22nd May) 7.30pm

Chateau Chasse-Spleen,
Chateau Poujeaux,
Château Biston-Brillette,
Château Duplessis


Following the success of our Loire and Rhône-themed dinners in previous years, Oxford University Wine Society hosts five outstanding Châteaux from the world's most famous wine region for a unique tasting and dinner at Oxford's most famous restaurant.

Jean-Pierre Foubet, owner of Château Chasse-Spleen, is travelling from France with his colleagues to hold a tutored tasting of Château wines. These will include:

Château Biston-Brillette: 1997, 1996, 1990
Château Duplessis: 1997, 1996, 1989
Château Poujeaux: 1997, 1995, 1989
Château Chasse-Spleen: 1997, 1995, 1986, 1982
Château La Garricq: 1997, 1996, 1995
Also selected 2001 & 1999 vintages.

Situated on Woodstock Road in Oxford, La Gousse D'Ail is one of the finest restaurants in the South of England. They host the Society for a lavish three course dinner of Michelin star quality to accompany these beautiful wines, specially prepared for us by Head Chef Jonathan White.

Dress: Jacket & tie. Please contact us for any further information.

The 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 to Edward Fitzgerald at Magdalen College by Friday 10th May 2002.

Wines of Italy

Italian coat of armsMonday 8th week (10th June)
7.50 for 8pm
University College, 90 High Street Lecture Room

Please note the change to our usual venue

Italy is one of the oldest and most famous wine producing nations, with a history of viticulture dating back over 3000 years. The country produces a phenomenal range of wines, from classic Chianti & Valpolicella, through world famous Super-Tuscans, to undiscovered southern gems. Despite this, the country remains relatively unknown to many English wine consumers. Tonight we are proud to offer an exclusive tutored tasting by Michael Palij MW. Michael qualified as a Master of Wine in 1995 and is a witty and engaging presenter with more than ten years' experience leading tutored tastings. Italy is one of his specialist regions and this promises to be an fantastic opportunity to take part in an MW tutored tasting that would normally cost at least 50 pounds per person. Please book now through the on-line booking system. Cost: 4 pounds on the glass. 45 places available.

Guests & non-members are welcome. Please book them in advance by emailing president@oxfordwinesociety.org. A £10 guest charge applies.

OUWS Annual General Meeting & Mas de Daumas Gassac En Primeur Tasting

Mas de Daumas Gassac logoTuesday of 8th week (11th June)
7.20 for 7.30pm
Magdalen College, Old Law Library

Following the success of our Mas de Daumas Gassac tasting earlier this year, Samuel Guibert de La Vaissiere has sent us a small quantity of the barrel-sample en primeur Rouge 2001 to taste with members.

This event is combined with the Annual General Meeting, with reports from Officers and election of the Committee for 2002/2003.

Tasting and buying wine "En primeur" means before the wine has been bottled. Although this sales method began in Bordeaux, many famous producers around the world now offer their latest wines this way. It allows purchasers to get hold of rare wines before general release and at a lower price than that which the wine will inevitably rise to when it becomes widely available.

As this event is combined with the Annual General Meeting, we regret that only OUWS Members are eligible to attend this event. There is no charge for event and no need to book in advance.

Christie’s Fine Wine Auction

Christie's logoMonday 24 June
2pm pre-auction tasting, 3pm auction
Christie’s Auctioneers, South Kensington, London


These days, rightly or wrongly, many fine & 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, wich sold for £24,200 in November 2000

This afternoon, by special arrangement, Christie’s have agreed to host a small number of Bacchus members for a pre-auction tasting. David Elswood (Head of European Wine Sales), Carolyn Holmes (Senior Specialist) and John Bevan (Specialist) will be there to greet us and take our group through the line up of wines and auction itself.

This promises to be a special & memorable afternoon to conlude our events for 2001-2002.

10 places are available. Members are responsible for their own transport arrangements to and from Christie’s.

Please email Edward.Fitzgerald@magd.ox.ac.uk to book a place.

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