[glass]Events: Trinity 2003

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Australian Wine Tasting

Australian Wine Bureau Logo Sunday 0th week (27th April)
Old Law Library, Magdalen College
£15 (Non-members welcome)

What better way to start Trinity term than by spending a lazy Sunday afternoon exploring the wines of Australia? The Committee is organising a special tasting to sample a large range of at least 10 Australian wines and hope members will join us. Whilst we won't be formally talking about the wines we'll be happy to talk about the regions, grapes and tasting skills to those who are interested in learning more. The cost is £15 per person. Non-members welcome. Places will be limited, so please pigeon post a cheque for £15 (payable to J.E.F.Fitzgerald) to Magdalen College or email me edward@oxfordwinesociety.org if you are interested in attending.

Michel Chapoutier - Rhône Valley, France

Michel ChapoutierMonday 1st week (28 April)
6.45 for 7pm
Oscar Wilde Room, Magdalen College


This term, in a unique event, the Society is honoured to host one of the world's most famous wine producers. Michel Chapoutier is acknowledged as one of the most influential winemakers in France, where he continues to run the family wine company in the heart of the Rhône Valley. His dynamic enthusiasm and obsession with quality has won Maison Chapoutier's wines accolades from across the globe. This evening he is travelling from France to present eleven of his finest wines to the Society, giving a broad introduction to the wonderful, powerful wines of the Rhône Valley. This tasting will include the opportunity to sample rare and expensive single-vineyard wines from the famous appellations of Condrieu, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Cote-Rôtie and Hermitage, together with older vintages of the latter to see how these long-lived wines develop.

In the words of the famous wine critic, Robert Parker: "Michel Chapoutier?one of the planet's top wine producers".

This promises to be a very popular event, please book your place early.

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

Fetzer - California

Fetzer LogoTuesday 2nd week (6 May)
7.45 for 8pm
New Rooms, Magdalen College


Tonight's tasting explores the fast-growing world of biodynamic winemaking, with an in-depth look at Fetzer's range of biodynamically produced wines. Biodynamic methods embrace all organic ideas, but are both stricter and wider reaching. They take into consideration the natural rhythms of the earth and cosmos, and the influence of these rhythms on the vine's capacity to bear the best quality fruit. Tonight's presentation promises to teach us about these methods, as we learn about the use of homeophathic sprays, revitalising herbs, and even cow dung to enhance the flavour and depth of wines. Certain to be an entertaining event!

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

Beginner's Guide to Wine

Glass of Red Wine Thursday 2nd week (8 May)
7pm - lasting approx. 3 hours
Old Law Library, Magdalen College

This one night tutored class aims to take beginners' through a complete guide to wine tasting. Featuring at least nine wines, this small-group session covers 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: £16 members, £24 non-members.

To book a place please pigeon post a cheque (payable to Beth Shapiro) to Beth Shapiro at Balliol College. These classes are always oversubscribed, so please book as soon as possible to secure a place. For further information please contact beth@oxfordwinesociety.org.

Weingut Bründlmayer

Bründlmayer LogoMonday 4th week (19 May)
6.45 for 7pm
New Rooms, Magdalen College


With vineyards situated on the steep terraced slopes around Langenlois in Austria, Weingut Bründlmayer is recognised as one of Europe's finest white wine producers. Well known amongst wine journalists and enthusiasts, their small production of exquisite wines ensure that they have yet to discovered by many. In this famous Austrian wine-growing region, Grüner Veltliner and Riesling vines produce world-class, age-worthy wines of great distinction. Tonight Thomas Klinger is travelling from Vienna to talk about the Bründlmayer winery, the Langenlois region and present a selection of vintage wines.

Robert M. Parker writes: "The beautiful purity and precision of the Bründlmayer wines make them among my favourite Austrian offerings."

Jancis Robinson gives an interesting result on the Grüner Veltliner grape and Bründlmayer at: http://www.jancisrobinson.com/jr892.htm.

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

Champagne Pommery

Pommery Logo Tuesday 5th Week (27 May)
7.45 for 8pm
The Buttery, Wolfson College


Could there be a better way to end the year other than with a champagne tasting? We think not! And tonight we welcome Champagne Pommery, who will take us through the range of their highly acclaimed wines. Places for this tasting are certain to go quickly - so reserve yours today! To save a place, send cheques for £5 payable to `Bacchus Wine Society' to Thomas Heath at Corpus Christi.

OUWS Annual General Meeting

Glass of Red Wine Tuesday 7th week (10th June)
7.20pm for 7.30pm
Old Law Library, Magdalen College

Following the tradition of last year's AGM, tonight we will be tasting a small quantity of barrel-sample en primeur 2002. Details will be announced close to the date of the event. This event is combined with the Annual General Meeting, with reports from Officers and election of the Committee for 2003/2004.

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.

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