[glass]Events: Trinity 2004

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Weingut Bründlmayer (Austria)

Weingut Bründlmayer LogoWednesday 0th week (21st April)
6.45 for 7pm
New Rooms, Magdalen College


With vineyards situated on the steeply 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 of Kamptal, 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 in a unique tasting for us he will present a themed vertical tasting of their most famous single vineyard wines back to 1983.

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

Cambridge Wine Merchants: Port Tasting

Red WineFriday 0th week (23rd April)
6.15 for 6:30pm
New Rooms, Magdalen College


Vintage port is amongst the world's finest wines. Tonight's tasting will be an opportunity to taste vintage ports from a range of different Port houses. Our speaker for the night will be Matthew Boucher, one of Cambridge Wine Merchants' most senior staff and an accomplished wine educator.

Port tastings are always very popular so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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

Australian Wine Tasting

Red WineSunday 0th week (25th April)
6.45 for 7pm
Old Law Library, Magdalen College
£15 (Non-members welcome)

What better way to start Trinity term than by spending a lazy Sunday evening 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.

Grand Cru Part III - The New World

Red WineFriday 2nd week (7th May)
6.45 for 7pm
Old Law Library, Magdalen College

Following on from the sell-out success of the last two term's Grand Cru tastings, we now turn our attention to the 'New World'. With the increasing popularity of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the Americas, these countries are frequently leading the way in wine making technology and originality. Tonight Dr Edward Fitzgerald again present a carefully chosen selection of the most famous bottles in this tutored tasting, including the pinnacle of New World wines, Penfold's legendary 'Grange'. This is a unique opportunity to taste the some of the world's greatest wines and a truly memorable night to talk about for years to come.

Cost: £28. Please book a place by sending a cheque (payable to "Bacchus Wine Society") to James Alexander at Brasenose College. Please book early to ensure a place.

Wines of North America with Mark Savage MW

Savage Collection LogoMonday 5th week (24th May)
6.45 for 7pm
New College Lecture Room 4


This evening we are delighted to host Mark Savage, Master of Wine, for an outstanding tour of some of North America's most interesting wines. In this day and age of mass produced, commercial wines and similar brands in all the supermarkets, the only way to track down real examples of individual outstanding wines is through independent wine merchants. Mark Savage has been touring North America and specialising in this region for decades. Tonight he will be showing a wide selection of his most notable wines from across the country.

Jancis Robinson writes: "Mark Savage is a fellow Master of Wine with a particularly fine and distinctive taste in wine. The result is the Savage Selection, a range of wines sold from his base in Gloucestershire, England, that is seriously stimulating in the way that all too few are. I tasted wines from 18 of his growers recently and found it a much more satisfying experience than the average tasting that predictably doffs its hat at conventional wine styles." http://www.jancisrobinson.com/jr822.htm

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

D'Arenberg and Howard Park (Australia)

d'Arenberg LogoTuesday 5th week (25th May)
6.15 for 6.30pm
New College Lecture Room 4


Tonight will be a unique opportunity to taste a range of wines from two producers as Bacchus hosts both d'Arenberg and Howard Park. Both these producers are widely recognized as being amongst the top Australian winemakers.

Howard Park produces wines of "great subtlety, character and elegance" which show "a consistency of style and quality".

D'Arenberg is "one of South Australias most renowned wineries" where "nearly everything is impeccably made". They make a wide range of wines and their three flagship wines are widely regarded as amongst the best in the world. And before you ask, yes we shall be tasting "The Dead Arm" Shiraz, recently awarded 98 points by Robert Parker!

This will be a very popular event. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

40 places. Please book online. £4 payable on the glass.

OUWS Annual General Meeting & En Primeur tasting

Red WineSaturday 6th week (5th June)
5.45 for 6pm
Old Law Library, Magdalen College

This tasting event is combined with the Annual General Meeting, with reports from Officers and election of the new Committee. If you are interested in a position on the Committee please contact james@oxfordwinesociety.org. Your level of wine knowledge is not important - we are simply looking for organised students who are prepared to take on a share of the responsibility and time commitment involved in running the Society.

Following the tradition of last year's AGM, tonight we will be tasting a small quantity of barrel-sample en primeur Daumas-Gassac 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.

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