[glass]Events: Trinity 2005

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Vintage Port from Cambridge Wine Merchants

PortMonday 1st week (25th April)
6.45 for 7pm
The Buttery, Wolfson College


It is an ancient tradition in the wine trade that St. George's Day sees the English port shippers declare their finest wine a 'vintage port' if the quality merits it. Following on the tradition started by last year's St. George's Day Port Tasting, we welcome back the highly regarded Cambridge Wine Merchants who will again be guiding us through a comparison of newly-released vintage ports with more mature vintages from the same producers.

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

Magdalen College Cellar Tasting

Magdalen CollegeEvent postponed - time and venue to be confirmed

Tonight's tasting will be led by Terry Newport (Magdalen College Senior Butler) and will feature a diverse array of wonderful wines from the Magdalen College wine cellar. Mr. Newport has been selecting wine for the Magdalen cellar for over 30 years and his wealth of anecdotes and expertise has been in great demand by Magdalen students over the years. Renowned throughout Oxbridge for one of the finest cellars, the current College list features 155 wines - from 1983 classed growth clarets and 1970 ports right through to Californian legends and Austrian delights. This event will feature a hand picked selection with an accompanying talk through these and the history of the wine collection.

35 places. Please book online. £5 on the glass.

Chateau Palmer (Bordeaux)

Chateau PalmerTuesday 6th week (31st May)
6.45 for 7pm
Magrath Room, Queens College


Tonight we are honoured to be hosting a winery whose name is synonymous with the greatest in Bordeaux. As one of the most renowned producers in the Margaux region, it is a delight to host such a rare tasting spanning many famous vintages of Château Palmer. We shall also hear of the fascinating story behind the Château and the origins of its anglicised name: Major General Charles Palmer was English gentleman, an officer and aide de camp of the Prince of Wales who arrived in France with the future Duke of Wellington after the Napoleonic wars, on their return from Spain. His development of the Château that still bears his name in the early 1800's through to today's safe ownership under the Mähler Besse and Sichel families is a history story in itself.

Hugh Johnson writes in his annual wine guide "The star of Cantenac-Margaux: a third growth occasionally outshining first growths. Wine of power, flesh, delicacy." This promises to be one of the most exciting tastings of the year. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

35 places. Please book online. £5 on the glass.

Australian Icons

Red Wine GlassWednesday 6th week (1st June)
6.45 for 7pm
Magrath Room, Queens College


Tonight we welcome Paul Henry, head of the Australian Wine Bureau, who will be guiding us through a fantastic range of famous wines from ten different Australian producers. The focus of this tasting is on 'regional Australia' and this will be an exciting opportunity to taste wines from some of the best Australian wine makers, some of which are not even released in the UK. A list of the wines we shall be tasting tonight can be found here.

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

Grand Cru IV - Dessert Wines

Red Wine GlassSunday 7th week (5th June)
6.45 for 7pm
Venue to be confirmed

Following on from the previous sell-out success of our 'Grand Cru' tasting series, what better way to finish the summer than with a focus class looking at the worlds finest sweet wines. The purpose of these 'Grand Cru' evenings is simply a themed opportunity to taste the greatest examples of wine available today. These classes celebrate the very best wines in production and offer the unique opportunity to taste as a group wines so expensive and rare that they are often unavailable to individuals. Tonight we will experience Aszu to d'Yquem, tasting from the German Pfalz to South Africa and with vintages from 1972 to 2002. Dr Edward Fitzgerald will present a carefully chosen selection of the most famous bottles in this tutored tasting. 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 members (Limited places for non-members at £40).

Please book a place by sending a cheque (payable to "Bacchus Wine Society") to Richard Caine, St. Edmund's Hall. Please book early to ensure a place.

For any further information please contact edward@oxfordwinesociety.org.

Bacchus Annual General Meeting 2005

Red Wine GlassMonday 7th week (6th June)
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 richard.caine@st-edmund-hall.oxford.ac.uk. 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.

As this is 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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