[glass] Events: Trinity 2009

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Tuesday 1st Week (28 April)

How much does the wine-glass affect the wine? Riedel have been crafting stemware since 1756. Their best glasses are mouthblown crystal, etched with lasers and hugely acclaimed throughout the wine world. There is a special glass, optimized in shape, to the aromatic and structural profile of almost any type of wine that you can imagine (think different shapes of glasses for the different sub-districts of Bordeaux!). But what difference does it make? Do the wines really taste substantially better from their own specialized glasses, as so many figures from the wine-world claim? At this tasting we will try a range of different styles of wines, from a range of Riedel glasses and hear first hand from Matt Knight, of Riedel, about the importance of stemware.


40 places. Please book online. £10 for members, £15 for non-members.

The d'Arenberg Dinner: A Bacchus Banquet

d'Arenberg Banquet

Wednesday 2nd Week (6 May)

This week's event is a ‘banquet’ dinner: an exploration into matching food and wine, as well as a chance to taste some of South Australia.s best known wines. The Society is pleased to welcome Claire Scott, from d.Arenberg, to present a range of wines, over the course of the meal, including the Dead Arm Shiraz and Coppemine Road Cab Sauv: wines that usually score points well into the 90s. Each pair of wines will be matched to a course at the dinner, which will take place at High Table restaurant on the High Street, recently awarded with a first AA Rosette Top Table Diner Award. Each place will be heavily subsidized by the Society, with the final cost working out to £30 for Society members. Non-members places will be made available, but unsubsidized at £50. For more details and to view the menu, please see the file attached below.


50 places. Please book online. £30 for members, £50 for non-members.

The Decanter New World Fine Wine Encounter

Saturday 2nd Week (9 May)
The Royal Lancaster Hotel, London

Decanter Magazine's Fine Wine Encounters bring together some of the world's greatest producers of wine. This event includes over 60 exciting New World producers, from Argentina to New Zealand. About 300 wines are available to taste, and the variety and quality should be excellent. Bacchus have negotiated a 40% discount on tickets booked through the Society (they usually cost £39), so you can attend for £23.40. To book a place at the discounted price, please email alexander.linsley@merton.ox.ac.uk.

See www.decanter.com/events for more information, including the list of wineries exhibiting.



Saturday 2nd Week (9 May)

Bacchus Members are able to receive a discount on admission to Ascot Racecourse and Festival of Wine on Saturday May 9th to sample over 50 wines at the Ascot Annual Festival of Wine and view the seven furlong totesport Victoria Cup.

Premier Admission for £20 (normally £25) and General Admission for £10 (normally £15). To take part in the Festival of Fine, it is also necessary to purchase a £5 participation voucher which provides a sample of 5 wines (of your choice from a selection of over 50). To take advantage of this offer call the Ascot ticket office on 0870 727 1234 during business hours and quote WINESOC.




Monday 3rd Week (11 May)

When Lomond was established, in the southern-most part of the Cape, ostriches used to cause big problems in the vineyards. The solution was to shoot them, make them into biltong, to be eaten alongside the excellent Lomond Merlot. I approve. Tonight, the Society will sample the full range of Lomond wines, as well as learning about the perils and promise of setting up to make wine in Agulhas; now one of South Africa.s up-and-coming wine-regions.


45 places. Please book online. £5 for members, £10 for non-members.

Wines of India

Tuesday 4th Week (19 May)
7.30 pm
Les Jones Dining Room, Christ Church College

India is beginning to generate a serious reputation in the wine-world. Some of its wines, most notably by the producer Sula, show a lot of promise. As a hot-climate region, many of the wines are very ripe and fruit-driven, with a full-bodied, opulent structure and high in alcohol. Tonight, the Society is looking forward to tasting a range of specially sourced wines, that are believed to represent the best prospects for Indian wine breaking onto the wine-scene in the UK.

13 places. Please book online. £5 for members, £10 for non-members.

Spanish Growers


Monday 5th Week (25th May)

Casa de la Ermita are relatively new to the wine world, celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. They have quickly risen to international standing with innumerate awards for their many wines - a large range of which, we look forward to tasting. The Casa de la Ermita philosophy is one of innovation and fusion and they still practice many traditional farming techniques which they then combine with modern wine-making to yield exceptional quality. This innovative nature extends into their grape choices where they still use the region's grape of Monastrell but have also successfully grown many of the more international varieties and continue to experiment with different blends and types in the pursuit of excellence. This promises to be an exciting look into the world of Spanish wines.


45 places. Please book online. £5 for members, £10 for non-members.

Blind Tasting: Almost a Blues Sport

Monday 6th Week (1 June)

One of the most rewarding aspects of tasting wine this year has been building on enjoying wine with Bacchus, by getting involved with Blind Tasting, in addition. The idea of blind-tasting is simple: Can you identify the wine in your glass, purely by sensory analysis? I found it hard work at first, but increasingly rewarding, as I got better and better at it; and the learning curve is pretty quick. Next year, it is a necessity that Oxford field a strong team for the 'Varsity Blind Wine Tasting Match', held at the Oxford and Cambridge Club in London and judged by Jancis Robinson and Hugh Johnson, so that we can take the title and trophy back from Cambridge. If we win, we also get a free wine-trip to France, courtesy of Pol Roger. Consequently, it is worth giving blind-tasting a try at this tasting: at best, you may end up in France, for free, next summer; and you will certainly learn a lot about blind tasting.

40 places. Please book online. £5 for members, £10 for non-members.


Wednesday 7th Week (10 June)

Meerlust are one of the best-known wine-making estates in Stellenbosch, in South Africa. Their top wine, the Rubicon, is an up-and-coming wine icon: A Bordeaux-blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Noir are also grown on the Estate; all influenced by the ocean mist that allows the grapes to ripen slowly, thereby achieving a great concentration and ripeness. At this tasting we will look forward to tasting a range of Meerlust's wines, including some of the recent, award-winning vintages.


40 places. Please book online. £5 for members, £10 for non-members.

Cult Wine ‘Grand Cru’

Thursday 8th Week (18 June)

The final tasting of the year will celebrate the excellent ‘vintage year’ that Bacchus have enjoyed: We will pool the remaining money in the Society's account in order to bring you a tasting of wine icons. Most of these wines have quasi-religious, cult followings and well-aged vintages can command astounding prices at auction. The line-up will remain a surprise until the night itself but it is not to be missed.

The Society's Annual General Meeting will take place before the tasting: This is your chance to get involved with Bacchus! Extra places at the tasting will be made available for anyone interesting in joining the committee – be it a general committee position, or a more formal role – I also welcome any questions about what is involved. Just email president@oxfordwinesociety.org.

50 places. Please book online. £30 for members, £50 for non-members.

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