[glass] Events: Trinity 2010

BottlesBacchus are very excited to have some fantastic wine producers and wine merchants coming to speak to the Society this term. We hope that you will be able to join us to discover, learn about and enjoy some exceptional wines.

See below for more details and to book your place at some of our events. (Booking opens seven days in advance. Please cancel your place if you cannot attend a tasting for which you have booked a place.)


Fairtrade Wines

Fair Trade

Friday 1st Week (30 April)

Since its founding in the 1980s Fairtrade has worked tirelessly to establish fairer working conditions for labourers and provide sustainable economic growth for developing nations. This has allowed for many smaller producers to maintain their identity in a market which is often dominated by industrial giants. This evening we shall tasting some of the fair trade wines from across the South Americas and South Africa.

40 places available. £5 for members, £10 for non-members, 7:30pm start in the Mure room of Merton College.

American Boutique Wines


Friday 2nd Week (7 May)

One of the biggest problems with American wine is that the Americans tend to drink all the good stuff. This means some of the greatest wines California has to offer rarely make it over to our side of the pond, and those that do become fabulously expensive. Fortunately help is at hand in the form of Paul Phelps, who will be guiding us through a selection of boutique wines from California. With productions of less than 1000 cases a year this will be an opportunity to try some wines that very rarely make it past Texas, let alone to the UK.

50 places available. £15 for members, £20 for members' guests, £30 for non-members.


Kracher Kracher

Friday 3rd Week (14 May)

This evening we are delighted to host Gerhard Kracher, son of the legendary Alois Kracher as he guides us through the sweet wines of his estate. Although only 3 generations old the wines of Kracher are renowned as some of the best sweet wines in the world, easily comparable in quality to the great houses of sauternes.


35 places. £5 for members, £10 for non-members. 7:30pm start, room TBC.

Introduction to Riesling

Gaja and Sassicaia

Monday 4th Week (17 May)

The next in the Bacchus "Introduction to..." series, this evening we shall be introducing the joys and delights of Riesling. Riesling is famed for its expression of Terroir and the quality of the wines it can produce, with Riesling often being viewed as one of the great white wine varieties in the world. Join us as we taste our way across terroirs of Riesling, from the Rhine to the Eden Vale.

50 places available, £5 for members and £10 for non-members.

Scotland's Whiskies

5th Week

Sam Hellyer from the Oxford Wine Company shall present a cross section of the whiskies of Scotland looking at how the various different sub regions approach whisky and the different styles that result, from the soft, pretty floral styles of the Highlands right through to the peaty, face-smashing aggression that can only be Islay (and particularly Ardbeg). It promises to be a fun evening for long time whisky drinkers and beginners alike.

30 places. £10 for members, £15 for non-members. 7:30pm start, Mure room, Merton College.

Craggy Range

Craggy Range Wines

Tuesday 6th Week (1 June)

The notion of Terroir is well established in the old world, with its clearly defined rules and boundaries whilst the new world is often viewed as being terroir-less. Recently, however, the wines of the new world have attempted to demonstrate a similar understanding of their terroirs, no more so that at Craggy range. With their focus on single vineyard wines, as well as vines on one of the most famous soils of New Zealand, the Gimblett Gravels this tasting promises to be a tour-de-force of New World terroir.

50 places, 7:30pm in the Barring Room, Hertford College. £5 for members, £10 for non-members.

Graham's Port

Graham's Port

Wednesday 7th Week (9 June)

For nearly 200 years the Grahams family have been producing wines from Oporto and the name has become synonymous with excellent wines. This evening we have the pleasure of tasting a range of wines as we are guided through the mysteries of the different styles of port.

35 places. £5 for members, £10 for non-members. Room and time TBC.

Trinity Grand Cru

Grand Cru

Wednesday 8th Week (16 June)

The last tasting of my term as President, the evening will be preceded by the Bacchus AGM, before an evening of wine indulgence. Details will be withheld in an attempt to build an air of mystique and intrigue... It does however promise to be an excellent evening and one not to be missed by wine lovers.

50 places, 7:30pm Mure Room, Merton College. £20 for members, £25 for guests of members and £30 for non-members.

Photos of events

View photos of previous tastings and events on our alumni page.
If you have any photographs of events to submit please email web@oxforduniversitywinesociety.com.

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