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tasting events 2014

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Tuesday 8th July 6.30pm
THE BEST OF SOUTHERN FRANCE - VINETRAIL
Presented by Andrew Nicholls
The Oxford Wine Café, 38 South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN (01865 236959)
£10.00 per person, payable in advance at the bar. Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended. Contact the café on 01865 236959 or if you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact Tom on tom@oxfordwine.co.uk and leave your contact name, number and email.
Southern France is where it all happens. Here the wine laws are more relaxed and creative winemakers are more free to produce some absolutely sublime wines, often from unusual grape varieties and blends. We recently came across some superb wines imported by Vinetrail – a company who are excellent at sourcing absolutely delicious wines mainly from the South of France. Join us to try some of the best wines we’ve come across for ages!

 

Thursday 10th July 6.30pm
THE WINES OF DOMAINE BARON ROTHSCHILD
Presented by Andrew Napier of Domaine Baron Rothschild
The Oxford Wine Company, 165 Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0PB (01865 249500)
£10.00 per person, payable in advance at the Oxford shop. Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended. Contact Lee on 01865 249500 or if you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact Lee on lee@oxfordwine.co.uk and leave your contact name, number and email.
The Barons de Rothschild family are most famous for their estates in Bordeaux and their history is long and detailed.
The family own much more than just Bordeaux estates however (including Rieussec, bought in 1984) and in 1988 they purchased the Los Vascos Estate in Chile. In 1998 they started the Caro project in conjunction with Nicolas Catena in Argentina. Today they own several vineyards and wineries throughout the world and bring with them their knowledge and expertise in crafting truly fine wines. In this wonderful tasting we will look at some of these wines including the delicious Aruma Malbec (£13.99), the exemplary Chateau d’Aussieres (£21.99) and the luscious and sweet Carmes de Rieussec (£21.99). See you there!

Tuesday 22nd July 6.30pm
THEO’S TASTY TUESDAY
Presented by Theo Sloot
The Oxford Wine Café, 38 South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN (01865 236959)
£5.00 per person, payable in advance at the bar. Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended. Contact the café on 01865 236959 or if you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact Tom on tom@oxfordwine.co.uk and leave your contact name, number and email. 
Theo’s Tasty Tuesdays take place once a month at The Oxford Wine Cafe. These are informal, relaxed and humorous events during which we will taste three or four wines together, discuss the relative merits of each of them and decide if we think any of the wines might become part of the changing by the glass selection at the Café. Upcoming themes will be announced via email.
15% discount on the night – if you buy 12 bottles or more you are eligible to become a member of the Café Society.

 

Thursday 7th August 6.30pm
THE FREE THURSDAY TASTING-LEVIN WINES
Presented by Lourée Maya of Levin Wines
FREE!
The Oxford Wine Company, 165 Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0PB (01865 249500)
In 1985 David Levin, owner of the Capital Hotel in London, planted vines in the Loire. He then had a winery flown in from Australia and put back together by highly skilled engineers! Today Levin Wines have won countless awards and have recently come to Oxfordshire! We are very lucky to be joined by Lourée Maya, a Californian native now working for Levin, who will guide us through these exceptional wines. We will taste the soft and refreshing Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blend (£11.50), the incredible Sauvignon Blanc (£14.99) and the juicy Gamay (£13.50). As always there will be a 15% discount on the night. See you there!

 

Thursday 21st August 6.30pm
AN EVENING OF GIN!
Presented by Lee Isaacs & Aljoscha Wright
£10.00 per person, or £5 if you come dressed as something quintessentially British (city banker, Morris dancer, Victorian street urchin) payable in advance at the Oxford shop.  Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended. Your ticket fee will then be redeemable against any bottle of Gin purchased on the evening. Contact Al on 01865 249500 or if you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact Aljoscha aljoscha@oxfordwine.co.uk and leave your contact name, number and email.
The Oxford Wine Company, 165 Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0PB (01865 249500)
By jove, we boys at Oxford wine have a jolly spiffing evening lined up for all you good people. Following on from the success of our Pirate’s rum tasting we have decided to celebrate Summer with a typically British drink: gin! Aljoscha and Lee will take you on a trip around the varied and exciting world of this flavoured spirit. From its humble beginnings in Holland to fast becoming the UK’s most popular spirit there is so much more to Gin than Juniper, tonic and a slice of limpid lemon! Included in the 6 gins we shall be tasting will be the Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin (£25.50) and the stunning Warner Edwards (£34.95). We might even show you how to make the perfect gin and tonic! See you there chums!

Tuesday 19th August 6.30pm
THEO’S TASTY TUESDAY
Presented by Theo Sloot
The Oxford Wine Café, 38 South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN (01865 236959)
£5.00 per person, payable in advance at the bar. Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended. Contact the café on 01865 236959 or if you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact Tom on tom@oxfordwine.co.uk and leave your contact name, number and email. 
Theo’s Tasty Tuesdays take place once a month at The Oxford Wine Cafe. These are informal, relaxed and humorous events during which we will taste three or four wines together, discuss the relative merits of each of them and decide if we think any of the wines might become part of the changing by the glass selection at the Café. Upcoming themes will be announced via email.
15% discount on the night – if you buy 12 bottles or more you are eligible to become a member of the Café Society.

 

Thursday 4th September 6.30pm
THE WINES OF FAMILIA FALASCO
Presented by Adrian Vollmer
£10.00 per person, payable in advance at the Oxford shop. Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended. Contact Al on 01865 249500 or if you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact Lee on lee@oxfordwine.co.uk and leave your contact name, number and email.
The Oxford Wine Company, 165 Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0PB (01865 249500)
Some time ago we ran our most successful Oxford shop event: This involved live tango, lots of Argentine wine and Adrian Vollmer. Adrian is the export director for Familia FalascoWines, Lee’s wife’s local winery! Adrian is a fast talker with a cheeky grin and plenty of tall tales. We are very lucky to have him back for one night only all the way from Argentina. We will be tasting a variety of the wineries brands which extend to far more than just Malbec. This will be a charming evening with one of the best speakers we’ve ever had. Get in quick! Nos vemos amigos!

Tuesday 9th September 6.30pm
THE WINES OF TAPIZ – ARGENTINA’S FINEST
Presented by Patricia Ortiz
The Oxford Wine Café, 38 South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN (01865 236959)
£10.00 per person, payable in advance at the bar. Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended. Contact the café on 01865 236959 or if you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact Tom on tom@oxfordwine.co.uk and leave your contact name, number and email. 
The Tapiz range come from Fincas Patagonicas one of the most technologically advanced wineries in Argentina and marries some of Argentina's best vineyards with top class winemaking expertise. The vineyards are located in the Valle de Uco and Agrelo regions, in the province of Mendoza. Mt. Plata (6100 metres) and Tupungato volcano (6800 metres) and overlook the state-of-the-art winery. All the Tapiz wines show wonderful elegance balanced with sumptuous complex fruit and this will be a really delicious tasting! 

 

Thursday 11th September 6.30pm
THE FREE THURSDAY TASTING
Presented by Lee Isaacs & Aljoscha Wright
FREE!
The Oxford Wine Company, 165 Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0PB (01865 249500)
The Free Thursday Tasting is happening a week later than usual this month due to the superb Argentine tasting on the 4th (see above!). Once again Lee and Aljoscha will face off against each other in another FREE Thursday tasting. So far they have represented wines from Argentina, South Africa, various French Regions, Australia and Portugal amongst others. Who will the represent this time around? Be at the Free Tasting in July to see the draw happen live! Sure to be lots of fun and don’t forget the 15% discount on the night!

 

Friday 26th  September - Sunday 28th September 12pm-6pm
A TASTE FOR BORDEAUX FREE TASTINGS!
Presented by Lee Isaacs & Aljoscha Wright
FREE!
The Oxford Wine Company, 165 Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0PB (01865 249500)

In conjunction with Bordeaux Wines UK we are running a three day Bordeaux
marathon! Well, free tasting anyway. Over the three days pop in between12
and 6 (12-4 on the Sunday) to taste a variety of Bordeaux wines. We'll be
showing a number of wines including the crisp yet mouthfilling Chateau Les
Tuileries white (£9.99) and the modern but satisfying Chateau Petit Bocq
(£19.99) Discounts on Bordeaux wines will be available over the three days
too. So, don your finest beret and come and say 'bonjour'

 

Thursday 2nd October 6.30pm
THE FREE THURSDAY TASTING
Presented by Lee Isaacs & Aljoscha Wright
FREE!
The Oxford Wine Company, 165 Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0PB (01865 249500)
This year our taste offs have been incredibly popular events. Aljoscha and Lee have fought valiantly to represent their chosen countries and regions. With the score between the pair delicately in the balance we look forward to yet another one of these relaxed, informal and slightly cheeky wine tastings. Lee and Aljoscha will have countries drawn out of a hat for them at the tasting on 11th September. Anything can, and probably will, happen! See you there!

  

Tuesday 23rd September 6.30pm
THEO’S TASTY TUESDAY
Presented by Theo Sloot
The Oxford Wine Café, 38 South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN (01865 236959)
£5.00 per person, payable in advance at the bar. Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended. Contact the café on 01865 236959 or if you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact Tom on tom@oxfordwine.co.uk and leave your contact name, number and email. 
Theo’s Tasty Tuesdays take place once a month at The Oxford Wine Cafe. These are informal, relaxed and humorous events during which we will taste three or four wines together, discuss the relative merits of each of them and decide if we think any of the wines might become part of the changing by the glass selection at the Café. Upcoming themes will be announced via email.
15% discount on the night – if you buy 12 bottles or more you are eligible to become a member of the Café Society.

 

Tuesday 7th October 6.30pm
THE WINES OF GRANT BURGE – AUSTRALIAN CLASSICS
Presented by Quentin Sadler
The Oxford Wine Café, 38 South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN (01865 236959)
£10.00 per person, payable in advance at the bar. Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended. Contact the café on 01865 236959 or if you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact Tom on tom@oxfordwine.co.uk and leave your contact name, number and email. 
Grant Burge is a fifth-generation Barossa vigneron and winemaker. Throughout his career, Grant has been one of the most respected and innovative forces in the Australian wine industry. He makes a classic range of wines from the Barossa Valley that show all the hallmarks of rich ripe fruit combined with the modern elegance we are seeing more of from Australia these days. Quentin Sadler works closely with Grant Burge and brings his intimate knowledge of these special wines to this unique tasting.

 

Tuesday 7th October 6.30pm
THE WORLD OF TAYLOR’S PORT
Presented by Amanda Lloyd from Taylor’s.
£10.00 per person, payable in advance at the Oxford shop. Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended. Contact Al on 01865 249500 or if you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact Lee on lee@oxfordwine.co.uk and leave your contact name, number and email.
The Oxford Wine Company, 165 Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0PB (01865 249500)
We are incredibly lucky to have Amanda Lloyd from Taylor’s Port come to run us through 7 of their delicious wines. Amanda was born in Malaysia and educated in England. She speaks several languages fluently and what she does not know about Port could be written on a postage stamp with room to spare. Our tasting will include the delicious Chip Dry white Port, the stunning Quinta Vargellas 2001 and the 1985 vintage (£75). This is a very special event and rare opportunity to learn from a true Port expert.

 

Tuesday 14th October 2014 6.30pm
PIO CESARE PREMIUM ITALIAN DINNER TASTING
Presented by Cesare Benvenuto
The Cherwell Boathouse Restaurant, 50 Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6ST www.cherwellboathouse.co.uk
£49.95 per person
Contact Theo Sloot for booking and further information:
01865 301144 or theo@oxfordwine.co.uk
A white wine reception followed by a three course themed meal with top premium wines.
The Pio Cesare winery was founded in 1881 and was one of the very first producers to see the huge potential of Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera in Piedmonte. The company owns more than 50 hectares in the most highly rated areas of this area and produce sublime examples of the very best styles of wine from North Italy.
Expect to taste very serious wines that show all the qualities that make Piedmonte world famous as a wine producing area. This will be a very impressive tasting, especially as most Italian wines are absolutely delicious with food!
The evening will feature a specially themed three course dinner to go with the wines created by head chef Nick Welford.

 

Thursday 16th October 6.30pm
INCREDIBLE & INSPIRING ITALY!!
Presented by Lee Isaacs 
£10.00 per person, payable in advance at the Oxford shop.  Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended. Contact Al on 01865 249500 or if you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact Lee lee@oxfordwine.co.uk and leave your contact name, number and email.
The Oxford Wine Company, 165 Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0PB (01865 249500)
Italy is one of the greatest wine producing countries in the world. We all already knew this though right? Italy has it all, cool climate minerally whites, big, bruising fruit filled monsters and delicious sweet wines. For this tasting Lee has selected 6 wines which epitomise Italian flair and style. This will include a ripe and full Lugana (£17.99), the earthy, rich and slightly more unusual Sagrantino de Montefalco (£32.99) and an unctuous Vin Santo del Chianti. Be sure to be there for an evening of fast talk*, Godfather references and superb Italian wines. *may or may not include the thigh length boot story.

 

Tuesday 21st October 6.30pm
BODEGAS LA RIOJA ALTA – FINEST TRADITIONAL RIOJA
Presented by Francisco Corpas
The Oxford Wine Café, 38 South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN (01865 236959)
£10.00 per person, payable in advance at the bar. Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended. Contact the café on 01865 236959 or if you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact Tom on tom@oxfordwine.co.uk and leave your contact name, number and email. 
La Rioja Alta continues to be one of the benchmarks for traditionally produced Rioja wine. Established in 1890 at the same spot where their head office sits today, their three Reserva wines, Alberdi, Arana and Ardanza are named after the founding families, all three of which remain shareholders. The company still maintains traditional Rioja winemaking practices whilst embracing many of the new technological advances. We will be tasting all of these great wines and more in this very special event encompassing the very best traditional style Riojas that Spain has to offer – these are world class wines without any doubt!

 

Thursday 30th October 8pm
FINE WINE BY CANDLELIGHT: CHAMPAGNE
Presented by Lee Isaacs
£20.00 per person, payable in advance at the Oxford shop. Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended. Contact Al on 01865 249500 or if you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact Lee on lee@oxfordwine.co.uk and leave your contact name, number and email.
The Oxford Wine Company, 165 Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0PB (01865 249500)
Champagne, the wine that “tastes like stars”. It’s been a while since we have run a full Champagne tasting here in Oxford and Lee felt it was time to address that most serious situation! What better way to do it than at one of our legendary Fine Wine By Candlelight Tastings? These are relaxed, informal and intimate. It is about great wine, nice food and wonderful company. The latter being the most important thing when it comes to enjoying fine wines and especially Champagne. Lee will open 4 Champagnes for this tasting and they will include the fresh and crisp Laurent Perrier Ultra Brut (£49.95), the incredibly elegant Ruinart Blanc de Blanc (£54.50), the delicious Taittinger Rosé (£44.50). We will finish on the intense, concentrated and simply excellent Dom Perignon 2004 (£125). This sells out quickly so call now to make sure you don’t miss it!

 

Thursday 20th November 6.30pm
AROUND THE WORLD IN 6 WHISKIES
Presented by Lee Isaacs & Aljoscha Wright
£10.00 per person, or £5 if you come dressed as a Scotsman, Cowboy or someone else related to whisky, payable in advance at the Oxford shop. Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended. Your ticket fee will then be redeemable against any bottle of whisky purchased on the evening. Contact Al on 01865 249500 or if you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact Aljoscha aljoscha@oxfordwine.co.uk and leave your contact name, number and email.
The Oxford Wine Company, 165 Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0PB (01865 249500)
The last of our 2014 spirits nights takes us into the wonderful world of whisk(e)y. Lee and Al loves their whiskies and what better time of year to enjoy them than now!? Over 90 minutes they will guide you through the history, ingredients and processes involved in crafting everyone's favourite brown drink. We'll be looking at 6 whiskies which will include Japanese, American, Irish and of course single malt from Scotland.

 

Tuesday 11th November 6.30pm
TERRAS D’ALTER, PORTUGAL – THE WINES OF PETER BRIGHT
Presented by Winemaker Peter Bright
The Oxford Wine Café, 38 South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN (01865 236959)
£10.00 per person, payable in advance at the bar. Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended. Contact the café on 01865 236959 or if you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact Tom on tom@oxfordwine.co.uk and leave your contact name, number and email.
One of the very first ‘flying winemakers’ at the start of the 80s, Australian Peter Bright is now recognised as one of the world's most experienced and gifted winemakers who has made wine in many parts of the world. But after 30 years of visiting and then living there, it is Portugal with which he is now most closely associated. "I love grapes and grape varieties, and Portugal is, of course an amazing place for varieties," he says. His main involvement is now with Terras D’Alter whose wines bear his unmistakable stamp of perfect balance and complex fruit. This is a unique chance to experience a winemaking legend show you his wines first hand!

 

Friday 14th November 2014 4-9pm
THE ANNUAL OXFORD WINE FAIR
The Ballroom, The Randolph Hotel, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LN
ENTRY FOR TICKET HOLDERS ONLY - £10 per person refundable on purchases of 12 bottles or more - all tickets must be applied for in advance. No tickets will be available on the door.
Please be aware that tickets for this event will sell out – early booking is essential and tickets will be allocated on a strictly first come first served basis. To order your tickets please email Theo with your address and we will send them on to you - you can pay for them on the door.

Please note that due to the massive popularity of this event we are limiting corporate bookings to 10 tickets per company.
Contact Theo Sloot for booking on
01865 301144 or theo@oxfordwine.co.uk

As per last year we have booked the large Lancaster Room which is adjacent to the ballroom - this can be used both as a sitting out area and a cloakroom with extra coat racks provided specially by the Randolph for the 2014 Fair. We have streamlined the ordering process itself and will have more staff on the orders desk to make it much faster to place your orders.
Held in the Grand Ballroom of the Randolph Hotel and beautifully lit by three chandeliers, exact replicas of those on the Titanic, The Annual Oxford Wine Fair is the immensely popular and largest regular wine event in the Oxford area with around 85 wines to taste from all over the world presented by our suppliers and producers. Great fun, great value – what better way to spend Friday night?
15% discount on all wines ordered on the night and your entry money back if you buy 12 bottles!

 

Tuesday 25th November 6.30pm
THEO’S TASTY TUESDAY
Presented by Theo Sloot
The Oxford Wine Café, 38 South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN (01865 236959)
£5.00 per person, payable in advance at the bar. Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended. Contact the café on 01865 236959 or if you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact Tom on tom@oxfordwine.co.uk and leave your contact name, number and email. 
Theo’s Tasty Tuesdays take place once a month at The Oxford Wine Cafe. These are informal, relaxed and humorous events during which we will taste three or four wines together, discuss the relative merits of each of them and decide if we think any of the wines might become part of the changing by the glass selection at the Café. Upcoming themes will be announced via email.
15% discount on the night – if you buy 12 bottles or more you are eligible to become a member of the Café Society.

 

Tuesday 2nd December 2014 6.30pm
CHAMPAGNE GOSSET DINNER TASTING
Presented by Philippe Manfredini
The Cherwell Boathouse Restaurant, 50 Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6ST www.cherwellboathouse.co.uk
£49.95 per person
Contact Theo Sloot for booking and further information:
01865 301144 or theo@oxfordwine.co.uk
A Champagne reception followed by a three course themed meal with top premium Champagnes.
Gosset is the oldest known producer of wine in the Champagne, its origins going back to 1584. Since 1994 it has been owned by the Cognac house, Frapin. Situated in the tiny Grand Cru village of Aÿ, 5km from Epernay, Gosset has some rather famous neighbours, including Bollinger. However, production is much below that of the larger houses, at around 1.3 million bottles, where as Moët et Chandon are nearing 30 million. With this small production, Gosset are able to concentrate entirely on the quality of its wines rather than the quantity.The Gosset style is very elegant and creamy, dry but not acidic, full, biscuity and yeasty. In this very special tasting we will be tasting all their very top cuvees – which will be a serious treat!
The evening will feature a specially themed three course dinner to go with the Champagnes created by head chef Nick Welford.

 

Tuesday 9th December 6.30pm
QUINTA DE LA ROSA – FINE BOUTIQUE PORTS
Presented by Sophia Bergqvist
The Oxford Wine Café, 38 South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN (01865 236959)
£10.00 per person, payable in advance at the bar. Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended. Contact the café on 01865 236959 or if you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact Tom on tom@oxfordwine.co.uk and leave your contact name, number and email.
Those of you who were at Sophia’s superb tasting a year ago will remember her range of delicious, ultra fresh Ports. For this special tasting she will be showing some new Ports as well as some of the old favourites that went down so very well a year ago. The secret of her style is that superb freshness which perfectly balances the delightful sweetness of her Ports. Delicious wines and extremely moreish!

Saturday 13th December 3pm- 6.30pm
FREE WINTER SPIRITS FAIR
FREE! 10 discount on spirits during the fair.
Contact Al on 01865 249500 or if you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact Aljoscha aljoscha@oxfordwine.co.uk and leave your contact name, number and email.
The Oxford Wine Company, 165 Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0PB (01865 249500)

Our annual Christmas spirits fair enters its fourth year having grown in
success over the last two. Between 3 and 6.30 at the Oxford shop we will
have a variety of suppliers showing a wide selection of spirits including
brandy, rum, whisky, calvados and a whole host of winter warming liqueurs.
This is a free event so drop in any time and warm yourself up! There will be
a 10% discount on spirits during the fair so it's an ideal time to stock up
for Christmas!

 

Tuesday 16th December 6.30pm
CAFÉ CHRISTMAS PARTY TASTING
Presented by Theo Sloot and Lee Isaacs
The Oxford Wine Café, 38 South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN (01865 236959)
£10.00 per person, payable in advance at the bar. Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended. Contact the café on 01865 236959 or if you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact Tom on tom@oxfordwine.co.uk and leave your contact name, number and email. 
Come along and join us for a special night of fine wines and festive humour based around a Christmas theme. We have a few surprises lined up for you!
15% discount on the night – if you buy 12 bottles or more you are eligible to become a member of the Café Society.