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Marcia Waters MW Selection of the Month –August
Marcia Waters MW joined the Oxford Wine Company as Wine Consultant in January 2012. She completed her Master of Wine qualification in the early 90s and is currently the Chairman of the Education and Examination Board of the Institute of Masters of Wine. She started as buyer for Victoria Wine before becoming Wine Controller at Tesco, Wine Buyer at Rothschild Waddesdon and General Manager at Anglo American Farms UK (who own the famous South African wineries Boschendal and Vergelegen).
The Master of Wine qualification is regarded in the wine industry as the very highest standard of professional knowledge and is one of the hardest exams to pass in any field. The process is challenging and rigorous and there are currently only 300 MWs in the world.
Each month Marcia chooses a wine or a small selection from The Oxford Wine Company that she has particular reason for recommending to you. These wines can be bought individually or together in any denominations.
The August Selection is:
Levin Sauvignon Blanc/ Chardonnay, Vin de Pays du Val du Loire 2011 - £11.50 Order Online
Sauvignon Blanc is so at home in the eastern reaches of the Loire Valley. It produces the wonderful Sancerre and Pouilly Fume that has inspired so many other wines around the world. This crisp and zippy white is blended with some Chardonnay that gives it a richer, rounder feel and more lemony flavour to balance the sharp blackcurrant flavours. Davis and Lynne Levin are committed to producing world class wine from organically grown Sauvignon Blanc. They also run prestige hotels and Michelin Star restaurants, so have experience in delivering luxury products.
Montsable Pinot Noir Vin de Pays d’Oc 2013 - £9.99 Order Online
I couldn’t resist this Pinot Noir for a summer suggestion. It is Southern French, but from grapes grown on higher mountain sites so the wines are more elegant and fresh than expected. Strawberries, cherries and bramble aromas and a summer pudding flavour make this a lovely wine with lamb or chicken on the barbeque.