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THE INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE 2012 - A TASTE OF GOLD!
Every year many thousands of wines are submitted to the prestigious IWC which is known internationally as the definitive wine judging competition.Here wines are subjected to the highest scrutiny by well qualified judges and are checked and rechecked before the very best are awarded medals. Apart from wines winning Trophies which are announced at a later date, we have picked out all the wines in our list which have won the highly coverted Gold medals.Please click here to see a list of them - they are also marked individually in our webshop by the medal symbol and the text below has details of the award.
THE OXFORD WINE COMPANY SPONSORS OXFORDSHIRE RESTAURANT AWARDS
The Oxford Wine Company was one of the principal sponsors of the Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards held at The Malmaison Hotel, providing Champagne and wine for the meal at the glittering awards ceremony held on 18th September. As we supply wine to a vast number of Oxfordshire’s restaurants it was natural for us to support the event and cheer on those restaurants which we supply who were nominated for prizes. So we were delighted when The Feathers at Woodstock was named Oxfordshire’s Restaurant of the Year 2012 along with also winning Best Gastronomic Restaurant as they are a long standing account of ours.
The photograph shows Ted Sandbach, MD of The Oxford Wine Company with Head Chef Kevin Barrett, owner Jeremy du Plessis and the well known footballer Martin Keown.
The Oxford Wine Company Wins Regional Wine Merchant of the Year 2012!
The Oxford Wine Company has been named as winner of the prestigious Regional Wine Merchant of the Year 2012 by the top wine trade body, The International Wine Challenge whose judges include many Masters of Wine and well known wine journalists such as Oz Clarke.
The award was presented to Theo Sloot at a glittering ceremony at The London Hilton on Tuesday 11th September 2012.
The IWC co chairman Charles Metcalfe said:
“The fact that the Oxford Wine Company has a great range of wines was shown clearly in this year’s International Wine Challenge, where they won 19 Gold Medals. That’s something very few other companies in the UK managed. They run a great programme of tastings and events, have just opened another shop (in Cirencester), and taken on Marcia Waters, a very respected Master of Wine, to help on the buying side. It’s so good to see a well-run company expanding, making decent profits and giving a cracking service to its customers.”
Ted Sandbach, MD of The Oxford Wine Company said:
"We are honoured and proud to receive this award and I am delighted that we are maintaining a consistent level of achievement with our third win in six years. It vindicates the work we are doing in building an interesting and diverse range of wine and spirits which is recognised by both the trade and our customers.”
THE OXFORD WINE COMPANY WINS 'BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE' AND 'BEST WHOLESALER 2012' AWARDS
The Oxford Wine Company has been named as the winner of two prestigious new awards in the Harpers Wine & Spirit Awards Ceremony held in London on Tuesday 22nd May 2012.
Held at The Honourable Artillery Company's HQ in the City of London, a host of well known wine trade figures, journalists and MWs gathered to hear the results of the awards.
The Oxford Wine Company beat stiff competition to win the coveted 'Best Customer Service' Award and was then named as 'Best Independent Wholesaler' as well, making an important dual win for the company.
Managing Director Ted Sandbach and Theo Sloot were presented with the Best Customer Service Award by Radio 2 personality Nigel Barden and Harpers Editor Richard Siddle, whilst Oxford Wine's Trade Sales Director Neil Gladding and Ted Sandbach accepted the Best Wholesaler award.
Ted Sandbach said:
"There was massive competition again this year at the Harpers Awards and we were up against the cream of the Independent wine trade. Therefore to win two major categories was a huge boost for morale and a vindication of everything The Oxford Wine Company is doing."
THE OXFORD WINE COMPANY OPENS IN CIRENCESTER!
The Oxford Wine Company has opened another new shop - this time in Cirencester. The large retail unit opened for business on Friday 27th April 2012.
Parking is easy as the shop is situated adjacent to the Forum car park at:
20 West Way, Cirencester GL7 1JA - telephone 01285 659792 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The shop is managed by Nikki Jarrett, a Master of Wine student who has passed half the exam already and has huge experience in both wine education and retail. Her Assistant Manager is David Almeida who comes to the company from the acclaimed Whatley Manor Hotel in Malmesbury.
The large retail unit has a customised tasting bar for customers to try before they buy and Nikki Jarrett runs a regular programme of informal wine tastings and events here making the shop a wine destination not to be missed.
Winner of 'Independent Wine Retailer of the Year 2012' in the prestigious Drinks Retailing Awards and 'Best Independent Wine Retailer and Wholesaler in the UK 2011' in the Harpers Wine & Spirit Top Merchant Awards,The Oxford Wine Company has shops in Oxford, Tetbury and Standlake and also supplies a large range of restaurants, pubs and hotels in the Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire areas.
Managing Director Ted Sandbach said:
“I am very excited about our new Cirencester branch. It is well situated in the town and is a very large and characterful space. Cirencester is a busy bustling town and the shop together with our presence in Tetbury will establish us as a major player in the Cotswolds.”
The Oxford Wine Company Wins Top Retailer of the Year 2012 Award!
On Tuesday night The Oxford Wine Company was named as Independent Wine Retailer of the Year 2012. This coveted prize is the one most sought after by the important independent sector of the wine trade and we are delighted to have won this prestigious award.
The award was presented to Theo Sloot by OLN editor Rosie Davenport and wine journalist Olly Smith in the grand dining hall of the Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane during the Drinks Retailing Awards.
Ted Sandbach, owner and Managing Director of the Oxford wine company says "We are thrilled to have won our second major award in the space of a year, especially one recognised from within the trade itself. With the addition of Marcia Waters Master of Wine as our buyer and with a fourth shop opening in Cirencester in April we are well positioned to remain one of the leading independent wine merchants in the country."
The Oxford Wine Company is delighted to announce the appointment of Marcia Waters MW as Wine Buyer.
Marcia completed her Master of Wine qualification in the early 90s and 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). She is also currently Chairman of the Education and Examination Board of the Institute of Masters of Wine.
Oxford Wine Company wins two top National Awards!
The Oxford Wine Company has won two new major national awards in the Harpers Wine & Spirit Top Merchants Awards for 2011:
Best Independent Wine Retailer in UK (Three Stores or Fewer)
Best Independent Wine Wholesaler in UK
The Awards were presented to Ted Sandbach, Theo Sloot and John Chapman by Richard Siddle, Editor of Harpers Wine & Spirit Magazine (the wine trade’s main magazine in the UK) at their award ceremony held at the Vinopolis Wine Centre in London on Wednesday 23rd February.
The Oxford Wine Company Wins Blind Tasting Match!
The Oxford Wine Company v The Cambridge Wine Merchants
Ted Sandbach, MD of The Oxford Wine Company challenged Hal Wilson MD of The Cambridge Wine Merchants to a blind tasting match in February this year. The event was held in the upstairs function room at Portabello Restaurant in South Parade, Oxford on Wednesday 20th April with each team consisting of five members from each company. Read more
The Oxford Wine Company Wins Regional Wine Merchant of the Year 2010.
The Oxford Wine Company has been awarded the prestigious title of Regional Wine Merchant of the Year for the second time (we won previously in 2007) by the wine trade's most highly respected body, The International Wine Challenge. The awards ceremony took place in the ballroom of The Hilton on Park Lane in London last year where Ted Sandbach and Theo Sloot were presented with the award. The judges who are Masters of Wine and prominent wine journalists sifted through around 300 entries to come up with the winning merchants. Ted says: "It is always very rewarding when we are recognised by fellow members of the trade who look at all entries in an objective manner. We've had many comments about the diversity of our range and the fact that we are prepared to stock an interesting range of wines rather than feeling that we have to justify shelf space. In addition the judges also were impressed by our website and the range of tastings and dinners that we organise."
Virginian Wine Specialists
In October last year Theo and Ted were invited over to Virginia as guests of SUSTA (the Southern United States Trade Association) to taste their way through the top Virginian wineries. The invitation was the result of the work we have done with Chris Parker of New Horizon Wines over the last year to raise awareness of this new and exciting wine area. We started in the south of the state and worked our way northwards, taking in three wineries a day and eventually have ended up listing eight wines in total from Virginia which we consider to be the absolute cream of the crop. This makes The Oxford Wine Company the Virginian wine specialists in the UK. Virginia makes superb (“world class” according to Oz Clarke) Viognier and their Cabernet Franc led Bordeaux blends are excellent too and very similar to Bordeaux classics. We invite you to try these top class wines from this new exciting wine region.
Oz Clarke has included another five of our wines in his Top 250 Wine Buying Guide for 2011, which was published in October last year.
The Oxford Wine Company has opened new shops in Oxford and Tetbury
The Oxford Wine Company has opened two new retail outlets. One is right on the Botley Road in Oxford between PC World and Currys in a unit that was formerly occupied by Faulkners Motorcycle and Scooters. The other is in Tetbury in Gloucestershire overlooking the car park in the middle of town.
Both shops have tasting bars for you to try before you buy and regular promotions and customer tastings take place on both premises. Our full and extensive range of wines and spirits are stocked and the shops also feature Fine Wine selections where you can peruse classic wines from around the world.
The Oxford Wine Company
167 Botley Road
Oxford OX2 0PB
Open: Monday to Sunday 10am-8pm,
Manager Lee Isaacs
The Oxford Wine Company,
1 Baytree Court,
The Chipping, Tetbury GL8 8ET.
Open: Monday to Saturday 9.30am-6.30pm,
Manager Jackie Wheels
The Oxford Wine Company is Expanding
As part of our expansion following on from having taken over Gloucester based wine merchant Bona Wines in November 2009, we have appointed various new members of staff. Jackie Wheels (ex MD of Bona Wines) has settled in nicely and is busy selling to both trade and retail customers from our brand new shop in Tetbury, Gloucester. Assistant managers Elizabeth Sykes and Celestine Bridgman have joined her in the shop. We have also expanded our warehouse space at Witney to include a large double storage unit to help us cope with the ever growing extra stock that we are now handling daily. As part of the latest stage of The Oxford Wine Company’s expansion there have been a number of new appointments. John Chapman and Neil Gladding have been appointed directors of the company and are Operations Director and Sales Director respectively. John Shuckburgh has replaced Iain Thurgar as Sales Support for the on trade at our Witney head office – John joins us with a wealth of experience with Oddbins and Greene King. We wish Iain and his wife Elizabeth all the best on their amazing three month wine tour of Europe during which they will visit many of our producers. Lee Isaacs has been appointed manager of our Oxford Shop. We welcome Charles Reardon-Smith to our on trade team – he will be developing sales in the Hereford, Worcester and South Wales areas. Aljoscha Wright joins as assistant manager of the Oxford shop and we welcome Louise Ferreira (formerly manager of the Blue Boar in Longworth) also as assistant manager of the Oxford shop. (Louise also works as part of our trade sales team). Lee Hosier has joined us as warehouse assistant helping Gautam Nagpal in his role running our head office warehouse and shop.
Visits to producers abroad has continued apace this year with Jackie jetting off to Bordeaux, Heather visiting the Douro Valley in Portugal and Ted and John off to Jerez and Southern France. Theo and Ted have been flown out to Virginia as guests of the US government to check out the newly established producers there who are fast making their mark with Bordeaux styles. Both Lee and Lucie from the Oxford shop have been on separate trips to Portugal, we have arranged two trips to Italy and Spain for our trade customers and Iain has been flown over to Spain to taste there. Theo has also fitted in a trip to Burgundy to see famous producer Bouchard Pere et Fils and the Hospice de Beaune – so expect to see loads of new wines on the shelves as a result!
The Oxford Wine Company wins Regional Wine Merchant of the year!
The International Wine Challenge is the world’s largest, most respected and most influential wine competition in the UK which judges up to 15,000 wines and the county’s top wine merchants every year to select the best of each after careful deliberation. We are delighted that in 2007 this prestigious position was awarded to us – we were named as Regional Wine Merchant of the Year for England West Central.
This means that the IWC judges (mainly Masters of Wine) considered us to be the best wine merchant in this area. This is based on the quality and pricing of our wines, levels of service to our customers, our ability to innovate through The Oxford Times Wine Club, the company magazine, our vineyards in France producing our own wines (The Domaine de la Souterranne range), our website, our tasting rooms and tastings run by Masters of Wine, winemakers and wine journalists, our shop and having a flat screen TV showing educational wine programmes for our customers to mention just a few of the aspects considered by the judges. Ted and John were presented with the award by Tim Atkin, Master of Wine at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London on Wednesday night 12th September 2007 when the winners were announced.
Domaine de la Souterranne Old Vine Carignan 2007 Included in Top 100 Vin de Pays 2009
Our Domaine de la Souterranne Old Vine Carignan ‘Cuvée Christophe’ 2007 has been selected as one of the Top 100 Vin de Pays available in this country and was on show at the London International Wine Fair at Excel. The 2006 vintage won a Silver Medal – Best in Class in the International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2008. It has also been included in Oz Clarke’s Top 250 Wines for 2009 Guide as has our Domaine de la Souterranne Merlot ‘Cuvée Guillaume’ which won a Bronze Medal in the IWSC. Both wines were made by international wine consultant David Morrison and Raphael Genot using fruit from our rented vineyards in the Languedoc.
Internationally renowned artist Philip Hicks was interviewed recently in Oxfordshire Life magazine and was asked the question ‘To whom or what should there be an Oxfordshire memorial?’ He answered ‘To the Hook Norton Brewery and to Ted Sandbach and his team who run The Oxford Wine Company at their Standlake premises. Life would not be the same without them!’
Philip Hicks’ fully illustrated catalogue with 64 pages, 54 colour illustrations and an introduction by the artist is available from www.messums.com