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WSET Award in Wines Level One

The Oxford Wine Company
6 Turl Street
Oxford
OX1 3DQ
Tuesday, 2 June 9:00-17:00 £180.00 Presented by John Shuckburgh

Book online here: https://www.oxfordwine.co.uk/products/wset-award-in-wines-level-one--june-2020

Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment!

Alternatively, contact John Shuckburgh at school@oxfordwine.co.uk or on 01865 301144 for more details.

This course is a great starting point for the novice wine enthusiast, or those starting a career in wine or hospitality.

About the course: This hands-on course will teach you to understand more about wine through sight, smell and taste. By the end of the course you'll be able to taste wine using a systematic approach, identify key styles of wine and know the characteristics of important grape varieties. You'll also learn the key principles of food and wine pairing and how to apply these to your own food and wine choices.

Successful students will receive a WSET certificate.

Do I need any prior knowledge? No prior knowledge is required. All classes are delivered in English therefore a good level of English is beneficial.

Assessment - The exam takes place in the last session of the course. The exam consists of 30 multiple choice questions to be completed in 45 minutes. To pass you must correctly answer 70% of the questions. This qualification is Ofqual regulated.

Old World vs. New World - which is better?

The Oxford Wine Company
165 Botley Road
Oxford
OX2 0PB
Friday, 31 July 19:00 £10.00 Presented by Paris Barghchi, Katy Barker and Emily Silva

Book online here: https://www.oxfordwine.co.uk/products/31st-july--old-world-vs-new-world--which-is-better

Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment!

Alternatively, contact Emily Silva at emily@oxfordwine.co.uk or on 01865 301144 for more details.

If you’ve been in a wine shop you’ve probably heard the terms ‘Old World’ and ‘New World’ used to describe the origin of some of the bottles. Typically the Old World refers to countries where wine making has been going on since ancient times. In fact the spread of the Roman Empire closely maps a lot of Europe’s oldest wine producing countries. In general then, European and Mediterranean countries are the Old World.

The New World, on the other hand, we can generally think of as being wine growing countries that were settled by colonists from the old world. Often these settlers would bring vines from home with them helping to spread traditionally European varieties all over the globe. Roman Catholics were particularly central to the spread of wine production to the New World, driven as they were by the need for communion wine! Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Chile are all examples of wine producing countries in the New World

Because of their long history it could be broadly argued that Old World wines tend too be produced in a more traditional way than their New World counterparts. Often this is because the long standing techniques and practices of the area have become enshrined in local appellation law. New World wines meanwhile often have more flexibility in how they are grown, made and labelled leaving more room for innovation and individuality.

There are also climatic differences between the Old and New World. Generally New World countries are warmer and sunner than the Old World. This has a huge impact on the grapes in the vineyard and can result in the same variety taking on a very different profile depending on where it is grown. Generally the New World will produce grapes with a higher level of ripeness than the Old World.

Because of these production and climate differences, Old World and New World has also come to mean something about the style of a particular wine, rather than solely about the location. Old World wines, are typically lighter wines with lower alcohol levels, while New World wines are often bigger and bolder, with a higher alcohol content and sweeter, fruitier flavours.

Join us from 7pm as we pit the two worlds head to head – using the same grape varieties – in order to explore the differences between them.

As always you can also enjoy a generous 15% discount on the night!

Cheese and Wine for Summer

The Oxford Wine Company
6 Turl Street
Oxford
OX1 3DQ
Wednesday, 12 August 19:00 £30.00 Presented by Paris Barghchi

Book online here: https://www.oxfordwine.co.uk/products/12th-august--cheese-and-wine-for-summer

Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment!

Alternatively, contact Emily Silva at emily@oxfordwine.co.uk or on 01865 301144 for more details.

As we head into the belly of midsummer, the arrival of garden parties, late nights sitting out to watch the sun set or, being in England the chance of a few showers and days tucked indoors, our British farmhouse cheesemakers are in full swing and there are so many wonderful products to choose from. Slicing a piece of 12-month-old Hafod Cheddar; juicy, herbal and creamy from the happy Ayrshire cows of last summer is definitely one of my favourite past times and there is just no better pairing than a crisp, flinty Chablis!

If you didn’t know already our Turl Street Manager, Paris Barghchi has an affinity to cheese and wine! With a career of 15 years in the restaurant industry followed by time working for Neal’s Yard Dairy, specialist selectors and matures of British Farmhouse Cheese and a little dabble in cheesemaking her passions for cheese and wine are infinite.

We will be tasting four cheese from the British Farmhouse cheese industry alongside six wines in a variety of styles from around the world all chosen with the connotations of British Summer Time in mind and a focus on what works with which cheese and why. Of course, food and wine pairings have some rules but are in many ways a personal adventure and this is something to celebrate.

Fine Wine in the Cellar: Champagne

The Oxford Wine Company
6 Turl Street
Oxford
OX1 3DQ
Wednesday, 16 September 19:00 £60.00 Presented by Emily Silva

Book online here: https://www.oxfordwine.co.uk/products/16th-september--fine-wine-in-the-cellar-champagne

Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment!

Alternatively, contact Emily Silva at emily@oxfordwine.co.uk or on 01865 301144 for more details.

No wine evokes luxury quite like Champagne. Synonymous with celebration, it marks the important moments in our lives. But the best Champagnes are complex and compelling – and fully deserve being the stars of the show themselves. In the first of a series of very special tastings, we are opening some of the best bottles in our cellars, and offering you the chance to taste some true greats of the wine world.

We have carefully selected six Champagnes for the evening, spanning a range of styles, vintages, grape varieties and producers. They are as follows:

- Joseph Perrier Brut Nature Blanc des Noirs 2010

- J. de Telmont Brut 2006

- Gosset Millesime 2012

- Pol Roger Blanc de Blancs 2012

- Dom Pérignon 2008

- Krug Grande Cuvée

The tasting will be presented by OWC’s Emily Silva. Currently studying for the notoriously difficult Master of Wine course, Emily’s sharp tasting skills and detailed knowledge make her the perfect guide through these finest of Champagnes.

We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a very special tasting!

WSET Award in Wines Level Two

The Oxford Wine Company
6 Turl Street
Oxford
OX1 3DQ
9 consecutive Tuesday evenings, starting on
Tuesday, 22 September 7:00-9:30 £480.00 Presented by John Shuckburgh

Book online here: oxfordwine.co.uk/products/wset-award-in-wines-level-two--september-to-november-2020

Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment!

Alternatively, contact John Shuckburgh at school@oxfordwine.co.uk or on 01865 301144 for more details.

This course is a more in-depth look at the wonderful world of wines, suitable for both professionals and enthusiastic amateurs!

About the course: This structured and informative course explores the major grape varieties and important regions that define the world's key wines. You'll learn about production, key labelling terminology and major classifications to help you identify wines with confidence. This course is fantastic CV material for those pursuing a career in Wine or hospitality. For the amateur consumer it will provide invaluable knowledge and expertise - meaning that you will be able to choose and appreciate wine with confidence!

Successful students will receive a WSET certificate.

What's Covered:

How wine is made

What factors influence wine style

The key white and black grape varieties and their characteristics

The important wine-producing regions of the world in which these grapes are grown

The production of sparkling, sweet and fortified wines

Label terminology

Tutored tastings of 48 wines

How to describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)

How to make food and wine pairings

Do I need any prior knowledge? No prior knowledge is required. All classes are delivered in English therefore a good level of English is beneficial. Students completely new to wine and spirits study may wish to complete the Level 1 Award in Wines first. However, this is not essential.

Course delivery - This qualification has a minimum requirement of 28 hours of study time, including 16 hours of classroom time. There will be eight classes lasting two hours each.

Assessment - Assessment is by a closed-book exam of 50 multiple-choice questions, to be completed in one hour. The exam will take place in week 9,the final session of the course. This qualification is regulated by Ofqual

The Oxford Wine Fair: Winter 2020

The Ballroom
The Randolph Hotel
Beaumont Street
Oxford
OX1 2LN
Friday, 6 November 16:00-21:00 Earlybird tickets available at £20 until the end of September

Book online here: https://www.oxfordwine.co.uk/products/6th-november-2020--the-oxford-wine-fair

Alternatively, contact Emily Silva at our Standlake HQ on 01865 301144, or email emily@oxfordwine.co.uk for more information.

Join us for our annual tasting extravaganza in the Ballroom at The Randolph Hotel.

We will be inviting some of our favourite producers to join us at the fair, each of whom will be pouring a selection of their wines for you to taste. The range of wines is not intended to be an exhaustive representation of the world's production, but rather an eclectic mix of highlights from the OWC list, featuring vinous classics as well as some more unusual bottles.

An accompanying booklet will be available with information about each producer, as well as technical sheets next to each wine to satisfy the wine geeks in the room! Plus, of course, knowledgeable staff and winery representatives to talk you through what you’re tasting.

Your ticket price gets you entry to the fair for the evening, and samples of whichever wines you would like to try. The numbers aren’t yet final, but we will be pouring at least 70 wines.

All products on show will be offered at a discounted price should you wish to take the opportunity to fill up your wine rack. We will also be issuing a £10 voucher to each attendee, redeemable against a twelve bottle purchase. A perfect opportunity to pick up some treats to see you through the festive season!

This is always a fantastically good fun event, and the highlight of our tasting calendar – a pretty good way to spend a Friday night as far as we’re concerned!

Please note that this event sells out quickly, so do book well in advance to avoid disappointment.