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SOLD OUT - Masterclass: Organic wines of Provence with Chateau Léoube

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 6 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ Wednesday, 22 May 6.45 for 7.00pm £20.00 Presented by Jerome Pernot - venue TURL STREET

Book online here: https://www.oxfordwine.co.uk/categories/tasting-tickets

Alternatively call Mark Warde-Aldam at the Turl Street Shop on 01865 604170 with your payment details, or email tastings@oxfordwine.co.uk.

Please note, there is no need to collect tickets in advance of the event. Simply book your places and turn up on the night!

Vineyards don’t get more idyllic sounding than those of Château Léoube. Situated among the olive groves of Provence where the warmth of the sun is moderated by breezes coming in from the Mediterranean Sea; surrounded by lush vegetation of rosemary, heather, sage and lavender: this is a viticulturalist’s dream.

The estate is owned by the Bamford family, who are also the founders of Gloucestershire’s Daylesford Estate, one of the most sustainable farms in the UK. The Bamfords are passionate about environmentally friendly farming and wished to bring this natural approach to Léoube. The winemaker at Léoube is Romain Ott, who is the fourth in a line of winemakers who are part of the fabric of Provence with their own estate at Domaine Ott.

Wine at Léoube is made following a back-to-basics philosophy, strengthening the land’s biodiversity and natural defences by employing traditional growing methods and using only natural, non-toxic treatments. As such, all grapes are harvested by hand, in tune with the seasonal and lunar cycles.

Join us in our Turl Street Cellar as Léoube’s Jerome Pernot takes us through a selection of six wines, including sparkling, red, white and of course rosé. This promises to be a fantastic evening – we’ll see you there!

15% discount on the night

Samples in the Cellar with Emily Silva

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 6 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ Thursday, 23 May 6.45 for 7.00pm £10.00 Presented by Emily Silva - venue TURL STREET

Book online here: https://www.oxfordwine.co.uk/categories/tasting-tickets

Alternatively call Mark Warde-Aldam at the Turl Street Shop on 01865 604170 with your payment details, or email tastings@oxfordwine.co.uk.

Please note, there is no need to collect tickets in advance of the event. Simply book your places and turn up on the night!

Join us in the Turl Street Cellar every other Thursday for an informal tasting of six wines. OWC’s Emily Silva will be opening six of her current favourite wines, covering a variety of grape varieties and styles.

Emily is a self-confessed wine geek who loves discovering delicious new things, and who firmly believes that wine is for everyone.

These tastings are intended to be an informal yet informative look at wonderful world of wine – we hope to see you there!

15% discount on the night

Beyond Sauvignon Blanc: The Other Wines of New Zealand

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 165 Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0PB Wednesday, 29 May 6.45 for 7.00pm £10.00 Presented by Emily Silva and Paris Barghchi - venue BOTLEY ROAD

Book online here: https://www.oxfordwine.co.uk/categories/tasting-tickets

Alternatively call Sam Killbery at the Botley Road Shop on 01865 249500 with your payment details, or email tastings@oxfordwine.co.uk.

Please note, there is no need to collect tickets in advance of the event. Simply book your places and turn up on the night!

New Zealand has been seemingly inextricably linked to Sauvignon Blanc for several decades. But delicious as good old Marlborough Sauv is, times are changing and we are discovering that this cool-climate country has so much more to offer. Aromatic whites from Riesling to Gewurztraminer; reds that range from elegant and light Pinot Noir to big, butch Bordeaux blends; even dessert wines! Join us for a tasting that explores the vinous kaleidoscope open to those who are willing take a closer look at this fascinating country.

15% discount on the night

Theo's Thirsty Thursdays: Wines from the Wild Front Ear

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 6 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ Thursday, 30 May 6.45 for 7.00pm £10.00 Presented by Theo Sloot - venue TURL STREET

Book online here: https://www.oxfordwine.co.uk/categories/tasting-tickets

Alternatively call Mark Warde-Aldam at the Turl Street Shop on 01865 604170 with your payment details, or email tastings@oxfordwine.co.uk.

Please note, there is no need to collect tickets in advance of the event. Simply book your places and turn up on the night!

“Start spreadin' the news, I'm leavin' today

I want to be a part of it

New York, New York

These vagabond shoes, are longing to stray

Right through the very heart of it

New York, New York”

Indeed – good old Frank. And he’s right, the news is spreading as wines from the States are coming of age. When I joined Oddbins in 1985, the only New World wines we stocked were from Robert Mondavi, probably the founding father of modern American wines. And Boy, have they come a long way since those days. Those vagabond shoes have been straying all right as winemakers are starting to make a brand new start of it and producing superb wines in many different areas. California is just one wine producing region of this vast country – nowadays there’s many other up and coming areas that are producing cool climate beauties that are a million miles away from Mondavi’s early efforts.

Yes, we’ll be looking at some of the new and interesting winemaker’s fine wines and looking far beyond California, as well as checking out that homeland on our journey. Come and taste a selection of new wave wines from the US of A – you won’t regret it!

“I'll make a brand new start of it

In old New York

If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere

It's up to you, New York, New York”

15% discount on the night

Craft Beer and Cheese tasting with Cotswold Brew Co.

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 165 Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0PB Wednesday, 5 June 6.45 for 7.00pm £10.00 Presented by Jake Salter - venue BOTLEY ROAD

Book online here: https://www.oxfordwine.co.uk/categories/tasting-tickets

Alternatively call Sam Killbery at the Botley Road Shop on 01865 249500 with your payment details, or email tastings@oxfordwine.co.uk.

Please note, there is no need to collect tickets in advance of the event. Simply book your places and turn up on the night!

The Cotswold Brew Co. describe themselves as ‘Humbly making the UK’s best lager’ – and we have to humbly agree! With a nod to the marvellous old school brewhouses of Bavaria, they do things the classic way with added twists thrown in here and there, developing brewing methods to enhance natural flavours. The brewery is based in Bourton-on-the-Water, where all their lovely lager is brewed from scratch.

Brand Ambassador and lager lover Jake will be joining us at the Botley Road shop to take us through the core range of Cotswold Brew Co. beers, as well as a few of their long-matured special releases.

What could make this any better, we hear you cry? Well, the answer is cheese! Our resident cheese specialist Paris Barghchi will be bringing samples of three artisan cheeses with her, which we will pair with the beers.

This promises to be a fantastic tasting - we'll see you there!

15% discount on the night

Masterclass: Wines of the Rhône with Domaine Clavel

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 6 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ Wednesday, 5 June 6.45 for 7.00pm £20.00 Presented by Claire Clavel - venue TURL STREET

Book online here: https://www.oxfordwine.co.uk/categories/tasting-tickets

Alternatively call Mark Warde-Aldam at the Turl Street Shop on 01865 604170 with your payment details, or email tastings@oxfordwine.co.uk.

Please note, there is no need to collect tickets in advance of the event. Simply book your places and turn up on the night!

Claire Clavel sums up her winemaking philosophy in three short sentences: “I want to make authentic wines that express well the local terroirs. I love sharing them with you. That’s wine: sharing, conviviality, gastronomy.”

Supported by her father Denis and their team, Claire runs the operation at Domaine Clavel – which has been in the family since 1640. Located in Saint-Gervais, a small village in the heart of the Côtes du Rhône, the Domaine makes wines which express the terroir of five different villages. Over a hundred small parcels of vineyard area brings a diversity of terroir which allows Claire to craft expressive and complex wines.

She has a sustainable approach to viticulture, and firmly believes that profound knowledge of the land, careful observation of the weather and constant evaluation are the keys to preserving viticulture for generations to come.

Join us in our Turl Street cellar for a true masterclass on the diverse terroir of Côtes du Rhône Villages. This is a tasting not to be missed!

15% discount on the night

Masterclass: Top Class Argentina with the Pulenta Estate

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 165 Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0PB Thursday, 20 June 6.45 for 7.00pm £20.00 Presented by Eduardo Pulenta - venue BOTLEY ROAD

Book online here: https://www.oxfordwine.co.uk/categories/tasting-tickets

Alternatively call Sam Killbery at the Botley Road Shop on 01865 249500 with your payment details, or email tastings@oxfordwine.co.uk.

Please note, there is no need to collect tickets in advance of the event. Simply book your places and turn up on the night!

What can I say about the wonderful wines of Pulenta? That their Gran Corte is one of my all-time favourite wines that I drink at home with wonderful medium-rare roast beef on a regular basis? That I love the big bottle it come in that never gives away how much it has in it? (I’ve turned it upside down when convinced that it’s finished many times and, hey presto, out comes more wine from the eternal spring! Though it’s only fair to say that I’ve had the opposite experience too – not even the merest drop comes out of the bottle and then begins the terrible line of thought, do we open another one…?).

But the Pulenta story is not just about the Gran Corte. They produce an amazing range of wines gown around Alto Agrelo in Mendoza, and own 135 hectares of vineyards including large plots in the finest sub regions of Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley. Many of these vineyards are situated at altitudes of between 3000 and 3,500 feet, which tempers the Mendoza heat and makes for more refined and balanced wines. All vineyards are operated on an organic basis and are irrigated from natural melted Andes snow water. It’s a family affair all right – the Pulenta family began making wine over a century ago, in 1912, while the Luján de Cuyo plantation was only later added in 1992. Eduardo and Hugo Pulenta are currently in charge, having taking over from their father, Antonio, and it’s Eduardo that’s coming over from Argentina to show us their stunning range. It’s a case of be there or be square (as we used to say back in the good old 60s) – you can be sure that I will be in the front row! Theo

15% discount on the night

Wine and Spirit Education Trust Level One

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 6 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ Tuesday, 30 July 09:15 - 17:00 £175.00 Presented by John Shuckburgh - venue TURL STREET

Book online here: https://www.oxfordwine.co.uk/products/30th-july--wset-level-one

Alternatively call John Shuckburgh at our Standlake Head Office on 01865 301144 with your payment details, or email school@oxfordwine.co.uk.

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.

For more information, see the main Oxford Wine School page here: https://www.oxfordwine.co.uk/oxford-wine-school

WSET Award in Wines Level Two

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 6 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ
A nine week course beginning on
Tuesday, 10 September 18:30-20:30 £465.00 Presented by John Shuckburgh - venue TURL STREET

Book online here: https://www.oxfordwine.co.uk/products/10th-september--5th-november-wset-level-two

Alternatively call John Shuckburgh at our Standlake Head Office on 01865 301144 with your payment details, or email school@oxfordwine.co.uk.

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.

For more information, see the main Oxford Wine School page here: https://www.oxfordwine.co.uk/oxford-wine-school