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Know Your Pinot: a Pinot Noir tasting - SOLD OUT

The Oxford Wine Company
165 Botley Road
Oxford
OX2 0PB
Friday, 28 February 19:00 £10.00 Presented by Sam Killbery, Paris Barghchi and Emily Silva

Book online here: https://www.oxfordwine.co.uk/products/28th-february--know-your-pinot-a-pinot-noir-tasting

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

Alternatively, contact Sam Killbery at our Botley Road shop on 01865 249500, or email tastings@oxfordwine.co.uk for more information.

From the French for “pine” and “black”, referencing its tightly clustered, pine cone-shaped bunches of fruit, Pinot Noir is one of the world’s premier and most ancient grape varieties. It is quite the labour of love however, as it is a notoriously difficult variety to cultivate and vinify. The grape's delicate, thin skins and tendency to produce tightly packed clusters makes it susceptible to disease and rot whilst the relatively low levels of phenolic compounds found in this variety often produces lightly coloured, medium-bodied and low-tannin wines that can often go through phases of uneven and unpredictable ageing.

Whilst its spiritual home may arguably always be in the Burgundy region of France, where it produces some of the world’s most desirable (and expensive!) wines, winemakers all over the world have turned to Pinot Noir to express their own unique terroir.

From sparkling wine to light perfumed reds, and rosés to jammy fruit-forward examples, Pinot Noir is definitely one of the most versatile grape varieties. This tasting will feature Pinot Noir in all its guises from all over the world. An English Sparkling, a Spanish Rosé, a classic Burgundy and its local rival the German Spatburgunder as well some exciting New World offerings.

Join us on a journey of discovery in our Botley Road store as we explore six very different expression of this wonderful grape! Presented by the all-star OWC retail team of Emily Silva, Paris Barghchi and Sam Killbery.

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

Terroirs of the Mosel: A Winemaker’s Perspective with Saskia Prüm

The Rainolds Room
Corpus Christi College
Merton Street
Oxford
OX1 4JF
Thursday, 19 March 19:00 £20.00 Presented by Saskia Prüm

Book online here: https://www.oxfordwine.co.uk/products/19th-march-terroirs-of-the-mosel-a-winemakers-perspective-with-saskia-prum

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

Alternatively, contact Emily Silva at our Head Office on 01865 301144, or email tastings@oxfordwine.co.uk for more information.

Saskia Prüm is the first woman in her family’s long history to have full control of the wine estate. She is the fourth generation of the family to run Weingut S.A. Prüm, having taken over from her father Raimund in 2017. And while the Prüm family have four generations at their current estate, the lineage goes back much further than that – to the 12th century when, like now, they were tending vines in the Mosel Valley.

The Mosel is considered one of the great terroirs of the wine world. Soils change dramatically from one vineyard to the next – variation that is perfectly expressed by Riesling, a grape variety able more than almost any other to convey a sense of place. The Prüm family vineyards are almost entirely planted with Riesling across a range of crus – Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Urziger Würzgarten and Himmelreich to name just three. The family’s oldest vines were planted in 1905. Even more astonishingly, they have not been affected by phylloxera, so remain on their own roots – something that is incredibly rare in today’s viticultural landscape. The Prüm approach to winemaking respects the sheer quality produced by these precious vineyards with an emphasis on tradition, quality and expression of both fruit and terroir.

We are incredibly lucky to have Saskia Prüm herself coming to take us through a tasting of her – and her father’s – wines, covering a variety of vintages, terroirs and levels of sweetness. These are thrilling wines that demonstrate the heights Riesling can reach, when in the right hands. We hope you’ll join us in the beautiful surroundings of the Rainolds Room at Corpus Christi College for what promises to be a breathtaking tasting.

15% discount on the night

Fine Wines in the Cellar: Champagne

The Oxford Wine Company
6 Turl Street
Oxford
OX1 3DQ
Wednesday, 1 April 19:00 £60.00 Presented by Emily Silva

Book online here: https://www.oxfordwine.co.uk/products/1st-april--fine-wines-in-the-cellar-champagne

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

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

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!

15% discount on the night

Cheese and Wine for Spring

The Oxford Wine Company
6 Turl Street
Oxford
OX1 3DQ
Wednesday, 15 April 19:00 £30.00 Presented by Paris Barghchi

Book online here: https://www.oxfordwine.co.uk/products/15th-april-cheese-and-wine-for-spring

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

Alternatively, contact Paris Barghchi at our Turl Street Shop on 01865 604170, or email tastings@oxfordwine.co.uk for more information.

Spring is the perfect opportunity for a little refresher and a great excuse to pop open some rose with a rich, high acidity goats cheese or savor the sunset with a beautifully balanced sweet wine and a nibble of creamy, delicate blue from Ben Harris’s Devonshire diary.

If you didn’t know already our Turl Street Manager, Paris Barghchi has an affinity to cheese and wine! With a career of 14 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 Spring 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 which we believe is something to celebrate.

Please be aware that this tasting is not suitable for vegetarians or vegans.

15% discount on the night

The Oxford Wine Fair: Spring 2020

The Ballroom
The Randolph Hotel
Beaumont Street
Oxford
OX1 2LN
Friday, 15 May 16:00-21:00 Earlybird tickets available at £20 until the end of March

Book online here: https://www.oxfordwine.co.uk/products/15th-may--the-oxford-wine-fair-spring-2020

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

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

Following the success of our Annual Wine Fair in November, we decided that only once a year just wasn't enough! So, from 2020 on we will be holding not one but two Oxford Wine Fairs per year.

We have invited 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 what we think is tasting delicious right now.

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!

Your ticket price gets you entry to the fair for the evening, and samples of whichever wines you would like to try.

All wines 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.

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.

15% discount on the night

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.

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