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Harpers Online - February 2017

Oxford Wine Company to Open New Premises


The Buyer - January 2017

People - Ted Sandbach


Off Licence News - January 2017

In the Rate Race - Ted Sandbach


The Wine Merchant - January 2017

Wine Trip to Tejo, Portugal


The Drinks Business - January 2017

Oxford Wine Company Expands with New Shop

The Grapevine - January 2017

Ted Sandbach - Plans for 2017

Drinks Wholesaler - November 2016

Taking a Punt on Wine


Off Licence News - November 2016

Loving the Languedoc


The Buyer - August 2016

A Week in the Life of Ted Sandbach


Harpers - August 2016

Selling Independence


The Oxford Mail - July 2016

Vintner with a Winning Formula

Drinks Wholesaler - May 2016

Perfect Supply Partnerships


Off Licence News - March 2016

Wholesale Route for Oxford Wine


Harpers - March 2016

World Wine Web - Page 1 Page 2


Harpers - January 2016

Blurred Lines: The Future of Wine Retailing? Page 1 Page 2


 Off Licence News - August 2015

Top Indies Extend On Trade Offers


Harpers - August 2015

Vindependents - Putting the Power Back in Indies' Hands PAGE 1 & PAGE 2


Daily Information Oxford - July 2015

Theo's Tasty Tuesday at The Oxford Wine Café

The Oxford Mail - July 2015

Fourth Win at Wine Oscars

The Oxford Mail - June 2015

Sales of Rosé in the Pink

 B4 Magazine - December 2014

Iffley Blue Hits the Spot


The Wine Merchant - November 2014

So Much More to Sauvignon, click here for article


Off Licence News Guide - September 2014

Successful Merchandising - Selling Sunshine Page One Page Two


Harpers - September 2014

France Still Holds All the Aces  Page One Page Two Page Three


Witney Gazette - August 2014

Wine Lovers Get a Taste of TV Drama

Millions who tune in to the ITV drama Downton Abbey dream of the opulent lifestyle enjoyed by Lord and Lady Grantham. Most will never get close to the world of the Edwardian aristocracy, but The Oxford Wine Company is now offering a taste of the era to customers across the country. It has been granted sole UK distribution rights for Downton Abbey Blanc and Downton Abbey Claret, produced to mark the relaunch of the fifth series. Filming for the next series was under way last week in Bampton, which portrays the fictional North Oxfordshire village of Downton in the drama. Bampton and Clanfield district councillor Martin Barrett said: "Downton has brought a lot of money into the village and is helping the local shops. We see people from far and wide coming to Bampton because of its association with Downton and long may it continue. The launch of a wine can only be good news because it builds the brand and spreads the word about Bampton." The wines are available from The Oxford Wine Company at £12.99 a bottle.

Drinkers Give Vintages the Thumbs Up

The Downton wines scored well in an off-the-cuff taste test in Bampton:

Downton Abbey Claret

* Wayne Thomas, 57, of Littleworth: "It's certainly the best drink I've had today, it really is rather pleasant." Score: 9/10

* Helen Thomas, 47, of Chippenham: "I'm not an expert on wine but I do quite like this. I definitely think I would buy it again, it's easy to drink and very tasty." Score 8/10

* "I can't pretend to be a wine connoisseur but I like it. It's not acidic and it has a smooth taste and is suitably sweet." Score 8/10

Downton Abbey Blanc

* Gemma Anderson, 33, of Bampton: "I don't like it, it's a bit too dry for me. Then again I don't know much wine, so maybe I would like it more after a glass or two, if I got used to the taste." Score 6/10

* Kerry Pitts, 40, of Bampton: "I like it a lot. I like a dry wine but I don't like bitter wine, which I find can be common with whites." Score 9/10

* Pam Dowley, 70, of Bampton: "I think it's quite good and I would like to buy it as a present for someone. I can see it being popular at Christmas." Score 8/10

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Off License News - August 2014

Downton Abbey Wines Celebrate Fifth TV Season Click here for article.


The Oxford Times - August 2014

Downton Abbey fans can now clink glasses charged with the real taste of period wines

Millions who tune in to the ITV drama Downton Abbey dream of the opulent lifestyle enjoyed by Lord and Lady Grantham. Most will never get close to the world of the Edwardian aristocracy, but The Oxford Wine Company is now offering a taste of the era to customers across the country. It has been granted sole UK distribution rights for Downton Abbey Blanc and Downton Abbey Claret, produced to mark the relaunch of the fifth series. The head of fine wine at The Oxford Wine Company, Theo Sloot, said the wines were in the style of those enjoyed by the great and good at the start of the 20th Century. "The red is a fruity red in part because of the grapes used in it. Malbec was used prior to the 1950s in Bordeaux and it has been put it to make the wine taste like what was drank in the time of Downton. The white has a very fresh style and is a bit more modern, fresh, zesty and citrusy." Downton Abbey spokesman Dominic Burns said: "We're thrilled to be extending the Downton Abbey brand further with the introduction of two wines which have sold incredibly well in the United States. It's an added bonus that it will be distributed through The Oxford Wine Company, as Oxfordshire has been a key filming location for the series." Both wines cost £12.99 a bottle and are available from The Oxford Wine Company.

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Inbusiness - September/October 2010

Oxford Wine wins Regional Wine Merchant of the Year award.






Independents Lay Down the Law   Page One    Page Two

What I Want from My Suppliers - Ted Sandbach   Click here for article


Harpers - June 2014

Best Top Merchant Wholesaler of the Year 2014 - Winner: The Oxford Wine Company Click here for article


The Oxford Mail - June 2014





Wine Winners Again

The Oxford Wine Company has been awarded Best Independent Wine Wholesaler of the Year by the trade magazine Harpers Wine & Spirit. It is the fourth year in a row that the company has

won the accolade. Managing Director Ted Sandbach said: "To win this ward yet again is a great credit to our sales and support team. My thanks go to them for all their hard work and dedication."

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The Wine Merchant - June 2014

The Wine Merchant Top 50 Page One Page Two Page Three


The Wine Merchant - April 2014

Rose d'Anjou - The Wine Merchant Lunch Page One Page Two Page Three


Cirencester Scene Magazine - March 2014

Corinium Radio's Oxford Wine Tasting at Cirencester Click here for article


Harpers - January 2014

My Top Three - John Chapman Click here for article


 Harpers - January 2014

2014 Hopes & Fears Click here for article


Cellar Maison Interview with Ted and Theo

Click here for article


Off License News – December 2013

At the Cutting Edge Click here for article.


Harpers - December 2013




At Your Added Service, Sir? Page one Page two

Pulling in the Same Direction Page one Page two

Harpers - November 2013




Independents Page Click here for article

Are You Making the Most of France? Page one Page two

Off Licence News - October 2013

Coming to a Screen Near You Click here for article extract

Harpers Spain Supplement - September 2013

Ask the Gatekeepers Click here for article

Harpers - August 2013

All for one! One for all! Click here for page one Click here for page two

In Business - July 2013

Movers and Shakers Click here for article

Harpers - May 2013

The Oxford Wine Café. Click here for article

The Wine Merchant - May 2013



'A Strange Breed' by Ted Sandbach. Click here for article

Off Licence News - March 2013


Independents Look to Join Forces in Growing Business Click here for article

Off Licence News Online - February 2013


Oxford Wine Company to Open Café Concept

Click here to read full story.

The Oxford Mail - January 2013

Raising a Glass to Return of Wine Café

"The Oxford Wine Company has taken over the building formerly occupied by the Summertown Wine Café in South Parade and will relaunch in April. It will be the first time the Standlake-based wine dealer has opened a licensed premises which will be renamed The Oxford Wine Café. Managing Director Ted Sandbach said: "The Oxford Wine Cafe gives us the perfect opportunity to tap into the discerning North Oxford market and to give all our customers an opportunity to taste quality wines in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere."

Bosses at The Oxford Wine Company, which also has a shop on Oxford's Botley Road, intend to keep many aspects of the old business but say prices will be cheaper with a choice of up to 100 different wines. A refurbishment of the business has now started and the business will be managed by Louise Ferreira, who has been working on the sales side of The Oxford Wine Company but spent eight years running the Blue Boar at Longworth. She said: "We are not going to change too much because the locals really liked it. For example we are using the same coffee supplier. The food is going to be simple and we are talking to local suppliers. We want to build a good atmosphere - the sound of people having a good time is music to my ears."The aim is to attract a wide client base from business people to parents dropping in after the school run. Regular tastings will be held and wine will also be for take home sale. A sommelier, Callum Peaston, who previously worked at The Feathered Nest at Nether Westcote will also be employed, along with up to six other full and part time staff."

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Cotswold Life March 2011

Jackie Wheels from the Oxford Wine Company's Tetbury shop helps Chesterton Humberts Tetbury office to raise money for the Friends of Tetbury Hospital with a wine tasting evening. To see article please click here

Off Licence News - December 2012

TOWC shortlisted for Drinks Retailing Awards 2013 - Independent Spirits Retailer of the Year


Off Licence News - December 2012

TOWC shortlisted for Drinks Retailing Awards 2013 - Independent Wine Retailer of the Year


Off Licence News – November 2012

Oxford Wine Puts the Boot In - Article


The Oxford Times - September 2012

Wine Merchant Enjoys Sweet Taste of Success

"A wine merchant is popping open the Champagne after winning a forth award this year. The Oxford Wine Company brought home the Regional Wine Merchant of the Year award for the South of England on Tuesday. The prestigious title joins three others on the trophy shelf, Best Customer Service and Best Wholesaler of the Year from harpers Wine & Spirits, and Independent Wine Retailer of the Year from the Drink Retailing Awards. Theo Sloot said: "We are extremely pleased, it is always an honour to be recognized by your peers. There are a lot of good companies out there, and we won this with a team effort. We have won three awards this year already but this tops it off, this really is the one to get." The company's chief buyer, Marcia Waters, has the highly-sought-after MW (master of wine) qualification."

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The Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard - September 2012

Firm Toasts Awards Win

"The Oxford Wine Company, which opened a shop in West Way, Cirencester, this summer, has been named winner of the prestigious Regional Wine Merchant of the Year 2012 by the top wine trade body. Judges of The International Wine Challenge (IWC) include many Masters of Wine and well-known journalists such as Oz Clarke. Charles Metcalfe, Chairman of the IWC, 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 mater 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.'"

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Click here to see an image of Theo Sloot (left), Marketing Manager of The Oxford Wine Company receiving the Regional Wine Merchant of the Year award 2012 from Sam Harrop, Master of Wine.

Harpers - July 2012

Independent wine merchants should stand together - Ted speaks out

Harpers - July 2012

Great Minds Think Alike - Ted and John give their views in an Independent wine merchant seminar Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4

Tetbury Life - August 2012

Food & Drink - Summer wines at the Tetbury shop Page 1 Page 2


The Wine Merchant

Merchant Profile: The Oxford Wine Company - Ted and Theo featured in interview. Page 1 Page 2

Cotswold Life

Cotswold Society - photos of The Oxford Wine Company's launch party for the Cirencester shop

Cotswold TV - June 2012

See filmed interviews with Ted and Manager Nikki Jarrett at the Cirencester shop dual launch party for The Oxford Wine Company and Forum Interiors - please click on link below:

Dual Launch Party -1st June 2012

In Business Magazine - March 2012

Movers & Shakers - Ted Sandbach

Harpers Wine & Spirit - March 2012

Ted speaks out at the Champagne Summit panel debate

The Oxford Times - March 2012

Top Tips for Venturing into Buying Wine Online - by Jessica Mann

Jessica Mann recommends The Oxford Wine Company amongst others as a reliable merchant to buy wine from online, and adds:

"Kudos to the Oxford Wine Company for winning the Independent Wine Retailer of the Year from the Drinks Retailing Awards. This trophy will shine next to the two Top Merchant Awards from Harper's Wine & Spirit in 2011 for Best Independent Wine Retail in the UK and Best Independent Wine Wholesaler in the UK. Congratulations, Ted, Theo and gang."

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In Business Magazine - February 2012

Thriving on the Vine - Marcia Waters MW

OH Magazine - 2012

Ted's journey from teaching to 'leaning on the grape.' Page 1 Page 2

Off License News - February 2012

Drinks Retailing Awards Ceremony - Theo receives the Independent Wine Retailer of the Year 2012 Award

Harpers Word on the Tweet - December 2011

A tweet from Ted makes it into Harpers

Off Licence News - January 2012

Tetbury Shop Manager Richard Walley is profiled in Off Licence News

Harpers Spreading the Word About IGP - December 2011

Oxford Wine took part in a Harpers promotion in association with the Top 100 French IGP Competition. Page 1 Page 2 Page 3

Harpers Wine & Spirit - September 2011

A life-saving lunch between two wine merchants

Harpers Wine & Spirit - July 2011

Ted Sandbach attends the Harpers Wine & Spirit Top Merchants Summit.

Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5

Blind Tasting - Theo's account

Read our very own Theo Sloot's account of the tasting between Oxford Wine and Cambridge Wine Merchants.

Harpers - May 2011

'Oxford tips Cambridge in merchants' blind taste off.' Read Harpers review of our recent blind tasting match.

Oxford Times - May 2011

'Dark Blues Win Red and White Fight'

The Oxford Times reported on our victory in the blind tasting match that MD Ted Sandbach challenged The Cambridge Wine Merchants to in May. (We are unable to reproduce the full text due to copyright regulations).

Harpers Wine & Spirit - February 2011

Harpers introduces two familiar faces in new roles; John Chapman becomes Operations Director and Neil Gladding takes on the role of Sales Director.

Harpers Wine & Spirit Top Merchant Awards

Ted Sandbach is presented with two winning awards in the Harpers Wine & Spirit Top Merchants Awards for Best Independent Wine Retailer in UK (Three Stores or Fewer) and Best Independent Wine Wholesaler in UK from Richard Siddle (Editor) and Michael Cox (Wines from Chile).

Oxford Times - March 2011

'Local Wine Company Wins a Brace of National Awards'

The Oxford Times reveals the Oxford Wine Company's success at the recent Harpers Wine & Spirit Top Merchant Awards at which the company was named as Winner: Best Independent Wine Retailer in the UK and Winner: Best Independent Wine Wholesaler in the UK. (We are unable to reproduce the full text due to copyright regulations).

Cotswold Life - March 2011

Jackie Wheels from The Oxford Wine Company's Tetbury shop helps Chesterton Humberts Tetbury office to raise money for the Friends of Tetbury Hospital with a wine tasting evening