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Off Licence News Guide - September 2014

Successful Merchandising - Selling Sunshine Page One Page Two

Harpers - September 2014

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


 - August 2014


Wine Drinkers Offered a Taste of Downton

Millions of viewers who tune in to the ITV drama Downton Abbey enjoy watching the lifestyle enjoyed by the Grantham family. The Oxford Wine Company has been granted sole distribution rights for Downton Abbey Blanc and Downton Abbey Claret, which have been produced to mark the screening of the fifth series. Work on the series began in Bampton, Oxon, last week with most of the filming due to be done at Highclere Castle in Berkshire. The first instalments will appear on screens in the autumn. Theo Sloot, head of Fine Wine at The Oxford Wine Company, said the new wines were in the style of those enjoyed by the great and good of England at the start of the 20thcentury.

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- 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.



 - 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


The Times - July 2014

Beware Fake Wine Laced With Antifreeze

By Billy Kember

Drinkers have been warned about buying cheap bottles of wine at corner shops and off-licences because they may be counterfeit versions labelled as well-known brands. Officials said that gangs were selling low-quality wine with forged labels to small, independent shopkeepers. Bottles have been found to contain cleaning products, screen wash and antifreeze, and experts said that popular, entry level brands such as Jacob's Creek and E & J Gallo were targets.

Lee Isaacs, of The Oxford Wine Company, an independent retailer and wholesaler, said forged versions of "entry-level" wines were increasingly being sold to unscrupulous retailers, describing a typical transaction as being with "a guy in a white van who rocks up with it on a pallet. With duty increases and some poor vintages producing less juice, I think we're seeing growth at the lower end with fraud, the more entry-level wine, something like a Gallo. I think there is an issue that it's a brand that people are aware of. Normally it would be £8 for a bottle in the supermarket and suddenly they're finding it in a corner shop or from a friend in a bar for £3 or £4. Clearly it's not the genuine product."

Mr Isaacs cautioned drinkers who are offered a brand at less than half the price of a bottle in the supermarket: "It's either not what it says on the bottle or its been stolen. He said there was also a problem with large quantities of high-end wine, champagne and spirits in some "spectacular thefts from wine merchants", which they the sell on. "When someone nicks a whole load of Dom Perignon, clearly that's not for them to drink. It's quite clear where that's being channelled - they're going to sell it on down the pub for £10 a bottle or to the corner shop," he said.

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The Mail on Sunday - July 2014



Grapes of Wrath: 1 in 5 Chance Wine at Corner Shop is a Fake

By Nick Constable

Wine drinkers have been warned to beware of fake bottles of Jacob's Creek and other household names, which may be on sale in as many as one in five off-licenses. The counterfeit brands have been found in outlets across the country, including London, Nottingham and Staffordshire. Gangs forge convincing labels to stick on bottles of very cheap wine. The criminals then sell the goods to shopkeepers for cash. Lee Isaacs, of The Oxford Wine Company, said the recession had fuelled a "thriving black market" in fake wines. He said: "Any responsible retailer will use only established suppliers or buy direct from winemakers. If a mate says he can sell you ten bottles of a well-known label at £2 each, it's pretty obvious what you're getting." HMRC said that a register of alcohol wholesalers would be set up by 2017 to "make it considerably more difficult for criminals to penetrate supply chains."

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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


 - 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


The Guardian - November 2013

Supermarket wine sales: wine rack or wine racket? Click here for article

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

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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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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. To see article please click here


Off Licence News - December 2012

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