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LA RIOJA ALTA FINE DINNER TASTING

The Cherwell Boathouse Restaurant
Bardwell Road
Oxford OX2 6ST
Tuesday, 26 September 6.30pm £59.95 Presented by Francisco Corpus - Venue CHERWELL BOATHOUSE

Presented by Francisco Corpas

6.30pm, The Cherwell Boathouse Restaurant, Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6ST

£59.95 per person, payable in advance by phone. Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended. All food intolerances are catered for. Contact Theo on 01865 301144 or if you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact Theo on theo@oxfordwine.co.uk and leave your contact phone number and name.

A classic white wine reception followed by a three course themed meal with top premium wines.

La Rioja Alta is the finest producer of the traditional style of Rioja in my opinion. In the 80s and 90s I spent seven years working in the Spanish wine trade and tasted my way through all the top Riojas loads of times. Yes, Rioja has changed since then and new Bodegas making modern style wines have emerged, but LRA has kept on producing very fine traditional wines in Rioja that constantly win awards. We'll taste five top wines amongst which will be absolute Rioja classics like the wonderfully elegant Vina Arana Reserva 2009 (£22.95) and the plump and juicy Vina Ardanza Reserva 2008 (£22.95). However, this is also a company that produces modern, contemporary wine from the quality Ribera del Duero region in their Bodegas Aster facility and we’ll be tasting the very top wine from there, the wonderful and amazingly complex Finca el Otero 2012 (£34.99).

This dinner tasting will be presented by Francisco Corpas from La Rioja Alta who will tell us the full story of this famous Bodega and its wines – and it’s a story well worth hearing! Top class winemaking across the board with some really fabulous wines.

The evening will feature a specially themed three course dinner to go with the wines created by head chef Paul Bell.

For details of other upcoming tasting events please see the Events page on our website which is being constantly updated: www.oxfordwine.co.uk/tasting-events

15% discount on the night

BODEGAS BERONIA - CLASSIC RIOJA

The Oxford Wine Company Shop,
167 Botley Road,
Oxford,
OX2 0PB
Thursday, 19 October 7:00pm £10.00 Presented by David Hayward - Venue BOTLEY ROAD

Presented by David Hayward

7:00pm, The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 167 Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0PB

£10.00 per person, payable in advance by phone or in the shop. Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended. Contact Emily on 01865 249500 or if you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact Emily on emily@oxfordwine.co.uk and leave your contact phone number and name.

The name Beronia is linked to the history of the land on which it lies. In the 3rd century BC, the area known today as La Rioja was inhabited by the Berones, a Celtic warrior tribe whose earliest settlements established the boundaries of the Beronia region, today´s La Rioja. Founded in 1973 by a group of wine-loving entrepreneurs, Bodegas Beronia makes Reserva and Gran Reserva wines in the pure, traditional Rioja style. They are famous for the use of barrels made from both American and French oak, and for making great quality wines of superb Riojan character. Wines maturing in the barrel cellars are subject to Gregorian chant music 24 hours a day which the Bodega says improves the wine.

David Hayward will take us through a fascinating range which encompasses both pure traditional styles and more modern, single grape varietals – all made by this superb producer.

15% discount on the night

AFFORDABLE BORDEAUX TASTING

The Oxford Wine Company Shop,
167 Botley Road,
Oxford,
OX2 0PB
Thursday, 9 November 7:00pm £10.00 Presented by Thibaud Richard - Venue BOTLEY ROAD

Presented by Thibaud Richard

7:00pm, The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 167 Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0PB

£10.00 per person, payable in advance by phone or in the shop. Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended. Contact Emily on 01865 249500 or if you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact Emily on emily@oxfordwine.co.uk and leave your contact phone number and name.

Bordeaux - the most famous wine region in the world that produces, at the top end, the most long lived and famous of table wines: Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Mouton-Rothschild, Margaux and Haut-Brion - the five hallowed 1st growths that collectors drool over. Wines that last for 40 years and beyond in a good vintage. And wines that cost a fortune. After all, how many of us have drank mature wines of this stature and price? Answer – relatively few. So what else has Bordeaux got to offer for the more down to earth drinker? This is the question we have set out to answer in this tasting of good quality and delicious Bordeaux wines.

Thibaud Richard, the Bordeaux specialist at Les Grands Chais de France, has selected an excellent line up of Bordeaux wines that won’t break the bank but offer fantastic value for money in terms of quality, and also serve as a fantastic introduction to Bordeaux. Amongst the 6 wines that we’ll be showing will be the excellent Chateau Sergant, Lalande de Pomerol 2011 (£18.99), the highly complex Chateau des Combes, St Emilion Grand Cru 2013 (£19.99) and the luscious Chateau Pechon 2014, Sauternes (£19.49). There are rumours of an additional surprise wine at the end that might represent the upper end of Bordeaux – something rather special. You’ll have to come along and see!

15% discount on the night

THE ANNUAL OXFORD WINE FAIR 2017

The Ballroom,
The Randolph Hotel,
Beaumont Street,
Oxford OX1 2LN
Friday, 17 November 4.00-9.00pm £15.00 Presented by The Oxford Wine Company - Venue RANDOLPH HOTEL

ENTRY FOR TICKET HOLDERS ONLY - £15 per person - all tickets must be applied for in advance and paid for on the night. No tickets will be available on the door.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT WILL SELL OUT - BOOKINGS START COMING IN FROM FEBRUARY ONWARDS. THEREFORE EARLY BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL AND TICKETS WILL BE ALLOCATED ON A STRICTLY FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.

TO ORDER TICKETS: Please email Theo with your address and we will send your tickets on to you - you can pay for them on the door. Please note that due to the massive popularity of this event we are limiting private and corporate bookings to 6 tickets per group. Contact Theo Sloot for tickets theo@oxfordwine.co.uk making sure that you include your address.

As per last year we have booked the large Lancaster Room which is adjacent to the ballroom - this is used both as a sitting out area and a cloakroom. We have streamlined the ordering process itself yet further and will have more staff on the orders desk to make it much faster to place your orders.

Held in the Grand Ballroom of the Randolph Hotel and beautifully lit by three chandeliers, exact replicas of those on the Titanic, The Annual Oxford Wine Fair is the immensely popular and largest regular wine event in the Oxford area with around 85 wines to taste from all over the world presented by our suppliers and producers. Great fun, great value – what better way to spend Friday night?

15% discount on all wines ordered on the night in any quantities!

We strongly advise customers to come early and avoid the crowds!

WORLD CLASS RIESLING - THE WINES OF DR LOOSEN

Portabello Restaurant
7 South Parade,
Summertown,
Oxford,
OX2 7JL
Thursday, 23 November 7:00pm £15.00 Presented by Erni Loosen - Venue PORTABELLO RESTAURANT

Presented by Erni Loosen

7.00pm - Portabello Restaurant, 7 South Parade, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7JL

£15.00 per person, payable in advance via Theo. Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended. Contact Theo Sloot on 01865 301144 or theo@oxfordwine.co.uk

This is a Meet the Winemaker event, so you will all have a chance to speak to Erni in the bar downstairs for 20 minutes before we go up to the tasting room to begin the tasting. After the event, Portabello are offering a very special 15% off meals for attendees of this tasting.

Erni Loosen is the world’s ambassador for Riesling – a grape thought by many to make some of the finest quality wines on the planet. Erni (‘Dr’) Loosen is a hugely characterful speaker and is in high demand worldwide, so it’s a real privilege to have him speak at Portabello Restaurant about his superb range of top class wines from the Mosel in Germany.

The Dr. Loosen estate has been in the same family for more than 200 years. When Ernst Loosen (pronounced loh-zen) assumed ownership in 1988, he realized that, with ungrafted vines averaging 60 years old in some of Germany’s best-rated vineyards, he had the raw materials to create stunningly intense, world-class wines. This he certainly did and he now produces some of the very finest iconic wines in the world - this is definitely not a tasting to be missed!

Amongst a top class line up featuring both dry and off dry wines, Erni will be showing us superb wines like the sublime and utterly gorgeous dry Dr Loosen Bernkasteler Lay Grosses Gewachs 2013 (£29.99), the truely superb Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Alte Reben Grosses Gewachs 2013 (£34.99) and the deep golden coloured and totally classic Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2015 (£24.99).

This will be a truly superb and unique tasting!

15% discount on the night

BOTLEY ROAD SHOP CHRISTMAS TASTING!

The Oxford Wine Company Shop,
167 Botley Road,
Oxford,
OX2 0PB
Thursday, 30 November 7:00pm £10.00 Presented by Theo Sloot & Emily Silva - Venue BOTLEY ROAD

Presented by Theo Sloot & Emily Silva

7:00pm, The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 167 Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0PB

£10.00 per person, payable in advance by phone or in the shop. Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended. Contact Emily on 01865 249500 or if you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact Emily on emily@oxfordwine.co.uk and leave your contact phone number and name.

We present the Annual Botley Road Shop Christmas Tasting - a great chance to sample some unusually delicious delicacies from the world of wine chosen for their relevance to the festive season. It'll be fun as usual, and there may even be a special theme to the tasting - who knows?

See you there!

15% discount on the night