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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

Masterclass: South African Newcomers The Old Road Wine Company

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 6 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ Thursday, 19 September 6.45 for 7.00pm £20.00 Presented by Kristin Basson - venue TURL STREET

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

Alternatively call Paris 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!

Opened in December 2018, the Old Road Wine Company is young but blossoming highly individualistic wine producer. Yet while the tasting room and restaurant may be recent developments, the wines have been a long time in the making, with the project being the brainchild of Tim Hutchinson, who runs DGB, one of South Africa's largest independent wine producers and distributors.

With Chief Winemaker Ryan Puttick steering the winemaking way, the Old Road Wine Company is comprised of 13 different wines across 5 exciting ranges, each of which pays homage to the Franschhoek Valley’s heritage of prized old vines and fascinating, unique stories. With the goal being to encourage wine drinkers to “savour the interesting”, Ryan and his winemaking team work diligently to ensure that the wines reflect the terroir from where the grapes are sourced – particularly in the case of the prized Single Vineyard wines.

“The Old Road Wine Co. Single Vineyard range is premium, with the aim to be as natural as possible. The idea is that the terroir must speak for itself,” explains Ryan.

To do this, the Old Road Wine Company vineyard team experiments with smaller quantities of unusual Rhône-style varieties such as Viognier and Grenache Blanc, while the cellar team practices a lot of natural fermentation on certain wines to get fuller ripeness. They also limit the amount of oak used, including using older barrels for maturing wines to achieve more subtle flavours. 2019 also marked the maiden use of amphoras, with two pots for the 35-year-old Chenin Blanc and 84-year-old Semillon respectively.

“We want clean products with minerality and flintiness, to have something unique in its own style,”

While the range is still in its maiden voyage, positive feedback and reviews have seen the hard work of the team receive much deserved praise. The Juliette Sauvignon Blanc from the Quirky Range won Gold at the 2019 Mundus Vini Awards, while the Anemos Chenin Blanc 2016 and Grand-Mère Sémillon 2016 received 93 and 90 points from South Africa’s wine magazine Winemag’s Christian Eedes recently.

Kristin Basson will take us through this supremely well crafted range of wines whilst giving us the lowdown on the unusual winemaking techniques used to produce them. An ex winemaker herself, Kristin is a seriously engaging speaker who has the rare knack of being able to explain technical detail whilst making it both totally accessible and really interesting

Join us for a rare glimpse into the future with these brand new, highly individualistic and fascinating top quality wines!

15% discount on the night

SOLD OUT - Masterclass: Wines of New Zealand with Esk Valley

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 6 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ Thursday, 26 September 6.45 for 7.00pm £20.00 Presented by Angela Lewis - venue TURL STREET

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

Alternatively call Paris 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 our Turl Street cellar for a tasting of the wines of Esk Valley – plus one very special extra! Esk Valley is one of our favourite New Zealand producers, with a range of aromatic whites as well as some very good quality red wines. Situated in the north of Hawke’s Bay, Esk Valley’s philosophy is hands-on winemaking with a focus on quality.

The Estate began life in the 1930s when it was established under the name of Glenvale by Englishman Robert Bird. Fast-forward half a century, and Esk Valley was bought by Sir Joe Fistionich – owner of Villa Maria. Today Esk Valley Estate is run as an independent winery, with its own vineyards and winemaking team – though still in the hands of Villa Maria. And speaking of Villa Maria – we’ve got a real treat for the final wine of this tasting…

Representing the pinnacle of Villa Maria’s winemaking achievements is their Ngakirikiri The Gravels - on the shelf at £94. From the ‘once in a lifetime’ Hawke’s Bay vintage of 2013, this Bordeaux blend sets a new benchmark for quality for the producer, and is intended to be made only in the most exceptional vintages.

To take us through this range of wines, we are lucky enough to have Angela Lewis – a true expert on the wines of Esk Valley and Villa Maria, having spent three decades working with the two companies. This promises to be a great tasting – we hope to see you there!

15% discount on the night

Masterclass: Swedish Whisky with Mackmyra

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 6 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ Thursday, 3 October 6.45 for 7.00pm £20.00 Presented by Shane Pirie - venue TURL STREET

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

Alternatively call Paris 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!

Struck by the suitability of Sweden to whisky production, the team behind Mackmyra wondered why nobody had tried it out before them. Now, after twenty years, Mackmyra still produce their whisky with the same spirit of discovery and experimentation as when they started out.

Mackmyra employ traditional whisky-making methods together with Swedish ingredients to create a unique range of products. Put together by master blender Angela D’Orazio, the malts take advantage of the sweet Swedish barley, crystal clear water (some of the world’s purest), and spicy local oak. Low environmental impact is key to Mackmyra’s approach, and in 2011, having grown out of their previous premises, they moved into their current Gravity Distillery – the world’s most climate-smart distillery.

Join us for a tasting from this innovative producer, featuring members of the core Mackmyra range as well as one or two limited edition bottlings.

15% discount on the night

Farmhouse Cheese and British Beverages

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 6 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ Wednesday, 9 October 6.45 for 7.00pm £30.00 Presented by Paris Barghchi and Jamie Hall - venue TURL STREET

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

Alternatively call Paris 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!

A tasting to inspire your taste buds and reveal the treasures of quality British Produce.

Joint hosted by Paris Barghchi, our Turl Street Shop Manager and Jamie Hall of Neal's Yard Dairy, British cheese specialists. The evening will feature six cheeses of the season carefully paired with an assortment of British beverages.

Paris and Jamie met during their time working together at Neal's Yard Dairy and share a passion for produce that reflects British heritage and opens a window into the progression of our food culture.

Jamie started working in cheese eight years ago, selling Marcel Petit Comté in Borough Market. He was blown away by the quality and diversity in one cheese. However, there was always this shop in Borough Market that dwarfed him: Neal's Yard Dairy. After 2 years working with one affineur in the Jura and one cheese, he decided it was time to make a break and approached Neal's Yard Dairy. He started part-time mongering for a year whilst pursuing other interests until cheese overcame him and he realised it was his life! And here he is today, taking care of domestic retail wholesale and what we glamorously call 'Rest of the World', meaning anything that's not Europe or America.

Paris has been working in the hospitality industry for fourteen years and during this time developed a desire to understand the foods we eat and the full circle of how they get from field to plate. Fermentation is a keen interest of hers and after working for The Clove Club in London she realised wine would play a huge part in her future career. Following two years working for Neal’s Yard Dairy as a restaurant specialist with close relationships with world famous establishments such as St John and Lyles she joined us at The Oxford Wine Company to further her knowledge and love of wine.

Join us for an evening of indulgence and education.

*NB. The cheeses being featured on the evening may contain rennet and will therefore be unsuitable for vegetarians.

15% discount on the night

The Annual Oxford Wine Fair

The Randolph Hotel, Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LN Friday, 15 November 4:00-9:00 Earlybird Price: £20.00

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

Please note - a maximum of six tickets are available per booking.

For more information contact Emily Silva on emily@oxfordwine.co.uk

For one evening every November, we take over the Ballroom at Oxford’s iconic Randolph Hotel for our annual Wine Fair.

And 2019 is no exception! We’ve chosen an assortment of our favourite producers, covering many famous – and some less well known - regions of the winemaking world. There will be fifteen different producers, with around eighty wines available to taste.

Each table at this walk-around tasting will be dedicated to a specific producer, allowing you to taste through the range of an estate and really understand what their winemaking philosophy is all about. Plus, the accompanying booklet will provide plenty of supplementary information for the wine geeks amongst you!

Your ticket price gets you entry to the fair, and samples of whichever wines take your fancy.

This year, due to increasing costs of running the event, we will be raising the ticket price to £30. However, as a gesture to those who are the most keen to attend, we will be offering tickets at last year’s price of £20 to those who book before the end of September.

All wines on show will be offered at a discounted price should you wish to take the opportunity to stock up for the festive season. 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.