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Masterclass: Portugal's Alentejo with Terra d'Alter

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 6 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ Thursday, 21 February 6.45 for 7.00pm £20.00 Presented by Peter Bright - venue TURL STREET

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

Alternatively call Mark Warde-Aldam 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!

Australian born oenologist Peter Bright has been making wine in Portugal’s Alentejo region since the 1980s. He brought with him a New World sensibility – modern winemaking and a focus on upfront fruit – and applied it to Old World terroir, and has seen the region become a producer of some of Portugal’s most exciting wines. Peter’s Terra d’Alter range is representative of where Alentejo is today. A blend of the traditional and modern, combining native Portuguese grape varieties such as Touriga Nacional and Alfrocheiro with the more familiar names of Syrah, Viognier and Cabernet Sauvignon.

We will be lucky enough to have Peter himself – the original ‘flying winemaker’ – on hand to take us through a flight of six Terra d’Alter wines. We’ll taste both white and red wines, touching on a broad range of grape varieties. We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a fascinating look at one of our favourite producers, presented by the man who made it all happen.

15% discount on the night

Wine and Spirit Education Trust Level Two

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 6 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ
A nine week course beginning on
Tuesday, 26 February 18:30 - 20:30 £465.00 Presented by John Shuckburgh - venue TURL STREET

Book online here: https://www.oxfordwine.co.uk/products/26th-february-to-25th-april--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.

Nine evenings from Tuesday 26th February to the 16th April, with the exam on the 25th April.

This course is a more in-depth look at the wonderful world of wines and spirits, 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. A basic introduction to the main spirits categories is also provided as an online video segment and in-class revision exercise. This course is fantastic CV material for those pursuing a career in Wines and Spirits 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

Botley Road Goes Down Under!

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 165 Botley, Oxford OX2 0PB Thursday, 28 February 6.45 for 7.00pm £10.00 Presented by Thomas Fowler - venue BOTLEY ROAD

Presented by Thomas Fowler

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

Alternatively call Thomas at the Botley Road Shop on 01865 249500 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!

Gone are the days of sickly, over-oaked Aussie wines. Some of the World’s top winemakers reside in Australia and they’re out to prove a point; that they can produce top-class well-made wines, ones that are able to compete with the rest of the world while maintaining a definitive Australian character.

Join us at Botley Road as we delve into what Australia has to offer. We’ll be tasting through some of the “Usual Suspects” but also uncovering some best kept secrets. Tasting 6 different styles of wine there’s bound to be one for you, whether you’re a die hard Aussie fan or just want to give it a chance.

15% discount on the night

Theo's Thirsty Thursdays: When in Rhone

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 6 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ Thursday, 7 March 6.45 for 7.00pm £10.00 Presented by Theo Sloot - venue TURL STREET

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

Alternatively call Mark Warde-Aldam 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!

The full title of this tasting actually is “When in Rhone, do as the Romans Did”, because although some people do say “What did the Romans do for us?”, the answer is a lot, and that includes the making of wine in France as well as their innovative plumbing – if you know what I mean!

I’ve always loved Rhone wines, and the fascinating story of how they came to be included Popes, slaves, a lot of Romans and wine. And what wines they came to be too – these days the wines are rich, spicy and full of wonderful sun-baked fruit. We’ll be looking at some great examples from this classic French region. See you there! Theo

15% discount on the night

Masterclass: Cool Climate Wines from Adelaide with Bird in Hand

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 6 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ Wednesday, 20 March 6.45 for 7.00pm £20.00 Presented by Nicole Roberts - venue TURL STREET

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

Alternatively call Mark Warde-Aldam 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!

The Bird in Hand winery is situated in Southern Australia's Adelaide Hills. The seaside influence of the Gulf of St. Vincent, the cloud-trapping rise of the Mount Lofty Ranges and plenty of Australian sun all combine to create the perfect conditions for cool-climate winemaking.

Owner Andrew Nugent happened upon the site for the winery in the late 1990s. A nineteenth century gold mine turned dairy farm, the site was waiting for its next owner. And since its inception in 1997, it remains very much a family business, with the Nugent family still living on the estate.

Kym Milne oversees the winemaking at Bird in Hand. He was the second ever Australian Master of Wine, and spent almost a decade as Senior winemaker at Kiwi legends Villa Maria. He has been working with Bird in Hand since 2003. He was named Australian winemaker of the year not once but twice!

Join us in the Turl Street Cellar as representative from the winery Nicole Roberts takes us through a selection of bottles from this excellent producer. We’ll taste six wines, ranging from the highly acclaimed Sparkling Pinot Noir Rosé, to the beautifully Burgundian Chardonnay, and through to a true Aussie classic, the Nest Egg Shiraz.

15% discount on the night

A Sherry Nice Evening on the Botley Road

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 165 Botley, Oxford OX2 0PB Thursday, 28 March 6.45 for 7.00pm £10.00 Presented by Thomas Fowler - venue BOTLEY ROAD

Presented by Thomas Fowler

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

Alternatively call Thomas at the Botley Road Shop on 01865 249500 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!

It is our - totally unbiased – opinion that at The Oxford Wine Company we have the best selection of Sherry in the area. We even won an award for our Fortified Wine range! Well, come to this tasting to see what all the fuss is about. We’ll sample a range of Sherries, from the driest to the sweetest, and explore what makes it so accessible and affordable.

15% discount on the night

Masterclass: Chile and Argentina with Condor Wines

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 6 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ Wednesday, 3 April 6.45 for 7.00pm £20.00 Presented by Lee Evans - venue TURL STREET

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

Alternatively call Mark Warde-Aldam 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!

Home to the highest vineyards in the world, Argentina is about wines with attitude, and wines with altitude. Both reds and whites are produced, from multiple grape varieties, but Argentina is best known for the previously rather underappreciated Malbec. Unashamedly enjoyable, ripe, fruity wines are this country’s trademark, and increasingly fine wines are being produced as this star of South America matures as a giant of the viticultural world.

Chile is South America’s longest, narrowest country, and a haven for wine production. It benefits from a sunny climate and is shielded from many of the pests that plague producers elsewhere, being protected by the Andes, the Atacama Desert, and of course the Pacific Ocean. As a result, organic viticulture is widespread. The country has a reputation for well-made, reliable wines that come in at very attractive price points - but underestimate Chile at your peril. It is fast becoming a source for excellent quality wines that are often scandalously underpriced.

We are lucky enough to have Lee Evans of Condor Wines to take us through a range of six wines from these two fantastic countries. Condor is an independent specialist importer of South American wines – a company that Lee himself and his wife Maria (who comes from Argentina) started in 2011. We hope to see you at Turl Street for what promises to be an entertaining and informative tasting!

15% discount on the night

New Wave South African Wines

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 165 Botley, Oxford OX2 0PB Thursday, 25 April 6.45 for 7.00pm £10.00 Presented by Thomas Fowler - venue BOTLEY ROAD

Presented by Thomas Fowler

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

Alternatively call Thomas at the Botley Road Shop on 01865 249500 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!

The legendary wine of Constantia has a history dating back to 1659, when South Africa served as a convenient stopping off point for ships on the spice route. European sailors planted vineyards, to refill their barrels with wine in preparation for many months more at sea. But being dominated by co-operatives with strict rules, the industry languished for some time; and it’s not long ago that more grapes produced in South Africa found their way into brandy than into wine.

But things have changed, and a new generation of winemakers, with new ideals, new energy - and a good deal of investment - have worked tirelessly to make South Africa one of the world’s most exciting wine producers today. Join us to taste through a selection of our favourite wines from this fantastic country.

15% discount on the night

Wine and Spirit Education Trust Level One

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 6 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ Tuesday, 30 April 09:15 - 17:00 £175.00 Presented by John Shuckburgh - venue TURL STREET

Book online here: https://www.oxfordwine.co.uk/products/30th-april--wset-level-one

Alternatively call John Shuckburgh at our Standlake Head Office on 01865 301144 with your payment details, or email school@oxfordwine.co.uk.

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.

For more information, see the main Oxford Wine School page here: https://www.oxfordwine.co.uk/oxford-wine-school

Masterclass: Organic wines of Provence with Chateau Léoube

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 6 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ Thursday, 23 May 6.45 for 7.00pm £20.00 Presented by Jerome Pernot - venue TURL STREET

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

Alternatively call Mark Warde-Aldam 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!

Vineyards don’t get more idyllic sounding than those of Château Léoube. Situated among the olive groves of Provence where the warmth of the sun is moderated by breezes coming in from the Mediterranean Sea; surrounded by lush vegetation of rosemary, heather, sage and lavender: this is a viticulturalist’s dream.

The estate is owned by the Bamford family, who are also the founders of Gloucestershire’s Daylesford Estate, one of the most sustainable farms in the UK. The Bamfords are passionate about environmentally friendly farming and wished to bring this natural approach to Léoube. The winemaker at Léoube is Romain Ott, who is the fourth in a line of winemakers who are part of the fabric of Provence with their own estate at Domaine Ott.

Wine at Léoube is made following a back-to-basics philosophy, strengthening the land’s biodiversity and natural defences by employing traditional growing methods and using only natural, non-toxic treatments. As such, all grapes are harvested by hand, in tune with the seasonal and lunar cycles.

Join us in our Turl Street Cellar as Léoube’s Jerome Pernot takes us through a selection of six wines, including sparkling, red, white and of course rosé. This promises to be a fantastic evening – we’ll see you there!

15% discount on the night

Wine and Spirit Education Trust Level One

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 6 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ Tuesday, 30 July 09:15 - 17:00 £175.00 Presented by John Shuckburgh - venue TURL STREET

Book online here: https://www.oxfordwine.co.uk/products/30th-july--wset-level-one

Alternatively call John Shuckburgh at our Standlake Head Office on 01865 301144 with your payment details, or email school@oxfordwine.co.uk.

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.

For more information, see the main Oxford Wine School page here: https://www.oxfordwine.co.uk/oxford-wine-school