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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

Deutz: Champagne’s Best Kept Secret

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 165 Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0PB Wednesday, 16 October 6.45 for 7.00pm £20.00 Presented by Etienne Dufosse - venue BOTLEY ROAD

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

Alternatively call Sam 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!

Despite making Champagne since 1838, Maison Deutz remains slightly under the radar in the UK. Perhaps it’s something to do with the fact that much of their production never leaves France. Or maybe it’s because they are selective about where their Champagnes appear, eschewing the supermarket shelves in favour of specialist wine merchants and quality restaurants.

One thing that it has absolutely nothing to do with, however, is quality. Champagne Deutz have to be one of the best producers around, with an unwavering commitment to excellence. Deutz owns a significant portion of its own vineyards, giving them greater control over every stage in the production process, from grapes on the vine right through to Champagne in the bottle. They select only the finest berries from the finest crus of Champagne. They are also one of minority of Champagne houses to only use the very first juice that comes of the grape press – being the most delicate and highest in quality. The house style is based on fine quality, freshness and delicacy. In a word, elegance.

We are lucky enough to have Etienne Defosse from Champagne Deutz coming to the Botley Road to take us through the long history of this fantastic producer, as well as, of course, a range of their fabulous Champagnes.

This is going to be a good one – we’ll see you there!

15% discount on the night

SOLD OUT - Masterclass: Château Musar - Pioneers of Lebanese Wine

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 6 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ Thursday, 17 October 6.45 for 7.00pm £30.00 Presented by Elliot O'Mara - 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!

Château Musar are the estate responsible for showing the world the power and potential of Lebanese wine. Vines have been cultivated in the Bekaa Valley for over six thousand years, but it was not until the 1980s that heads in the industry began to turn, all thanks to the determination of Serge Hochar.

Serge Hochar, who sadly passed away in 2014, spent years learning from other highly esteemed winemakers – particularly in Bordeaux – whilst striving to create a wine that reflected the unique terroir of the Bekaa Valley. Serge believed in capturing in his wines the beauty of what nature offered. This philosophy is the foundation of Château Musar and in 2006 they acquired organic certification. A minimal intervention approach is taken in the vineyards and the winery; the family are modest pioneers in the quality natural wine world.

Lebanon is a country roughly the size of Wales, which enjoys a long coastal border with the Mediterranean Sea to the west, to the East borders with Syria and Israel in the South. The Bekaa Valley is Lebanon’s most important farming region with a vast variety of soils and microclimates. The vineyards of Château Musar are located at high altitude on mostly calcareous, gravel and stoney soils. They experience warm, dry summers and thanks to the impact of the mountains a good diurnal range; the winters often bring snow allowing the vines to hibernate. All these conditions are not too dissimilar to areas of France and so grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan thrive.

Our host for the evening will be Elliot O’Mara who has worked with Château Musar for nearly three years and glows with passion for these memorable wines. Elliot will be taking us through six wines including three vintages of Château Musar Red and their 1998 Musar White (if you haven’t tried this – Wow! Get Ready!).

15% discount on the night

Spanish Superstars La Rioja Alta

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 165 Botley Road, Oxford, OX2 0PB Wednesday, 23 October 6.45 for 7.00pm £20.00 Presented by Simon Stagnell - venue BOTLEY ROAD

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

Alternatively call Sam 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!

We’re hugely excited to invite you to taste a range of wines from Spanish superstars La Rioja Alta.

Founded in 1890 the Sociedad Vinícola de La Rioja Alta has long been one of Spain’s premier producers. Most famous for their premium aged Riojas, oak is at the core of their ageing process. They therefore manufacture sll their own barrels —which currently number about 30,000! - using completely artisanal methods.

Their range of Riojas is truly fabulous, so we’re itching to crack open the MArtelo Reserva (94 points) Vina Ardanza (95 points) Vina Arana Gran Reserva (97 points) and the 904 Gran Reserva (97 points)

However, there is more to the group than just fantastic Riojas. Also on offer will be a delicious red from their property in Ribera and a shining example of the ever-popular Albarino from Galicia. Their Galician property was acquired over 30 years ago – showing a fantastic level of foresight.

Talking us through the range will be the hugely knowledgeable Simon Stagnell from importer Armit Wines.

As always there will be a 15% discount on the night – allowing you the opportunity to take your favourites home to enjoy all over again!

15% discount on the night

Masterclass: Loire Legends Domaine des Baumard

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 6 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ Thursday, 31 October 6.45 for 7.00pm £20.00 Presented by Florent Baumard - 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!

One of the Loire’s most lauded producers, Florent Baumard has courted controversy by pursuing his own ideas and challenging the status quo. In a deeply traditional region, his early adoption of screwcaps and different vine trellising systems marked him out as the enfant terrible of Savennières. His mantra now encompasses a belief in the individuality of each vintage, believing it should be made with minimal intervention to allow the wine to reflect its vintage and unique character. His Savennières from the famous vineyards of Clos St Yves and Clos du Papillon are rich, yet with a balance and elegance that are unrivalled. His top cuvée of ‘Trie Speciale’ is only made in very exceptional vintages when grape quality is optimal. It is a wine full of paradox, honeyed and yet dry, rounded and yet firm. The rich fruit, tremendous weight and concentration ensure that it is a thoroughly memorable experience.

We are incredibly excited to have Florent himself coming to our Turl Street cellar to present seven of his wines. We’ll start with the Crémant de Loire, moving on to a mini vertical tasting of three vintages of Clos de Papillon (2007, 2006 and 2004), the 2014 Trie Speciale, and finishing with something sweet - Florent’s Coteaux du Layon.

This promises to be a fantastic evening - we’ll see you there!

15% discount on the night

Masterclass: Galpin Peak Pinot Noir Vertical Tasting

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 6 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ Wednesday, 6 November 6.45 for 7.00pm £20.00 Presented by Peter Finlayson - 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!

Now here’s a very special tasting event that has literally never happened before! We have persuaded Peter Finlayson, the winemaker of Bouchard Finlayson (one of South Africa’s great wineries), to come over to show us a vertical tasting of his personal favourite of all the wines he has made over the years: Galpin Peak Pinot Noir. Peter’s aim is to highlight the aging potential of Hemel en Aarde Galpin Peak Pinot Noir over 13 years, and to this end we will be seeing no less than seven vintages of this iconic wine: 2004, 2005 (from magnum), 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017. These are extremely rare wines that Peter is bringing over from his own private reserve and therefore a real privilege to taste. As a result the only wine for sale on the night will be the current release vintage, 2017.

Galpin Peak Pinot Noir:

The Pinot Noir grape variety is unique as it displays both a delicacy and richness, but it is often quoted as depicting little varietal character of its own – rather expressing the terroir upon which it is grown. Hence, it carries the crown of being the most terroir-expressive of all grape varieties. The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley in South Africa represents that unique combination of soil and climate that exists in only a handful of places where the exact balance provides the perfect expression of this elusive grape. A total of eight vineyards, each with a unique contribution to the wine’s complexity, are picked by hand and cooled overnight, before being destemmed. Following fermentation by certified organic yeasts, each parcel is pressed individually and transferred to French oak barrels. After eleven months maturation, the final blend is assembled in tank and bottled following four months of natural clarification.

This tasting will sell out very fast – be quick to book your places!

15% discount on the night

WSET Award in Wines Level One

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 6 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ Saturday, 9 November 9:15 - 17:00 £175.00 Presented by John Shuckburgh - venue TURL STREET

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

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

A great starting point for the novice wine enthusiast, or those starting a career in wine or hospitality.

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.

Do I need any prior knowledge?

No prior knowledge is required. All classes are delivered in English therefore a good level of English is beneficial.

Assessment

The exam takes place in the last session of the course. The exam consists of 30 multiple choice questions to be completed in 45 minutes. To pass you must correctly answer 70% of the questions. This qualification is Ofqual regulated.

Cost - £175

The cost includes all study materials, wine samples, tuition, examination, provision of service equipment during the course and VAT. Study materials are issued at the start of the course.

Please note

Due to the age and character of the building there is no disabled access at the venue.

There is a minimum number of participants required to run this course. Should this number not be met, we reserve our right to cancel or postpone the course. Any students already booked will be offered a full refund or the option to transfer their booking to an alternative date. Cancellations will be made no later than one week prior to the course.

The Annual Oxford Wine Fair

The Randolph Hotel, Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LN Friday, 15 November 4:00-9:00 £30.00

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.

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.

Masterclass: The Forgotten Wines of Fitou with Winemaker Katie Jones

The Oxford Wine Company Shop, 6 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ Monday, 18 November 6.45 for 7.00pm £20.00 Presented by Katie Jones - 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!

"We set out to prove that Fitou doesn't have to be supermarket wine,' says Jones. 'The potential for quality wines down here is enormous."

Katie Jones moved from Leicester to the Languedoc in the ‘90s to work for a cooperative and fell in love with the romantic, rugged landscape of this often-overlooked appellation. In 2008 Katie decided that it was time to bite the bullet and buy her first vineyard. She now has vineyards in Maury, Tuchan and Paziols.

There are many remarkable things about Katie Jones. Katie chose to work vineyards that many would turn their noses up at - vineyards that require intense manual labour and electric fencing to keep the wild boar from eating her crop! She has also overcome spiteful vandalism and through stubborn determination and the help of her husband Jean-Marc and many of her fans around the globe, today produces honest wines full of personality that showcase the potential of her terroir and old vines.

On the 18th November we will be tasting six of Katie’s wines; potentially some new vintage releases, most likely something in limited availability and almost definitely one of her favourite wines from her ‘Along Came Jones’ range – Hairy Grenache anyone?

It is a real treat to have Katie as a guest in our Turl Street Tasting Cellar, to hear first-hand about her journey and to taste through a selection from her exceptional portfolio. The low yields of her old (and in some cases ancient!) vines in conjunction with her viticulture and winemaking style mean these wines are available in limited quantity only, so don’t miss this excellent opportunity!

Due to Domaine Jones ever-growing popularity and reputation we expect this event to sell out quickly so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

15% discount on the night