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Turl Street's Matthew Whitaker talks Australia in Harpers Wine & Spirit Magazine

17-7-18

Our very own Matthew Whitaker went down to London's 28-50 Wine Workshop & Kitchen to take part in a panel discussion hosted by Harper's Wine & Spirit Magazine. ...

Turl Street's Matthew Whitaker talks Australia in Harpers Wine & Spirit Magazine

Our very own Matthew Whitaker went down to London's 28-50 Wine Workshop & Kitchen to take part in a panel discussion hosted by Harper's Wine & Spirit Magazine. 

He was joined by six others, all representative of different parts of the wine trade. Matt says: 'It was a great discussion that gave me an insight into Australia's position in the current wine market.' 

See the full article here

John Chapman talks Australia in Harpers Wine & Spirit Magazine

17-7-18

John was contacted for quote in a piece in Harpers' recent Australia Report, on the subject of fine wine....

John Chapman talks Australia in Harpers Wine & Spirit Magazine

John was contacted for quote in a piece in Harpers' recent Australia Report, on the subject of fine wine. John said:

'Premium sales of Australian wine are a small part of our sales, but knowledge and education are both growing. Famous top-end wines such as Grange, Grace and Clonakilla have always had a niche, but the small-production boutique wineries of quality are definitely an area of growth'

For the full article, click here

The Oxford Wine Company Wins the International Wine Challenge's Specialist Fortified Merchant of the

11-7-18

We are delighted to announce that we won the Specialist Fortified Wine Merchant of the Year at last night's International Wine Challenge Awards. It was the first time we entered this award categor...

The Oxford Wine Company Wins the International Wine Challenge's Specialist Fortified Merchant of the Year Award!

We are delighted to announce that we won the Specialist Fortified Wine Merchant of the Year at last night's International Wine Challenge Awards. 
It was the first time we entered this award category - so to have won is a fantastic achievement! We are also very pleased to have come out on top of the other nominee - Waitrose, no less! 
Winning this award is testament to the hard work put in by the whole OWC team - so a huge congratulations is due to all. 

Oxford Wine Company Products Featured in the Press

25-6-18

Our 2000-strong list of products can be hard to navigate - and while we do our utmost to provide information and tasting notes on each of them, sometimes it's nice to get a second opinion. Naturally, ...

Oxford Wine Company Products Featured in the Press

Our 2000-strong list of products can be hard to navigate - and while we do our utmost to provide information and tasting notes on each of them, sometimes it's nice to get a second opinion. Naturally, we think all of our products are excellent!

So, we've created a new page on this site, where we post a monthly round-up of reviews of our products from the wine and consumer press. 

Take a look at the page here

Ted Sandbach Named in Drinks Retailing's Top 100 Most Influential People in Wine 2018

11-6-18

For the second year running, The Oxford Wine Company's Owner and Managing Director Ted Sandbach has been named in Drinks Retailing magazine's Top 100 Most Influential People in Wine 2018. ...

Ted Sandbach Named in Drinks Retailing's Top 100 Most Influential People in Wine 2018

For the second year running, The Oxford Wine Company's Owner and Managing Director Ted Sandbach has been named in Drinks Retailing magazine's Top 100 Most Influential People in Wine 2018. 

We are shortlisted for the International Wine Challenge Merchant Awards 2018!

6-6-18

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for three awards in the prestigious International Wine Challenge Merchant Awards. We have been shortlisted for: - Large Independent Merc...

The Oxford Wine Company Shortlisted in the International Wine Challenge 2018!

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for three awards in the prestigious International Wine Challenge Merchant Awards.

We have been shortlisted for:

- Large Independent Merchant of the Year
- Regional Independent Merchant of the Year (Central England)
- Specialist Merchant of the Year (Fortified Wines)
The competition is stiff this year, and we are honoured to be pitted against the likes of Berry Bros. and Rudd, Cambridge Wine Merchants, and even Waitrose!
Wish us luck everybody!


George Sandbach on Sandy's Piano Bar in The Oxford Times, April 2018

16-4-18

For a long time Oxford has been filled with some quality restaurants, good cocktail bars and a huge array of student bars and clubs. With Sandy's Piano Bar; we're aiming to create something a bit diff...

This late piano bar hits the right note

The Oxford Times, Thursday 12th April 2018

George Sandbach enthuses about his latest venture - Sandy's Piano Bar

For a long time Oxford has been filled with some quality restaurants, good cocktail bars and a huge array of student bars and clubs. With Sandy's Piano Bar; we're aiming to create something a bit different by giving the people of Oxford the chance to enjoy high-quality wines - 25 of which are available by the glass - all sourced from The Oxford Wine Company; top cocktails with highly trained bartenders; and entertaining, interactive live music. 

Read the full article here

Ted Sandbach Featured in Drinks Retailing News, January 2018

25-1-18

'Strong Sales Bring Indies Christmas Joy' - Ted talks to Sonya Hook of Drinks Retailing News about OWC's successful sales over Christmas 2017. 'Ted Sandbach, managing director at Oxford Wine Company,...

Ted Sandbach Featured in Drinks Retailing News


Strong Sales Bring Indies Christmas Joy - 19th January 2018

'Ted Sandbach, managing director at Oxford Wine Company, told DRN its sales were up 8% for December, compared to the same month in 2016.

"Month-on-month sales have been going up anyway for a long time now," he said. "Our retail arm is doing better than wholesale. Wholesale was down a bit over December but altogether we saw sales grow by 8%.

"People are definitely trading up and this is something that continued over Christmas. We didn't sell anything unusual but we sold more expensive wines. People spent £10-£15 a bottle instead of £5-£10. Italian wines did well for us this Christmas too."

Strong Sales Bring Indies Christmas Joy



Ted Sandbach Featured in Harpers, November 2017

22-11-17

OWC's Ted Sandbach was featured in this month's Harpers Wine & Spirit Trade Review discussing the advantages and disadvantages to independent merchants of importing wines directly from producers. ...

November 2017

OWC's Ted Sandbach was featured in this month's Harpers Wine & Spirit Trade Review discussing the advantages and disadvantages to independent merchants of importing wines directly from producers. 

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Theo Sloot a Guest Judge in Harpers Wine Stars Spain Awards 2017

22-11-17

The Oxford Wine Company's head of tastings and fine wine (and Spanish wine enthusiast) Theo Sloot was invited to Harpers Magazine's Wine Stars Awards to judge the Spain category this month. ...

The Oxford Wine Company's head of tastings and fine wine (and Spanish wine enthusiast) Theo Sloot was invited to Harpers Magazine's Wine Stars Awards to judge the Spain category this month. 

See the full article here

Turl Street Tasting Room Now Open!

16-11-17

The tasting room in our new Turl Street Cellar is now up and running! We will be holding a diverse programme of events in the cellar, from MW-led Masterclasses to food and wine pairing evenings, to in...

Turl Street Tasting Room

The tasting room in our new Turl Street Cellar is now up and running! We will be holding a diverse programme of events in the cellar, from MW-led Masterclasses to food and wine pairing evenings, to informal tastings. 

Rosé Future for The Oxford Wine Company

22-11-17

The Oxford Wine Company's new shop on Turl Street was the subject of an article in The Oxford Mail this week. Ted Sandbach was quoted, saying: "There was a shop in High Street run by The Oxford Wi...

Rosé Future for The Oxford Wine Company

The Oxford Wine Company's new shop on Turl Street was the subject of an article in The Oxford Mail this week. Ted Sandbach was quoted, saying: 

"There was a shop in High Street run by The Oxford Wine Company from 1840 to 1914 and I revived the name in 1992. Duckers obviously had a fantastic history itself and some of the memorabilia that has been left to us - old pictures and bits of machinery - we will set up in the cellar where stock will be stored and we will create a tasting room for future events."

Read the full article here

Turl Street Shop Opens!

11-7-17

The Oxford Wine Company opened the doors at its newest retail venture at 6 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ on Monday 3rd July. Manned by Mark Warde-Aldham, who brings with him twenty-six years of experien...

The Oxford Wine Company opened the doors at its newest retail venture at 6 Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ on Monday 3rd July. Manned by Mark Warde-Aldham (on left), who brings with him twenty-six years of experience at Summertown's branch of Majestic, and Matthew Whitaker (on right), WSET Diploma student and Sommelier of the michelin-starred Nut Tree restaurant, we feel the shop is in very good hands. It is 103 years since the original Oxford Wine Company traded on the High Street, just a stone's throw away from our new Turl Street location. We are proud to be bringing a serious independent wine merchant back to Oxford City Centre, and hope to do justice to a site steeped in history, having been the famous Ducker's Shoe Shop which traded from 1898 to 2016.

The Oxford Wine Company Named Top Independent Wholesaler

22-11-17

We were delighted to be named as the top Independent Wholesaler this month in Drinks Wholesaler magazine. Here's what they had to say about us: 'Under the charismatic direction of owner Ted Sandbac...

The Oxford Wine Company Named Top Independent Wholesaler

We were delighted to be named as the top Independent Wholesaler this month in Drinks Wholesaler magazine. Here's what they had to say about us:

'Under the charismatic direction of owner Ted Sandbach, this leading independent has developed a following among quality restaurants and hotels radiating from its Oxfordshire stronghold'

See the article here

New Turl Street Shop

17-2-17

The Oxford Wine Company is opening a new retail shop in Turl Street in the centre of Oxford. The new shop will open in Spring 2017, stocking our full range of wines and spirits. It will be located at ...

The Oxford Wine Company is opening a new retail shop in Turl Street in the centre of Oxford. The new shop will open in Summer 2017, stocking our full range of wines and spirits. It will be located at the site of the former independent shoe shop Duckers, which closed recently after 118 years - not far from the site of the original Oxford Wine Company which traded between 1840 and 1914. Being such a central site will make it very accessible for tourists and students as well as staff at Oxford University - particularly University wine buyers.

The new shop, which is smaller than our other sites but benefits from a large cellar, will be managed by Mark Warde-Aldam, who we have lured from his position as a senior manager at Majestic in Summertown.

Ted Sandbach, MD and Owner of The Oxford Wine Company and The Oxford Wine Café Group said:

"There are no wine merchants in the centre of Oxford because of the high rents and complex one-way system and I think we miss out on tourists and students who don't necessarily know the Botley Road site, our other shop on the outskirts of Oxford. We need somewhere central so we will be accessible to the many students, tourists, university buyers and the public who work in the city centre."

For more information please contact Ted Sandbach on 01865 301144 or ted@oxfordwine.co.uk

Ted Sandbach talks Sparkling wine in Harpers Magazine

23-11-17

In an article titled 'Battle of the Bubbles', Ted says: 'UK consumers are starting to regard top English fizz as of equivalent quality to Champagne, especially with Champagne prices rising and a gr...

Ted Sandbach talks Sparkling wine in Harpers Magazine

In an article titled 'Battle of the Bubbles', Ted says:

'UK consumers are starting to regard top English fizz as of equivalent quality to Champagne, especially with Champagne prices rising and a great deal of recent PR for the English wine industry'

See the article here

Oxford Wine's Ted Sandbach on challenges of an independent

23-11-17

Ted is profiled by Richard Siddle in The Buyer magazine: 'The wine trade is full of characters, but none more so than Ted Sandbach, the driving force behind his own Oxford Wine Company business. As...

Oxford Wine's Ted Sandbach on challenges of an independent

The Buyer, January 2017

Ted is profiled by Richard Siddle in The Buyer magazine:

'The wine trade is full of characters, but none more so than Ted Sandbach, the driving force behind his own Oxford Wine Company business. As it celebrates its 25th anniversary we paid him a visit and found him in a typically upbeat, controversial yet enthusiastic mood. Not surprising with a successful retail, wine bar and wholesale business to run.'

Read the article here

In the Rate Race - Off Licence News

23-11-17

Ted Sandbach quoted on the subject of business rates in an article in Off Licence News...

In the Rate Race - Off Licence News

Ted Sandbach quoted on the subject of business rates in an article in Off Licence News

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Oxford Wine Company expands with new shop - The Drinks Business

23-11-17

Owner and md Ted Sandbach told db that while the business had intended to concentrate on its wholesale business and wine café concept as these were more profitable and easier to manage than a traditi...

Oxford Wine Company expands with new shop - The Drinks Business

Owner and md Ted Sandbach told db that while the business had intended to concentrate on its wholesale business and wine café concept as these were more profitable and easier to manage than a traditional wine shops, the central location in the city had proved too good an opportunity to miss. Being so central would add a good balance to the retail portfolio and make it more accessible for tourists, and students and staff at Oxford University, he said.

See the article here

Let's Go, Tejo - The Wine Merchant

23-11-17

Customer Service Manager John Shuckburgh visits Tejo, Portugal, with The Wine Merchant magazine. John said: 'The USP is undoubtedly the native varieties, which are great and worth exploring, bu...

Let's Go, Tejo - The Wine Merchant

Customer Service Manager John Shuckburgh visits Tejo, Portugal, with The Wine Merchant magazine. 

John said:

'The USP is undoubtedly the native varieties, which are great and worth exploring, but they need to be accessible in price and presented in the right way to the UK market. I thought a lot of the labelling was great; a good mix of the traditional with some fun stuff as well'

See the article here