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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 Spring 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

Oz Clarke

23-9-16

Oz Clarke teamed up with Ted Sandbach to organise a tasting for the Oxford Alumni during September 2016. Despite admitting to "pre-match nerves" Oz spoke for an hour and a half and kept the 80 strong ...

Oz Clarke teamed up with Ted Sandbach to organise a tasting for the Oxford Alumni during September 2016. Despite admitting to "pre-match nerves" Oz spoke for an hour and a half and kept the 80 strong audience not only informed but greatly amused with a string of stories about the wines and his career.

Ted and Oz first met when they played together in a pro celebrity cricket match some years ago and Oz was recalling how he seemed to have lost the technique that resulted in his nickname 'Oz', when actually his real name is Robert. Apparently as a youngster he copied the hook shot which had been perfected by the Australian touring team when faced with a barrage of short pitched bowling which was prevalent at the time. As a result he was called 'Oz' (short for 'Aussie') by his team mates as he defied his coach by persistently playing across the line of the ball instead of playing with a straight bat and a high left elbow as he had been instructed. The name 'Oz' stuck and he has never looked back.

The great thing about Oz is that his talks are never pompous but well informed and interesting. He says it like it is and doesn't hold back. The wines chosen were simple and typical - a wonderful Furleigh Estate sparkling from Dorset followed by a NZ Sauvignon and a classic Chablis. Then a Carmenere from Chile which gave him plenty of scope to talk about the confusion with the Merlot grape and finally a stonking Barossa Shiraz - back to OZ!!

Then we all repaired to The Oxford Wine Cafe in Jericho where we introduced Oz to our new, ever popular Grillo from Sicily - which sparked further tales. The evening went downhill from there!!


The Oxford Wine Company Named as Being in the Top 10 of The UK's Independent Wine Merchants!

15-7-16

Think Indie - Drink Indie Awards Organised by Harpers Wine & Spirit Magazine, a Top 50 list of the very best Independent Wine Merchants in the UK has been announced by a team of high ranking judges...

The Think Indie - Drink Indie Awards is a new competition which is organised by Harpers Wine & Spirit Magazine. A Top 50 list of the very best Independent Wine Merchants in the UK is decided upon. The results were announced by a team of high ranking judges in the wine trade at a large ceremony in London on Tuesday 12th July, 2016.

We are delighted to have come in at number 8, beating many more much larger wine merchants and to be in the top 10 of the country's top 50.

The awards list was set up to celebrate the achievements of the hardworking Independent Wine Merchants that give the drinks trade such a good name across the UK.

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

"It's very satisfying when your fellow members of the wine trade vote for you and to be named amongst the top 10 Independent wine merchants in the UK is a great honour. We respect and work together with many of the merchants in the top 50 and are delighted to be flying the flag for the Independents in our area."

Best Wine Store & Best Bar Winners!

17-6-16

The Oxford Wine Company and The Oxford Wine Café Group have both been voted the best in their respective categories by our loyal customers in the Muddy Stilettos Awards. The result was announced on W...

The Oxford Wine Company and The Oxford Wine Café Group have both been voted the best in their respective categories by our loyal customers in the Muddy Stilettos Awards. The result was announced on Wednesday 15th June 2016 and on the day after George Sandbach and his team from the Café Group collected the two awards at a large presentation ceremony held in Buckinghamshire.

Muddy Stilletos is the brainchild of Hero Brown, formerly a national journalist who has written for The Independent on Sunday, The Observer, Red, Marie Claire, Elle and The Telegraph. On moving to Buckinghamshire she began writing a blog that has turned into a nationwide business with specialist websites covering different areas of the country. The sites offer a witty but indispensable guide to the very best restaurants, walks, boutiques, day trips, hotels, interiors and events.

See the Bucks/Oxon site and full award winners here!

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

"We are obviously delighted to have won these two awards. We would like to thank all our loyal customers for making the effort to vote for us in these prestigious awards."

The Oxford Wine Café (Jericho) Now Open!

1-10-15

The Oxford Wine Company is pleased to announce that it opened a second wine cafe on 1st October. The Oxford Wine Cafe (Jericho) is sited in quality double fronted premises on the corner of Little Clar...

The Oxford Wine Company is pleased to announce that The Oxford Wine Cafe (Jericho) opened on 1st October, 2015. It is sited in quality double fronted premises on the corner of Little Clarendon Street and Walton Street and is run along the same lines as the existing cafe in Summertown. The two venues work closely together to offer not only top class coffee and light tasty food but also an excellent choice of over 150 wines, 22 of which are offered by the glass.

The cafe is managed by George Sandbach (son of MD Ted Sandbach) who has extensive bar experience. George has assembled a crack team of staff that is headed up by Wine Manager Ronald Exenberger who joins the cafe from Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons.

The Oxford Wine Cafe (Jericho), 32 Little Clarendon Street, Jericho, Oxford, OX1 2HU - 01865 604334 (Manager: George Sandbach)

Opening Hours: 8am-11pm Monday-Thursday, 8am-12pm Friday, 9am-12pm Saturday, 9am-11pm Sunday

THE OXFORD WINE COMPANY WINS REGIONAL WINE MERCHANT OF THE YEAR FOR FOURTH TIME!

17-7-15

The Oxford Wine Company has beaten off fierce competition to win the prestigious 'Regional Wine Merchant of the Year 2015' Award for the forth time last night. The company was chosen from a shortlist ...

The Oxford Wine Company has beaten off fierce competition to win the prestigious 'Regional Wine Merchant of the Year 2015' Award for the fourth time on Thursday 16th July. The company was chosen from a shortlist of top merchants by the famous International Wine Challenge.

Ted Sandbach, Group Managing Director of The Oxford Wine Company and The Oxford Wine Café, was presented with the prestigious award at a glittering ceremony held at the Hilton in Park Lane - the equivalent of the Oscars in the wine world. He said:

"I am delighted that we are again recognised by the industry. I was especially pleased that, from a conversation with one of the judges, they commented on the depth and quality of our range, the sound advice received from our staff to their mystery shoppers and the fact that we are continuing to push the boundaries with our wine cafe concept."

See all our awards here

Ted Sandbach Named in Top 100 Most Influential People in Wine

1-6-15

The well known trade magazine Off Licence News has published it's list of the top 100 most influential people in the world of wine. Ted Sandbach, MD and Managing Director of The Oxford Wine Company co...

 The well known trade magazine Off Licence News has published it's list of the top 100 most influential people in the world of wine. Ted Sandbach, MD and Managing Director of The Oxford Wine Company comes in at number 72. OLN says:

Sandbach's empire is expanding across the city from which it takes its name. Suppliers are full of praise for Oxford Wine Co whenever they hail the revival of the independent trade.

For the full list please see:

http://www.offlicencenews.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/14960

 

New Manager for Oxford Shop Joins The Oxford Wine Company

22-4-15

We are delighted to be appointing Emily Searle (pictured) as the new manager of our flagship Oxford store from April - she takes over from Lee Isaacs who is leaving to pursue different avenues in the ...

We are delighted to be appointing Emily Searle (pictured) as the new manager of our flagship Oxford store from April - she takes over from Lee Isaacs who is leaving to pursue different avenues in the wine trade. Emily is a Cambridge English graduate with an additional Graduate Diploma in Law who has a passion for wine that has led her to achieve distinctions in all her WSET wine exams so far. She is currently taking her Diploma in Wine and Spirits and comes to us from the hospitality industry.

Ted says:

"Emily was a standout candidate for The Oxford Wine Company and although relatively new to the wine trade as such she has immense knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for wine which I'm confident she can convey to our customers."

THE OXFORD WINE COMPANY TO OPEN A SECOND WINE CAFÉ IN OXFORD

14-4-15

The Oxford Wine Company is pleased to announce that it will be opening a second Oxford Wine Café in late summer. The new café will be sited in quality double fronted premises on the corner of Little...

The Oxford Wine Company is pleased to announce that it will be opening a second Oxford Wine Café in late summer. The new café will be sited in quality double fronted premises on the corner of Little Clarendon Street and Walton Street in the busy Jericho area of Oxford. It will be run along the same lines as the existing café in Summertown and the two venues will work closely together to offer not only top class coffee and light food but also our excellent choice of over 150 wines, 28 of which are available by the glass. We plan to continue with small private wine tastings at the new venue which also take place at The Oxford Wine Café in Summertown in addition to the larger events we put on there.

Ted Sandbach, Owner and MD of the Oxford Wine Company said:

"The opening of a second branch of The Oxford Wine Café is a logical step following the success of the first wine café in Summertown. The move balances our portfolio with retail, wholesale and on trade and there is a great deal of synergy between all three operations as well as enhancing our name and presence in the centre of Oxford."

For more information please contact Theo Sloot on 01865 301144 or theo@oxfordwine.co.uk


Ted Interviewed at the Oxford Wine Club’s Desert Island Wines Event

1-4-15

Ted was interviewed by local wine author, Graham Harding, at Brookes Restaurant on 23rd March 2015 in one of the Oxford Wine Club's occasional Desert Island Wine events. A full house audience loved Te...

Ted was interviewed by local wine author, Graham Harding, at Brookes Restaurant on 23rd March 2015 in one of the Oxford Wine Club's occasional Desert Island Wine events. A full house audience loved Ted's story of his first fascination with wine (sparked by Sainsbury's award-winning wine labels in the 1970s), his first single-handed wine job with the now defunct Grape Ideas in Oxford (learnt about the job at 12.30, switched classes with a fellow teacher to make a 2.30 interview and employed by 4.30!), the birth and growth of the Oxford Wine Company and his views on beating back the competition from supermarkets and internet operators. The secret? Playing fair with growers, cutting out the middlemen and relentlessly upping the quality / price ratio.

Ted illustrated his story with chosen bottles from The Oxford Wine Company's range, starting with the Philippe Brugnon Champagne and moving through the Albert Bichot Viré-Clessé (the one wine for Ted on his Desert Island), his own venture into wine-making with Domaine de la Souterranne and finishing with Paul Cluver's excellent Late Harvest Riesling. His luxury? The Daily Telegraph delivered daily to his beach. His book? Hugh Johnson's World Wine Atlas (as Ted said, what else could it be?).


THE OXFORD WINE COMPANY WINS BEST WINE WHOLESALER FOR FOURTH YEAR RUNNING!

28-3-14

The Oxford Wine Company has been awarded Best Independent Wine Wholesaler of the Year 2014 by the trade magazine Harpers Wine & Spirit during a glittering ceremony held on Monday 2nd June at the exclu...

The Oxford Wine Company has been awarded Best Independent Wine Wholesaler of the Year 2014 by the trade magazine Harpers Wine & Spirit during a glittering ceremony held on Monday 2nd June at the exclusive Hurlingham Club in London held in their grand Georgian clubhouse set in 42 acres of grounds in Fulham.The company has won this prestigious award no less than four times in a row – a feat unparalleled in the history of the awards. Ted Sandbach MD said:
"To win this award yet again is a great credit to our sales and support team. The unique achievement in winning this prestigious award for the fourth year running was highlighted by the judges and my thanks go to Neil Gladding (Sales Director) and his support team for all their hard work and dedication."(Image left to right: Richard Siddle - Editor Harpers, Neil Gladding - Sales Director OWC, Ted Sandbach - MD OWC and Nigel Barden - TV Personality and Awards Host).

Masterchef Finalist cooks sushi for Cirencester shop food & wine tasting.

28-4-14

Koj Kojima co presented a brilliant tasting of sushi matched with top class wines at our Cirencester branch on 25th July which was an instant sell out. David Almeida, our Cirencester branch manager sa...

Koj Kojima co presented a brilliant tasting of sushi matched with top class wines at our Cirencester branch on 25th July which was an instant sell out. David Almeida, our Cirencester branch manager said: "I couldn't believe how fast this event sold out. Our food and wine tastings are always popular, but this was something else - we will be having Koj back for another event soon."

Koj (perhaps better known to you as Andrew Kojima from Masterchef 2012) left a career in the City to retrain as a chef at restaurants ranging from a Japanese noodle bar in Soho to Gordon Ramsay's three star flagship restaurant on Royal Hospital Road, London. Now based near Tetbury in the Cotswolds, he cooks privately for dinner parties and the occasional gala dinner to celebrate special occasions. Although he is very at home with British-European food, he has a particular love of Japanese food through his father who was from Tokyo. Koj has appeared as a guest chef at various venues across the UK, including a three day stint at Soushi in Cirencester. He also teaches Japanese cooking as a guest chef at Lucknam Park Cookery School near Bath and the Dancing Trousers Cookery School near Lechlade. He writes for magazines such as Cotswold Life, Crumbs and Spears and is a judge in the Great Taste and World Cheese Awards.

To register your interest in any tastings at Cirencester please contact Renato on 01285 659792 or renato@oxfordwine.co.uk

The Oxford Wine Café

25-7-14

The Oxford Wine Company has taken over the former Summertown Wine Cafe site in South Parade, North Oxford following its closure in September 2012 and opened The Oxford Wine Café. The Café is run ...

THE OXFORD WINE CAFE

The Oxford Wine Company has taken over the former Summertown Wine Cafe site in South Parade, North Oxford following its closure in September 2012 and opened The Oxford Wine Café.

The Café is run by Louise Ferreira who has extensive experience in the on trade sector as well as good wine knowledge.

As we ship from all over the world we are able to bring wine from source and command competitive prices. As well as a changing range of boutique style wines by the glass, the Cafe also offers a full and varied range of wines by the bottle.

All wines are served in Riedel glassware and regular tasting events take place on the premises presented by Winemakers, Journalists and Masters of Wine (see Tasting Diary). In addition, the company's Theo Sloot also presents informal tastings at which customers are able to comment on new wines which may later form part of the changing by the glass range.

The Café's menu is available between 8.30am and 10.00pm and features a selection of quality dishes and a selection of fine teas and excellent coffee as before. Wi fi is available at the venue.

The Oxford Wine Café, 38 South Parade, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7JN, 01865236959, cafe@oxfordwinecafe.co.uk.

Open 8.30-11.00pm Mon-Sat, 10.00-10.00pm Sun

For further information please contact Louise Ferreira on 01865 236959 or louise@oxfordwinecafe.co.uk

Visit www.oxfordwinecafe.co.uk

THE OXFORD WINE COMPANY ON BID TV

25-7-14

Ted Sandbach has appeared on Bid TV as the wine expert featured on their Wine Hour, and co presented two shows before Christmas with Eilidh Nairn. In the programme Ted and a presenter who work unde...

THE OXFORD WINE COMPANY ON BID TV

Ted Sandbach has appeared on Bid TV as the wine expert featured on their Wine Hour, and co presented two shows before Christmas with Eilidh Nairn.

In the programme Ted and a presenter who work under The Oxford Wine Company banner offered out Mixed Cases of 6 or 12 bottles at fixed prices and Ted gave information on the wines, some of which were tasted live on the show. The initial response was extremely positive and we had to take on extra staff to help pack all the Christmas orders!

Ted said: "It has been interesting and great fun to work live in front of camera. The whole experience has been remarkably successful and we may develop the programme further in the New Year."

Philip Hicks

28-7-14

Internationally renowned artist Philip Hicks was interviewed recently in Oxfordshire Life magazine and was asked the question 'To whom or what should there be an Oxfordshire memorial?' He answered 'To...

Internationally renowned artist Philip Hicks was interviewed recently in Oxfordshire Life magazine and was asked the question 'To whom or what should there be an Oxfordshire memorial?' He answered 'To the Hook Norton Brewery and to Ted Sandbach and his team who run The Oxford Wine Company at their Standlake premises. Life would not be the same without them!'

Philip Hicks' fully illustrated catalogue with 64 pages, 54 colour illustrations and an introduction by the artist is available from www.messums.com

WINNER BEST WINE WHOLESALER OF THE YEAR 2013

9-10-14

The Oxford Wine Company has won the prestigious Best Wine Wholesaler of the Year award at the Harpers Wine & Spirit Awards held at The Honourable Artillery Company HQ in London last night, Monday 20th...

The Oxford Wine Company has won the prestigious Best Wine Wholesaler of the Year award at the Harpers Wine & Spirit Awards held at The Honourable Artillery Company HQ in London last night, Monday 20th May.

It is the third year in a row that we have won this highly sought after award and the win reflects the hard work of Trade Sales Director Neil Gladding and his team who have been recognised yet again by top wine trade judges as the best in the independent sector of the wine trade.

Ted Sandbach MD said:“I’m very pleased to have won this award again and would like to congratulate the sales team on all their hard work.”