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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. 

See the full article here

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. 

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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.

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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

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