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Theo Sloot interviewed in Harpers Wine & Spirit Magazine's Spain Report 2018

12-10-18

Theo was contacted for comment in Harpers Magazine's Spain Report, published in October 2018....

Theo Sloot interviewed in Harpers Wine & Spirit Magazine's Spain Report 2018

Theo was contacted for comment in Harpers Magazine's Spain Report, published in October 2018. Theo said:

'The thing about Spain is that there is a lot of change and notably in areas such as Rioja, which has been a traditional area for a very long time. We are losing the oxidation and rustic style and moving into much more modern, fruit-lifted, aromatic styles...'

For the full article and more from Theo, click here

John Chapman talks Premium Spain in Harpers Wine & Spirit Magazine's Spain Report 2018

12-10-18

John took part in a round table discussion about premium Spanish wines, an extensive report of which was featured in Harpers Magazine's Spain Report, published in October 2018....

John Chapman talks Premium Spain in Harpers Wine & Spirit Magazine's Spain Report 2018

John took part in a round table discussion about premium Spanish wines, an extensive report of which was featured in Harpers Magazine's Spain Report, published in October 2018. John said:

'Spain does hold its own as far as sales and market share and the range. But at the higher-value points it sells less - that comes down to France and Italy having DOs with much higher recognition for quality, whereas with Spain those DOs that are at the top of the tree are marketed less and don't have the same domination...'

For the full article and more from John, click here

The Oxford Wine Company Named as Second Best Independent Wine Merchant in Britain

30-9-18

The Oxford Wine Company was named at number two in Harpers' magazine's Top 50 Independent Wine Merchants this week. Harpers is one of the most respected sources of Wine and Spirit trade news in the co...

The Oxford Wine Company Named as Second Best Independent Wine Merchant in Britain!

The Oxford Wine Company was named at number two in Harpers' magazine's Top 50 Independent Wine Merchants this week. Harpers is one of the most respected sources of Wine and Spirit trade news in the country, and their list of Top Independent Merchants has become an important event in the wine trade calendar.

We are of course delighted with this, which sees us move up from number five in 2017, and number eight in 2016.

We came second to the highly respected and innovative London-based merchant Vagabond Wines. Also in the top five were Berry Bros. and Rudd, Cambridge Wine Merchants and Borough Wines.

This result comes just a few months after we scooped the award for the best Specialist Fortified Wine Merchant of the Year in the International Wine Challenge Merchant Awards, as well as being nominated for the Overall Best Independent Merchant in the same competition.

We were also named by Harpers Magazine as number 19 in their list of the Top 50 Wholesalers of 2018 - the highest Independent Merchant in the list, and again amongst some very strong competition.

Managing Director Ted Sandbach says: "It was a nerve-wracking experience at the ceremony, where the results were counted down from 50! We are absolutely thrilled to have beaten our performance last year. A lot has gone on within the company and we are really pleased that all our work and progress has been recognised by the judges.'

See the full list here


Top 50 Wholesalers 2018 Announced!

7-9-18

Harpers Wine & Spirit News released their list of the Top 50 Wholesalers in the UK today. We were delighted to be listed at number 19 in this list - the highest of all the Independent merchants in...

Top 50 Wholesalers 2018 Announced!

Harpers Wine & Spirit News released their list of the Top 50 Wholesalers in the UK today. 

We were delighted to be listed at number 19 in this list - the highest of all the Independent merchants included. There were some excellent companies named - a sign of the strength of today's wine and spirit sector. 

Harpers said: 'Now with three shops, a wine café and a piano bar to its name, Oxford Wine Company, under the lively direction of Ted Sandbach, also doubles as a leading independent merchants wholesaler, supplying a wide base of businesses across its native Oxford and into the counties beyond. A great list and a great independent spirit.' 

See the full list here

Mark's Moment of Fame! - Interviewed on BBC Radio Oxford

14-8-18

In honour of National Prosecco Day yesterday, Turl Street Shop Manager Mark Warde-Aldam was interviewed by BBC Radio Oxford's Jamie Ryan on the subject of whether we have reached 'Peak Prosecco'. ...

Mark's Moment of Fame!

In honour of National Prosecco Day yesterday, Turl Street Shop Manager Mark Warde-Aldam was interviewed by BBC Radio Oxford's Jamie Ryan on the subject of whether we have reached 'Peak Prosecco'. 

Mark said: Fifteen years ago no-one even knew what Prosecco was, and we have witnessed this massive growth over the years. 

Champagne prices have got absolutely astronomical now - I mean, Bollinger is over 40 quid a bottle. I think we're all looking for something that's nice and light and frivolous and easy to drink and Prosecco seems to tick all those boxes. It's very light, very fresh, very clean. 

But I suspect that sales of Prosecco have probably peaked. We are always full of fashion and fads in the booze business. I think we've probably been drinking Prosecco for about ten years now and it's really reached a kind of crescendo and I suspect that Cava might have a sudden resurgence, because Cava is extremely good value. 

So I wouldn't mind betting that the next thing that'll start to sell well will be Cava. 

You can listen here - just skip to 1:49 to hear the segment!

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. 

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. 

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