The Oxford Wine Café

Café Tastings

Café Tastings (Summertown only)

Thursday 25th May 6.30pm
GLENELLY V BOUCHARD FINLAYSON – A SOUTH AFRICAN WINERY COMPARISON
Presented by Luc O’Cuinneagain & Lia Poveda
The Oxford Wine Café, 38 South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN (01865 236959)
£10.00 per person, payable in advance by phone or at the bar. Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended. Contact the Café on 01865 236959 or if you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact Rebecca on rs@oxfordwine.co.uk  and leave your contact phone number and name. (Please note that we are unable to reserve seating so please arrive early to take your places for a 6.30pm start. Arrivals after 6.45pm will not be admitted – thank you).

This will be a very special event! We’ll have Luc O’Cuinneagain from Glenelly and Leah Poveda from Bouchard Finlayson alternately presenting their wines in a comparative ‘taste off’ situation. Of course both wineries make superb wines that can’t really be compared, but we thought that having them presented by two separate people alternately would make for a fascinating tasting and a good comparison of two classic styles of South African wine. The Glenelly Estate lies in the Idas Valley, en route from Stellenbosch to Franschhoek on the beginning of the Helshoogte Pass. Its origins date back to the 17th century. The winery is the vision of Madame May de Lenquesaing who, after 30 years as the owner of the famous Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in Bordeaux, purchased the estate in 2003. Luke O’Cuinneagain, the winemaker at Glenelly Estate, mentions a very specific focus to make fresh and elegant wines. Peter Finlayson was the very highly regarded winemaker at Hamilton Russell for 11 years before starting the first Bouchard Finlayson harvest in February 1991. The winery and its vineyards are situated in Walker Bay, mid-way between Cape Point and Cape Agulhas (the southern-most point of Africa). The climate is largely influenced by the nearby cold Atlantic Ocean, rendering it one of the coolest wine growing areas in the Cape. Bouchard Finlayson is greatly respected for its award-winning Pinot Noirs.

Amongst six wines in total (three from each winery), we’ll taste the Glenelly Estate Reserve Red Blend 2011 and the Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2013 from Bouchard Finlayson – both superb wines in their own right. Come along and get the flavour of two top SA wineries presented together!

Tuesday 20th June 6.30pm
PREMIUM OLIVE OIL TASTING
Presented by Nancy Gilchrist
The Oxford Wine Café, 38 South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN (01865 236959)
£10.00 per person, payable in advance by phone or at the bar. Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended. Contact the Café on 01865 236959 or if you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact Rebecca on rs@oxfordwine.co.uk  and leave your contact phone number and name. (Please note that we are unable to reserve seating so please arrive early to take your places for a 6.30pm start. Arrivals after 6.45pm will not be admitted – thank you).

With Nancy now back to full health we are able to run this fascinating tasting originally scheduled for February. In response to a number of customer requests we are putting on a premium olive oil tasting. There are many parallels with wine in the production of olive oil and all of those we will taste will have been made by wine producers. Olive oil has an ancient history, a lively present and a healthy future. It links us directly to some of the most ancient civilisations in the world whilst new research suggests it has some of the most exciting health benefits to offer modern man. Within the world of olive oil, the character and quality of oils can be just as diverse as that of wine. Much can be explained by olive variety and place of origin but production techniques and quality control can be every bit as important.

Nancy Gilchrist MW will reveal exactly what we should expect from a quality olive oil. Using comparative tasting she will teach you how to taste and assess olive oils like a professional. You will learn how to spot the most common faults and to identify the characteristics of several single varieties along the way.

Tuesday 11th July 6.30pm
BOUTIQUE AUSTRALIA TASTING
Presented by Elliot Awin
The Oxford Wine Café, 38 South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN (01865 236959)
£10.00 per person, payable in advance by phone or at the bar. Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended. Contact the Café on 01865 236959 or if you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact Rebecca on rs@oxfordwine.co.uk  and leave your contact phone number and name. (Please note that we are unable to reserve seating so please arrive early to take your places for a 6.30pm start. Arrivals after 6.45pm will not be admitted – thank you).

In this tasting we’ll be staying off the beaten track of the large, big production wineries and concentrating instead on some special smaller, family owned wineries. Boutique producers are interested in a hands-on approach to winemaking which their smaller productions allow. Quality is the watchword here with dedicated winemakers producing superb quality premium wines from carefully tended vines. In this unusual tasting we’ll taste wines from wineries such as The Gun Dog Estate, which was established in 2006 when the Burton family acquired a small ten year old vineyard in the Canberra region. Their passion for high quality, regionally distinct wine has inspired them to pursue two of Australia’s most unique and highly acclaimed wine styles; Hunter Valley Semillon, and Canberra Shiraz. Then there’s Payten and Jones – and you couldn’t get more boutique than them! Behn Payten’s day job is cider maker and brewer at Napoleone Brewery and Ciderhouse. Troy Jones also makes cider and somehow, in the scraps of free time they have left from their respective jobs, the two of them also manage to collaborate on their own wine label Payten & Jones, producing a range of wines that is well worth seeking out. And that’s just two of the unusual producers we’ll be looking at in this amazing tasting!

Presenter Elliot Awin of ABS Wine Agencies has very carefully put together an amazing range of six premium wines that we guarantee you haven’t tried before. This will be a very special tasting!

Tuesday 15th August 6.30pm
PAIRING WINE & CHEESE TASTING
Presented by Emily Silva
The Oxford Wine Café, 38 South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN (01865 236959)
£15.00 per person, payable in advance by phone or at the bar. Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended. Contact the Café on 01865 236959 or if you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact Rebecca on rs@oxfordwine.co.uk  and leave your contact phone number and name. (Please note that we are unable to reserve seating so please arrive early to take your places for a 6.30pm start. Arrivals after 6.45pm will not be admitted – thank you).

Wine and cheese – they go together like Fish and Chips; like Lennon and McCartney; like Batman and Robin; like Gin and tonic… right? Well, not quite! The pursuit of a perfect pairing is more difficult than the prevalence of wine and cheese parties of the 1970s may have led us all to believe.

But all is not lost – we have done the hard work for you, undertaking serious amounts of wine and cheese sampling, and figuring out what makes a match made in heaven. Join us to see if you agree!

Wednesday 20th September 6.30pm
FAMILIA ZUCCARDI – ARGENTINA’S FINEST TASTING
Presented by Fergal Tynan MW
The Oxford Wine Café, 38 South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN (01865 236959)
£10.00 per person, payable in advance by phone or at the bar. Numbers are limited and early booking is recommended. Contact the Café on 01865 236959 or if you are unable to reach us via phone, please contact Rebecca on rs@oxfordwine.co.uk  and leave your contact phone number and name. (Please note that we are unable to reserve seating so please arrive early to take your places for a 6.30pm start. Arrivals after 6.45pm will not be admitted – thank you).

Familia Zuccardi are the essence of the new wave, high quality producers and are definitely one of the very top producers in Argentina. The growth and development of the Zuccardi range was led by Sebastián Zuccardi and in recognition of his commitment the International Wine Challenge awarded him the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.  The combination of multiple microclimates in their vineyards combined with varying altitudes, types of soil and the care of the vineyard, results in multiple terroirs. Zuccardi uses their knowledge to interpret each faithfully and express the essence of their origin and the unique and perfect combination of climate, soil, altitude and human interaction. Familia Zuccardi is now the largest family-owned winery in Argentina and ensures its quality by selling wines made only from the family’s own grapes. The company is run as a family by a family and is committed to using as much manpower and as little machinery in the vineyards as possible.

In this top quality tasting we’ll taste six of the Zuccardi range, picked and presented by Master of Wine Fergal Tynan.