Californian Wines

David Massarella

David Massarella, of Fine & Rare, led us through our first wholly Californian tasting for six years when we tasted wines across a wide price spectrum from affordable wines to a Cabernet Sauvignon from the iconic Napa Valley vineyard of Stag’s Leap, which produced the wine that won the original Judgement of Paris tasting. We tasted wines from Anderson Valley in the north to Santa Barbara in the south.

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Desert Island Wines

Rt. Hon. David Mellor QC & Nick Clark

Members were delighted to welcome former cabinet minister Rt. Hon. David Mellor QC to lead this evening’s tasting. Accompanying him were his partner Penny Lyttelton and Nick Clark of wine merchant Haynes Hanson & Clark.

David had brought with him nine of his favourite wines to share with us – his desert island wines - and his and Nick’s commentary on the wines (and other matters) made for a highly entertaining evening.

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Pedro Ximenez: Wine Legend Come to Life

Michael Palij MW & Antonio Sorgato

It was the year that saw the first non-stop flight from London to Paris, the year that saw the launch of the Titanic – and the end of the last Chinese Imperial Dynasty. It was 1911 and now 33 members of the Oxford Wine Club can say they’ve drunk wine over 100 years old. We owed this extraordinary opportunity to Michael Palij MW and to Antonio Sorgato of Toro Albalá.

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The Judgement of Oxford: Part I

Jasper Morris MW

Speaking to a packed house of OWC members only – the evening was a sell-out – it was with obvious pleasure that Chairman Hans Sundin welcomed Jasper Morris back to the Club, noting that, after Club founder Michael Palij, Jasper has been the most frequent presenter at Club events over the years.

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Torres Family Wines

Cristina Torres

Cristina Torres represents the fifth generation of Torres Family winemakers. The original Torres y Compañia was founded in Penedès in 1870, and more than 150 years later Cristina’s uncle, Miguel A Torres, presides over Torres Spain and his son, Miguel Torres Maczassek, runs the winery founded by his father in Chile. Cristina’s mother, Marimar, moved to California in 1975 as ambassador for Torres wines, and planted her own vineyards in Russian River and Sonoma, ‘exporting’ the Torres legacy of fine wines to California. She founded her own Catalan-style Marimar Estate winery in Sonoma in 1992. The Torres family now operates on three ‘continents’ – Spain, Chile and California – and the wines presented at the Tasting represent some of the best of the family’s wines from all three countries. Cristina was raised in the family tradition by her mother in California. She studied economics in the U.S. before moving to Paris to pursue a career in fashion. Eventually she was drawn back into the wine business, and is now based in London and working with Torres’ UK Distributor John E. Fells. There she promotes the family brand by presenting Torres wines at events and tastings and marketing the Torres international portfolio to Fells’ trade customers.

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Sweet Wine & Christmas Food

Stephen Brook
The Oxford Wine Club were delighted to welcome Stephen Brook back after his excellent talk on Bordeaux last year. On this, his second visit to the OWC, Stephen came to talk about sweet wines. Stephen loves sweet wines. In fact, he loves them so... read more

Exceptional Value & Authentic Reflection of Terroir

Jane Parkinson
Simon Blower welcomed members to the Tasting by introducing a few interesting wine market statistics. The off-trade in the UK is currently worth £5.1 billion per annum, and given the average price per bottle is only £4.89, that means over a billion... read more

Introducing the Loire

Richard Kelley MW
Introducing Richard Richard has been a Loire convert since first drinking a Gaston Huet Vouvray in 1981. The experience of this wine drove him to convert from chef to MW and he brought his knowledge of the Loire first to Richard Walford and now... read more

Spanish Wine

Charles Metcalfe
1. Freixenet Elyssia Gran Cuvée Cava, Waitrose £14.99. 11.5% ABV Members attending the AGM and Tasting were greeted with a glass of Cava. This sparkling wine from Penedes is made by the traditional method. Blended from Chardonnay harvested in early ... read more

Classic and Cutting Edge wines from Australia

Sarah Ahmed: ‘The Wine Detective’
Former lawyer turned free-lance wine writer, Sarah Ahmed, introduced 10 wines to club members this evening. Now known as the ‘wine detective’,[1] Sarah encouraged us to look at the ‘clues in the glass’ throughout the evening. With the intention of... read more
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