The Taste of Portugal

Richard Mayson
Members welcomed Wine Writer and Portuguese expert Richard Mayson on his first visit to the Club. He claimed to be jetlagged, but there was no sign of this in a sparkling and fascinating Tasting. Richard fell in love with wine (and Portuguese wine... read more

South African Wines

Richard Kelley MW
An Insider’s Perspective On this, his third visit to the OWC, Richard Kelley brought with him not only some warm and sunny weather but also his alter ego, Rick, The Wine Liberator (see A resident of South Africa from... read more

Local Food and English Wines

St George's Day Dinner
Ice wine from a Nottinghamshire freezer, India Pale Ale from Shotover and the richest ever Oxford Dry from the Bothy Vineyard… Just a few of the star turns at the Club’s April tasting to complement a simple yet beautifully cooked and presented... read more

Rethinking the Languedoc

Sir John Hegarty
…or, according to Eric Asimov, wine critic of the New York Times, “the most exciting wines in the world”. That might have been a quote – everything else about the Club tasting on 20 March 2012 was fresh, generous and memorable – and very quotable ... read more

Legendary Red Burgundy

Michael Palij MW
It was Lent, it was a traditional time for abstinence. But it was also the day of a Michael Palij MW tasting. And this tasting was certainly not for those who had vowed to give up alcohol until Easter! For his riposte to Jasper Morris MW’s brilliant ... read more

Wine and Chocolate

Sarah Jane Evans MW
To taste 10 rare and unusual wines in an evening is a treat. To taste them alongside a selection of 12 of the world’s finest chocolates was a joy. To be tutored in our tasting of both the wine and the chocolate by the ever erudite, charming, and ... read more

The Wonder of Waitrose

Andrew Shaw
Andrew Shaw, Head of Waitrose’s Wine Buying team, treated Club members to a feast on Wednesday 23rd November 2011. As we settled in with a glass of Waitrose’s multi-award winning Brut NV Champagne (specially blended for them by Heidsieck) he gave ... read more

Wines of the former Yugoslavia

Angela Muir MW
Angela Muir (and Hilary Reid-Evans) had gone to considerable trouble to bring this topic alive for members at a tasting which was unique in the Club’s history, and to quote Angela, at the cutting edge of wine knowledge. Angela’s enthusiasm for... read more

White Burgundy

Jasper Morris MW
The Club was treated to another masterclass in Burgundian wine by Club Vice-President and Burgundy expert, Jasper Morris MW. It was billed as ‘Fine White Burgundy, a Journey along the Cote d’Or’ but we travelled further afield than that, taking in... read more

Roll out the Barrel

Paul Atwood-Philippe
Wood’s Influence Revealed For our last tasting of the season we were treated to one of our most informative. The barrel-maker tends to be something of an unsung star in the wine-making firmament and at last, Paul Atwood-Philippe, Commercial... read more
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