World of Wine: USA & South Africa (Oxford)
Join us for an evening of spectacular New World showstoppers!
Part 1: South Africa
With a long and distinguished history of wine production going back over 350 years, it is by far the oldest 'New World' wine producing country! Under apartheid, the reputation of the industry suffered at the hands of the state co-operative KWV; but since the early 1990s, the privatisation of the wine industry has witnessed an exponential rise in the quality of its wine-making. Chunky, chocolatey reds, both made as Bordeaux-style blends and using their very own grape, Pinotage, and elegant European-style whites from Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc (once thought to be an inferior, workhorse variety) are now catching the world’s attention.
Part 2: USA
This is a country which is now demanding we take another look. From its viticultural engine room, California, two seemingly contradictory wine images emerge. Firstly there’s the cheap, sweet, soft, pink wines, served by the container-load in the supermarket. Then there’s the super-premium, super-expensive world of boutique Napa Valley wineries, as shown on the film Sideways. So what is the 'real' Californian wine? Tonight we will dodge the stereotypes and discover rich, strawberry-scented Zinfandel (the red wine, not the pink stuff!), earthy Pinot Noir and creamy soft Chardonnay. Californian wines are elusive and often expensive, but they are able to compete with some of the best in the world - come along and taste for yourself.
All tastings include; minimum of 6 wines sourced locally so you can find them easily if you like them, full tasting notes,use of professional tastings glasses, and nibbles.
(Note, this evening can be booked on its own or as part of our core 8-week course - book all 8 evenings and save 15%! The 8-week course is flexible, so if you have to skip an evening you can pick it up next time).
All our courses can be purchased as a gift - either purchase using the 'book now' button below and then email us to ask us to send a Gift Voucher OR buy an open voucher (valid for 2 years) so your recipient can choose when to come (the evening repeats through the year).
Places remaining: 4
Course Date/Time: Tue 9th Apr 2019 at 7pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue: Oxford English Centre, 66 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6PR