Presenters at the circle bring six to 10 wines for the group to taste, and share their expert knowledge on everything from winemaking techniques to the history of their wineries.
Wikipedia says:“The Society has been established many years, and regularly hosts some of the world’s foremost wineries. Oxford University is also notable for having many of the world’s leading wine writers amongst its alumni. Many of the Colleges of the University of Oxford still manage sizeable fine wine cellars below their old buildings, maintained by Fellows and University dons with the honorific title of “Keeper of the Wine” or “Wine Steward”. These great wines are frequently available to students and as such the wine tasting culture of Oxford has been described as a phenomenon in itself.”
Read the entire Wikipedia entry here (and note that Ernie is included in the list of speakers).
In Good Company
Ernie joins a prestigious list of former speakers to the Wine Circle, including:
Bordeaux first growths- Ch. Margaux, Ch. Haut-Brion, Ch. Latour, Ch. Mouton Rothschild.
Bordeaux second growths- Ch. Brane-Cantenac, Ch. Cos d’Estournel, Ch. Léoville-Barton, Gruaud Larose, Ch. Montrose, Ch.Brane Cantenac
Bordeaux third growths- Ch. Palmer Margaux, Ch Cantenac-Brown Margaux
Bordeaux fourth/fith growths- Ch. Branaire Ducru, Ch. Lynch Bages
Top Rhone Producers- Ch. de Beaucastel, Jaboulet, Maison Chapoutier, Delas Frères, Ch. La Nerthe
Foremost Burgundy and Champagne Houses- Domaine Dujac, Louis Jadot, Champagne Bollinger, Champagne Pol Roger, Champagne Taittinger.
Spain: Vega Sicilia, Torres
More pics of this event at the Dr. Loosen Winery Facebook page.