The Wines And Winemakers Of South America
The Assembly Room, Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1BX
Date: Monday 7th September
From: 5.30pm to 8.30pm
A winemaking renaissance is afoot in Chile: the established regional old guard of Maipo, Casablanca, Rapel and others has now been joined by a number of more recent arrivals, including the cool-climate areas of Limarí, Leyda and Elqui, adding great variety and considerable refinement and elegance to the range of wines on offer.
Argentina's great strength, compared to Chile and Uruguay, is its older vineyards, and particularly of very fine malbec, which offer soft, voluptuous flavours and wonderfully floral scents. Uruguay, completely different from Argentina or Chile, has a climate and landscape more akin to Bordeaux and south-west France, and here tannat, Bordeaux varieties and those from the Rhône all do well.
The Banqueting Suite, The Town Hall, Dalton Square, Lancaster, LA1 1PJ
Date: Monday 14th September
From: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
A buzz of excitement runs round The Society's offices each year when our buyers complete the series of blind tastings to find our annual clutch of Wine Champions. Hundreds of wines are tasted, categorised by style and price, to find the best of the best of our range for drinking now.
The buyers taste blind to allow complete impartiality, the winners being simply those wines that give most pleasure to drink and are showing at their best. Once the bottle bags have been removed and the identities of the wines revealed, we will choose 20 winners from across all styles to be included at this special tasting.
At the end of the evening we will give you the opportunity to judge the winning wines and vote for your own champions with the traditional show of hands.