Website: The Oxford Wine Company
Where: The Oxford Wine Company are, unsurprisingly, based in Oxford. But they also have shops in Cirencester and Tetbury, Gloucestershire.
Why are they cool? Because for an Indie merchant they’re doing remarkably well. They have regular recommendations from MWs, free monthly tastings, and have won customer service accolades at the Harpers awards this year. Their seasonal mixed cases are also absolutely great – my eye is on the Wines for Pasta case.
TippleTipple’s The Oxford Wine Co’s Picks:
It’s summer, it’s finally hot and we all want to laze around in the sunshine. It could not be more perfect cider conditions. The Cidre Bouche de Normandie is a traditional example, lightly filtered to give a slight haze, and perfect when nice and chilled. It’s only £5.99 a bottle, too.
It’s not just the Old World fellas that do cracking sweeties – Australia has produced this absolute corker which won Gold at the IWC this year: Campbells Rutherglen Muscat is rich and complex, perfect with blue cheese or chocolate. It’s £11.99 per half.
Upcoming Events: As well as Theo’s Thirsty Thursdays (a monthly free tasting at the Oxford shop on the first Thursday of the month), you’ll be pleased to know there are other tastings on a regular basis. For instance, they have an Aussie tasting on Wednesday 1st, and a Cocktail Evening on Saturday 25th August. Both are just a tenner a ticket.