Slow Food Oxon update - March 2007


Dear Slow Food Members and Supporters:

We plan to kick off this years Slow Food Oxon events with a wine tasting at Trinity College on Friday 30th of March. The topic was prompted by the lunch held late last year at the House of Lords to launch Slow Food UK. The attached article outlines the dilemma facing the wine industry World Wide, and given wines close relationship with food it seemed time for us to look at the issue.


PLACE: SUTRO ROOM, Trinity College, Broad Street

Oxford OX1 3BT Lodge tel: 01865 279900

*Enter via Porters Gate in Broad street and ask for directions to Slow Food event in Sutro Room

TIME:-- 6:30 pm to 8:30

*Plenty of choices close by for those who might want to have dinner afterwards

COST:--£10 per head, by cheque made payable to Slow Food Oxon.

Bread and cheese provided.

NUMBERS LIMITED, SO PLEASE sign up by 23 March



Pinto Grigio has been one of the fastest growing varieties/categories in the UK market for some years. Cynics suggest there isn’t enough Pinot Grigio grown in Italy to satisfy the demand in the UK. So what is the variety and what should we expect from a good example. How do we get pink Pinot Grigio—a recent arrival into the mix.

Wines on Tasting.

-2005 Scarbolo le Fredis Pinot Grigio (Italy—Venezia Giulia)

-2005 Ogio Pinot Grigio (Italy—Terre di Chieti, Abruzzo)

-2005 La Gioiosa Pinot Grigio Blush (Italy—Veneto)


Chardonnay is still the biggest selling white wine variety in the world but it comes in for a lot of criticism. So called ABC groups, (Anything but Chardonnay), miss the point about the variety and are really talking about bad examples of the variety. It is probably still the KING of white wine varieties if made with integrity. Chardonnay ranges form Chablis, White Burgundy and all the way to oaky, sickly sweet examples from many hot regions in the New World.

Wines on Tasting

-2005 Domaine Alain Geoffroy, Chablis (France)

-2005 Shelmerdine Yarra Valley, Chardonnay, Victoria (Australia)

-2005 Fetzer Barrel Select, Chardonnay—California (USA)


The natural home for this variety is the Northern Rhone in France. However Australia has the biggest plantings of the variety of any country in the world and it has been this variety that has helped Australia achieve the biggest share of the UK market, currently around 24%.

Wines on Tasting

-2003 Paul Jaboulet Aine Crozes Hermitage Les Jalets (France)

-2004 RockBare McLaren Vale Shiraz, South Australia (Australia)

-2004 The McGuigan Gold, Shiraz, South Eastern Australia (Australia)


At home in Bordeaux.

-2005 Douglas Green Cabernet Sauvignon, Western Cape (South Africa)

-2005 Shelmerdine Heathcote, Cabernet Sauvignon, Victoria (Australia)

-2004 Chateau Pey La Tour Bordeaux Superieur, Gironde (France)