This five-day course will introduce you to the world of fine wine. Through a series of charismatic and informative presentations you will learn about the technical aspects of viticulture and winemaking, delve into the elusive mystery of terroir, and discover the place of wine in culture and civilization.
Each session will include a tutored tasting so that you can appreciate the rich variety of global wine styles and train your palate to discern the nuances of fine wine. Amongst the many highlights will be a focus session on champagne and our own ‘Judgement of Oxford’ which will involve blind tasting some of the finest wines from around the world.
As well as an education in fine wine, you will have the chance to experience a 700-year-old Oxford college, expand your horizons with our alluring extracurricular programme, and interact with a small but eclectic group of similarly-minded people.
Neel and James' passion for wine is infectious and they impart their knowledge in a smooth and accessible fashion. —The BespokeBlog
This is more than anything else an exercise in sharing, and I leave slightly drunk on the excitement of rediscovering a passion, as well as on the wines. —The Arbuturian
James and Neel wear their considerable expertise lightly, and have a lovely sense of mischief. —Country Life
About James and Neel
James developed a passion for wine whilst studying for a doctorate in biophysics at the University of Oxford. He has presided over the Oxford University Blind Tasting Society for two years running, conducting blind tastings from introductory sessions for beginners to more advanced explorations of the subtleties of fine wine. In the Oxford-Cambridge Varsity Blind Tasting Match he not only retook the ‘Top Taster’ prize, but also caught the attention of the pre-eminent wine critic Jancis Robinson who sung his praises in the Financial Times. James is the founder of the Oxford Wine Blog.
Neel is a psychiatrist, philosopher, award-winning writer, and wine lover who lives and teaches in Oxford, where he also runs the Meaning of Madness course (www.themeaningofmadness.com). He developed a passion for wine through the Oxford University Wine Circle, for which he has organised tasting events with producers such as Mouton-Rothschild, Vega Sicilia, and Pol Roger Champagne. He regularly presents fine wine blind tastings in Oxford and is himself an accomplished blind taster.
Oxford Summer School on the Appreciation of Fine Wine With James Flewellen and Dr Neel Burton 10-16 August 2013
Booking Details Dates: Saturday 10th August through to Friday 16th August 2013 Venue: Morris Room, Exeter College, Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DP Fees: £1690 residential, £880 non-residential Accommodation: Saturday night to Friday morning in Exeter College Meals: Breakfast is included with accommodation, but not other meals. We have preferential rates with a number of local restaurants. Enquiries and enrolment:email@example.com