Wine Club

Welcome to the Kirtlington Wine Club!

The new calendar of events for 2016 will be uploaded at the end of this year.

The Kirtlington Wine Club gathers several times a year to enjoy guided tastings around a particular theme such as grape variety or region. The current KW Club committee members are: Didi Spencer, Sharon Escott, Jacqui Hogan, Michael Shackelton, David Grimshaw and Robert Spencer. See further below our wine recommendations each month.

If you wish to be added to the e-mail and events list, or to book an event, please email Didi on: or call 07590 613752.

About the Kirtlington Wine Club

The club started with a fantastic evening of wine quiz and tasting in May 2010 and, since then, we have had quite a few lovely evenings, both fun and informative. For example, we held an Argentinian evening and an Italian tasting (both hosted by Lee Isaacs from the Oxford Wine Company), a Christmas Sparkles, Whites and Reds Evening (hosted by Didi and Robert), and two visits to the Bothy Vineyard near Frilford Heath.


‘Wine Man’s Bluff’ (a fun tasting quiz night), 12th June 2014, 7.30pm,

Old versus New World: A Guided Wine Tasting, 3rd April 2014, 7.30pm,

‘The Perfect Match’, 30th January 2014, 7.30pm,

‘Christmas Wines’, 14th November 2013, 7.30pm,

‘Summer Sparkles’,  20th June, 2013,  7.30pm

‘Personal Favourites from the New and the Old World’, 21st February, 2013, 7.30pm

About the Committee:

Chair: Didi Spencer

Didi is the Wine Steward of Linacre College, University of Oxford and has completed the Advanced Certificate with the UK Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) with Michael Palij, Master of Wine. Didi attends regular wine tastings at the University of Oxford in order to select wines for the college and the village wine tastings. She is interested in wine-growing and in the variety of wine-cultures around the world.


Sharon Escott

Jacqui Hogan

David Grimshaw

Michael Shackelton

Robert Spencer

The Kirtlington Wine Committee Recommends (since Dec 2012 )

September 2013

Red: Ch. D’Angludet Margaux, 2002, £10.10 in 2003

White: Rully Blanc, 2009, £14.12

August 2013

Red: Monte Castrillo Tinto do Ribera Del Duero, 2010, £6.61

White (sparlking): Undurraga Brut (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay), Chile, £6.99

July 2013

Red: Chorey Les Beaune Jospeh Drouhin, 2009, £15.75

White: Clos Floridene 2010, 14. 91

June 2013

Red: Torremilanous Tinto Do Ribera Del Duero, 2009, £12.72

White: Mud House Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ, 2011, £8.75

May 2013

Red: Arbucala Joven Toro Bodegas Valuero, 2010, £ 7.77

White: Milton Estate, Te Aria, Chenin Blanc, 2010, £13.13

April 2013

Red: Domain Jean Jacque Girard Pinot Noir, 2011, £11.24

White: Kave Keintzheim-Kayzerberg, Pinot Gris, Alsace, 2010, £7.67

March 2013

Red: Nero D’Avola Il Meridione, 2010, £5.07

White: Domaine Cherrier Sancerre Blanc, 2011, £10.12

February 2013

We recommend the wines we tasted at our 21 Feb 2013 event:


2011 Mathawi Sauvignon Blanc, Wairarapa, New Zealand, £11

2010 Reverchon Riesling Trocken, Alte Reben, Mosel, £9

2009 Gewurztraminer Clos ‘Mon Vins Vieux Moulin’, Duhr Freres, Ahn Gollebour


2008 Chianti Riserva, Piccini, £7.83

2007 Barolo Milani, £15.99 (or buy two at Majestic for £12.99)

1999 Rioja Reserva, Decenio, £9.99

January 2013 – Italian


Zucchetto Prosecco Puro Fol 2011 £10.91 excl VAT Winetraders

White wines:

Saladini Pilastri Falerio 2011 £5.97 Excl VATWinetraders

Terredora Greco di Tufo 2011 £10.23 excl VAT Winetraders

Castellaro ‘Bianco Pomice’, 2010, Sicilia  16.62 excl VAT Winetraders

Red Wines:

Valpolicella Adalia 2011 £8.44 excl VATWinetraders

Ormanni 2008, Chianti Classico £10.23 excl VAT Winetraders

I Custodi delle vigne dell’Etna, ‘Aetneus’ 2007, Etna Rosso  £17.09 excl VAT Winetraders

‘Rocchettevino’ Barolo, 2007 Bovio £19.46 excl VAT Winetraders

Desert wines:

Mscato D’Asti 2011 £9.89 Oxford Wine Company

December 2012:


Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Domaine Jean Jacques Girard, France, 2010 
Barboursville Cabernet Franc, Reserve, Virginia, USA, 2008
Tapiz Torrontes, Mendoza, Argentina, 2011
Vina Real Gran Reserva, Rioja, Spain, 2005
Predator Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, USA, 2008
McGuigan Shiraz, Australia, 2010
Latitude, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Chile, 2011
Sancerre Blanc, Domaine Cherrier, France, 2011
Pouilly Fuisse, Autour de Fuisse, Domaine Ferret, France, 2010
Arboleda Sauvignon Blanc, Aconcagua Valley, Chile, 2010
Falcini, Vin Santo del Chianti, Podere Casale, Italy, 2006
Portium Cava Brut