We can organise wine, beer and spirit tastings to suit your budget. These can either be tutored or just "hedonistic" and can be held either in the shop or at a location of your choice. You may want us to come and run an evening social at your office, or let us match drinks for a meal in a restaurant. Get in contact and we can sort it all out.
1964 Vintage comes of age
Apr. 14-Nick Burton hit 50 on Friday and would appreciate a sympathetic pat on the back if you're around the shop this week. Quite how his boyish looks have survived his rock and roll career and his subsequent alcohol related interests is a wonder to us all however, I'm sure you'll all join in wishing him many happy returns.
Gearing up for Prowein
Nick of to DÜsseldorf
Mar. 9-Nick is polishing up his tasting boots for his annual pilgrimage to Düsseldorf for Prowein. It's an opportunity for him to meet up with majority of our Italian winemakers for whom Germany is one of their most important markets. He'll be catching up on the latest news and gossip as well as sampling the latest vintages.
Nick also has a shopping list and we'll be looking to strengthen up a few areas with the very best wines we can find. So spare a thought for the poor lamb as he samples his way through hundreds of wines on 23-25th March.
Taking into account Oeno's remorseless march into the world of spirits Nick will also be keeping an eye out for some gins, vodkas and whiskies from Germany. Would you believe there are over 50 whisky distilleries in Germany?-PROST!
Discoveries in the Mystic East
Apr. 8-It is often assumed that the search for new and exciting drinks for the shop involves exotic travel around the sunsoaked regions of Europe, sampling wines in the vine-dappled shade of an Italian veranda. To be honest it more often takes place in the chill of a cellar somewhere where very young wine is drunk at very cold temperatures or in a soulless utilitarian building through which hordes of winemakers are trooped to offer their near identical (and often underwhelming) wares.
So it should not surprise you that our latest beers come from the London Bourough of Hackney. Five Points Brewing Company has just over 12 months of history, being opened in March 2013. It's owned by Edward Mason who also owns The Duke of Wellington in nearby Dalston and also Whitelocks (a bit of a beer destination) in the middle of Leeds and a pub I know pretty well. They currently offer 3 beers - Five Points Ale, Hook Island Red and Railway Porter - and we now have all in stock. The Five Points Ale is an interesting blend of old and new, eschewing the rich, sweet, maltiness of many heavily hopped beers and delivery a dry, thirst-quenching pale ale. The Red is a style of beer not often found in Britain a well hopped red ale with a long clean finish. The Railway Porter delivers the chocolatey richness without ever being too sweet and heavy.
Beavertown Brewery is also in Hackney but this time in the De Beauvoir Town area - hence the name. The brewery was set up by Logan Plant (son of Robert Plant) in 2011 and brewed out of a pub called Duke's Brew & Cue. Popularity and growth forced them to move out of the pub into their own brewery site on Fish Island - right next to the Olympic Park. We're currently offering 3 of their beers - Black Betty - a black IPA; Gamma Ray - an American style pale ale; 8-ball - a Rye IPA. All excellent and great labels.
Oeno goes wild
Magnificent Seven from Somerset
Oeno is going wild this month with a selection of beers from our new friends at the Wild Beer Company down near Shepton Mallet.
They specialise in beers in the broadly Belgian "saison" style - which happens to be Giles' favourite! A mixture of IPA's, some barrel aged beers, a variety of saisons and a sourdough beer brewed with sourdough yeast from our erstwhile neighbours - Hobb's House!
We're hoping to arrange a food matching meal featuring the beers of the Wild Beer Co in the near future so keep an eye on the website and weekly mailshot for more details.
Whisky Tasting this Thursday
Just 2 tickets left
Apr. 17-What better way to start the Easter weekend that with a few whiskies at our "Wee Scottish Dream" tasting in the shop this Thursday - 17th April. We'll be sampling whiskies from all the official Scotch whisky regions. The current line-up for the night is Highland Park 12 year old, Auchentoshan 12 year old, Springbank 15 year old, Benromach 10 year old and a Caol Ila 2001 cask strength. We'll also be finishing the night on a mystery malt! At only £20 per head this represents a very economical way to tour Scotland and by saving on driving it's good for the environment too.
Another First for Oeno
Mar. 6-Mackmyra Brukwhisky has now made an appearance in the shop and I'm very pleased to report it's every bit as good as we'd been led to believe. A very complex, sweet, medium bodied whisky which we expect to hit the spot for many of our customers.
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