Ernie Loosen at Oxford University Wine Circle

Ernie Loosen and pals at Oxford University
Dr. Loosen and J. L. Wolf winemaker Ernie Loosen recently had the pleasure of conducting a tasting at Oxford University Wine Circle. Oxford’s oldest and most prestigious Wine Circle, attracting top wine producers and speakers from around the world.

Presenters at the circle bring six to 10 wines for the group to taste, and share their expert knowledge on everything from winemaking techniques to the history of their wineries.

Wikipedia says:

Ernie Loosen and Eóin Walshe, President of the Oxford University Wine Circle
“The Society has been established many years, and regularly hosts some of the world’s foremost wineries. Oxford University is also notable for having many of the world’s leading wine writers amongst its alumni. Many of the Colleges of the University of Oxford still manage sizeable fine wine cellars below their old buildings, maintained by Fellows and University dons with the honorific title of “Keeper of the Wine” or “Wine Steward”. These great wines are frequently available to students and as such the wine tasting culture of Oxford has been described as a phenomenon in itself.”
Read the entire Wikipedia entry here (and note that Ernie is included in the list of speakers).

In Good Company

Ernie joins a prestigious list of former speakers to the Wine Circle, including:

Bordeaux first growths– Ch. Margaux, Ch. Haut-Brion, Ch. Latour, Ch. Mouton Rothschild.

Bordeaux second growths– Ch. Brane-Cantenac, Ch. Cos d’Estournel, Ch. Léoville-Barton, Gruaud Larose, Ch. Montrose, Ch.Brane Cantenac

Bordeaux third growths– Ch. Palmer Margaux, Ch Cantenac-Brown Margaux

Bordeaux fourth/fith growths– Ch. Branaire Ducru, Ch. Lynch Bages

Top Rhone Producers– Ch. de Beaucastel, Jaboulet, Maison Chapoutier, Delas Frères, Ch. La Nerthe

Foremost Burgundy and Champagne Houses– Domaine Dujac, Louis Jadot, Champagne Bollinger, Champagne Pol Roger, Champagne Taittinger.

Spain: Vega Sicilia, Torres

More pics of this event at the Dr. Loosen Winery Facebook page.