Thursdays, that pesky day between Hump Day and Friday. Some might even call it the ultimate slump day. We understand those not-quite-Friday feelings and come hailing with the perfect solution to help you unwind and kick start your ascent towards the weekend. Introducing Wine Down Thursdays, The Oxford Hotel’s answer to our inherent Thursday desire to relax. Thanks to Girl About Town, Wine Down Thursdays bring the wine tasting experience to you. A novel wine tasting within the ever-inviting Oxford Hotel, do you really need any other Riesling (pun fully intended).
Passionate about shining a light on local and imported wines that illuminate the industry, The Oxford Hotel is sharing their love of good wine with the public. The Oxford’s manager, Stephen Visentin, has extensive experience in the industry. With a resume boasting sommelier work at East End Cellars, Edinburgh Cellars and even the original Universal Wine Bar back in the 90’s, expertise and fervor for good wine radiate from not only Stephen himself but the entire establishment.
The Oxford has played host to Wine Down Thursdays since July 30th of this year. Since then, the North Adelaide establishment have seen local wineries from the Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and the Barossa showcasing the best they have on offer. Also showcasing their portfolio have been wine distributors with a range of both local and imported varieties. We love nothing better than good local produce and by hosting the likes James Haliday’s latest 5 Star Winery, Stage Door Wines & Eden Hall Wines, Wine Down Thursdays have us fizzing.
Thursday, October 20th, saw The Oxford host Muster Wine Co. Locally based at Richmond Road, the premium distributor and importer showcased a range of stunning wines from their portfolio. Leading the tasting was sommelier Craig, who with a lifetime surrounded by the industry and a clear depth of knowledge was the perfect match to guide us through the collection of both local and imported wines. Ideal for novices and the more experienced tasters alike, the tasting was a tailored experience dependent on interests, preferences and group size, ‘you have to get out there and try everything, that’s what life’s about’.
The tasting itself took us through five of the best that Muster have to offer. Craig guided us through the traditional story of tasting from light whites to the more intense reds. We sampled Sauvignon Blancs from both Lenswood and Marlborough and Colombard with hints of Pinot Grigio through to Shiraz and Zolo Malbec from Argentina. Better yet, the sommelier each week food matches two of the selected wines. We chowed down on the week’s pairing of Flame Grilled Chicken w/ Colombard as well as T-bone Steak w/ Shiraz. Delicious Oxford food and perfectly paired wines, what more could you want?
Next time you need to wind down, why not wine down instead and head on over to The Oxford Hotel. Wineries and wholesalers are announced ahead of time, so be sure to keep up with The Oxford’s social media here.
Where? 101 O’Connell St, North Adelaide
When? Every other Thursday. 5PM – 8P
All images by Ben Neale