Contact Oakley Wine Agencies

Oakley Wine Agencies

26 Hythe Quay
Colchester CO2 8JB  

Tel +44 01206 863330
Fax +44 01206 866460
Mob +44 07711 056773 (Nick)
Mob +44 07738 470371 (Charlotte)

Skype nick.oakley
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What the journalists say

Found this great little video short


What a fab place! - The New St Wine Shop - London Liverpool Street

I was lucky enough to visit here twice in the last month, and what a great place!

Situated just opposite the bustling hub that is Liverpool Street Station, and tucked away on New Street, it's a chilled out safe haven for any wine lover! The concept of the shop is great, because not only do they have fridges and shelves full of the worlds wonderful wines but also an array of wooden tables and chairs where you can sit and relax. The New Street Wine Shop offers corkage of £8 on any bottle purchased in the shop and serves wines by the glass, which you can sip at in the warmly lit venue. If you're feeling peckish, which most people are once they have had a glass or two, they offer a wonderful menu of charcuterie, cheeses and nuts. If you haven't been there, you really must go and check it out for yourselves. A perfect place to meet friends after work or to kill some time when you're waiting for a train.....



Left: Menu for mixed plates of Charcuetrie and cheese.

Right: A nice glass of Southern French red, and a plate of delicious salami, and Jamon...with bread! Heavenly it was!

Below: A snap shot of the bar area where the food and drinks are prepared by specially trained staff.






Upcoming tastings

We have various consumer tastings coming up where we will be showing selections of our portfolio. Here is a list of upcoming shows and links to purchase tickets if you fancy;


Duncan Murray Wines Tasting (Market Harborough)- 19 October - Click here

Tesco Wine Fair (Edinburgh) - 20/21 October - Click here

Tesco Wine Fair (London) - 27/28 October - Click here

The Wine Gang show (London) - 3 November - Click here

The Butchers Arms (Priors Hardwick) - 20 November - Click here

Three Wine Men consumer tasting - 8/9 December - Click here




A flying visit to Portugal and Spain continued...

Our next stop after Quinta de Gomariz was Cazas Novas, again in the Vinho Verde region in the Baião area. It boasts outstanding views accross the valley, and a small watchtower with a hammock where we enjoyed a Superbock before lunch. The estate is owned by Carlos Coutinho and the house at the centre of the beatifully pruned gardens is also a guesthouse for visitors to the area. The house also has a pool, which is a basic essential in any Portuguese summer. The wine we take from here is a delicious white wine called Cazas Novas made from two varieties - Arinto and Avesso. It's crisp, zingy and full of citrus.



After lunch we headed to the Douro where we were off to stay the evening at the wonderful Quina Nova estate, about 20 minutes along some precarious backroads from Pinão. The estate is magnificent, and was originally owned by Burmester - a traditional Port house. The Amorim family took over in 1999 and turned it to a winery which made table wines as well as Port and created stunning hotel accommodation too. The whole estate is planted on the steep terraced slopes of the Douro, with schist soils made up of granite and limestone. The site is very hot and dry which gives the Quinta Nova wines their typical Douroesque style. Before dinner we even managed a brief, and much needed dip in the pool.



A flying visit to Portugal and Spain

To complete Charlotte's trip to familiarize her with all of the winery partners we work with, we took a trip to Northern Portugal, and also spent time accross the border is Spain. Last Autumn we did the South and the Beira Interior, so what better time to go to than now? - in a hot Portuguese summer and avoid all this UK rain.... Here is a diary of what we got up to;

 Arriving on Sunday 15th July on an evening flight we woke up fresh and early to begin our trip on Monday morning heading straight into Vinho Verde. First stop was Quinta de Gomariz in Ave, where we met up with Vitor Mendes for a tour of the winery and vineyards. The site is lush and green with vineyards full of Alvarinho, Loureiro and much more, with the Espadeiro variety trained high on canopies around the circumference of the vineyards. When inside Vitor showed us the proud selection of trophies that they have achieved over the years - the most impressive selection I must say. We then tasted the wines which lived up to their achievements and tasted a delicious sparkling Alvarinho which is a new venture that the winery are working on....