Cambridge University Wine Society

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The Cambridge University Wine Society (CUWS; formerly known as the Cambridge University Wine and Food Society) is a traditional membership club, one of the Registered Clubs & Societies of University of Cambridge, England, founded in 1792.[1][2] The society aims to introduce university students to the world of wine through regular tastings during the academic term, and other activities and events. Membership is open to the public.

A number of past members have entered the international wine trade[3]. Prominent wine writer Hugh Johnson joined as an undergraduate at King's College, Cambridge in the 1950s, with his roommate and fellow member Adrian Cowell.[4] Members participate in the annual Varsity blind wine tasting match, sponsored by champagne house Pol Roger.[5][6][7] and other blind wine tasting competitions.[8][9][10][11]. The society and competitions were described in detail in the 2013 book "Reds, Whites & Varsity Blues: 60 years of the Oxford & Cambridge Blind Wine-Tasting Competition".

In January 2013 the Society marked the 350th anniversary of the day diarist Samuel Pepys "drank a sort of French wine called Ho Bryan, that hath a good and most particular taste that I never met with." Pepys graduated from Magdalene College in 1654.[12].

CUWS alumni[edit]

Notable alumni include[13]:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cambridge University Wine Society". www.cuws.co.uk. 
  2. ^ "Registered Clubs and Societies". University of Cambridge. Retrieved 2 July 2017. 
  3. ^ Roger, Pol (2013). Reds, whites and varsity blues : 60 years of the Oxford & Cambridge blind wine-tasting competition. Pavilion. ISBN 978-1-909108-28-8. 
  4. ^ Sale, Jonathon (17 January 2008). "Passed/Failed: An education in the life of Hugh Johnson, the world's bestselling wine author". The Independent. Retrieved 2 July 2017. 
  5. ^ "blind wine tasting an exam for students". www.wsj.com. 
  6. ^ "Wine talk: scholarly rivalry cambridge noses vs oxford palates". NY times. 
  7. ^ "The wine race". Financial Times. 
  8. ^ "Left Bank Bordeaux cup winners 2017". Decanter. 
  9. ^ "Imperial College London Business School and University of Cambridge qualify for Left Bank Bordeaux Cup final". Decanter. 
  10. ^ "Resultats Left Bank Bordeaux Cup 2013" (PDF). Commanderie du bon temps. 
  11. ^ "SPIT tasting". Science po. 
  12. ^ "Haut-Brion celebrates 350th anniversary of Samuel Pepys connection in Cambridge". Decanter. 
  13. ^ Roger, Pol (2013). Reds, whites and varsity blues : 60 years of the Oxford & Cambridge blind wine-tasting competition. Pavilion. ISBN 978-1-909108-28-8. 
  14. ^ "Robin Don". The Institute of Masters of Wine. Retrieved 2 July 2017.