The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

Bordeaux Grands Crus hold first-ever tasting at London fair


In an attempt to shore up its UK market the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux held its first-ever tasting at the London International Wine Fair last week Palmer: it’s … Continue reading

May 24, 2011 · Leave a comment

Talking point. Non Alcoholic Wines


A friend of mine has just asked me a question regarding Non Alcoholic wines. Being a teetotaller, she experiences the same problems that every other non drinker has. The main being … Continue reading

May 23, 2011 · 2 Comments

European Wine Bloggers’ Conference speakers


George Taber, the only reporter to attend Steven Spurrier’s 1976 Judgement of Paris blind tasting, will be one of The 2011 European Wine Bloggers’ Conference two keynote speakers. Drawing on … Continue reading

May 23, 2011 · Leave a comment

Pinotage and Braai tasting. 21/05/11.


As the sun shone down in Clapham today we brought a wee bit of South Africa to South West London.  In conjunction with Nathans Art Shop we held a tasting … Continue reading

May 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

Quins v Stade Francais. Amlin Challenge Cup Final. Cardiff 2011.


A bit of a side track to my usual offering today. I was in Cardiff last night to watch the might Quins take on Stade Francais Paris at the Cardiff … Continue reading

May 21, 2011 · Leave a comment

Vallée de Vin said to be in talks with India’s Grover Vineyards


The owners of Vallée de Vin are said to be in talks to buy a significant stake in India’s Grover Vineyards. The Nasik-based winery is close to finalising a deal … Continue reading

May 20, 2011 · Leave a comment

Fine Aussie wines applauded in 100 Best list


This year’s 100 Best Australian Wines includes 12 producers who have been included in every single list since its inception in 2004. The 12 producers are De Bortoli, Fox Gordon, … Continue reading

May 19, 2011 · Leave a comment

Jeff Clarke will make Ara ‘standout’


Jeff Clarke, the new winemaker at New Zealand’s Ara, intends to keep the unique style of the winery while making it more of a ‘standout’ wine. Clarke feels that the … Continue reading

May 18, 2011 · Leave a comment

Bordeaux’s ‘Guggenheim’ unveiled


Bordeaux’s answer to Bilbao’s Guggenheim was revealed this week – drawing comparisons to a decanter, wine swirling in a glass and a ‘giant thumb’. The futuristic Wine Centre, plans for … Continue reading

May 18, 2011 · Leave a comment

English wines celebrate IWC gold medal wins


The only rosé in the world to win a gold medal at this year’s International Wine Challenge is from England. The medal winners were revealed today (May 17) at the London … Continue reading

May 18, 2011 · Leave a comment

Consumer buying habits revealed


The simplicity of a label, the wine’s colour and price are factors which most sway people to buy a certain a bottle. That’s the message from a panel of consumers … Continue reading

May 18, 2011 · Leave a comment

Where’s the consumer in all of this?


Let’s be honest – the LIWF is a bit of a love-in. As a wine trade journalist, I go to the fair to talk to people in the wine trade … Continue reading

May 18, 2011 · Leave a comment

Moet Chinese wine deal will ‘educate’ public


Moet Hennessy has signed a joint venture deal with a Chinese company to make high-end sparkling wine on the Chinese mainland. The deal will expand the country’s wine market by … Continue reading

May 18, 2011 · Leave a comment

LIWF 2011 – 17/5/11


The world of wine descends on an ever present Excel Exhibition Centre in London as the 2011 wine fair kicks off for three days of seminars and tastings. So let the … Continue reading

May 17, 2011 · Leave a comment

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