The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

Interview with Phil Handford. Winegrower and MD of Grasshopper Rock Wines


I received a very nice Tweet from Phil Handford, MD of Grasshopper Rock Wines, regarding my Sam Neill interview. As it turns out, Phil is a neighbour of Sam’s. So … Continue reading

June 23, 2011 · 1 Comment

Vinexpo – US finds UK market a ‘tough nut to crack’


US producers are finding the UK market a ‘tough nut to crack’ due to production costs, and a more rigorous UK pricing structure, according to US producers and exporters at Vinexpo. … Continue reading

June 23, 2011 · Leave a comment

Upcoming Events


Upcoming Events Tastes of Argentina Tastes of Argentina is back for the third year running! We’ve got: two exciting masterclasses led by Phil Crozier, interactive food and wine Matching with … Continue reading

June 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

St Emilion classification to go ahead


The St Emilion classification has finally been signed off by the French government. The legal notification of the classification, which has been in limbo since it was sent to the French … Continue reading

June 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

Bordeaux, Burgundy expect 2011 harvest to be ‘earliest ever’


In common with Champagne, Bordeaux and Burgundy are preparing for the earliest harvest ever as record sunlight hours and temperatures have advanced the vegetative cycle. Most wine regions have traditionally … Continue reading

June 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

Emiliana pushes premium message


Emiliana Vineyards is on a mission to establish itself as Chile’s leading premium organic producer thanks to a packaging revamp and newlook logo. The redesign across Emiliana’s five ranges has … Continue reading

June 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

UK is no longer number one wine market, says Mentzendorff’s Andrew Hawes


The UK wine trade needs to come to terms with the fact it is no longer the number one market for many international wine producers, according to Andrew Hawes, managing … Continue reading

June 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

Interview with Corlea Fourie. Winemaker at Bosman Wines, South Africa.


 http://bosmanwines.com 1- Name?  Corlea Fourie 2- Occupation?  Winemaker: Bosman Family Vineyards South Africa 3- How did you get into wine?  My father grew up on a wine farm in the … Continue reading

June 21, 2011 · 1 Comment

Interview with Laura Weiss. Fork Lift Driver.


I’ve set up two sets of questions. One for the General Public and the other for Wine Professionals. Let’s see what they have to say…. General Public. 1- Name? Laura Weiss. 2- Occupation? LTO/MOTC.  3- What … Continue reading

June 21, 2011 · Leave a comment

Chat with Sam Neill. Actor and Proprietor of Two Paddocks Wines.


A few days ago I sent a tweet to Sam Neill, actor and vigneron at ‘Two Paddocks’ Central Otago, New Zealand.   Much to my surprise, I received a reply a … Continue reading

June 19, 2011 · 4 Comments

Book Necessity. Jancis Robinson. The Oxford Companion to Wine.


A French chap walks into my store earlier today (18/6/11) and asks me about English wines, I only stock four, Nyetimber Brut, Nyetimber Rose, Ickworth Sparkling Rose and Primrose Hill. He … Continue reading

June 19, 2011 · Leave a comment

Interview with Tony Milanowski. Winemaking lecturer and course leader for BSc viticulture & oenology, Plumpton College.


1- Name? Tony Milanowski. 2- Occupation? Winemaking lecturer and course leader for BSc Viticulture & Oenology. Former pump & press jockey in Italy and Australia.   3- How did you get … Continue reading

June 17, 2011 · Leave a comment

Short interview with Matthew Jukes.


When I came up with the idea of asking wine professionals for mini interviews, to be honest, I wasn’t expecting a reply. Now, going by the intellectual questions I posed below, … Continue reading

June 17, 2011 · Leave a comment

Record high in medals at English & Welsh Wine awards


Nearly 90% of entries gained a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal in this year’s English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition, showing another record high in medals awarded. Nearly 90% … Continue reading

June 16, 2011 · Leave a comment

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