The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

Anthony Rose: ‘Fine wines have now become status symbols in Asia’


After the calm comes the storm in a wine glass. Between the tasting of the new 2010 Bordeaux vintage before Easter and a second showing of the wines at Vinexpo … Continue reading

July 9, 2011 · Leave a comment

Magics Musing. Independents V Supermarket.


 We all go to the supermarkets. It’s a necessity of life. They offer us everyday items that we need to survive. Unfortunately they are dominating our High St. Driving the … Continue reading

July 8, 2011 · Leave a comment

There’ll be sour grapes from the French… but it was a Brit who invented Champagne


The familiar ‘pop’ of the cork, the fizz spilling over the sides of the flute, and the bubbly dry taste — it could only be Champagne. Or should we say, … Continue reading

July 7, 2011 · Leave a comment

Nathan’s Wine Shop. Online Boutique Wine Store.


  nathanswineshop.co.uk Now here’s a slight change to my usual wine reviews.  An online boutique wine store review. Now I know that there are a million and one ways to purchase wine … Continue reading

July 7, 2011 · Leave a comment

Napa ‘unsuitable’ for premium wine in 30 years: study


Premium winemaking in Napa Valley could be impossible in 30 years according to a study into climate change. Scientists at Stanford University in California looked at four wine-growing counties in the western … Continue reading

July 7, 2011 · Leave a comment

France loses US market share but is most discussed online


France’s share of the US market has fallen significantly over the last year – but it is still generates the most online conversations of any country. France: less volume but … Continue reading

July 7, 2011 · Leave a comment

Wine strengths by country: which is the highest and which tells the truth?


How much alcohol is really in that glass of wine? New data shows which countries have the highest alcohol by volume – and which get it wrong. How much alcohol … Continue reading

July 6, 2011 · Leave a comment

Interview with Jo Sorenson. Brand Manager, Grupo Codorniu UK.


Grupo Codorniu are the UK suppliers of Codorniu Cava’s, Raimat, Septima wines, to name a few. I’m delighted that Jo Sorenson, Brand Manager at Codorniu has offered up her views. Here’s … Continue reading

July 5, 2011 · Leave a comment

Harpers blog of the week. Issue no 60.


In the June 17th issue of Harpers Wine and Spirit Trades Review my blog was featured as “Blog of the Week.” So just to show I’m not making this up … Continue reading

July 5, 2011 · Leave a comment

Wine alcohol strength ‘systematically’ understated on labelling


Study of 129,000 wines reveals some vintners deliberately – but legally – market wine as less alcoholic than it is. Farmers pick grapes of the Merlot-Cot stock during the wine … Continue reading

July 5, 2011 · Leave a comment

Oxidation problem makes white Burgundy ‘unreliable’


The problems of oxidation in older white Burgundy are going – but not gone, Stephen Brook says in the latest issue of Decanter. Meursault: cellaring risk? Burgundy aficionados have long been … Continue reading

July 4, 2011 · Leave a comment

Grasshopper Rock Pinot Noir 2009


 Grasshopper Rock 2009 Central Otago – New Zealand Grape Variety – Pinot Noir ABV – 14.1% Clean, pale purple colour. Intense blackcurrant, raspberry aromas. Palate matches the nose, blackcurrant, some … Continue reading

July 4, 2011 · 1 Comment

Wines of the week: Baileyana Grand Firepeak Cuvée 2007; Clay Station Viognier 2009; Bonterra Vineyards Lake County Muscat 2008/09


Sunday lunch Baileyana Grand Firepeak Cuvée 2007 To mark American Independence Day tomorrow, this is the first of three fascinating Californian wines: a sophisticated, silky Pinot Noir from the Edna … Continue reading

July 3, 2011 · Leave a comment

Wines of the week: David Williams. The Observer.


Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Awatere Valley Riesling, Marlborough, New Zealand 2010 (£8.99, Sainsbury’s, sainsburys.co.uk) That most Germanic of grapes, riesling, is thriving Down Under. Already a classic in the dry styles … Continue reading

July 3, 2011 · Leave a comment

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