The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

Business experts and masterclass line up for SITT tasting


Visitors to next month’s SITT tasting in London on February 29 can look forward to a masterclass on Long Island wine and a seminar offering a “Blueprint for Success” for … Continue reading

January 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Natural wines “Not for the masses”


One of the UK’s top natural wine importers has spoken out about the natural wine movement, comparing the wines to the works of Karl Marx. “Natural wines require a critical … Continue reading

January 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Wine writer Matthew Jukes wins top Australian award


Wine journalist Matthew Jukes has been crowned Honorary Australian of the Year for his contribution to the Australian wine industry. Jukes picked up the accolade, which is awarded annually to … Continue reading

January 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Croatian wine looks to crack global market


Croatian wine has “risen phoenix-like from the ashes” and is set to make a big impact on the international wine market, according to one of the country’s top producers. “The … Continue reading

January 20, 2012 · 3 Comments

Icewine harvest back on in Germany


 A cold snap has guaranteed icewine for Germany’s producers in the 2011 vintage but conditions have been less favourable in North America. The mild winter over 2011/12 initially made it … Continue reading

January 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

Croser: Cabernet a cornerstone for Chile’s future


Australian winemaker and consultant Brian Croser has spoken out in praise of Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon, calling it “a cornerstone for the future of Chilean wine.” Speaking at the inaugural South … Continue reading

January 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Has Bordeaux’s Bubble Burst?


Prices for top wines are slipping as Chinese customers have second thoughts. Prices of Bordeaux’s top growths have plummeted during the past six months. A variety of factors are at … Continue reading

January 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Chopard boss buys Bergerac chateau


Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, co-president of the Chopard luxury watch business, has acquired major Bergerac wine estate Chateau Monestier La Tour. [Image: Christine Ontivéro] Scheufele, a self-professed lover of Château Haut-Brion, opened rare … Continue reading

January 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

‘The Glass Half Full’ Podcast Promo 2


Please listen in to the second promo for our up and coming podcast The Glass Half Full @ magicmike29.podbean.com Also available on iTunes Do Subscribe for future releases.

January 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Carmenere deserves promotion to Premiership of grape varieties, says Atkin


Carmenere, the indigenous Chilean grape variety, can now claim to have gained promotion to the so-called “Premiership” of first class wine varieties, according to wine critic and broadcaster, Tim Atkin … Continue reading

January 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Maison des Bulliats – Harpers article. Full version.


harpers.co.uk Recently I had the fortune of having my first article published by Harpers. A small step to what I hope will be the beginning of a career in wine … Continue reading

January 17, 2012 · 1 Comment

Hatch Mansfield En Primeur Tasting. London, 2012


BAFTA, 195 Picadilly, London.  BAFTA was the venue today for UK wine agents, Hatch Mansfield, annual En Primeur tasting.    Louis Jadot In Philip Tuck MW 2010 Burgundy Vintage Report … Continue reading

January 16, 2012 · 1 Comment

Icewine harvest in grave doubt as temperatures fail to drop


Icewine production in North America and Europe this year will be almost non-existent due to abnormally warm temperatures. Icewine picking [Image: Wines of Canada] In the Mosel last week thermometers rarely dropped … Continue reading

January 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

Burgundy lovers ‘buzzing’ for ‘surprise’ 2010 vintage


Yields were down as much as 40% on 2009, but Burgundy lovers are shelling out up to 10% more for the “surprisingly good” 2010 vintage. As the en primeur campaign kicked … Continue reading

January 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

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