The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

Lower-alcohol wines for Blue Nun


Blue Nun has entered the lower alcohol wine market with the launch of a sub-brand called Delicate. The 5.5% abv wines come in four styles: Crisp Fruity White, Crisp Fruity … Continue reading

January 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

A vine romance with chardonnay


Wine snobs and doubters, listen up – chardonnay is getting its mojo back. Sure, it’s not about to overtake our industry darling, sauvignon blanc, any time soon, but it is … Continue reading

January 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Yannick Evenou buys Chateau Réaut via Facebook share offer


Yannick Evenou, managing director of Chateau La Dominique, Chateau Fayat and Chateau Clement-Pichon, has bought a Cotes de Bordeaux estate in his own name. Part of a 12-strong consortium, Evenou (pictured) bought … Continue reading

January 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Registration opens for 23rd Wines from Spain Trade Fair


The 23rd Annual Wines from Spain Trade Fair will take place on March 1, in Old Billingsgate. Fifty-eight Spanish wine importers will present new releases from the 2011 vintage as … Continue reading

January 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Northern Restaurant & Bar trade show calls for registration


The Northern Restaurant & Bar, returns to Manchester Central for its 11th year. The two day event on March 12 and 13, will welcome trade-only exhibitors and visitors including brewers, … Continue reading

January 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Glass Half Full Podcast Promo


A quick one minute promo for our up and coming Podcast ‘The Glass Half Full’ So, do I have a voice for the ether? What do you think of the … Continue reading

January 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

China overtakes UK to become fifth largest wine-consuming nation: Vinexpo


In the past year, China has overtaken the UK to join the list of the world’s top five wine-consuming nations, according to new figures released by Vinexpo. Results from the … Continue reading

January 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

UK wine consumption to fall 4% by 2015, says Vinexpo


UK wine consumption will drop between 2011 and 2015 as consumers “drink better and less”, according to new figures released by Vinexpo. The International Wine & Spirit Research’s five year … Continue reading

January 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

‘The Glass Half Full’ Podcast.


  The world of podcasting is about to be enlightened as Magic is going vocal on the web with ‘THE GLASS HALF FULL’ Along with my colleague, Aubrey Collins, we … Continue reading

January 11, 2012 · 4 Comments

Australia grubbing up programme ‘too slow’ and too little


Wine bosses in Australia are frustrated by the slow progress of the country’s vine removal programme, with around half the projected amount of vines being grubbed up since 2009. Australia: … Continue reading

January 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

Tasting Season is upon us.


No sooner do the salutations of a New Year pass then the various suppliers, and agents, start promoting their forthcoming tastings. My own personal New Years Resolution was to attend … Continue reading

January 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Story


It broke into the international wine scene back in the early 1980s like a Hawaiian shirt arriving at a black tie function. Those loud herbaceous flavours and the aftershave-like zing … Continue reading

January 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

EU resolves White Zinfandel row


A dispute over the use of the term White Zinfandel in the European Union has been resolved. The row broke out last autumn after Italian authorities complained about the grape … Continue reading

January 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

London’s first Italian wine specialist opens


London’s first specialist Italian wine merchant has opened with the biggest selection of Italian wines in the country. Vini Italiani in the upmarket district of South Kensington is run by a … Continue reading

January 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

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