The Oenophiliac

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Naked Wines offers $1million in global winemaker competition

Online wine retailer Naked Wines, is launching a global winemaking competition, that will guarantee $1million investment fund for the winners. Judged by hundreds of consumers, the aim of the $1million Zero to … Continue reading

March 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

First Syrian wine to hit UK

The first wine from Syria is about to be released onto the UK market. Bargylus bottles, and vineyards in Syria Domaine Bargylus, near the town of Lattaquie, or Latakia, in … Continue reading

March 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

ProWein 2013 set to expand

ProWein, the international wine and spirits fair which took place in  Düsseldorf last week, is expanding next year in Germany, and considering  taking the fair overseas. Show organiser Danila Avdiu … Continue reading

March 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Chocolate wine takes US and UK by storm

A chocolate infused wine called Chocolate Shop has surprised its creators with surging demand from a wide range of consumers in the US and UK. “We thought the market would … Continue reading

March 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Is California Facing a Grape Shortage?

Grape prices are going up, but consumers have grown accustomed to bargains California’s grapegrowers finally have something to cheer about—grape prices are going up. But does that mean higher prices … Continue reading

March 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

Camel Valley and Ridge View top latest blind test

English sparkling favourites Camel Valley and Ridge View came out ahead in a major tasting of 94 sparkling wines – most of them from the UK – held in London … Continue reading

March 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

Moet embarks on major expansion

Moet & Chandon is undertaking a major expansion of its production facilities, in anticipation of rising global demand for Champagne. // Moët: ‘anticipate capacity’ The company has been focusing on … Continue reading

March 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Negociants UK to sell direct to independents

Yalumba owned, Negociants UK is to begin selling its wines direct to independent merchants and restaurants. It has added wines from Barossa Valley’s and Brokenwood from the Hunter Valley, as … Continue reading

March 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Rioja produces first commercial sweet wines

Two Rioja producers have revived the region’s tradition of producing late-harvest wines. Raisined Viura in January, Bodegas Loli Casado Dinastía Vivanco and Bodegas Loli Casado, both in Rioja Alavesa, are among the … Continue reading

March 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

English Wine Producers announces summer trade activities

English Wine Producers (EWP), has announced two key activities this year to help the trade work more closely with the industry during the Queen’s Jubilee and London Olympics. The Annual English Wine … Continue reading

March 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

François Lurton Sells His Portuguese Wineries

Global vintner bids farewell to the Douro Valley because of tough local economy  French vintner François Lurton has sold his ownership stake in his two high-quality Portuguese estates, Quinta do … Continue reading

March 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

Competition. UKVINE – UK Wine Label of the Year 2012. Do you think your wine label designs stand head and shoulders above the competition?  On the first anniversary of the launch of, the website’s founders James Graham and … Continue reading

March 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Marlborough touted as next big Pinot region

Marlborough is emerging as one of the most exciting regions to watch for New Zealand Pinot Noir, according to a number of the country’s top producers. Steve Smith MW, founder … Continue reading

March 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

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