The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

Cannabis wine catching on in California

A number of California winemakers are secretly producing wines laced with cannabis, with Cabernet Sauvignon the grape variety of choice for the blend. “Pot wine is increasingly fashionable in wine … Continue reading

April 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

A brief consumers guide to buying wine.

I have worked within wine retail since 1995 and during that time I have listened to all types of questions and answers from customers regarding wine. When it comes to … Continue reading

April 14, 2012 · 3 Comments

Touraine ready to unveil new sub-regions

Two newly defined Loire sub-regions of AOC Touraine are due to be released onto the market from 1 May 2012. Touraine Oisly and Touraine Chenonceaux represent the culmination of over … Continue reading

April 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Wine trade community website launches

A wine-trade only website combining social networking, a commercial marketplace and worldwide database launched in the UK and France today. features an aggregated news section, events and competitions and … Continue reading

April 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

English Malbec ‘Impossible to buy’

Chapel Down’s collaboration with Wines of Argentina can’t be called a wine and is not allowed to be sold. The cross-continent venture hit EU red tape and although the ‘wine’ has an official … Continue reading

April 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Robert Parker report: ‘Appearance of impropriety’ in Campo/Miller arrangements

The Wine Advocate’s arrangements in Spain last year created ‘inappropriate ambiguity’ and fell short of the high standards the organisation sets itself, an investigation has found. Parker: ‘ineffectual’ management? Philadelphia … Continue reading

April 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Champagne & Hot Dog Restaurant

A new restaurant is to open in London serving Champagne and hot dogs. Bubbledogs will offer a choice of 10 hot dogs and will serve grower Champagnes as well as … Continue reading

April 11, 2012 · 3 Comments

Bordeaux 2011: Chateau Angludet first to release

Medoc cru bourgeois Chateau Angludet is the first Bordeaux 2011 to release – at £198 a case in bond from London merchants. Angludet is €16 a bottle direct from the … Continue reading

April 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Magics Wine Guide & Reviews for Newbies. 1st Birthday.

 Today Magics Wine Guide & Reviews for Newbies celebrates its 1st birthday. A year ago a friend of mine suggested I start a wine blog. She suggested that I could, … Continue reading

April 10, 2012 · 8 Comments

Sogrape Expands to Spain, Buying Bodegas LAN

Portugal’s largest wine company buys a leading Rioja winery Portugal’s largest wine company is expanding to Spain. Sogrape has announced that it has purchased Bodegas LAN, a Rioja producer known … Continue reading

April 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Louis Latour seeks solutions in Beaujolais

Maison Louis Latour is stepping up its activity in Beaujolais as a solution to the increasing pressure on Burgundy’s Pinot Noir supplies. The move includes investment in the new appellations … Continue reading

April 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

Neusiedlersee is Austria’s latest appellation

Neusiedlersee has been named as the latest DAC appellation in Austria – completing the family of DACs in Burgenland and the first to focus on the Zweigelt grape variety. Neusiedlersee: … Continue reading

April 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Olympics to provide Fairtrade boost

The Fairtrade Foundation is hoping the 12% value increase in wine sales in the off-trade, coupled with its Olympic supply partnership deal, will boost its on-trade profile. Between 2009 and … Continue reading

April 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

German Riesling stars in trade promo

In a bid to reinvigorate the image of German Riesling in the UK, Wines of Germany is launching an initiative to highlight the grape’s food matching capabilities and versatility. The … Continue reading

April 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

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