The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

Imelda Duffard – The benefit of salads. Suggestions with wines to match.

A lot of people believe that a salad is not a meal, it’s just a side that gives a touch of freshness to the whole meal. Why would people choose … Continue reading

August 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Decanter – Casella announces new $10 wine

Yellow Tail maker Casella is planning to launch a US$10 wine – double the price of the brand that has brought it global sales of more than 30m cases. Yellow … Continue reading

August 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Decanter – Spain predicted smaller harvest, higher grape prices

As harvest gets underway in Spain, observers are predicting a reduction in quantity, while prices for bulk wine are already substantially higher than last year. Rioja: allowed irrigation The harvest … Continue reading

August 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Decanter – First full history of Bordeaux first growths to be published

The first-ever comprehensive history of all five first growths, by Decanter writer Jane Anson and with a foreword by Francis Ford Coppola, will be published next month. During the writing … Continue reading

August 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Toni ‘The Doc’ Cascio Reviews – California’s Meiomi Pinot Noir

 Meiomi Pinot Noir Region 1 Climate (UC Davis Classification) – Coastal California Yes, Meiomi Pinot Noir seduced me. (Don’t tell my husband!) Before trying this wine, I was never a … Continue reading

August 22, 2012 · 9 Comments

Press Democrat: Bucking the trends. How US Vintners are producing against the commercial grain.

It wasn’t that long ago that wine-drinking in America came down to two options, red or white. Not anymore. As harvest gets under way in Sonoma County, there are many … Continue reading

August 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Magic Mike Reviews: The Grinder Pinotage & Groenendal Merlot

Over the last month or so my wine rack has been dominated by South African wine. This has all stemmed from an event I attended in London to highlight wines … Continue reading

August 21, 2012 · 2 Comments

Toni ‘The Doc’ Cascio Reviews – RELAX Pink Rosé

  RELAX Pink Blend Spain Drinking RELAX Pink makes you believe that you can hang onto the little bit of summer that’s left. It’s smooth, light, and refreshing, and I … Continue reading

August 20, 2012 · 4 Comments

Decanter – Wine grape ‘bible’ poised for publication

A 1,200-page guide to the world’s wine grape varieties, billed as the most comprehensive ever published and co-authored by Jancis Robinson MW, is published this autumn. The heavyweight tome, Wine Grapes, … Continue reading

August 20, 2012 · 1 Comment

Harpers – Napa Valley proclaims 2012 vintage a ‘classic’

The Napa Valley is getting ready to kick off its 2012 harvest with winemakers describing it as “one of the most balanced crops in years”, thanks to the “marvellous growing … Continue reading

August 20, 2012 · 4 Comments

Imelda’s Summer Sweets – Mocha Chocolate Mousse & Lime Cream with Renard Barnier NV Champagne

Summertime…   After a long week and a lot of work, I finally have a night for myself, lying on the sofa, listening to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, relaxing, … Continue reading

August 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Toni Cascio, Ph.D. Reviews Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon

Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, CA 2009 I took one sip of Sequoia Grove’s 2009 Cabernet and swooned. It’s lush, lush, lush. This is a Cabernet that is full-bodied with … Continue reading

August 8, 2012 · 6 Comments

Taylors/Wakefield releases screwcap fizz

Clare Valley wine producer Taylors has put part of its first sparkling wine release under screwcap after trials found no loss of freshness or fizz. Taylors – known as Wakefield in the UK … Continue reading

August 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

Chablis producers anticipate smaller harvest

Chablis producers are predicting the harvest could be down by around 20%, thanks to bad weather earlier in the growing season. Although picking won’t start until the second half of … Continue reading

August 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

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