The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

How To Overcome Your Wine Ignorance – My post in today’s Sabotage Times 10/6/12


Do you know you’re Chardonnays from Chenin Blancs? Or what gives a wine it’s colour? Find out everything you ever wanted to know about wine below. What is it about … Continue reading

June 10, 2012 · 2 Comments

Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Boudriottes 2008 Fontaine-Gagnard


Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Boudriottes 2008 Fontaine Gagnard Burgundy – France Grape Variety – Chardonnay ABV – ? I haven’t written a review for a while but having popped into … Continue reading

June 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Long Island Wineries Set Out to Prove Their Green Cred


Not content with simply being “local,” winegrowers create a sustainability certification and education program to spread eco-friendly practices Richard Olsen-Harbich in a Bedell Cellars vineyard; Bedell is joining a new … Continue reading

May 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

LIWF 2012 – Day 3


Day 3 has been and gone. No seminars today. More about finding the more obscure wines. We all know the usual suspects, France, Spain, Italy, Australia, California. I have absolutely … Continue reading

May 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

5M BOTTLES OF ENGLISH FIZZ TO BE SOLD BY 2015


Sales of English sparkling wine in the UK are set to hit 5 million bottles by 2015, according to Ridgeview winemaker Charlie Holland. Ridgeview “It’s a nervous and exciting time … Continue reading

May 24, 2012 · 3 Comments

Press Release. Experience Card – Upperton Vineyard Tours


Upperton Vineyard Tours & Afternoon Teas The English wine industry is booming, with more vineyards in this country than ever before. Andy Rogers from Upperton Vineyards explains why, and outlines … Continue reading

May 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

ENGLISH WINE BEATS MOËT IN BLIND TASTING


A sparkling wine from Bolney Wine Estate in Sussex came out top in a blind tasting of over 40 wines from across the UK,  to secure a £50,000 order with … Continue reading

May 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

Wine Tasting 101: Even Sommeliers Started Off Clueless


Wine is a tough nut to crack for some, but it shouldn’t be restricted to elitist pontificating and ridiculous descriptions of flavour. There is no leather in your wine, just … Continue reading

May 14, 2012 · 3 Comments

HAMILTON RUSSELL EMBRACES AMPHORAE


South African producer Hamilton Russell Vineyards is finding that experiments with clay amphorae are creating wines with improved structure than those matured in barrels. Clay amphorae at Hamilton Russell Vineyards … Continue reading

May 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Sotheby’s launches own-label Champagne


Sotheby’s has become the first auction house to launch its own Champagne, for sale online and in the company’s retail store in New York. The own-label Champagne, which will also … Continue reading

May 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Re-Discovering Beaujolais


 I have given myself a new task. That task is to try and be a voice for Beaujolais. Beaujolais, or Bojo for short, has had to live with the stigma … Continue reading

April 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Champagne crop badly damaged by frost


Up to a third of some Champagne vineyards have been affected by heavy frosts earlier this month. Undamaged and frost-damaged spring growth (Image: Lea & Sandeman) Temperatures dropped to – 3°C … Continue reading

April 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Nyetimber redesign aims to convert Champagne drinkers


Nyetimber has redesigned its packaging with the aim of inspiring Champagne drinkers to choose English sparkling wines over French. New bottles for its Classic cuvee, blanc de blancs and rosé … Continue reading

April 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Washington state’s wine industry growing fast


Washington state’s wine industry is growing rapidly – in the past seven years the number of wineries has doubled to 700 and it is now valued at $8.6 billion (£5.3 … Continue reading

April 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

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