The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

Wine Reviews: Beaujolais-Villages Blanc, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Arnaud Aucoeur 2011. Beaujolais Blanc, En Fût, Jean-Paul Brun 2010

Say the word Beaujolais, what springs to mind? Light and easy fruity red wines, Beaujolais Nouveau or Beaujolais Villages no doubt! What about the unknown? What about Beaujolais Blanc…? Not … Continue reading

June 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Wine Review: Tesco Finest Saint Mont

One of the things I love about wine is its ability to evoke a memory. It could be from the smallest, most insignificant moment to a major event that has … Continue reading

June 19, 2012 · Leave a comment


The US overtook Italy in 2011 to become the largest single still light wine market, according to the IWSR. Still light wine sales in the US reached 300.6m cases in … Continue reading

June 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

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

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

Bernard Magrez buys three Bordeaux estates

Bernard Magrez, owner of Chateau Pape Clement and Chateau La Tour Carnet, has extended his portfolio of estates with the addition of three new Bordeaux names. Bernard Magrez: 40 properties … Continue reading

April 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Mischief and Mayhem buys Aloxe-Corton vineyard

Micro-négociant, Mischief and Mayhem, has bought its first domaine in Aloxe-Corton. Mischief and Mayhem was founded in January 2005 by Michael and Fiona Ragg as a progressive, modern micro-négociant committed to … Continue reading

April 20, 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

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

Press Release : Champagne Mandois Blanc de Blanc Gold Medal Winner Again

Gold Medal 2012: Once again, Champagne Mandois is successful with a 100% Chardonnay from Côte des Blancs ! After hav­ing been awa­rded the title of “Best Cha­rdonnay of the Wor­ld” … Continue reading

April 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

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