The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

A Taste of Eastern Mediterranean Wines – Stobi’s Macedonian Petit Verdot


What happened to Petit Verdot? Known for centuries as a blending grape, this variety is now proving it can stand alone in its new home the Republic of Macedonia… Petit Verdot … Continue reading

March 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Decanter – Latest Virginia AVA announced


Middleburg, Virginia has become the state’s newest American Viticultural Area. Boxwood Estate: started AVA process Middleburg is the seventh Virginia AVA, joining Eastern Shore, Monticello, North Fork of Roanoke, Northern Neck … Continue reading

October 2, 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

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

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

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

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

Bordeaux 2011: Merlot succeeds in ‘unpredictable’ year


The first London tasting of 2011 right bank wines has confirmed oenologist Denis Dubourdieu’s comments that the vintage is as varied as the bizarre weather patterns that produced it. St … Continue reading

March 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

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