The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

Smaller New Zealand harvest could spell end of deep discounts


New Zealand Winegrowers is “relaxed” about an 18% fall in the harvest  this year – the body had anticipated the crop to fall by up to 25%. David Cox, European … Continue reading

June 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Champagne Review: Champagne Jacquart, Brut Mosaїque and Blanc de Blancs Vintage


We all know the names of Veuve Clicquot, Moёt et Chandon, Taittinger.  Bollinger was made famous via its association with everyone’s favourite British spy, James Bond. Champagne Jacquart on the … Continue reading

June 14, 2012 · 4 Comments

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

LIWF 2012 – Day 1


So another year passes and another LIWF rolls up. A bit of a different turn from me this year. Normally it’s a case of rocking up, grabbing a glass and … Continue reading

May 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

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

Major new Sussex wine estate starts planting


A former hedge fund manager is setting out to plant what will one of the largest vineyards in England, in the South Downs in East Sussex. Located within a few … Continue reading

March 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

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