The Oenophiliac

A Wine Writers View on the World of Wine. Formerly Magics Wine Guide and Reviews for Newbies

Oblique – A CNC Machined Wine Bottle Holder


Brett Swope is an engineer from San Francisco, California. I was recently made aware of a bottle holder he has designed and manufactured. Now I wouldn’t normally get to bothered … Continue reading

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November 30, 2011 · 2 Comments

Wineries report damage to vines ‘minimal’ in Margaret River fires


The evacuation of the Margaret River region has ended, as the devastating bush fires that swept through a series of National Parks last week are brought under control. Fires seen … Continue reading

November 30, 2011 · Leave a comment

Anne Krebiehl blogs from Wine Australia’s One Day Wine School


While still leading the UK wine market by volume and value, Australia is at pains to explain that it has more to offer than simple quaffing wines.   In a … Continue reading

November 30, 2011 · Leave a comment

Wine regions oppose ‘catastrophic’ EU expansion plans


European wine growing regions are battling European Commission plans to allow massive vineyard expansion. Burgundy: vineyard area could double To boost the wine sector’s competitiveness by reducing production costs, the … Continue reading

November 29, 2011 · Leave a comment

Magic is in hospital


God damned diabetes. Having celebrated Harlequins win over Newcastle, I had a few drinkie poos with my sisters. Little did I know that West Middlesex Hospital beckoned. Bed is comfy, … Continue reading

November 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

Western Australia bushfire – minimal impact on wineries


Western Australia bushfire impact on wineries has been”small”, according to Nick Power, chief executive officer, Margaret River Wine Industry Association (MRWIA). The Sydney Morning Herald reported that at least five vineyards … Continue reading

November 26, 2011 · Leave a comment

Call for entries to ‘International Gamay Competition’


Inter Beaujolais has called for entries to its second ‘International Gamay Competition’. Open to any international producer creating wines from a minimum of 85% Gamay and featuring a new category for … Continue reading

November 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

2011 Vintage Report: Italy


A first look at vintage quality in Italian wine regions, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers The 2011 growing season was erratic in Italy. In the north, weather was … Continue reading

November 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

Bush fires threaten vines and homes in Margaret River


Wineries have been evacuated and vines lost in devastating bush fires that are sweeping the Margaret River region in Western Australia.   So far at least five vineyards around Margaret River have … Continue reading

November 24, 2011 · Leave a comment

Australian export panel ‘out of touch’ and under fire


The Australian Wine Export Council is embroiled in a storm of controversy, with reports suggesting it is about to axe its export approval panel. Skillogalee Gewurz: rejected Anger directed at … Continue reading

November 24, 2011 · Leave a comment

2011 Vintage Report: Europe


A first look at vintage quality in Austria, Germany, Spain and Portugal, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers The 2011 growing season was erratic in Central Europe and on … Continue reading

November 24, 2011 · Leave a comment

2011 Vintage Report: France


A first look at vintage quality in French wine regions, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers The 2011 growing season was topsy-turvy for French winegrowers. For many it seemed … Continue reading

November 23, 2011 · Leave a comment

2011 Vintage Report: California


A first look at vintage quality in California, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers The 2011 growing season was simply nasty for many California winegrowers. Cool weather up and … Continue reading

November 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

LA Times: Beaujolais grows up


In 2001, wine from the French region of Beaujolais went unwanted. Now, its 2009 and 2010 wines are coveted. As this country’s wine tastes shift away from bombast toward more … Continue reading

November 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

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