The Oenophiliac

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Summer Vino – So What Will Be in Your Glass? Huffington Blog Post


Now British summer time has officially begun, the mind starts to wander. Holidays are approaching. The days are getting longer and warmer. Possibly the odd barbeque or two is on … Continue reading

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March 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

West London Wine School – Harpers Article


harpers.co.uk Full length version of my Harpers article. 23/3/12 issue. After the collapse of First Quench Retailing back in 2009, former head of wine & spirit training, Jimmy Smith, saw … Continue reading

March 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Chez Stephan Hair Salon, Art Gallery, Wine Agent-Merchant. Next, World Domination


harpers.co.uk Full length version of my Harpers article. 9/3/12 Enjoy.  Tucked away down Lacy Rd, off Putney High St, London, you’ll find a rather unassuming hair salon, Chez Stephan. From … Continue reading

March 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Australian floods blight vintage in Riverina


Wine growers in the Riverina district of Australia are recovering from a series of ‘unprecedented’ floods, which have blighted an otherwise promising 2012 vintage. A still from Australian TV showing … Continue reading

March 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

UK to host Riesling Summit


The UK will host its first ever Riesling Summit this June, organised by Wines of Germany. Marking the first in a series of summer activities from the generic body in … Continue reading

March 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Kent Malbec is an experiment, but not for sale


A Malbec made in Kent with Argentinian grapes was never destined for sale on the mainstream market, but rather as an “intriguing experiment”, says Wines of Argentina. Kent winery Chapel … Continue reading

March 26, 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

Tell me why I don’t like Chardonnay


“I don’t like Chardonnay” Sounds familiar? What is it about this noblest of grape that people just don’t like? As a varietal it still ranks amongst one of the biggest … Continue reading

March 24, 2012 · 2 Comments

Marlborough offers scholarship for UK wine trade


Wine Marlborough is offering a member of the UK wine trade a chance to spend up to six weeks studying the New Zealand wine industry. Called the John Avery Scholarship, … Continue reading

March 19, 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

Lafite starts building winery in China


Domaines Barons de Rothschild has begun construction of a winery in Penglai in China’s Shandong province in order to capitalise on the thirst for fine wine in Asia. Building of … Continue reading

March 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bordeaux 2011: Brane Cantenac to use Carmenere in Grand Vin


Bordeaux Chateau Brane Cantenac is using Carmenere in its Grand Vin for the first time, the result of climate change, owner Henri Lurton said. Although almost never used in Bordeaux, Carmenere is … Continue reading

March 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Guarding Grapevines with Genes


Scientists have created a vine gene that can kill Pierce’s disease, but will consumers accept wine from genetically modified vines? It’s been more than a decade since the last major … Continue reading

March 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Napa set for second International Cabernet Symposium


Some of the world’s most celebrated Cabernet Sauvignon winemakers and technical experts convene in Napa this summer for the second International Cabernet Symposium. Lunch at Harlan Estate, June 2010 The … Continue reading

March 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

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