The Oenophiliac

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

All Lafite bottles to carry Prooftag


Chateau Lafite Rothschild has said all bottles from the 2009 vintage will use Prooftag anti-fraud seals. Prooftag is a capsule seal with a 13-numbered code authenticating individual bottles. Carruades de … Continue reading

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May 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

HAILSTORM CAUSES HAVOC WITH FRENCH VINEYARDS


Nearly 6000ha of Côte-de-Provence and Coteaux-Varois vineyards (between 70% to 100%) were destroyed after a heavy hail storm hit south eastern France last Sunday, writes Elizabeth Gabay MW. The vineyards around the … Continue reading

May 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

A Studied Take on Pairings – Sommelier Levi Dalton


New York sommelier Levi Dalton talks sushi, tasting menus and orange wine Sommelier Levi Dalton says working at Masa, a Japanese restaurant in New York, changed his view of pairings. … Continue reading

May 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

EU wines may now be labelled ‘organic’


EU-produced organic wines have won the right to use the label ‘Organic Wine’ or ‘Vin Biologique’. The new organic wine logo The new terms can be used instead of the … Continue reading

May 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

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

First sparkling screwcap released


The first screwcap for sparkling wines has been released – and it claims to solve the problems of taint, loss of sparkle and ease of opening. The closure, called ‘Viiva‘, … Continue reading

May 26, 2012 · 1 Comment

Argentina’s wine exports to UK rocket


Argentinian wine exports to the UK have rocketed by 25% in value and 12% in volume in the first three months of the year. This put the UK back ahead … Continue reading

May 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

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 2.


Day 2 began with a very interesting debate from Harpers as part of their ‘Engage the Consumer’ forum. Chaired by Harpers Editor Richard Siddle, a panel of wine professionals was … Continue reading

May 23, 2012 · 4 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

THE APPRENTICE DOES ‘ENGLISH SPARKLING WINE.’ GOD HELP US!


Wine is hard enough for the professionals. To hand it over as an exercise for a bunch of ‘executive’ wannabe’s on national TV is beyond a joke! So how will … Continue reading

May 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

ENGLISH WINE BEATS MOËT IN BLIND TASTING


A sparkling wine from Bolney Wine Estate in Sussex came out top in a blind tasting of over 40 wines from across the UK,  to secure a £50,000 order with … Continue reading

May 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

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