The Oenophiliac

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

Wine Reviews: Beaujolais-Villages Blanc, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Arnaud Aucoeur 2011. Beaujolais Blanc, En Fût, Jean-Paul Brun 2010


Say the word Beaujolais, what springs to mind? Light and easy fruity red wines, Beaujolais Nouveau or Beaujolais Villages no doubt! What about the unknown? What about Beaujolais Blanc…? Not … Continue reading

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June 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

WSET rolls out English wine tasting for consumers


The WSET is launching an English wine-tasting club, the Pursuit of English Excellence, for consumers interested in finding out more about the category. The move comes on the back of rising popularity of … Continue reading

June 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

EU plans new labelling laws for allergens


The European Union is planning to implement new allergen labelling requirements for wine from the start of next month. The proposed new law is designed to alert consumers to wines … Continue reading

June 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

EU fines Italy, Spain, Greece for illegal vine plantings


European Union officials have ordered Spain, Italy and Greece to repay millions of euros for illegally planting vines. Spain must hand back €131.3m (US$164m) of funding handed out by the … Continue reading

June 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Harpers Industry Blog: I go behind the scenes at Cordoniu’s Barcelona Supper Club


Got an email the other morning, would I be interested in covering a food & wine event in London? I’d get the chance to learn about Spanish cooking, do a … Continue reading

June 23, 2012 · 3 Comments

Phylloxera-resistant French vineyard awarded protected status


A 200-year-old parcel of vines in the Saint Mont appellation has become the first French vineyard to be recognised as a protected historic landmark due to its phylloxera-resistant vines. Recognised … Continue reading

June 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

England’s Bacchus gives Loire and NZ wines a run for their money


England’s Bacchus grape could give Loire and New Zealand wines a run for their money, according to the chair of this year’s English and Welsh Wine Awards. From the 263 … Continue reading

June 21, 2012 · 1 Comment

Wine Review: Tesco Finest Saint Mont


One of the things I love about wine is its ability to evoke a memory. It could be from the smallest, most insignificant moment to a major event that has … Continue reading

June 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

Hailstorm savages Champagne vineyards


One of the worst hailstorms in recorded Champagne history has hit the southern Côte des Bar region, destroying this year’s grape crop. Damage to the vines from the 15-minute deluge … Continue reading

June 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Inter Beaujolais focuses on white Beaujolais at trade tasting


Inter Beaujolais will focus on white Beaujolais and older vintages at its trade and press tasting on June 26. The variety and diversity of the region will be presented by showcasing … Continue reading

June 18, 2012 · 1 Comment

Harpers Blog – Ocean Eight vertical tasting with Mike Aylward


How can you tell you’ve encountered a London summer? That’s right, it’s usually raining. So, as the clouds began to roll over on another soon to be wet summer’s day, … Continue reading

June 16, 2012 · 3 Comments

US BECOMES THE WORLD’S LEADING STILL LIGHT WINE MARKET


The US overtook Italy in 2011 to become the largest single still light wine market, according to the IWSR. Still light wine sales in the US reached 300.6m cases in … Continue reading

June 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

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

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