The Oenophiliac

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

Oregon hones its identity

Oregon needs to do further work to define its stylistic position between the Old World and the New World, believes David Adelsheim, co-owner of Adelsheim Vineyards. “It’s such a nuanced … Continue reading

July 31, 2012 · 2 Comments

Food, Beer & Spirit Writers Required

Are you an aspiring Food, Beer or Spirit writer? If so would you like to contribute to Magics Wine Guide and Reviews for Newbies?  As a bona fide wine guy I suffer … Continue reading

July 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Oregon shines at IPNC 2012

Oregon proved its quality on the world stage, along with its collaborative spirit, as nearly 700 visitors descended on McMinnville for the 26th International Pinot Noir Celebration at the weekend. Among … Continue reading

July 30, 2012 · 2 Comments

Wine Australia hosts specialist Semillon tasting

Wine Australia is to host a specialist seminar looking at the various styles of Semillon the country can now produce at Australia House in London on September 18. Sem Sem, … Continue reading

July 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

New Zealand’s smaller regions capitalise on Marlborough slump

The small 2012 harvest in New Zealand is a chance for smaller regions to gain ground on Marlborough. New Zealand Although production fell by 23% in some of the larger … Continue reading

July 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Mike Matthews: Behind the scenes at “Braaiday” at High Timber

High Timber in London, a South African based restaurant with a wine cellar containing 40,000 bottles for your pleasure, played host to a motley crew of wine writers and blogger’s … Continue reading

July 26, 2012 · 3 Comments

Sparkling sales to overtake Champagne

The UK will apparently spend some £690 million on Champagne this year, down from £1bn in 2007, while sales of sparkling wine will hit £720m – up from £465m over … Continue reading

July 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

‘Complicated’ US wine market led to Vinexpo postponement

Vinexpo CEO Robert Beynat says a ‘complicated’ US wine market and the economic downturn contributed to the postponement of its first consumer show. Billed as ‘the one rendez-vous you can’t … Continue reading

July 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Vineyard at Stockcross revisits Judgement of Paris

Another recreation of the legendary Judgement of Paris tasting has ended in a convincing victory for American wines. Winner: L’Après Midi This time the tasting took place at the Vineyard at … Continue reading

July 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

Maconnais pushes for Premier Crus

Vineyards in Macon have reached the next stage in their battle for promotion to Premier Cru status. ‘Great terroirs..’ The Maconnais [image: Hospices de Beaune] Macon is currently the only … Continue reading

July 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

Harpers Indie blog: Mike Matthews on uniformity among suppliers

Independent wine retailers, like all other businesses, need to keep a close eye on the paperwork. A missed invoice here, a final demand there won’t keep you trading for long. … Continue reading

July 16, 2012 · 1 Comment

Grant Burge launches wine sales app

Grant Burge Wines has launched a global iPhone app, so consumers can order wines for friends and family anywhere within Australia. It claims the app is the first transactional wine … Continue reading

July 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Freixenet in Retro Festival link-up

Freixenet UK is sponsoring the Freixenet Scarlett Ballroom, one of the live stages at the Retro Festival in Berkshire. The activity is part of the sparkling wine’s VIP marketing campaign, … Continue reading

July 12, 2012 · 2 Comments

Napa tasting highlights whites

Chenin Blanc and Albariño came out top in a tasting of Napa Valley whites made from grapes other than Chardonnay and Sauvignon. In the US, Chardonnay outsells all other wines, … Continue reading

July 12, 2012 · Leave a comment


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