The Oenophiliac

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New York Times critic praises English wine


Influential US wine critic Eric Asimov has predicted a bright future for English sparkling wines in America, even though virtually none are sold there at the moment. The New York … Continue reading

April 29, 2011 · Leave a comment

Tuscan wine producer launches Italian blend


Tuscan wine producer Piccini has launched a new wine blended from grapes grown across Italy. The family-owned producer has taken advantage of the new Vino d’Italia classification to launch Memoro, … Continue reading

April 29, 2011 · Leave a comment

Robert Parker and Jancis Robinson head line up for Wine Future 2011 in Hong Kong


Robert Parker and Jancis Robinson MW are two of a stellar line up of wine personalities from around the world for WineFuture 2011 which is being held in Hong Kong … Continue reading

April 29, 2011 · 2 Comments

English wine producers search for signs of royal favour


At least two English wine producers are on tenterhooks as they wait to see if their wine will be served at the Royal Wedding on Friday. Camel Valley: ‘mysterious order’ … Continue reading

April 29, 2011 · Leave a comment

EFB confirms Oddbins store package


European Food Brokers has confirmed the acquisition of 37 Oddbins stores from administrator Deloitte. The acquisition has been made through the Whittalls Wine Merchants subsidiary of EFB’s retail division and … Continue reading

April 29, 2011 · Leave a comment

Wine Society admits cork is better than screwcap for Prosecco


The Wine Society is abandoning screwcap closures for a popular sparkling wine in its range following negative comments from members. Prosecco DOC Treviso Frizzante is being reduced from £8.95 a … Continue reading

April 29, 2011 · 2 Comments

William Robertson Chenin Blanc 2010


 William Robertson Chenin Blanc 2010 Robertson-South Africa Grape Variety-Chenin Blanc 13% ABV Pale, light green in colour. Clean, fresh, tropical fruit and light banana aromas. Soft and easy on the … Continue reading

April 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

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April 27, 2011 · 1 Comment

Gavi di Gavi San Silvestro.


Gavi di Gavi San Silvestro 2010. Gavi, Piemonte-Italy. Grape Variety-Cortese. 12.5% ABV. Clear and pale. Very distinctive nose of apples, pears and elderflower. On the palate, light and fresh. Some … Continue reading

April 23, 2011 · Leave a comment

Chateau La Claymore. Saint Emilion.


Chateau La Claymore Lussac Saint Emilion 2007. Bordeaux-France.  Grape Variety-Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon. 13% ABV. Clear, deep purple colour. Soft, subtle red fruit aromas with a touch of tobacco. Very easy on … Continue reading

April 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

The Wolf Trap White 2010.


The Wolf Trap White 2010. Cape of Good Hope-South Africa. Grape Variety-Viognier 67% Chenin Blanc 19% Grenache Blanc 14%. 14.5% ABV. Clear, pale straw colour. Dominant oak aromas with some … Continue reading

April 21, 2011 · Leave a comment

Isabel Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.


Isabel Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Marlborough-New Zealand. Grape Variety-Sauvignon Blanc. 13.5% ABV. Clear pale green colour. Very nice pear notes on the nose backed up with some traditional, earthier herbaceous aromas. On the … Continue reading

April 20, 2011 · Leave a comment

Trade events for May 2011.


UNLESS STATED, THESE ARE ALL TRADE EVENTS FOR 2011. May 4th. Bibendum Bordeaux Tasting 2011. Starts 3pm. Lords Cricket Ground, London, NW8 8QZ. (sales@bibendum-wine.co.uk) Bordeaux Grands Crus Classes. 10am-4pm. The … Continue reading

April 20, 2011 · Leave a comment

Ca’ Morlin Rosato Spumante Frizzante.


Ca’ Morlin Rosato Spumante Frizzante. Veneto-Italy. Grape Variety-Raboso. 11% ABV. Good, small sized bubbles that float straight and true to the surface. Lovely, dark salmon pink colour with stewed fruit … Continue reading

April 17, 2011 · Leave a comment

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