The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

Rioja Tapas Fantasticas returns to London’s Southbank


Rioja Tapas Fantasticas – a celebration of Rioja wine, Spanish food and culture is to return to London’s Southbank this month. Now in its fourth year, visitors will be offered the opportunity … Continue reading

May 31, 2011 · Leave a comment

Chateau Latour rivals Chateau Lafite in massive Hong Kong auction


Chateau Latour ‘reigned supreme’ in the words of Christie’s as the auction house sold more than £4.6m of wine from the cellars of the chateau on Friday. Some of the … Continue reading

May 31, 2011 · Leave a comment

English Wines. My thoughts.


 As we enter English wine week, and with the current spike in interest for English wines, I’d thought that I would take a quick look at this subject. I’ve always … Continue reading

May 29, 2011 · Leave a comment

Chateau Clement Termes Gaillac 2010


Chateau Clement Termes 2010 Gaillac – South West France Grape Variety – Mauzac, le Loin de L’Oeil ABV – 12% Watery clear colour. On the nose, pineapple, cream, candied tinned … Continue reading

May 29, 2011 · 1 Comment

Vineyards get ready for English Wine Week starting May 28


Vineyards across the country and making their final plans for this year’s English Wine Week which runs from May 28 to June 5. A host of activity is all ready … Continue reading

May 27, 2011 · Leave a comment

Sangiovese planted in south of France


Italy’s Sangiovese grape has been planted extensively in the Herault region in the south of France. Herault: ‘interesting for Sangiovese’ Italy’s Vivai Cooperativi Rauscedo – the world’s largest cooperative nursery – has … Continue reading

May 27, 2011 · Leave a comment

Barack Obama drinks English wine on Buckingham Palace visit


In keeping with tradition, President Obama was served an English sparkling wine at the state banquet at Buckingham Palace yesterday. The international mix of guests included the Duke and Duchess of … Continue reading

May 26, 2011 · Leave a comment

‘New’ 1855 classification: Beychevelle, Duhart promoted


Chateaux Beychevelle, Duhart Milon and Pontet Canet have been promoted to Second Growth, according to Liv-ex’s new 1855 classification. Carruades: ‘would be first growth‘ Every two years Liv-ex, the online … Continue reading

May 26, 2011 · Leave a comment

Talking Point. Non Alcoholic Wines part 2.


 Having spent the last few days trying to learn more about the topic of ‘Non Alcoholic Wines’ from the web or professionals via my Twitter followers, I am surprised by … Continue reading

May 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

Black Tower launches low alcohol wine


Following on from my post ‘Talking Point. Non Alcoholic Wines.’  I thought it might be worth posting this story from Harpers. The latest firm to catch the low alcohol bug … Continue reading

May 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

Mumm stengthens its association with food


Champagne G.H. Mumm is rolling out a limited edition neck collar to promote its new Gourmet Explorers’ competition. One lucky couple will win a grand tour around France that takes … Continue reading

May 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

Pascal Ribereau-Gayon dies


One of modern winemaking’s most influential figures, Pascal Ribereau-Gayon, has died in Bordeaux at the age of 80. Ribereau-Gayon (right) being presented with the Amorim Academy’s Grand Prix in 2002, … Continue reading

May 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

Percy Fox hits back at criticism of big brands


Blossom Hill brand owner has hit back at criticism that brands are low quality and overpriced — Percy Fox boss says brands have consistency, and that consumers decide what they … Continue reading

May 24, 2011 · Leave a comment

Chateau Lafite Rothschild goes green


Chateau Lafite Rothschild is reducing pesticide and fungicide use under a green charter to be implemented at all Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) properties. The sustainability charter is ‘a program to become … Continue reading

May 24, 2011 · Leave a comment
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