The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

Spanish producers look for vineyards in emerging areas


Two top Spanish producers are capitalising on Spain’s growing momentum by buying new vineyards in up and coming areas. Felíx Solís is looking to acquire land in Penedès, so that … Continue reading

June 30, 2011 · Leave a comment

Short chat with Jancis Robinson MW.


I’ve been fortunate so far in the people who have taken part in my blog interviews. No small names here. So as to not let standards slip, I continue that … Continue reading

June 29, 2011 · Leave a comment

IWC Gold Tasting 2011.


 IWC Gold Medal winners tasting. Lord’s Cricket Ground. London. 29/6/11. Today Lord’s played host to the IWC Gold Medal Winners Tasting. This gave the opportunity for the trade and public … Continue reading

June 29, 2011 · Leave a comment

Interview with Bob Berton. Farmer and Winemaker at Berton Vineyard Australia.


There are few people in the wine trade that I’ve met who come across as laid back as Bob Berton does. His passion for wine is very prominent, as it … Continue reading

June 28, 2011 · 1 Comment

Long Island Vines. Local Wine, but Owners From Chile


When the Chilean owners of Laurel Lake Vineyards, in Laurel, bought the winery for $2 million in 1999, it was producing 5,100 cases of wine. By leasing additional acreage and planting … Continue reading

June 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

Margaret River ‘worst crisis’ forces producers out


An increasing number of Margaret River grape growers are being forced to abandon the region, as plummeting demand combined with an oversupply of grapes has led to losses in the … Continue reading

June 27, 2011 · Leave a comment

US: Hispanics and ‘Millennials’ fuel rise of Moscato, Malbec


Moscato, Riesling and Malbec have shown ‘explosive’ growth in the US in the last two years, Neilsen’s latest survey shows. Moscato: ‘explosive’ The top six wine types – Chardonnay, Cabernet … Continue reading

June 27, 2011 · Leave a comment

Wines in the press, June 24-26


Guardian In Fiona Beckett’s hometown of Bristol, a growing number of restaurants are now allowing you to bring your own wine. Although they require you to pay corkage, it’s a … Continue reading

June 27, 2011 · Leave a comment

Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2008


 Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2008 Central Otago – New Zealand Grape Variety – Pinot Noir ABV – 13.5% Deep purple, blackcurrant colour. Cassis, soft red fruits with subtle tobacco and … Continue reading

June 26, 2011 · 1 Comment

The ultimate vintage? Burgundy’s bid to make history


As the area’s ancient vineyards hope to win Unesco protection, John Lichfield explains why the groundbreaking accolade could receive a sour reception in rival regions Picture a vineyard about the … Continue reading

June 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

Beware the fine wine fraudsters having another vintage year


The current boom in wine investment is giving scammers the chance to con investors out of thousands of pounds. Fine wine investment fraud is the latest in a long list … Continue reading

June 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

Los Boldos Momentos Sauvignon Blanc 2010


Los Boldos Momentos Sauvignon Blanc Casablanca – Chile Grape Variety – Sauvignon Blanc ABV – 13.5% Pale watery colour. Good, ripe, citrus, pineapple tropical fruit on the nose. Soft citrus, … Continue reading

June 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

Vega Sicilia Prepares for Better Times


The iconic Ribera producer has a new project in Rioja and a new home winery Spain’s Ribera del Duero region enjoyed a boom decade beginning in the mid-1990s. But the … Continue reading

June 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

The plus £8 wine category is here to stay, says Dedicated Wines’ Edward Squires


Higher wine prices can be sustained in the UK as consumers grow to accept them and buyers recognise the higher margins that can be made for all in the supply … Continue reading

June 24, 2011 · Leave a comment
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