The Oenophiliac

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English wine producers salute ‘quality’ vintage


The English wine harvest has started in summer-like temperatures – and producers are delighted with the quality of the crop. English wine: ‘Quality not quantity’ After a miserably wet June, … Continue reading

September 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

Survey: do independent wine retailers need a suppliers’ code of practice?


Harpers Wine & Spirit has opened a consultation with independent wine merchants to find out if there should be a code of practice for suppliers, and if so, what it … Continue reading

September 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

Margaret River faces threats from mining and breweries


Margaret River wine producers are fighting a continuous battle to protect their region, as further mining proposals and new brewery developments encroach on vineland. Cullen: ‘concerned’ The Margaret River agricultural community is … Continue reading

September 26, 2011 · Leave a comment

Bordeaux Cru Bourgeois 2009 announced


The 2009 Cru Bourgeois listing has been announced – and at the same time officials are deciding whether to tweak the system, now in its second year. For the 2009 … Continue reading

September 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

World sparkling experts at Denbies for international conference


Some of the most experienced figures in the sparkling wine world will be speaking at the International Sparkling Wine Symposium 2011. The event, now in its second year, takes place … Continue reading

September 21, 2011 · Leave a comment

Bibendum launches on-trade training academies


Bibendum has extended its on-trade training programme to include bespoke academies for larger customers — combining wine education with business training. Each academy syllabus is tailored to the customer, but … Continue reading

September 16, 2011 · Leave a comment

‘Atypical’ Champagne harvest over already


Champagne has finished its second-earliest harvest on record, which growers describe as “atypical”. The Champagne Bureau says this year’s harvest as atypical as the beginning of the viticultural year. The … Continue reading

September 15, 2011 · Leave a comment

New Zealand Wine Company ‘significant loss’


The New Zealand Wine Company has multimillion dollar losses for 2011 – a sign of the wider financial malaise facing the country’s wine industry. NZWC, which produces the Marlborough eco-brand … Continue reading

September 12, 2011 · Leave a comment

Harvest news – Europe harvests early, USA late


The northern hemisphere’s grape harvest has been driven by extremes this year – while Europe is harvesting around two to four weeks early, the west coast of the USA is … Continue reading

September 8, 2011 · Leave a comment

Bordeaux 2011: Pauillac, St Estephe harvest begins


The Merlot harvest in Pauillac and St Estephe in Bordeaux has begun several days early due to hail damage. Hail damage at Cos d’Estournel Teams of pickers are in the … Continue reading

September 7, 2011 · Leave a comment

Waitrose first to stock Indian wine (B*****ks are they)


Indian wine is breaking into the UK market, with Waitrose becoming the first UK supermarket to stock wines from the sub-continent. Waitrose is featuring Ritu Viognier and Zampa Syrah as part of the Waitrose World … Continue reading

September 5, 2011 · Leave a comment

Bordeaux 2011: Crop damaged as hail hits northern Medoc


Chateau Cos d’Estournel and Cos Labory have lost vines to hail as storms swept Bordeaux – with more predicted for the weekend. Cos d’Estournel: ‘affected’ by hail Although the storms … Continue reading

September 5, 2011 · Leave a comment

Picking in the Loire and Pessac-Léognan begins ahead of schedule


Both the Loire and at Dourthe, Château La Garde in Pessac-Léognan, vintage has arrived two weeks ahead of schedule. A warm spring followed by a rather cool summer, has meant “excellent levels … Continue reading

September 5, 2011 · Leave a comment

Plumpton College. 2011-12 Wine Courses


Download brochure (.pdf 3mb) Are you considering a career as a Wine Producer? Former Students Plumpton College Estate wines featured in Eat Sussex magazine Projects from Wine Students Spring 2011 … Continue reading

September 1, 2011 · Leave a comment
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