The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

Magics wine review in the local press.


Essential Local is a community magazine that comes out quarterly around the Wandsworth area of London. With a print run of 15000, it is delivered free to housholds in Battersea, … Continue reading

October 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

West London Wine School 2011 Wine Awards


So the wines have been tasted, the scorecards tallied up, the judges have muttered, spluttered and spat out their findings to give us the winners of The West London Wine … Continue reading

October 27, 2011 · Leave a comment

Napa harvest: Widespread rot fails to dampen spirits


Wine producers in Napa are counting the cost of the bizarre weather patterns this year.   Auction Napa Valley, June: wet Many crops have been hit by the double whammy … Continue reading

October 27, 2011 · Leave a comment

Te Whare Ra New Release Wine Tasting. London.


The jolly folks at Hallowed Ground, hosted by company director Elodie Cameron, put on a small tasting today at the Bistro du Vin in Soho, London. For our tasting pleasure … Continue reading

October 26, 2011 · Leave a comment

Russian wine producers to stop using term ‘Champagne’


Russian wine producers have agreed to stop calling their sparkling wines Champagne, and are working towards creating geographical indications or appellations. At a sparkling wine fair over the weekend in … Continue reading

October 26, 2011 · Leave a comment

Stalemate in Margaret River battle against miners


The continuing battle to prevent mining exploration in the Margaret River region has reached an uncertain stalemate, with little sign that a quick resolution will be forthcoming. The Margaret River … Continue reading

October 20, 2011 · Leave a comment

Penedes to divide into ‘six sub-regions’


The Penedes region of Spain is preparing for a major overhaul of its appellation system. Image: discover-eu.com Josep Albet, owner of the Albet I Noya winery and recently elected president of the Regulatory … Continue reading

October 18, 2011 · Leave a comment

Quarts de Chaume to become Loire Valley’s first Grand Cru


Quarts de Chaume in Anjou is awaiting ministerial approval to become the Loire’s first Grand Cru. Image: Jim’s Loire On 28 September the national committee of appellations body the INAO approved … Continue reading

October 16, 2011 · Leave a comment

Lighter style wine up 61% in off-trade


Lighter styles of wine are streaking ahead of more traditional bottles in the off-trade – up 61% according to the latest Nielsen data. FirstCape’s 5.5% abv Café Collection is growing … Continue reading

October 13, 2011 · Leave a comment

Gruner Veltliner could be next NZ Sauvignon, say winemakers


Grüner Veltliner could be the new Sauvignon Blanc of the future, a New Zealand winemaker has claimed. The white varietal in its Austrian version has a dedicated following among wine … Continue reading

October 13, 2011 · Leave a comment

Rain in Napa as harvest kicks off


Napa winemakers are hoping for a ‘Bordeaux-like’ vintage, as the harvest gets into its stride with rain and its hazards a constant presence. Rain clouds over Napa (image: veezzle.com) Some 3.8cm … Continue reading

October 11, 2011 · Leave a comment

Magics Blog Update. Classified Ad’s.


It’s about time I started to make this blog pay for itself. So what I plan on doing is setting up a classifieds section. For a small fee I will … Continue reading

October 10, 2011 · Leave a comment

Bordeaux 2011: Sauternes surprised by ‘earliest ever’ harvest


Vintners in the celebrated sweet wine growing regions of Sauternes and Barsac are amazed at how early the 2011 harvest has been. Climens: ‘earlier than 2003’ ‘It is the earliest … Continue reading

October 7, 2011 · Leave a comment

Rioja yield down 20%


Rioja’s harvest is coming in at around 20% smaller than usual, as exceptionally hot, dry weather has made for early ripening and record picking times. Diego Pinilla, head winemaker at … Continue reading

October 7, 2011 · Leave a comment
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