The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

Americans Are Bubbly about Sparkling Wine


Weak economy still a concern, but sparklers continue to outpace total U.S. wine market Americans are drinking more bubbly these days. Total consumption of sparkling wine in the United States … Continue reading

December 23, 2011 · Leave a comment

UK drinkers favour English sparkling over Champagne, says report


Regular consumers of sparkling wine in the UK would rather drink English sparkling wine than Champagne, says a new report. The nation’s domestic bubbly is enjoying ‘phenomenal’ growth and rapidly … Continue reading

December 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

What Rising Temperatures May Mean for World’s Wine Industry


Warming temperatures associated with climate change are already affecting vineyards from France to Chile, often in beneficial ways. But as the world continues to warm, some traditional winemaking regions are … Continue reading

December 21, 2011 · Leave a comment

California to smash records as sales surge


Wine exports from California are set to smash all previous records in 2011 after a 23% surge in shipments in the first 10 months of the year. According to the … Continue reading

December 21, 2011 · Leave a comment

This weeks poll. Do supermarkets undervalue wine?


It is in no doubt that supermarkets have their place. We all use them. So what is their influence over us on how we think of wine? How much control … Continue reading

December 20, 2011 · Leave a comment

New AVA approved


The US government last week approved a new American Viticultural Area – Coombsville in Napa County, California. Meteor Vineyards, Coombsville AVA The new 11,075-acre (4,484ha) Coombsville appellation east of the City of … Continue reading

December 20, 2011 · Leave a comment

Discovering Alsace Wines with Joanna Simon : Pinot Blanc and Riesling (Episode 2)


December 18, 2011 · Leave a comment

Are California Wineries Looking to Sell?


2011 brought a long-anticipated wave of sales as owners needed new backers or hoped to retire When Fiji Water purchased Justin Vineyards in the closing days of 2010, was it a … Continue reading

December 16, 2011 · Leave a comment

Estate agent ‘bullish’ about UK land for vines


A British estate agent has become one of the first in the UK to market a substantial parcel of land purely on its potential as vineland. Land agents Strutt & Parker are … Continue reading

December 16, 2011 · Leave a comment

Chinese wines beat Bordeaux in blind tasting


A remote region of northern China that began growing grapes for fine wine just a decade ago has beaten the centuries-old French wine-producing region of Bordeaux in a blind tasting … Continue reading

December 15, 2011 · Leave a comment

English sparkling on cusp of popularity


English sparkling wine is set to become a mainstream drink of choice, according to new report that shows over half of sparkling wine drinkers in the UK have tried sparkling … Continue reading

December 15, 2011 · Leave a comment

Video: Discovering Alsace Wines with Joanna Simon : Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer (Episode 1)


December 14, 2011 · Leave a comment

Robert Parker distances himself from Campo as he announces investigation


Robert Parker has called Pancho Campo a ‘lightning rod’ for controversy as he announced a ‘totally transparent’ legal investigation into the series of accusations of cash for tasting that have … Continue reading

December 14, 2011 · Leave a comment

Burgundy and Bordeaux Super Seconds fill First Growth trade gap


Burgundy’s top wines and lower-ranking Bordeaux Crus Classes are filling the trade gap left by lack of demand for First Growths, according to Liv-Ex data. The Liv-Ex Fine Wine 100 has descended … Continue reading

December 14, 2011 · Leave a comment
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