The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

This weeks Poll. Should all Organic, Biodynamic or Sustainable wines have a recognised logo on the label?


MAGICS POLL. Lets gauge how you guys really feel about the many topics surrounding wines. Each week I’ll be posting a new poll regarding something around the wine trade. Cast … Continue reading

December 13, 2011 · Leave a comment

Washington yields down, Oregon up as harvest finishes


As harvest finishes in the Pacific northwest, vintners are pondering a season of opposites. Willamette Valley, Oregon While 2011 has been the coldest harvest in living memory for Washington, Oregon … Continue reading

December 12, 2011 · Leave a comment

Smallest & largest wineries showing most growth in NZ, says survey


A new survey shows it is the smallest and largest New Zealand wineries that have shown the most growth in 2011 – while the country’s UK chief is calling on … Continue reading

December 12, 2011 · Leave a comment

Robert Lawrence Balzer: 1912-2011


America’s first wine writer and California wine advocate Robert Lawrence Balzer was 24 years old when his father put him in charge of buying wine for their small grocery store … Continue reading

December 9, 2011 · Leave a comment

Taste Decanter award-winning wines at The Sampler


Decanter has teamed up with London Wine Merchant of the Year, The Sampler, to hold an exclusive tasting of a selection of Trophy and Gold medal award winning wines from … Continue reading

December 7, 2011 · Leave a comment

Ukraine looks to raise winemaking standards


The emerging Ukrainian wine industry is looking to raise winemaking standards to European levels – by working with foreign consultants and setting up a professional wine body. Ivan Plachkov, the … Continue reading

December 6, 2011 · Leave a comment

WSTA launches trade tasting iPhone app


The Wine and Spirit Trade Association WSTA, has announced its diary for tastings and events in the wine and spirits trade, is now available as a free iPhone app. The WSTA … Continue reading

December 6, 2011 · Leave a comment

Magic tries his hand at Viticulture.


A little while back I released a post titled “Magic goes back to school.” A quick recap. I signed up with Plumpton College to study ‘The Principle of Vinegrowing’. It … Continue reading

December 5, 2011 · Leave a comment

Fighting the Funk in Funky Wine


Australian scientists crack the code on brettanomyces’ DNA; could lead to a silver bullet against the spoilage yeast Scientists in Australia have sequenced the genome of brettanomyces, a yeast organism … Continue reading

December 3, 2011 · Leave a comment

VIDEO: why the wine trade must engage consumers


The wine trade faced up to some tough accusations last week – wine aisles are “boring”, in-store signs are a “nightmare” and “wine speak” alienates consumers. That was according to … Continue reading

December 2, 2011 · Leave a comment

Waldin and Smart fail to convince in”disappointing” biodynamics debate


Biodynamic winemaker Monty Wadldin and viticulturist, Dr Richard Smart failed to live up to their billing at what has been described as a “disappointing” biodynamics debate held last night at … Continue reading

December 2, 2011 · Leave a comment

Help needed. Your opinions on Organic/Biodynamic/Sustainable Wines.


Magics Wine Guide and Reviews for Newbies. Your help is needed. I’m doing some research on the opinions of people, public and wine trade, regarding Organic, Biodynamic, Sustainable wines for … Continue reading

December 2, 2011 · 1 Comment

Accolade to ‘extend portfolio’ of lower-alcohol wines


Accolade Wines is committed to developing the market for lower-alcohol wine – and to ‘unlocking’ the potential of Moscato in the UK. Accolade – which owns brands such as Banrock Station and Kumala – says … Continue reading

December 1, 2011 · Leave a comment

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