The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

M&S to stock Lebanese wines


Marks & Spencer will stock three Lebanese wines nationwide this May – a first for the UK retailer and a first for Lebanon. Lebanon: image ‘growing’ The wines – from Chateau … Continue reading

February 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Schism in natural wine movement intensifies debate


The natural wine movement in the UK has split into two factions, both of which are putting on near-identical wine fairs over the same weekend in May. The Real Wine … Continue reading

February 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Australian imports up, exports down, winemakers unfazed


Australian wine imports increased significantly while exports fell last year – and there was a marked increase in the value of domestic wine sales. While the volume of Australian wine … Continue reading

February 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Magic @ Harpers Champagne Summit 2012


Interesting debates going on from Harpers 3rd Champagne Summit. Early indications suggest that communication is the key to make Champagne understood in everyday marketplace. Other notable points brought up say … Continue reading

February 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

SA Chenin nears “Tipping Point”


Chenin Blanc from South Africa is approaching a “tipping point”, according to one of the variety’s biggest pioneers, Ken Forrester. The winemaker, whose own FMC has done much to promote … Continue reading

February 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Moët vintage to get disgorgement date


Moët is to put disgorgement dates on its 2004 Grand Vintage white and rosé, which will be launched in September this year. This will be the first time the house … Continue reading

February 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Producers must pay appellation fees, France rules


Appellations can force wine producers to pay membership fees, a French court has ruled. In an important test case that will have an impact across France, the Constitutional Council in … Continue reading

February 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

New Zealand heading for shortage in 2012


New Zealand expects a small 2012 vintage, which is likely to put the brakes on its decade-long growth spurt. The industry is predicting crops could be as much as 30% lower compared … Continue reading

February 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Asian buyers move in on London


Buyers from the Far East bought all of the top lots at Sotheby’s London auction this week. Stephen Mould, head of Sotheby’s European wine department, said there had been a … Continue reading

February 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Two natural wine fairs in London not ‘ideal’


London would have one natural wine show “in an ideal world”, according to the organiser of one of two events scheduled for the same dates in May. The Real Wine … Continue reading

February 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Germany aims to impress with new style wines.


Here’s a bit of an oddity for you. What if I was to say ‘red wine that smells intensely of peas, green beans and not much else?’ What grape variety … Continue reading

February 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Freelance Wine Writer – Need your stories!


 Last year, 2011, a very good friend of mine convinced me to start writing a blog, she had started one herself a few months previous spritebysbokhylle a book review site (free plug), … Continue reading

February 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Cava exports hit all-time high


Record Cava exports have brightened up the Spanish sparkling wine’s bleak domestic market in 2011. Cava producers sold a record breaking 152 million bottles to foreign markets in 2011 – a 2% increase … Continue reading

February 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

By Carol Emmas-Harpers, at Vinisud in Montpellier


French producers are benefiting from the gap left in the mid-range, off-trade market due to the decline in demand for Australian wines. Michel Batille, head of Les Vignobles Foncalieu, a … Continue reading

February 23, 2012 · Leave a comment
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