The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

Re-Discovering Beaujolais


 I have given myself a new task. That task is to try and be a voice for Beaujolais. Beaujolais, or Bojo for short, has had to live with the stigma … Continue reading

April 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Champagne crop badly damaged by frost


Up to a third of some Champagne vineyards have been affected by heavy frosts earlier this month. Undamaged and frost-damaged spring growth (Image: Lea & Sandeman) Temperatures dropped to – 3°C … Continue reading

April 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Nyetimber redesign aims to convert Champagne drinkers


Nyetimber has redesigned its packaging with the aim of inspiring Champagne drinkers to choose English sparkling wines over French. New bottles for its Classic cuvee, blanc de blancs and rosé … Continue reading

April 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

EWP launches Celebrate with English Wine


English Wine Producers is to launch its new branding, Celebrate with English Wine, at its trade and press tasting next week. Launched in time for the prominent UK summer festivities, it … Continue reading

April 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Washington state’s wine industry growing fast


Washington state’s wine industry is growing rapidly – in the past seven years the number of wineries has doubled to 700 and it is now valued at $8.6 billion (£5.3 … Continue reading

April 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Spain excites with its cool-climate whites


UK buyers are embracing wines from Ribeiro and Ribeira Sacra in the search for new Spanish whites from Galicia. Writing in the April edition of the drinks business, Lucy Shaw highlights … Continue reading

April 23, 2012 · 1 Comment

Ochoa sweetens its offer


Navarra producer Bodegas Ochoa is planning to release a “super-late harvest” barrel fermented Moscatel later this year. Describing the wine, which is likely to be called “Sweet November”, as “like … Continue reading

April 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bernard Magrez buys three Bordeaux estates


Bernard Magrez, owner of Chateau Pape Clement and Chateau La Tour Carnet, has extended his portfolio of estates with the addition of three new Bordeaux names. Bernard Magrez: 40 properties … Continue reading

April 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Mischief and Mayhem buys Aloxe-Corton vineyard


Micro-négociant, Mischief and Mayhem, has bought its first domaine in Aloxe-Corton. Mischief and Mayhem was founded in January 2005 by Michael and Fiona Ragg as a progressive, modern micro-négociant committed to … Continue reading

April 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Sign up and get involved in Harpers Get Engaged Facebook page


You can now keep up to date with Harpers Wine & Spirit’s Get Engaged series and join the debate on how the wine industry can get closer to consumers and … Continue reading

April 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

Sign up for Harpers’ LIWF debate on understanding consumers


Understanding how consumers talk about and want to engage with wine will be the topic of the Harpers Debate at the London International Wine Fair at London’s ExCeL on May 23. … Continue reading

April 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

Basset fronts new French wine campaign


French Wine has announced internationally acclaimed sommelier Gerard Basset MS MW as UK ambassador for its new campaign, “French Wines – Wines with Style”. Basset, who was awarded an OBE … Continue reading

April 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Oak experiments yield mixed results.


UK wine professionals were guinea pigs at a seminar yesterday as they tasted the results of Taransaud prototypes and product developments. Taransaud’s new Ovum egg-shaped wooden fermentation vessel Among the … Continue reading

April 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Chinese consumer tastes mature


A new Wine Intelligence study has found the Chinese wine market will feature more white wines and sweeter styles of reds in the future. The Emerging Opportunities report is the … Continue reading

April 17, 2012 · Leave a comment
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