The Oenophiliac

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Press Release – Champagne Jacquart winemaker Floriane Eznack quietly confident about the 2012 vintage despite weather difficulties earlier in the year


Despite well-reported difficulties in the Champagne region throughout the early part of 2012, a sunny start in September has provided an ideal ripening period and boost to the vintage says … Continue reading

September 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Toni ‘The Doc’ Cascio – Reviews Honora Vera Garnacha 2010


 Honora Vera Garnacha  Calatayud – Spain 2010 Before I knew anything about wine, I used to pick wine by the label. I shouldnote that I didn’t actually read the label … Continue reading

September 20, 2012 · 1 Comment

Harpers – Mike Matthews on the Wines of Chile Annual Tasting, September 13


The annual Wines of Chile trade tasting found itself settling in at its new home this week, the MCC, or Lord’s to the rest of us. Over 80 exhibitors turned … Continue reading

September 20, 2012 · 2 Comments

Harpers Blog: Mike Matthews on WineStars Twist


Following on from the success of May’s inaugural WineStars competition at the London International Wine Fair, competition founder Catherine Monahan brought her unique event – this time WineStars Twist – … Continue reading

September 20, 2012 · 5 Comments

The Drinks Business – US wines from bought in grapes could be labelled “CHÂTEAU”


A new proposal by the European Commission will allow American wines made from bought in grapes to use the term “château” on their labels if it is given the green … Continue reading

September 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Decanter – Weight Watchers endorses McWilliams low-alcohol wine


Weight Watchers has teamed up with New World producer McWilliams to endorse a range of low-alcohol wines. The diet advice organisation is tapping into the UK’s increasing taste for low-alcohol … Continue reading

September 14, 2012 · 2 Comments

Press Release – First wines to carry South Africa’s new, fully traceable, ethical seal


First wines awarded new ethical seal   The first wines to carry South Africa’s new, fully traceable, ethical seal are to be showcased at Cape Wine 2012, which takes place … Continue reading

September 12, 2012 · 3 Comments

Harpers – Champagne to take centre stage during Social Media Week


A week’s activity dedicated to the impact and role of social media taking place around the world later this month will feature a case study hosted in London on how … Continue reading

September 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Toni ‘The Doc’ Cascio – Reviews Bella Luce Ferrari-Carano White Blend


  Bella Luce Ferrari-Carano white blend Sonoma County California 2010 If Bella Luce were a woman, she would be a ballet dancer. As I sit here sipping Ferrari-Carano’s  luscious white … Continue reading

September 7, 2012 · 1 Comment

Mike Matthews: Croatian wine in a day at Delfina, London


Croatia is an area that has caused one or two murmurings recently. For me it’s a bit of an unknown quantity. So what better way to bring myself up to … Continue reading

September 7, 2012 · 1 Comment

Decanter – Small harvests expected across Europe as California eyes price rises


Wine producers across the northern hemisphere are beginning their grape harvest, with many expecting a much smaller crop, and some seeking comfort in optimistic predictions of quality. Dolcetto harvest: ‘jeopardised’ … Continue reading

September 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Drinks Business – Greek grape takes root in Aussie soil


The native Greek grape Assyrtiko has been planted for the first time in Australia by Clare Valley’s Jim Barry Wines. (L-R) Sam Barry (commercial manager), Peter Barry (managing director), Tom Barry … Continue reading

September 5, 2012 · Leave a comment
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