The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

A Taste of Eastern Mediterranean Wines – Stobi’s Macedonian Petit Verdot


What happened to Petit Verdot? Known for centuries as a blending grape, this variety is now proving it can stand alone in its new home the Republic of Macedonia… Petit Verdot … Continue reading

March 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Nicole Linares blogs: Meeting of the Wines


When I first began getting involved in my schools wine program, I began to hear of what was called, “The Villa.” I heard that one of our professors, Paul Rudolph, … Continue reading

August 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

Press Release: Bordeaux International Wine Institute launches wine tasting course‏


The Bordeaux International Wine Institute (INSEEC Group) launches iWine June 2013 The Bordeaux International Wine Institute launches iWine – a comprehensive wine tasting course accessible to students and professionals of all … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Press Release: Claude Giraud asks Winemakers and Champagne Houses to take action


Champagne Henri Giraud presented today the results of a quarter of century of research on the winemaking of fine wines in oak barrels. With nearly 200 guests from 16 countries, Claude Giraud held an … Continue reading

April 22, 2013 · 2 Comments

Press Release: Launch of the 2012 Primeurs Campaign for the « Sélections Parcellaires » of Maison M.Chapoutier


Michel Chapoutier has just announced the official launch of the 2012 Primeurs campaign of Maison M.Chapoutier in Tain l’Hermitage. Building on their success since the nineties, the “Chapoutier Primeurs” are today a unique opportunity … Continue reading

March 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Press Release – Oscar winner & Cælestis biodynamic Grand Cru Classé in support of WWF‏


November 2012 close to the Stars, close to the Earth… CӔLESTIS Classified Growth biodynamic wine CHARITY AUCTIONS in support of WWF  London 27 November 2012 live: http://www.dnfa.com, online: http://www.bidforwine.co.uk  … Continue reading

November 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

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 – First full history of Bordeaux first growths to be published


The first-ever comprehensive history of all five first growths, by Decanter writer Jane Anson and with a foreword by Francis Ford Coppola, will be published next month. During the writing … Continue reading

August 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

‘New Bordeaux amazing and exciting’: Oz Clarke in Decanter


The unknown, unsung appellations of Bordeaux have superb terroir and world-class potential – and we’re only just realising it, Oz Clarke reckons. The veteran wine writer and broadcaster has spent … Continue reading

August 1, 2012 · 1 Comment

Vineyard at Stockcross revisits Judgement of Paris


Another recreation of the legendary Judgement of Paris tasting has ended in a convincing victory for American wines. Winner: L’Après Midi This time the tasting took place at the Vineyard at … Continue reading

July 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

How To Overcome Your Wine Ignorance – My post in today’s Sabotage Times 10/6/12


Do you know you’re Chardonnays from Chenin Blancs? Or what gives a wine it’s colour? Find out everything you ever wanted to know about wine below. What is it about … Continue reading

June 10, 2012 · 2 Comments

Wine Tasting 101: Even Sommeliers Started Off Clueless


Wine is a tough nut to crack for some, but it shouldn’t be restricted to elitist pontificating and ridiculous descriptions of flavour. There is no leather in your wine, just … Continue reading

May 14, 2012 · 3 Comments

FRENCH WINE CAMPAIGN TO TAP CHINESE MARKET


Newly elected French president Francois Hollande is to promote French wine in China and educate the Chinese about wine through a series of events in the country. The French agriculture … Continue reading

May 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

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
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