The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

Decanter – Latest Virginia AVA announced


Middleburg, Virginia has become the state’s newest American Viticultural Area. Boxwood Estate: started AVA process Middleburg is the seventh Virginia AVA, joining Eastern Shore, Monticello, North Fork of Roanoke, Northern Neck … Continue reading

October 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

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

Long Island Wineries Set Out to Prove Their Green Cred


Not content with simply being “local,” winegrowers create a sustainability certification and education program to spread eco-friendly practices Richard Olsen-Harbich in a Bedell Cellars vineyard; Bedell is joining a new … Continue reading

May 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

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

Touraine ready to unveil new sub-regions


Two newly defined Loire sub-regions of AOC Touraine are due to be released onto the market from 1 May 2012. Touraine Oisly and Touraine Chenonceaux represent the culmination of over … Continue reading

April 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bordeaux 2011: Merlot succeeds in ‘unpredictable’ year


The first London tasting of 2011 right bank wines has confirmed oenologist Denis Dubourdieu’s comments that the vintage is as varied as the bizarre weather patterns that produced it. St … Continue reading

March 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

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

Croser: Cabernet a cornerstone for Chile’s future


Australian winemaker and consultant Brian Croser has spoken out in praise of Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon, calling it “a cornerstone for the future of Chilean wine.” Speaking at the inaugural South … Continue reading

January 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Chopard boss buys Bergerac chateau


Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, co-president of the Chopard luxury watch business, has acquired major Bergerac wine estate Chateau Monestier La Tour. [Image: Christine Ontivéro] Scheufele, a self-professed lover of Château Haut-Brion, opened rare … Continue reading

January 18, 2012 · Leave a comment
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