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

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

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

Argentina’s wine exports to UK rocket


Argentinian wine exports to the UK have rocketed by 25% in value and 12% in volume in the first three months of the year. This put the UK back ahead … Continue reading

May 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

A brief consumers guide to buying wine.


I have worked within wine retail since 1995 and during that time I have listened to all types of questions and answers from customers regarding wine. When it comes to … Continue reading

April 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

English Malbec ‘Impossible to buy’


Chapel Down’s collaboration with Wines of Argentina can’t be called a wine and is not allowed to be sold. The cross-continent venture hit EU red tape and although the ‘wine’ has an official … Continue reading

April 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Kent Malbec is an experiment, but not for sale


A Malbec made in Kent with Argentinian grapes was never destined for sale on the mainstream market, but rather as an “intriguing experiment”, says Wines of Argentina. Kent winery Chapel … Continue reading

March 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Napa set for second International Cabernet Symposium


Some of the world’s most celebrated Cabernet Sauvignon winemakers and technical experts convene in Napa this summer for the second International Cabernet Symposium. Lunch at Harlan Estate, June 2010 The … Continue reading

March 14, 2012 · Leave a comment
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