The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

Australian floods blight vintage in Riverina


Wine growers in the Riverina district of Australia are recovering from a series of ‘unprecedented’ floods, which have blighted an otherwise promising 2012 vintage. A still from Australian TV showing … Continue reading

March 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Tell me why I don’t like Chardonnay


“I don’t like Chardonnay” Sounds familiar? What is it about this noblest of grape that people just don’t like? As a varietal it still ranks amongst one of the biggest … Continue reading

March 24, 2012 · 2 Comments

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

Bordeaux 2011: Brane Cantenac to use Carmenere in Grand Vin


Bordeaux Chateau Brane Cantenac is using Carmenere in its Grand Vin for the first time, the result of climate change, owner Henri Lurton said. Although almost never used in Bordeaux, Carmenere is … Continue reading

March 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Guarding Grapevines with Genes


Scientists have created a vine gene that can kill Pierce’s disease, but will consumers accept wine from genetically modified vines? It’s been more than a decade since the last major … Continue reading

March 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Is California Facing a Grape Shortage?


Grape prices are going up, but consumers have grown accustomed to bargains California’s grapegrowers finally have something to cheer about—grape prices are going up. But does that mean higher prices … Continue reading

March 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

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