The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

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

Nicole Linares: German Whites & Pinots from Around the World. Plus, Who’s up for Wine Wars?


This past year, a very quirky and motley cru of friends began to gather and drink wine. We all had the same passion and appreciation for it, and we enjoyed … Continue reading

July 31, 2013 · 1 Comment

Nicole Linares: Rioja Road Trip – Days 14 & 15


Day 14 – May 15th Today we visited Cune Winery. I have worked with the distributor of these wines and sold them in grocery stores, so these wines are close … Continue reading

July 21, 2013 · 1 Comment

Nicole Linares: Rioja Road Trip – Day 13


Day 13 – May 14th Today we headed to one of my favorite wineries, Marques de Murrieta and Finca Ygay. It was a sprawling rustic but gorgeous property up on … Continue reading

July 20, 2013 · 1 Comment

Nicole Linares: Rioja Road Trip – Days 11 & 12


Day 11 – May 12th Since today was a rest day, we woke up late and relaxed a little. It was Mother’s Day so I called home and spoke to … Continue reading

July 18, 2013 · 4 Comments

Nicole Linares: Rioja Road Trip – Days 9 & 10


Day 9 – May 10th Today we went to see the research winery/center for the University. It is an amazing structure, very modern and new. I was really impressed with … Continue reading

July 16, 2013 · 1 Comment

Nicole Linares: Rioja Road Trip – Day 8


Day 8 – May 9th When I woke up this morning ready to go, I didn’t know that today would be the day that I would meet my favorite rose … Continue reading

July 15, 2013 · 5 Comments

Nicole Linares: Rioja Road Trip – Days 6 & 7


Day 6 – May 7th Today we headed out to explore the monasteries of Yuso & Suso. Suso, meaning “upper,” and Yuso, meaning “lower.” We visited Suso first, up in … Continue reading

July 13, 2013 · 2 Comments

Nicole Linares: Rioja Road Trip – Day 5


Day 5 – May 6th Today is a very exciting day for me because up until now, from our tastings, Marques de Riscal has been one of my favorite wines … Continue reading

July 12, 2013 · 6 Comments

Nicole Linares: Rioja Road Trip – Days 3 & 4


Day 3-May 4th Today we headed out to the town of Santo Domingo de Calzada, a town much larger than ours and much more lively. The center focus of this … Continue reading

July 11, 2013 · 4 Comments

Nicole Linares: Rioja Road Trip – Day 1


Nicole Linares is a student at the Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality, USA, an active member of her schools Wine Academy and budding wine writer. Over the next two weeks … Continue reading

July 8, 2013 · 2 Comments

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