The Oenophiliac

A Wine Writers View on the World of Wine. Formerly Magics Wine Guide and Reviews for Newbies

Chez Stephan Hair Salon, Art Gallery, Wine Agent-Merchant. Next, World Domination


harpers.co.uk Full length version of my Harpers article. 9/3/12 Enjoy.  Tucked away down Lacy Rd, off Putney High St, London, you’ll find a rather unassuming hair salon, Chez Stephan. From … Continue reading

March 28, 2012 · 2 Comments

UK to host Riesling Summit


The UK will host its first ever Riesling Summit this June, organised by Wines of Germany. Marking the first in a series of summer activities from the generic body in … Continue reading

March 27, 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

Major new Sussex wine estate starts planting


A former hedge fund manager is setting out to plant what will one of the largest vineyards in England, in the South Downs in East Sussex. Located within a few … Continue reading

March 26, 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

Marlborough offers scholarship for UK wine trade


Wine Marlborough is offering a member of the UK wine trade a chance to spend up to six weeks studying the New Zealand wine industry. Called the John Avery Scholarship, … Continue reading

March 19, 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

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

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

Naked Wines offers $1million in global winemaker competition


Online wine retailer Naked Wines, is launching a global winemaking competition, that will guarantee $1million investment fund for the winners. Judged by hundreds of consumers, the aim of the $1million Zero to … Continue reading

March 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

First Syrian wine to hit UK


The first wine from Syria is about to be released onto the UK market. Bargylus bottles, and vineyards in Syria Domaine Bargylus, near the town of Lattaquie, or Latakia, in … Continue reading

March 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

ProWein 2013 set to expand


ProWein, the international wine and spirits fair which took place in  Düsseldorf last week, is expanding next year in Germany, and considering  taking the fair overseas. Show organiser Danila Avdiu … Continue reading

March 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Chocolate wine takes US and UK by storm


A chocolate infused wine called Chocolate Shop has surprised its creators with surging demand from a wide range of consumers in the US and UK. “We thought the market would … Continue reading

March 12, 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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