The Oenophiliac

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Press Release: Wines from all sectors of the UK wine industry are crowned winners in national competition


The results of this year’s UK annual competition – The English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition – have unveiled award winners from a wide range of producers from … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Press Release: Bordeaux International Wine Institute launches wine tasting course‏


The Bordeaux International Wine Institute (INSEEC Group) launches iWine June 2013 The Bordeaux International Wine Institute launches iWine – a comprehensive wine tasting course accessible to students and professionals of all … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Harpers – Mike Matthews on Stevens Garnier’s Portuguese portfolio


Portuguese wines are good, fact! I’m not entirely sure why I tend to ignore them at trade events. My eyes were first opened up to the greater possibilities of Portugal‘s … Continue reading

May 17, 2013 · 2 Comments

Press Release: Claude Giraud asks Winemakers and Champagne Houses to take action


Champagne Henri Giraud presented today the results of a quarter of century of research on the winemaking of fine wines in oak barrels. With nearly 200 guests from 16 countries, Claude Giraud held an … Continue reading

April 22, 2013 · 2 Comments

Press Release: Launch of the 2012 Primeurs Campaign for the « Sélections Parcellaires » of Maison M.Chapoutier


Michel Chapoutier has just announced the official launch of the 2012 Primeurs campaign of Maison M.Chapoutier in Tain l’Hermitage. Building on their success since the nineties, the “Chapoutier Primeurs” are today a unique opportunity … Continue reading

March 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Press Release: Château Miraval partners with Famille Perrin to produce Provence wines, bottled by Jolie-Pitt & Perrin


Press release from the offices of Vitabella, Paris  www.vitabella.fr Related articles Pitt and Jolie enlist Perrin for new rosé (thedrinksbusiness.com) Pitt, Jolie Release Rose Wine Once Called Pink Floyd – … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Harpers – Mike Matthews finds lots for independents at Jascots February trade tasting


In a time when wallets are leaner than beef in a Findus Lasagne, the everyday consumer is always on the lookout for the next best deal. Wine companies have the … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Press Release: UK’s Henners Multi-Vintage Wine Concept Launched


Henners, the sparkling wine producer based near Herstmonceaux in East Sussex, has just announced a new concept for English sparkling wine that will in time form a major part of … Continue reading

February 5, 2013 · 1 Comment

Mike Matthews – Harpers Newsletter Jan 11th 2013 including ME!!


Welcome to the Harpers newsletter Laura  January 11, 2013 News headlinesBurgundy En Primeur 2011 Tasting Reviews:  To help you keep on top of the large number of Burgundy tastings this … Continue reading

January 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Press Release: South Africa’s exports hit record levels


South Africa’s 2012 exports reached 417 million litres, the largest amount that the country has exported to date and 10 million litres more than the previous record, which was achieved … Continue reading

January 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Harpers – Mike Matthews on the quality of Edinburgh’s wine merchants


You’re in the Scottish capital and you’re looking for a decent bottle of wine, where do you go? It would be easy to think of Scotland’s drinking habits, based on … Continue reading

January 9, 2013 · 2 Comments

Press Release: Spain’s Tierra Hermosa to launch in Japan


Brit winemaker, Harry Hunt of Bodegas Tierra Hermosa, Andalucia – Spain, has announced today a new partnership deal with Japan’s leading specialist distributor of Spanish wines, Orchestra Co. Ltd. Based … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Wine Tasting Technique


The aim of this page is to give you a basic introduction to wine tasting and tasting techniques. Whenever I’ve conducted wine tastings in my store, or at events, the … Continue reading

December 21, 2012 · 4 Comments

Press Release: A first for Yorkshire as Leventhorpe Vineyard releases new sparkling Rosé, England.


Yorkshire’s longest established vineyard, Leventhorpe, near Leeds, has just launched its first rosé sparkling wine – the first produced in Yorkshire – to celebrate the end of a successful year … Continue reading

December 18, 2012 · 1 Comment
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