The Oenophiliac

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

Tales from The Wine Store – pt3


Since we opened I’ve had a few people query as to how we went about in creating our range. “Complete and utter genius from me”………is what I’d like to say … Continue reading

January 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Tales from The Wine Store – pt2


So as I mentioned in my last post we had quite a few issues in getting our business launched, but, on the 18/9/15 we were able to throw our doors … Continue reading

January 21, 2016 · 2 Comments

Tales from The Wine Store – pt 1


Well! It’s been a year since I last, metaphorically speaking, put pen to paper. When I last wrote I mentioned a new wine business that I would be involved with … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · 2 Comments

Warren Wines – Creating a New Business


Right! I haven’t written anything for a while, last May to be exact. I have reasons, too many reasons to go into right now, some good, some bad, but this … Continue reading

January 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Chandon Argentina Launches in the UK


  Moёt & Chandon’s first venture outside of France goes all the way back to 1959 where the then president of Moёt, Count Robert Jean de Vogüe, along with oenologist, … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Visiting Adelaide for Wine & Food? Here’s a quick peak!


  Bush tucker trials, beer, barbecues, surfing and Neighbours are stereotypical views of Australia. A country that favours gap year students looking for a good time before the seriousness of … Continue reading

March 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Harpers – Mike Matthews on the Wine Wonders to be Found in Eastern and Central Europe


When I first started my career in wine, some 19 years ago, the realisation that a Central or Eastern European wines could potentially become a respectable, premium commodity would almost … Continue reading

March 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

Macedonia & Terroir


The Republic of Macedonia is a Former Yugoslavian country located in Southern Central Europe; with Bulgaria sitting to her right, Kosovo and Serbia tucked in up north, Albania to the … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Harpers: Wine Rack to unveil new look store concept on November 7 in West Byfleet


The new store concept for Wine Rack is to be officially unveiled on November 7 in West Byfleet, Surrey when owners, Conviviality Retail, open the doors to what it hopes … Continue reading

November 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Harpers – Mike Matthews recent Top Three wines reviewed


On a recent research mission to the offices of Harpers Wine & Spirit, I was asked to come up with my top three recently tasted wines; which were to be … Continue reading

October 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Harpers – Mike Matthews writes on why we should take a leap of faith into the unusual


I’m someone who searches for the unusual when it comes to wine. I like to champion those producers and countries that generally struggle to get a sniff when it comes … Continue reading

October 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Oenophiliac, the new name for Magics Wine Guide and Reviews for Newbies


After 2 and a half years of blogging, I have finally decided to do the one thing that has bugged me from day one….change my blogs name. The address will … Continue reading

September 15, 2013 · 2 Comments

Yahoo.com – Mike Matthews; How can I save money buying wine?


This is my first blog piece written for Yahoo.com For contractual reasons I don’t believe I can put the full article on my own blog, but nothing to stop me from sharing the … Continue reading

September 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

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