The Oenophiliac

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

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

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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

Napa Valley at The Palm, London.


What is it about Napa Valley wines that drew luminaries from all forms of the wine trade to descend upon London’s The Palm Restaurant recently? Ignoring all major wine shows … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Periodic Table of Wine


If wine is truly a science, because god knows it has me baffled at times, then let all wine outlets, agencies,media hang this on their walls for all to study … Continue reading

June 13, 2013 · 2 Comments

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

Harpers : Mike Matthews discovers the diversity and flavours of vermouth at Mele e Pere


What does vermouth mean to you? What images does this fortified wine conjure? It’s hardly what we’d call a fashionable drink now is it! Probably the closest to cool that … Continue reading

March 2, 2013 · 3 Comments

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

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