The Oenophiliac

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

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

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May 20, 2014 · 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 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

Mike Matthews – Les Deux Cesars 2010 – justgreatwine.co.uk


Brits Charles and Rose Simpson bought Domaine Sainte Rose in the Languedoc region of France back in 2002. Following on from Charles’ successful career in Pharmaceutical marketing with GlaxoSmithKline and … Continue reading

December 17, 2012 · 3 Comments

Mike Matthews – A Profile of California’s King of Zin – Joel Peterson and Ravenswood Wines


California has been a hotbed of great wine for many years now, even if somewhat misunderstood. The massed produced styles of Gallo’s Rosé have dominated supermarkets and High St outlets … Continue reading

December 4, 2012 · 4 Comments

Mike Matthews – Spier Winery: A coalition between Art & Wine


How would you describe a wine tasting, what goes on? If you’ve never been to a tasting, what do you think happens? I suppose you could say that it’s simple! … Continue reading

November 9, 2012 · 2 Comments

Harpers – Mike Matthews opens his mind to whisky at Balcones tasting


I’ll make no bones about this, spirits aren’t really my thing. Anyone who knows me will tell you, I’m all about the grape and not the grain. So imagine my … Continue reading

November 6, 2012 · 3 Comments

Harpers – Mike Matthews looks at new styles emerging from New Zealand at its New Release trade tasting


Albariño and Arneis may not be synonymous with New Zealand; it’s a far cry from the usual fare we are used to. Add in Grüner Veltliner, Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Sauvignon … Continue reading

October 29, 2012 · 1 Comment

Mike Matthews – Halfwine.com. An alternative in Online Wine Shopping


In order to be successful in business you need ‘the idea’. You need to find something that no one else has thought of, perhaps rework an existing model. It’s not … Continue reading

October 28, 2012 · 3 Comments

Mike Matthews – New Zealand’s Marisco Vineyards and ‘The King’s Series’


Treachery, murder, piracy! Sounds like a great plot for a Hollywood blockbuster. For the de Marisco family, this was all in a days work. It wasn’t always that boring. At … Continue reading

October 21, 2012 · 3 Comments

Mike Matthews – New Zealand’s Marisco Vineyards and ‘The Ned’


It has been quite a successful year for Brent Marris and his team down at New Zealand’s Marisco Vineyards. Following on from picking up last year’s International Wine & Spirit … Continue reading

October 11, 2012 · 3 Comments

Toni ‘The Doc’ Cascio – Reviews Honora Vera Garnacha 2010


 Honora Vera Garnacha  Calatayud – Spain 2010 Before I knew anything about wine, I used to pick wine by the label. I shouldnote that I didn’t actually read the label … Continue reading

September 20, 2012 · 1 Comment

Toni ‘The Doc’ Cascio – Reviews Bella Luce Ferrari-Carano White Blend


  Bella Luce Ferrari-Carano white blend Sonoma County California 2010 If Bella Luce were a woman, she would be a ballet dancer. As I sit here sipping Ferrari-Carano’s  luscious white … Continue reading

September 7, 2012 · 1 Comment

Imelda Duffard – The benefit of salads. Suggestions with wines to match.


A lot of people believe that a salad is not a meal, it’s just a side that gives a touch of freshness to the whole meal. Why would people choose … Continue reading

August 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

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