The Oenophiliac

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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

Harpers – Mike Matthews: on Hallowed Ground’s London portfolio tasting


Hidden in the basement of the Adam Street Private Members Club, Adam St, London, you’ll find ‘The Gallery,’ a corner enclave where UK boutique wine supplier Hallowed Ground hosted their … Continue reading

October 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

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

Press Release – UK wine harvest is underway and despite a challenging year quality is promised


Despite the news that one of England’s major sparkling wine producers has made the decision not to harvest this year, all other leading English wine producers are now harvesting, and … Continue reading

October 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

Mike Matthews – Classic FM ‘Tasting Notes’ 1st six episodes wine list revealed.


 www.classicfm.com Classic FM announced yesterday, 9/10/12, the launch of ‘Tasting Notes’, a new weekly programme commencing Sunday, 14th of October, 3pm-5pm, hosted by actor and writer Simon Callow. Working with … Continue reading

October 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

Mike Matthews – Classic FM to host ‘Tasting Notes’ with Simon Callow


      Laithwaite’s and Classic FM (100-102 fm) have teamed up with actor and writer, Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love), to bring a new … Continue reading

October 9, 2012 · 1 Comment

Press Release – The Best of English wine on show at Best of Britannia this weekend


English wines will be out in force at a stylish new consumer show – Best of Britannia – taking place this weekend. The best of British fashion, design and manufacture will be … Continue reading

October 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

Harpers – Mike Matthews: the magic of discovering Sicilian wines


I have discovered Sicily! Granted, an erroneous statement to make, as history shows many people got there before me. What I meant was this…Sicily, as an outstanding wine region-island, came … Continue reading

October 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

Press Release – China Dawns Gold for New Zealand’s Marisco Vineyards


Marisco Vineyards has scooped an unprecedented 5 gold medals, of which 3 were Double Gold*, at the China Wine Awards. Never before has the company received such glowing accolades, across … Continue reading

October 3, 2012 · 1 Comment

Decanter – Latest Virginia AVA announced


Middleburg, Virginia has become the state’s newest American Viticultural Area. Boxwood Estate: started AVA process Middleburg is the seventh Virginia AVA, joining Eastern Shore, Monticello, North Fork of Roanoke, Northern Neck … Continue reading

October 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Press Release – Camel Valley visitors help fund 15 flying hours for Cornwall Air Ambulance


Visitors to award-winning vineyard Camel Valley have helped fund 15 flying hours for Cornwall Air Ambulance. By asking visitors to upgrade their wine tour to enjoy a glass of Camel … Continue reading

October 2, 2012 · 2 Comments
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