The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

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

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 – Marks & Spencer Tasting Gift Box


When all in the world of wine is a positive minefield, it’s always handy when one of the UK’s leading supermarket retailers takes the first steps to demystifying matters. Marks & Spencer … Continue reading

December 13, 2012 · 1 Comment

Mike Matthews: Harpers Chile Wine Summit 2012 – My Views from the Day


I’m a long-time admirer of Chilean wines, have been since the day I began working in my first wine store some 17 years ago. Back then there was something distinctive … Continue reading

December 8, 2012 · 1 Comment

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
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