The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

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

Mike Matthews – 10th Annual Wines of Chile Award Winners Announced


The winners of the 2013 Annual Wines of Chile Awards were released today after 3 days of blind tasting in Santiago, Chile. The top award went to Viña Errazuriz with their … Continue reading

January 17, 2013 · 2 Comments

Harpers – Mike Matthews on the quality of Edinburgh’s wine merchants


You’re in the Scottish capital and you’re looking for a decent bottle of wine, where do you go? It would be easy to think of Scotland’s drinking habits, based on … Continue reading

January 9, 2013 · 2 Comments

Press Release: Spain’s Tierra Hermosa to launch in Japan


Brit winemaker, Harry Hunt of Bodegas Tierra Hermosa, Andalucia – Spain, has announced today a new partnership deal with Japan’s leading specialist distributor of Spanish wines, Orchestra Co. Ltd. Based … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · Leave a 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

Harpers – Mike Matthews on the intriguing story behind Red Squirrel Wine Club


Red Squirrel Wine was brought to my attention via a story I read in my local paper. As a wine guy, and someone who lives in South West London, the … Continue reading

November 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Mike Matthews – Looking for that ideal wine writing job – Working to get that break.


It’s time for a new tact! Having expelled a fair chunk of energy on an email drive to various media agencies, the length and breadth of the UK, trying to … Continue reading

November 12, 2012 · 4 Comments

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