The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

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

Press Release: Bettane + Desseauve – 2nd Wine Experience London – Saatchi Gallery

 The second Bettane + Desseauve Wine Experience London will take place at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea on 25th and 26th of October 2013. This exclusive event is aimed at both professional and consumer wine … Continue reading

September 23, 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 – Mike Matthews; How can I save money buying wine?

This is my first blog piece written for 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

Nicole Linares blogs: Meeting of the Wines

When I first began getting involved in my schools wine program, I began to hear of what was called, “The Villa.” I heard that one of our professors, Paul Rudolph, … Continue reading

August 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

Nicole Linares: German Whites & Pinots from Around the World. Plus, Who’s up for Wine Wars?

This past year, a very quirky and motley cru of friends began to gather and drink wine. We all had the same passion and appreciation for it, and we enjoyed … Continue reading

July 31, 2013 · 1 Comment

Nicole Linares: Rioja Road Trip – Days 14 & 15

Day 14 – May 15th Today we visited Cune Winery. I have worked with the distributor of these wines and sold them in grocery stores, so these wines are close … Continue reading

July 21, 2013 · 1 Comment

Nicole Linares: Rioja Road Trip – Day 13

Day 13 – May 14th Today we headed to one of my favorite wineries, Marques de Murrieta and Finca Ygay. It was a sprawling rustic but gorgeous property up on … Continue reading

July 20, 2013 · 1 Comment

Nicole Linares: Rioja Road Trip – Days 11 & 12

Day 11 – May 12th Since today was a rest day, we woke up late and relaxed a little. It was Mother’s Day so I called home and spoke to … Continue reading

July 18, 2013 · 4 Comments

Nicole Linares: Rioja Road Trip – Days 9 & 10

Day 9 – May 10th Today we went to see the research winery/center for the University. It is an amazing structure, very modern and new. I was really impressed with … Continue reading

July 16, 2013 · 1 Comment

Nicole Linares: Rioja Road Trip – Day 8

Day 8 – May 9th When I woke up this morning ready to go, I didn’t know that today would be the day that I would meet my favorite rose … Continue reading

July 15, 2013 · 5 Comments

Nicole Linares: Rioja Road Trip – Days 6 & 7

Day 6 – May 7th Today we headed out to explore the monasteries of Yuso & Suso. Suso, meaning “upper,” and Yuso, meaning “lower.” We visited Suso first, up in … Continue reading

July 13, 2013 · 2 Comments

Nicole Linares: Rioja Road Trip – Day 5

Day 5 – May 6th Today is a very exciting day for me because up until now, from our tastings, Marques de Riscal has been one of my favorite wines … Continue reading

July 12, 2013 · 6 Comments

Press Release: English Wine Festival Founder to Arrive at Show, Bond Style!

The founder of the country’s longest running English wine festival, and former owner of the English Wine Centre, is set to pay a flying visit to East Sussex to avoid … Continue reading

July 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

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