The Oenophiliac

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

Hancock & Hancock Cabernet – Touriga 2014


We have a slight oddity in this wine and that is the addition of Portugal’s great Port grape, Touriga. Touriga is a small, dark, tannic variety that adds some weight … Continue reading

March 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Taste of Eastern Mediterranean Wines – Stobi’s Macedonian Petit Verdot


What happened to Petit Verdot? Known for centuries as a blending grape, this variety is now proving it can stand alone in its new home the Republic of Macedonia… Petit Verdot … Continue reading

March 4, 2014 · 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

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: 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

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

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

Harpers Blog: Mike Matthews on WineStars Twist


Following on from the success of May’s inaugural WineStars competition at the London International Wine Fair, competition founder Catherine Monahan brought her unique event – this time WineStars Twist – … Continue reading

September 20, 2012 · 5 Comments

Mike Matthews: Croatian wine in a day at Delfina, London


Croatia is an area that has caused one or two murmurings recently. For me it’s a bit of an unknown quantity. So what better way to bring myself up to … Continue reading

September 7, 2012 · 1 Comment

Harpers – Napa Valley proclaims 2012 vintage a ‘classic’


The Napa Valley is getting ready to kick off its 2012 harvest with winemakers describing it as “one of the most balanced crops in years”, thanks to the “marvellous growing … Continue reading

August 20, 2012 · 4 Comments

Toni Cascio, Ph.D. Reviews Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon


Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, CA 2009 I took one sip of Sequoia Grove’s 2009 Cabernet and swooned. It’s lush, lush, lush. This is a Cabernet that is full-bodied with … Continue reading

August 8, 2012 · 6 Comments

Phylloxera-resistant French vineyard awarded protected status


A 200-year-old parcel of vines in the Saint Mont appellation has become the first French vineyard to be recognised as a protected historic landmark due to its phylloxera-resistant vines. Recognised … Continue reading

June 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Long Island Wineries Set Out to Prove Their Green Cred


Not content with simply being “local,” winegrowers create a sustainability certification and education program to spread eco-friendly practices Richard Olsen-Harbich in a Bedell Cellars vineyard; Bedell is joining a new … Continue reading

May 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Wine Tasting 101: Even Sommeliers Started Off Clueless


Wine is a tough nut to crack for some, but it shouldn’t be restricted to elitist pontificating and ridiculous descriptions of flavour. There is no leather in your wine, just … Continue reading

May 14, 2012 · 3 Comments
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