The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

Harpers – Mike Matthews recent Top Three wines reviewed


On a recent research mission to the offices of Harpers Wine & Spirit, I was asked to come up with my top three recently tasted wines; which were to be … Continue reading

October 3, 2013 · Leave a 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

Oregon hones its identity


Oregon needs to do further work to define its stylistic position between the Old World and the New World, believes David Adelsheim, co-owner of Adelsheim Vineyards. “It’s such a nuanced … Continue reading

July 31, 2012 · 2 Comments

New Zealand’s smaller regions capitalise on Marlborough slump


The small 2012 harvest in New Zealand is a chance for smaller regions to gain ground on Marlborough. New Zealand Although production fell by 23% in some of the larger … Continue reading

July 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Smaller New Zealand harvest could spell end of deep discounts


New Zealand Winegrowers is “relaxed” about an 18% fall in the harvest  this year – the body had anticipated the crop to fall by up to 25%. David Cox, European … Continue reading

June 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Marlborough touted as next big Pinot region


Marlborough is emerging as one of the most exciting regions to watch for New Zealand Pinot Noir, according to a number of the country’s top producers. Steve Smith MW, founder … Continue reading

March 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

GST best measure for viticulturists


GST (growing season temperature) may be the climatic index of choice for viticulturists. Pioneering cool climate viticulturist Dr Andrew Pirie, of Tamar Ridge, revitalised GST as a single measure offering … Continue reading

February 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

New Zealand Wine Annual Trade Tasting: London 2012


Today I began round two of my new year tasting schedule. This time it was the turn of New Zealand at Lords, St John’s Wood, London.  105 New Zealand wineries … Continue reading

January 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

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