The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

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

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

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

Mike Matthews – New Zealand’s Marisco Vineyards and ‘The King’s Series’


Treachery, murder, piracy! Sounds like a great plot for a Hollywood blockbuster. For the de Marisco family, this was all in a days work. It wasn’t always that boring. At … Continue reading

October 21, 2012 · 3 Comments

Wine Reviews: Beaujolais-Villages Blanc, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Arnaud Aucoeur 2011. Beaujolais Blanc, En Fût, Jean-Paul Brun 2010


Say the word Beaujolais, what springs to mind? Light and easy fruity red wines, Beaujolais Nouveau or Beaujolais Villages no doubt! What about the unknown? What about Beaujolais Blanc…? Not … Continue reading

June 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Magics Wine Guide & Reviews for Newbies. 1st Birthday.


 Today Magics Wine Guide & Reviews for Newbies celebrates its 1st birthday. A year ago a friend of mine suggested I start a wine blog. She suggested that I could, … Continue reading

April 10, 2012 · 8 Comments

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