The Oenophiliac

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Harpers – Mike Matthews on the Wine Wonders to be Found in Eastern and Central Europe


When I first started my career in wine, some 19 years ago, the realisation that a Central or Eastern European wines could potentially become a respectable, premium commodity would almost … Continue reading

March 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Hidden Wonders of the Vranec Grape


Unlike most modern day wine countries, the Republic of Macedonia prides itself on focusing on its indigenous varietals, whilst also producing the widely-recognised international grape varieties; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc , … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Macedonia & Terroir


The Republic of Macedonia is a Former Yugoslavian country located in Southern Central Europe; with Bulgaria sitting to her right, Kosovo and Serbia tucked in up north, Albania to the … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

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

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