The Oenophiliac

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

Te Awa Left Field Albariño 2015


But, surely not!? Albariño is from Spain…I hear you cry, or maybe not. I love advocating the unusual so when me and my colleagues discovered this gem from New Zealand … Continue reading

March 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Le Prieuré de Saint – Céols Menetou – Salon 2014


In the Loire we are more familiar with the names of Sancerre, Pouilly Fumé and Touraine but what about Sancerre’s buddy next door, Menetou – Salon? The Eastern region of … Continue reading

March 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Le Chapelle de Marin Cotes du Rhône 2014


  This is a new addition to Warren Wines range and at £6.99 it offers quite a lot. A blend of 60% Grenache Noir, 20% Carignan, 10% Mourvedre and 10% … Continue reading

March 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

Tales from The Wine Store – pt3


Since we opened I’ve had a few people query as to how we went about in creating our range. “Complete and utter genius from me”………is what I’d like to say … Continue reading

January 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

France Under One Roof 2016


Now in it’s 15th year, France Under One Roof is back at the iconic OXO Tower, London, for all your French wine needs.  23 exhibitors will be available, showcasing wines … Continue reading

January 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Tales from The Wine Store – pt2


So as I mentioned in my last post we had quite a few issues in getting our business launched, but, on the 18/9/15 we were able to throw our doors … Continue reading

January 21, 2016 · 2 Comments

Tales from The Wine Store – pt 1


Well! It’s been a year since I last, metaphorically speaking, put pen to paper. When I last wrote I mentioned a new wine business that I would be involved with … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · 2 Comments

Warren Wines – Creating a New Business


Right! I haven’t written anything for a while, last May to be exact. I have reasons, too many reasons to go into right now, some good, some bad, but this … Continue reading

January 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Chandon Argentina Launches in the UK


  Moёt & Chandon’s first venture outside of France goes all the way back to 1959 where the then president of Moёt, Count Robert Jean de Vogüe, along with oenologist, … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

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

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