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

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

Press Release – Marisco Vineyards’ Claims 7th Trophy in 3 Months


Marisco Vineyards has collected another trophy, this time for its King’s Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2011 winning ‘Best One Year Old Sauvignon Blanc’ at the Marlborough Wine Show on Saturday night. … Continue reading

November 23, 2012 · 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

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

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


It has been quite a successful year for Brent Marris and his team down at New Zealand’s Marisco Vineyards. Following on from picking up last year’s International Wine & Spirit … Continue reading

October 11, 2012 · 3 Comments

Press Release – China Dawns Gold for New Zealand’s Marisco Vineyards


Marisco Vineyards has scooped an unprecedented 5 gold medals, of which 3 were Double Gold*, at the China Wine Awards. Never before has the company received such glowing accolades, across … Continue reading

October 3, 2012 · 1 Comment

Jayson Bryant reports on the upcoming 3rd Annual Pinot Smackdown – 6th September 2012


So another year rolls around, all too quickly for my liking, and another #PinotSmackDown. This is the third such event to be held, but just what is Pinot Smackdown. Well … Continue reading

August 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

Oregon shines at IPNC 2012


Oregon proved its quality on the world stage, along with its collaborative spirit, as nearly 700 visitors descended on McMinnville for the 26th International Pinot Noir Celebration at the weekend. Among … Continue reading

July 30, 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

How To Overcome Your Wine Ignorance – My post in today’s Sabotage Times 10/6/12


Do you know you’re Chardonnays from Chenin Blancs? Or what gives a wine it’s colour? Find out everything you ever wanted to know about wine below. What is it about … Continue reading

June 10, 2012 · 2 Comments

LIWF 2012 – Day 2.


Day 2 began with a very interesting debate from Harpers as part of their ‘Engage the Consumer’ forum. Chaired by Harpers Editor Richard Siddle, a panel of wine professionals was … Continue reading

May 23, 2012 · 4 Comments

LIWF 2012 – Day 1


So another year passes and another LIWF rolls up. A bit of a different turn from me this year. Normally it’s a case of rocking up, grabbing a glass and … Continue reading

May 22, 2012 · Leave a comment
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