The Oenophiliac

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Mike Matthews – Marks & Spencer Tasting Gift Box


When all in the world of wine is a positive minefield, it’s always handy when one of the UK’s leading supermarket retailers takes the first steps to demystifying matters. Marks & Spencer … Continue reading

December 13, 2012 · 1 Comment

Harpers – Mike Matthews on the intriguing story behind Red Squirrel Wine Club


Red Squirrel Wine was brought to my attention via a story I read in my local paper. As a wine guy, and someone who lives in South West London, the … Continue reading

November 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

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

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

Napa tasting highlights whites


Chenin Blanc and Albariño came out top in a tasting of Napa Valley whites made from grapes other than Chardonnay and Sauvignon. In the US, Chardonnay outsells all other wines, … Continue reading

July 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Harpers Blog – Ocean Eight vertical tasting with Mike Aylward


How can you tell you’ve encountered a London summer? That’s right, it’s usually raining. So, as the clouds began to roll over on another soon to be wet summer’s day, … Continue reading

June 16, 2012 · 3 Comments

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

Tell me why I don’t like Chardonnay


“I don’t like Chardonnay” Sounds familiar? What is it about this noblest of grape that people just don’t like? As a varietal it still ranks amongst one of the biggest … Continue reading

March 24, 2012 · 2 Comments

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