The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

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

Press Release: English Fizz Goes to Franciacorta


On 15th October, international sparkling wine and Champagne expert Tom Stevenson presented the first ever tutored tasting of 10 English Sparkling Wines to a packed audience of Franciacorta producers, Italian sommeliers and specialist wine press.  … Continue reading

October 30, 2013 · 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

Nicole Linares: German Whites & Pinots from Around the World. Plus, Who’s up for Wine Wars?


This past year, a very quirky and motley cru of friends began to gather and drink wine. We all had the same passion and appreciation for it, and we enjoyed … Continue reading

July 31, 2013 · 1 Comment

Press Release: Wines from all sectors of the UK wine industry are crowned winners in national competition


The results of this year’s UK annual competition – The English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition – have unveiled award winners from a wide range of producers from … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Press Release: Canadian wineries return to the UK for trade and press tasting


Canadian wineries from Wine Country Ontario, British Columbia and Nova Scotia will return to the UK for a trade and press tasting at Canada House, Trafalgar Square on Thursday 16th May. The … Continue reading

April 23, 2013 · 2 Comments

Harpers – Mike Matthews finds lots for independents at Jascots February trade tasting


In a time when wallets are leaner than beef in a Findus Lasagne, the everyday consumer is always on the lookout for the next best deal. Wine companies have the … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Press Release: English Wines to make their début at ProWein 2013


2013 sparks a new move for English Wine Producers (EWP), who will be exhibiting at ProWein for the first time, bringing a new focus on wine markets outside of the … Continue reading

February 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Press Release: UK’s Henners Multi-Vintage Wine Concept Launched


Henners, the sparkling wine producer based near Herstmonceaux in East Sussex, has just announced a new concept for English sparkling wine that will in time form a major part of … Continue reading

February 5, 2013 · 1 Comment

Press Release: A first for Yorkshire as Leventhorpe Vineyard releases new sparkling Rosé, England.


Yorkshire’s longest established vineyard, Leventhorpe, near Leeds, has just launched its first rosé sparkling wine – the first produced in Yorkshire – to celebrate the end of a successful year … Continue reading

December 18, 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 – 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

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

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