The Oenophiliac

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

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

Nicole Linares: Rioja Road Trip – Day 5


Day 5 – May 6th Today is a very exciting day for me because up until now, from our tastings, Marques de Riscal has been one of my favorite wines … Continue reading

July 12, 2013 · 6 Comments

Nicole Linares: Rioja Road Trip – Days 3 & 4


Day 3-May 4th Today we headed out to the town of Santo Domingo de Calzada, a town much larger than ours and much more lively. The center focus of this … Continue reading

July 11, 2013 · 4 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

Wine Tasting Technique


The aim of this page is to give you a basic introduction to wine tasting and tasting techniques. Whenever I’ve conducted wine tastings in my store, or at events, the … Continue reading

December 21, 2012 · 4 Comments

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

Mike Matthews: Harpers Chile Wine Summit 2012 – My Views from the Day


I’m a long-time admirer of Chilean wines, have been since the day I began working in my first wine store some 17 years ago. Back then there was something distinctive … Continue reading

December 8, 2012 · 1 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 – Spier Winery: A coalition between Art & Wine


How would you describe a wine tasting, what goes on? If you’ve never been to a tasting, what do you think happens? I suppose you could say that it’s simple! … Continue reading

November 9, 2012 · 2 Comments

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

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

Toni ‘The Doc’ Cascio – Reviews Bella Luce Ferrari-Carano White Blend


  Bella Luce Ferrari-Carano white blend Sonoma County California 2010 If Bella Luce were a woman, she would be a ballet dancer. As I sit here sipping Ferrari-Carano’s  luscious white … Continue reading

September 7, 2012 · 1 Comment
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