The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

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

Nicole Linares blogs: Meeting of the Wines


When I first began getting involved in my schools wine program, I began to hear of what was called, “The Villa.” I heard that one of our professors, Paul Rudolph, … Continue reading

August 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

Nicole Linares: Rioja Road Trip – Day 2.


Day 2-May 3rd After a long bus ride from the airport we arrived at the Palacio Manso de Zuniga in the tiny town of Canillas del Rio Tuerto. This town … Continue reading

July 9, 2013 · 4 Comments

Nicole Linares: Rioja Road Trip – Day 1


Nicole Linares is a student at the Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality, USA, an active member of her schools Wine Academy and budding wine writer. Over the next two weeks … Continue reading

July 8, 2013 · 2 Comments

Press Release: Bordeaux International Wine Institute launches wine tasting course‏


The Bordeaux International Wine Institute (INSEEC Group) launches iWine June 2013 The Bordeaux International Wine Institute launches iWine – a comprehensive wine tasting course accessible to students and professionals of all … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Press Release: Spain’s Tierra Hermosa to launch in Japan


Brit winemaker, Harry Hunt of Bodegas Tierra Hermosa, Andalucia – Spain, has announced today a new partnership deal with Japan’s leading specialist distributor of Spanish wines, Orchestra Co. Ltd. Based … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

Toni ‘The Doc’ Cascio – Reviews Honora Vera Garnacha 2010


 Honora Vera Garnacha  Calatayud – Spain 2010 Before I knew anything about wine, I used to pick wine by the label. I shouldnote that I didn’t actually read the label … Continue reading

September 20, 2012 · 1 Comment

Decanter – Spain predicted smaller harvest, higher grape prices


As harvest gets underway in Spain, observers are predicting a reduction in quantity, while prices for bulk wine are already substantially higher than last year. Rioja: allowed irrigation The harvest … Continue reading

August 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Toni ‘The Doc’ Cascio Reviews – RELAX Pink Rosé


  RELAX Pink Blend Spain Drinking RELAX Pink makes you believe that you can hang onto the little bit of summer that’s left. It’s smooth, light, and refreshing, and I … Continue reading

August 20, 2012 · 4 Comments

Food, Beer & Spirit Writers Required


Are you an aspiring Food, Beer or Spirit writer? If so would you like to contribute to Magics Wine Guide and Reviews for Newbies?  As a bona fide wine guy I suffer … Continue reading

July 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

EU fines Italy, Spain, Greece for illegal vine plantings


European Union officials have ordered Spain, Italy and Greece to repay millions of euros for illegally planting vines. Spain must hand back €131.3m (US$164m) of funding handed out by the … Continue reading

June 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Harpers Industry Blog: I go behind the scenes at Cordoniu’s Barcelona Supper Club


Got an email the other morning, would I be interested in covering a food & wine event in London? I’d get the chance to learn about Spanish cooking, do a … Continue reading

June 23, 2012 · 3 Comments

US BECOMES THE WORLD’S LEADING STILL LIGHT WINE MARKET


The US overtook Italy in 2011 to become the largest single still light wine market, according to the IWSR. Still light wine sales in the US reached 300.6m cases in … Continue reading

June 15, 2012 · Leave a comment
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