The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

Harpers – Mike Matthews on the Wine Wonders to be Found in Eastern and Central Europe


When I first started my career in wine, some 19 years ago, the realisation that a Central or Eastern European wines could potentially become a respectable, premium commodity would almost … Continue reading

March 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Harpers: Wine Rack to unveil new look store concept on November 7 in West Byfleet


The new store concept for Wine Rack is to be officially unveiled on November 7 in West Byfleet, Surrey when owners, Conviviality Retail, open the doors to what it hopes … Continue reading

November 6, 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

West London Wine School – Harpers Article


harpers.co.uk Full length version of my Harpers article. 23/3/12 issue. After the collapse of First Quench Retailing back in 2009, former head of wine & spirit training, Jimmy Smith, saw … Continue reading

March 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

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