The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

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: 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

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 – A Profile of California’s King of Zin – Joel Peterson and Ravenswood Wines


California has been a hotbed of great wine for many years now, even if somewhat misunderstood. The massed produced styles of Gallo’s Rosé have dominated supermarkets and High St outlets … Continue reading

December 4, 2012 · 4 Comments

Harpers – Mike Matthews: the magic of discovering Sicilian wines


I have discovered Sicily! Granted, an erroneous statement to make, as history shows many people got there before me. What I meant was this…Sicily, as an outstanding wine region-island, came … Continue reading

October 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

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 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

Imelda Duffard – The benefit of salads. Suggestions with wines to match.


A lot of people believe that a salad is not a meal, it’s just a side that gives a touch of freshness to the whole meal. Why would people choose … Continue reading

August 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Toni ‘The Doc’ Cascio Reviews – California’s Meiomi Pinot Noir


 Meiomi Pinot Noir Region 1 Climate (UC Davis Classification) – Coastal California Yes, Meiomi Pinot Noir seduced me. (Don’t tell my husband!) Before trying this wine, I was never a … Continue reading

August 22, 2012 · 9 Comments

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

Toni Cascio, Ph.D. Reviews Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon


Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, CA 2009 I took one sip of Sequoia Grove’s 2009 Cabernet and swooned. It’s lush, lush, lush. This is a Cabernet that is full-bodied with … Continue reading

August 8, 2012 · 6 Comments

Mike Matthews: Behind the scenes at “Braaiday” at High Timber


High Timber in London, a South African based restaurant with a wine cellar containing 40,000 bottles for your pleasure, played host to a motley crew of wine writers and blogger’s … Continue reading

July 26, 2012 · 3 Comments

Wine Review: Zebra View Pinotage 2011


As grape varieties go Pinotage seems to have developed a bit of a Marmite tag, you either love it or hate it. I’ve never been able to work out why! … Continue reading

July 4, 2012 · 5 Comments

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