The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

Yahoo.com – Mike Matthews; How can I save money buying wine?


This is my first blog piece written for Yahoo.com For contractual reasons I don’t believe I can put the full article on my own blog, but nothing to stop me from sharing the … Continue reading

September 15, 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

Nicole Linares: Rioja Road Trip – Days 11 & 12


Day 11 – May 12th Since today was a rest day, we woke up late and relaxed a little. It was Mother’s Day so I called home and spoke to … Continue reading

July 18, 2013 · 4 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

Harpers – Mike Matthews on the quality of Edinburgh’s wine merchants


You’re in the Scottish capital and you’re looking for a decent bottle of wine, where do you go? It would be easy to think of Scotland’s drinking habits, based on … Continue reading

January 9, 2013 · 2 Comments

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 – 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

Vineyard at Stockcross revisits Judgement of Paris


Another recreation of the legendary Judgement of Paris tasting has ended in a convincing victory for American wines. Winner: L’Après Midi This time the tasting took place at the Vineyard at … Continue reading

July 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

WSET rolls out English wine tasting for consumers


The WSET is launching an English wine-tasting club, the Pursuit of English Excellence, for consumers interested in finding out more about the category. The move comes on the back of rising popularity of … Continue reading

June 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

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