The Oenophiliac

Bringing you stories from the world of wine and beer.

Mike Matthews – Looking for that ideal wine writing job – Working to get that break.


It’s time for a new tact! Having expelled a fair chunk of energy on an email drive to various media agencies, the length and breadth of the UK, trying to … Continue reading

November 12, 2012 · 4 Comments

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

Bordeaux to offer training course for sommeliers


The Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce chose Hong Kong to launch its first training academy for sommeliers last month. Unveiled at Vinexpo Asia-Pacific on 29 May was Worldsom, a new organisation … Continue reading

June 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Basset fronts new French wine campaign


French Wine has announced internationally acclaimed sommelier Gerard Basset MS MW as UK ambassador for its new campaign, “French Wines – Wines with Style”. Basset, who was awarded an OBE … Continue reading

April 18, 2012 · 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

Trade pledges needed for National Wine Month


Touch PR, the agency behind the first National Wine Month last May, is urging for pledges from the trade, in order for the 2012 campaign to go ahead. The proposal … Continue reading

February 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

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