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

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

‘New Bordeaux amazing and exciting’: Oz Clarke in Decanter


The unknown, unsung appellations of Bordeaux have superb terroir and world-class potential – and we’re only just realising it, Oz Clarke reckons. The veteran wine writer and broadcaster has spent … Continue reading

August 1, 2012 · 1 Comment

Marlborough needs appellation system, says Forrest


Marlborough growers need an appellation system with strict controls on production levels to avoid losing quality and reputation, according to a leading producer. Marlborough: ‘loss in quality’? John Forrest, owner … Continue reading

February 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

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