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Matching Wine to Food in the Real World
Seems everyone is suggesting 'ideal' wine matches for food but it's not so easy in the real world, says Peter F May
Top 10 Tasting No-Nos
Tastings are a great way to learn about wine, and they're Fun, says Peter F May. But there are some things you should not do at them, here are ten to avoid.
Top 10 Tasting Tips
Here are ten tips on how to get the best from wine tastings. Peter F May has attended more than he can count and also stood behind the table pouring at several.
What is Fortified Wine?
What does ‘fortified’ mean? Peter F May discusses the addition of brandy during winemaking.
Your Wine Cellar - Tracking the contents
Whether it is 5 bottles or 50, you'll need to know what the cellar contains. Peter F May considers some options.
Your First Wine Cellar
Whether you have two or two hundred bottles available to drink in the future, yoou have a wine cellar, says Peter F May, who considers where and how to store them.
What Next for New Zealand?
New Zealand is famed for its zingy grassy Sauvignon Blanc. But is it wise to be reliant on a single variety?
Tasting the World's Rarest Wine
When in South Africa Peter F May visits Jerry Rodrigues who has single handedly created a new wine grape variety.
Smoky Tastes in Wine
What causes that smoky taste found in some wines? South African red wines are often noted as smoky by reviewers. The cause has been put down to local soils or winemaking practises. But the actual reason appears to be much simpler and, with hindsight, obvious. And it's avoidable.
How did Mission Survive in America?
How could the European grape variety Mission be planted and survive in the Americas when it's home to phylloxera? It was phylloxera on American vines taken to Europe in the late 1800s that destroyed Europe’s vineyards and then spread around the world.
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