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All About Rioja
Rioja's classic elegant wines are currently out of fashion and are thus well-priced. Peter F May looks at Spain's most famout wine region, one of the few in the world where the word 'reserve' means something.
Oak Doesn't Always Mean Barrels
Aging red wines on oak barrels is a sign of quality, says Peter F May, but a wine boasting of ‘well integrated oak’ or ‘oak treatment’ probably hasn't even seen a barrel.
Bordeaux River Cruising
River cruising has become very popular. Peter F May joins a new cruise that visits Bordeaux wine regions and focuses on wine.
What Does Grand Vin de Bordeaux Mean?
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Book Review: Dial M for Merlot
‘Dial M for Merlot’ is a Carl Hiaasen type of caper with larger than life characters and a just-about believable plot. Peter F May poured himself a glass of wine and settled down to read
Petite Sirah Pleases
Choosing wines for his club's dinner dance, Peter F may suggested less mainsream wines with each one coming from a different country. The most popular wine turned out to be from California and it was variety few had previously encountered.
What's the Best Grapes for Fizz?
Champagne has such a hold on winemakers around the world that they use the same grapes to make their fizz. Peter F May explains why those three varieties came to be so important and questions whether they should be.
Ridge Zinfandel Buchignani Ranch 2008
Visitors to a winery sometimes have the opportunity to purchase wines that are not available elsewhere. Peter F May took home 2008 Ridge Zinfandel Buchignani Ranch from Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs winery in Sonoma County, California.
Yealans Estate, Marlborough, New Zealand
Yealands Estate is the largest privately owned vineyard in New Zealand and also the most sustainable. Peter F May visited and found dwarf sheep, musical vineyards and carbon neutral winery
Do You BYO - Bring Your Own Wine?
Do you BYO? Have you asked a restaurant whether you can bring in your own wine? Peter F May often takes in his own wine when allowed.
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