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Malbec World Day
April 17th is celebrated as Malbec World Day. Peter F May visited London’s Gaucho Argentinian Steak restaurant to learn about Argentinean Malbec from Phil Crozier, Gaucho’s Director of Wine.
Wine Terms from ABV to BIB
Wine, like many interests and businesses, has a language of its own. Peter F May explains terms in common usage that you may hear at tastings and winery visits.
Chardonnay makes the world's most popular white wines. Peter F May explains why it is also a favourite with grape growers and winemakers.
Wine Slinger Chronicles - Book Review
Russ Kane travelled throughout Texas visiting wineries and vineyards to write this most readable account. Peter F May found his tales of the people he met and the places he visited unputdownable.
Portugal has given the world a great gift with Port wine. Peter F May looks at discusses this iconic wine.
Cognac is one of the greatest brandies in the world, says Peter F May. But it starts life as basic wine made from unfashionable varieties.
Where Wine Yeast Comes From
We rarely acknowledge the part yeast plays in the taste of our wines, but it is a vital tool in the winemakers armoury. Peter F May follows scientists tracking down wild yeasts and taming them.
Non-Alcoholic Gluhwein Recipe
Glühwein is a favourite in winter, but as the 'wein' part of its name suggests, wine is its major ingredient. Peter F May shows how to make an version as close a possible to the real thing, without using any alcohol.
Vin de Constance - From Dickens to Fifty Shades
Visitors to Klein Constantia are asking for ‘the Fifty Shades wine’. The Fifty Shades trilogy isn't the first to mention Constantia's sweet wine. Dicken and Jane Austin also sang its praises, and it was a favourite of Kings and Emperors. Peter F May visited the winery to taste Vin de Constance.
Wines for a Fifty Shades Dinner
Fifty Shades Freed brings a happy ending to the Trilogy. After looking at wines in the book, Peter F May considers wine choices throughout the Trilogy and suggests a menu for those wanting to host a Fifty Shades Dinner matching wines and foods most frequently enjoyed by Anastasia and Christian.
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