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What is Petite Sirah Wine
A traditional California grape variety fell out of fashion and almost vanished, then its fans went in to bat for it and showed it was of noble birth. Today Petite Sirah is riding high. Peter F May tells its story.
Attitudes to Closures
What your wine is closed with and what you think of corks, screwcaps and synthetics depends a lot on where you are. Peter F May has been looking at some recent surveys of American, Australian and British wine drinkers.
Grape vines can live for a hundred years - if they survive attacks from insects, viruses, and animals. And as grapes ripen the surrounding woods and hills are full of animal and birds who see them as dinner. Peter F May is just back from the front line.
Riding a Machine Harvester
The vehicle was travelling at 2km (1¼ miles) per hour and I was hanging on for dear life. Peter F May enjoyed the ride of a lifetime on a grape harvester.
Glenelly Estate, Stellenbosch
When a widow in her seventies sells up, few travel 12,000 miles to start a brand new vineyard and winery in a new country. But Madam May de Lencquesaing is no ordinary woman. Peter F May visits her new estate and tastes her wines.
Broke the Grape's Joy - Book Review
Broke the Grape's Joy is a heartwarming bitter-sweet novel of a middle-aged widow running an about-to-go broke St Emilion winery. Into her life comes an older man and a beautiful young girl. They will change her life but who can she trust?
There are several systems for scoring wine, Peter F May considers them and decides that the scorer matters is the important factor/
What is Pinot Grigio?
Pinot Grigio is a wine that has become very popular in recent years. Peter F May looks deeper into this grape variety
Pruning in the Vineyard
One of the most important vineyard jobs is pruning. Peter F May goes into the cold to wield his shears.
How Long Does Open Wine Last?
How long does an opened wine remain drinkable? Peter F May has been experimenting.
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