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Confusing Wine Names
Wine can be confusing and when names look alike even the expert can be stumped. Here are some that are not exactly homonyms but they are wines and wine terms that sound alike and cause confusion, says Peter F May, so if you want to know Barbera from Barbaresco, Muscat from Muscadet, or Montepulciano

Silkbush Mountain Vineyards
An American owned wine farm in South Africa with a reputation for the quality of its grapes is now producing its own wine which is served on American Airlines Business Class and a luxury cruise liner. Peter F May visited Silkbush Mountain Vineyards.

What is Muscadet wine?
The most sea-food friendly wine is Muscadet. It's not so fashionable now but this French wine is worth looking for. So Peter F May wonders why only the French grow it.

Seifried Estate - New Zealand
Herman and Agnes Seifried created the first vineyard and winery on the South Island of New Zealand. Peter F May met them at a tasting in his home town and heard how an Austrian boy met a New Zealander girl and made a pioneering winery together.

Which Wine Glass Do I Use?
Does the glass you use to drink wine affect its taste? Peter F May ponders the implications.

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.

Vine Wars
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 (1 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.

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