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T V Munson - Wine's Saviour
Thomas Volney Munson (1843-1913) was a nurseryman, grape vine breeder, author, holder of the Legion d’Honneur (France’s highest honour), and saviour of the world’s wines. Peter F May tells how a French delegation visited Denison, Texas, to beg Munson's help in saving the world's wines.
Dry Comal Creek Winery, Texas
When adversity strikes, does a Texan give up? No, he finds an advantage and grows stronger than before. Peter F May visits Dry Comal Creek that came back from wipeout with a new and unique focus.
Sunset Winery, Texas
Sunset Winery is a small family owned winery and vineyard near Fort Worth in Texas. Peter F May called in to taste wines made from Texas's own Black Spanish variety.
Does Wine Really Contain Milk, Eggs and Fish?
New allergy warnings are appearing on wine labels. Many drinkers will be astonished to read their wine contains milk, eggs or fish. But Peter F May says 'phooey'.
The Myth of Steen and Chenin Blanc
They say Steen is the name used in South Africa for Chenin Blanc in almost every article, news item and blog post about wine that you read. But that is just not true, says Peter F May. However the myth seems to be coming fact.
What is Phylloxera?
Phylloxera destroyed the words vineyards just over a hundred years ago. They all had to be replanted. The pest is as active today. Peter F May looks at the 'devastator' and how America gifted the world both the disease and its cure.
The Grapes of the New York Finger Lakes
Finger Lakes wine region is a happy hunting ground for those who want to taste a lot of different grape varieties. Peter F May is a fan.
What are Shiraz and Syrah?
Syrah and Shiraz wines have become very popular. Peter F May looks at why this grape has two names and questions if it comes from the Persian city of Shiraz.
What are Wine Legs?
Do ‘legs’ or ‘tears’ on the side of your wine glass indicate you are drinking an exceptional wine? Peter F May used to think so, but now he knows better.
Mourvedre and Mataro - two names for the same wine
Mourvedre is also known as Mataro and it is a grape few wine drinkers had ever heard of but now it is becoming fashionable. Peter F May considers the variety known by the French as the 'Dog-Strangler'.
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