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French Red Wine Decoder
Will you be travelling to France? Few French wines name a grape variety on the label, and restaurants list wines by region rather than varietal. Peter F May's handy chart helps you find the red varieties you want when in France
Know Your Fizz
Sparkling wine is special, but there are several ways to get that fizz in your glass. Peter F May looks them and confesses to a discovery.
Ch Latour Quits Futures Market
There is excitement in the fine wine business after Chateau Latour announced it was pulling out of the long-established ‘En Primeur’ (or ‘futures’) system of selling wine, says Peter F May.
More Confusing Wine Names
They’re not exactly homonyms but they are wines and wine terms that sound alike and cause confusion, so if you want to know Pouilly Fumé from Pouilly Fuisse, Syrah from Petit Sirah and Variety from Varietal read on.
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.
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