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Smoky Tastes in Wine
What causes that smoky taste found in some wines? South African red wines are often noted as smoky by reviewers. The cause has been put down to local soils or winemaking practises. But the actual reason appears to be much simpler and, with hindsight, obvious. And it's avoidable.
How did Mission Survive in America?
How could the European grape variety Mission be planted and survive in the Americas when it's home to phylloxera? It was phylloxera on American vines taken to Europe in the late 1800s that destroyed Europe’s vineyards and then spread around the world.
Volcanic Wines from Lanzarote
In desert conditions and black volcanic ashes are some of the world's most unusual vineyards. Peter F May travelled to Lanzarote island to taste wines of the volcano.
Wine Tasting Strategy
Walk around wine tastings need to be approached with a plan. Peter May attends two and meets someone with a rewardingly simple strategy.
Wine Tasting at Chrysalis Vineyards, Virginia
After visiting the world's largest Norton plantings at Virginia's Chrysalis Vineyards in company of owner Jenni McCloud Peter F May tastes a range of Chrysalis wines at their just opened new tasting centre.
Visiting Chrysalis Vineyards, Virginia
Peter F May visits the world's largest Norton plantings at Chrysalis Vineyards in Virginia and meets its charismatic owner, Jenni McCloud. Jenni has a new tasting room and shares her vision for developing a complemenatry farm around the winery
Back Label Turn-Offs
Some common descriptive words on wine back labels are a no-no it seems, and why are food suggestions getting so weird, asks Peter F May
Open those Bottles
Do you save wines for special occasions and then find you've got wines which are aging past their best? Peter F May does and he says that it's time to drink up!
Vigno is the name for Chile Old Vine Carignan
Chilean winemakers passionate about old dry-farmed Carignan are promoting their wines under the name VIGNO. Peter F May meets one of Vigno's winemakers and learns more.
Rioja Wine Region
Rioja is the classic Spanish wine region producing subtle complex red wines that are aged before sale. Peter F May recently visited the region.
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