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What is Vinifera?
'What is Vinifera' was the question posed at a recent tasting. Peter F May looks at grape species and explains why varieties of vinifera make the world's favourite wines.
Three Wine Maxims Explored
There are many maxims about wine. Peter F May considers three of them.
Brancott Estate - New Zealand
Brancott Estate invented New Zealand's world-beating expressive Sauvignon Blanc Style. Peter F May visits them and sees how a rifle played its part in their success.
Blending Sauvignon at Wither Hills Winery
Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc comes from 13 different vineyards. Peter F May discovers the art of blending wines with a hands-on experience at the winery in Marlborough, New Zealand.
7 Weird Winemaking Tricks
Giant egg, ice, rot, micro-sheep, cowhorns and music are some of the weird techniques used by grape growers and winemakers in their quest to make unforgettable wine. Peter F May looks at seven of them
5 Top Hawkes Bay NZ Winery Restaurants
A meal without wine is just re-fuelling the body. Peter F May recommends great winery restaurants in New Zealand's Hawke's Bay.
Church Road Winery, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Church Road Winery has been in the same location for more than 120 years. It gained a good reputation for red wines. Peter F May toured the cellars and tasted its wines.
Mission Estate, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Mission Estate Winery tasting rooms are housed in a historic mansion that took an unexpected journey. Peter F May visits to taste wines of this 160 year old wine farm owned by Catholic monks.
RayLen Vineyards and Winery, North Carolina
RayLen Vineyards and Winery in Mocksville, North Carolina, is majoring on the red Bordeaux varieties. Peter F May is impressed by their wines
Shadow Springs Vineyard, North Carolina
Shadow Springs Vineyard in Hamptonville, North Carolina was a tobacco farm until new owners Chuck and Jamey Johnson started planting grapes in 2005. Peter F May visits to taste red wines, but one has a surprise ingredient.
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