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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 (1¼ 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.
Broke the Grape's Joy - Book Review
Broke the Grape's Joy is a heartwarming bitter-sweet novel of a middle-aged widow running an about-to-go broke St Emilion winery. Into her life comes an older man and a beautiful young girl. They will change her life but who can she trust?
There are several systems for scoring wine, Peter F May considers them and decides that the scorer matters is the important factor/
What is Pinot Grigio?
Pinot Grigio is a wine that has become very popular in recent years. Peter F May looks deeper into this grape variety
Pruning in the Vineyard
One of the most important vineyard jobs is pruning. Peter F May goes into the cold to wield his shears.
How Long Does Open Wine Last?
How long does an opened wine remain drinkable? Peter F May has been experimenting.
Definition of Terroir
Terroir is one of those wine terms that you come across as you get interested in the subject But getting a clear explanation of what it really means has been difficult -- until now. Peter F May has the official definition.
Dessert, Pudding and Sticky Wines
Golden unctious sweet wines, sweet brown Ports and Sherries, ice and noble rot wine, Peter F May loves them all.
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