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En Primeur or Wine Futures
Every year in April wine buyers and critics head to Bordeaux in France to taste and bid for wine that has not been made and will not be in bottle for another 18 – 24 months. Peter F May considers buying wine futures.
Pink and Rosé wines and White Zinfandel
Pink wines, also known by the French term rosé have become fashionable in the past few years, Peter F May looks at how they are made and remembers the origin of White Zinfandel.
Can you tell Cheap Wine from Expensive?
A recent experiment has led researchers to claim that people cannot tell the difference between expensive and cheap wines, but it is not so easy, says Peter F May
Chenin Blanc - a Versatile Wine Grape
Chenin Blanc is a white grape variety that makes reliable and sometimes stunning wines at reasonable prices, and yet it is unfashionable, says Peter F May.
It is not common but wines at all price levels have been faked. Peter F May considers some recent cases.
Mix Your Own Wine
It is now fashionable to mix your wines at dinner parties. And why not? It's what winemakers do, says Peter F May.
My Wine is Corked!
I have had an unusually large number of ‘corked’ wines in the past few weeks. But what does 'corked' mean? Peter F May explains.
Keep Notes to Learn About Wine
The best way to learn about wine is to experience as much as you can and to keep notes. Peter F May considers the ways and reviews The Wine Journal, a book in which to record your impressions of wines.
Wines Secret Ingredient
The label may say Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay but legally the bottle doesn’t have to contain 100% of that variety. Peter F May looks into why there’s often a secret ingredient.
Grapes and Vines
Eating seedless grapes gets Peter F May thinking about where wine grape come from
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