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Norton, The American Wine
Norton is a true American grape variety because it originated in America rather than being brought from Europe. And, rarely for a native American grape variety, it makes an excellent wine, says Peter F May
Glühwein - German Mulled Wine Recipe
Glühwein is a warm spicy traditional German winter drink made from warmed wine. It's easy to make and very welcome if you've been out in the cold, maybe carol singing!
Glass wine bottles are on their way out.
Glass wine bottles are so last century! The wine business wants to move to alternative packaging because its better for the planet and saves them money. And it seems the public are increasingly willing to pour wine from tins, plastic and cardboard. Peter F May investigates.
Blood in Wine?
A recurring story going the rounds holds that blood products are found in wine, worrying for mad-cow disease reasons and distasteful for vegetarians. Peter F May looks at the facts.
Winery Dining with Rest and Tranquillity
Having read in Sunday’s newspaper that the restaurant at Rust en Vrede winery had been judged third best in Africa and first for service at the same time as winning a wine tourism award we decided to head there for lunch and to see for ourselves.
Waking Up Chardonnay
Peter F May had never heard of Waking Up Chardonnay until winemaker tells him that it is one of those ancient practises that modern wineries are rediscovering and adopting.
Vines and Roses
There are good reasons why rose bushes are planted at the end of vine rows, Peter F May was told. But he wasn’t convinced and a vineyard stroll threw new light on the matter.
An almost extinct grape is the parent of Chardonnay and some of the world’s most famous varieties. Peter F May tracked it down in Australia.
Vineyards Sweet Surprise
An old book alerts Peter F May to a caring French tradition and then he speaks to modern winemakers and finds it seems the French were not alone.
Understanding Restaurant Wine Service
Wine should be enjoyable. So why do so many of us find restaurant service an ordeal? Peter F May dispels the nonsense and empowers you to deal with snotty sommeliers.
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