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Book Review: Dial M for Merlot
‘Dial M for Merlot’ is a Carl Hiaasen type of caper with larger than life characters and a just-about believable plot. Peter F May poured himself a glass of wine and settled down to read
Petite Sirah Pleases
Choosing wines for his club's dinner dance, Peter F may suggested less mainsream wines with each one coming from a different country. The most popular wine turned out to be from California and it was variety few had previously encountered.
What's the Best Grapes for Fizz?
Champagne has such a hold on winemakers around the world that they use the same grapes to make their fizz. Peter F May explains why those three varieties came to be so important and questions whether they should be.
Ridge Zinfandel Buchignani Ranch 2008
Visitors to a winery sometimes have the opportunity to purchase wines that are not available elsewhere. Peter F May took home 2008 Ridge Zinfandel Buchignani Ranch from Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs winery in Sonoma County, California.
Yealands Estate, Marlborough, New Zealand
Yealands Estate is the largest privately owned vineyard in New Zealand and also the most sustainable. Peter F May visited and found dwarf sheep, musical vineyards and carbon neutral winery
Do You BYO - Bring Your Own Wine?
Do you BYO? Have you asked a restaurant whether you can bring in your own wine? Peter F May often takes in his own wine when allowed.
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.
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