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New Zealand South Island Wines
The first Sauvignon Blanc vines were planted in Marlborough on New Zealand's South Island in 1975. Within 10 years they were winning international acclaim and many now think of them as the standard for the variety. Peter F May looks at how an island thought too cold for vines became a world beater.
New Zealand North Island Wines
The second edition of Johnson's 'World Atlas of Wine' published in 1977 doesn't even mention New Zealand. Nowadays very few restaurants and wine shops don't carry its wines. Peter F May looks at how this remote island's wines gained world fame.
When helicopters make wine
Helicopters can sometimes make the difference between a great wine and disaster. Peter F May explains why and when the whirlybirds are called into action.
Beyond Jefferson's Vines - Book Review
Virginia is the happening place in American winemaking, says Peter F May. Whether you're going to visit Virginia or want to get up-to-date with this most exciting of American wine regions, Richard Leahy's 'Beyond Jefferson's Vines' is an essential read. .
Frithsden Vineyard - England
There are more that 100 wineries and 400 vineyards in England. Peter F May visits a small boutique winery in Frithsden, close to London, and learned that mediaeval farmers knew what the owner discovered the hard way.
Mimosa, Kir, Bellini and Bucks Fizz
Wine is delicious on its own, but sometimes it is great to make a longer drink by adding orange juice or to sweeten with liqueur or peach puree. Peter F May looks at some wine based cocktails that have become world famous.
The launch of a cola flavoured red wine in France took the world by surprise, but Peter F May says that diluting and flavouring wine is nothing new.
Voodoo Vintners - Book Review
Wines described as Biodynamic are appearing on shelves but what does that really mean? Peter F May has a much better idea after reading Katherine Cole's short informative and enjoyable book Voodoo Vintners - Oregon's Astonishing Biodynamic Winegrowers
The sun is shining and there's an invitation to a barbecue. But what wines best accompany meats cooked over an open fire? Peter F May has some suggestions.
Bargain French Wines
A trip to the wine shop provides a surprise to Peter F May and he ponders on his purchases and the bargains available in French wines
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