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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.
New Clairvaux Vineyards 800 Year Old Building
When Peter F May went to taste wines at California's New Clairvaux Vineyards he had a surprise. Accidentally joining the wrong tour he was amazed to find an 800 year old monastery Chapter House.
New Clairvaux Wines
New Clairvaux Vineyards in Vina, California, is owned by the Abbey of New Clairvaux which is the first Cistercian Monastery in the Americas to grow, vinify and bottle its own wine. Peter F May visited and tasted their wines.
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.
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.
Non-Alcoholic Gluhwein Recipe
Glühwein is a favourite in winter, but as the 'wein' part of its name suggests, wine is its major ingredient. Peter F May shows how to make an version as close a possible to the real thing, without using any alcohol.
North Carolina Wines
With 75 wineries opening in a decade, bringing to total to more than 100, North Carolina is hoping to be as famous for its wine as it was for growing tobacco. Peter F May pays a visit to this exciting new wine region.
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
Oak Doesn't Always Mean Barrels
Aging red wines on oak barrels is a sign of quality, says Peter F May, but a wine boasting of ‘well integrated oak’ or ‘oak treatment’ probably hasn't even seen a barrel.
Okanagan Ice-Wine at Inniskillin
I am a devotee of ice-wine. I love its unctuous sweetness while appreciating the difficulty under which it is produced and that because of its expense it must be a special occasion when I am drinking it. So how could I miss an ice-wine vineyard tour and tasting? Peter F May visits Inniskillin's Oka
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