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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

Okanagan's Indian Wines
Okanagan Valley in western Canada is home to around 200 wineries and some of the best of them are located on an Indian reservation. Peter F May visits the North America's only winery owned by aboriginal peoples.

Old Wine - How much is that bottle worth?
How much is an bottle of old wine worth? Peter F May explains what factors affect an old bottle's worth.

Oldman's Brave New World of Wine – Book Review
Mark Oldman’s exuberant ebullient new book -- Oldman's Brave New World of Wine –- aims to lead wine drinkers from their comfort zone and explore some less familiar wines that offer good value and great tasting experiences.

Parker's Godforsaken Grapes
Famous and influential wine critic Robert Parker, the influential has blasted those who plant, grow and promote grape varieties that aren't already popular. Needless to say, Peter F May doesn't agree.

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.

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.

Pinot Noir - The Heartbreak Grape
What is it about Pinot Noir that makes it special? This ancient variety tempts and allures. Peter F May thinks that clones are the key to understanding it.

Pinot Noir Clones
Even within the same grape variety there can be big differences in the wines produced that have nothing to do with how they were made or where the grapes were grown but how the vine has mutated over time. Peter F May experiences four different Pinot Noir clones in Oregon.

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