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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

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.

Open those Bottles
Do you save wines for special occasions and then find you've got wines which are aging past their best? Peter F May does and he says that it's time to drink up!

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.

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