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Romance of Grape Picking
What could be more bucolic than picking grapes? A chance to get back to simpler times, admire beautiful scenery and maybe enjoy a glass or two of the previous vintage. So why did Peter F May decline this romantic opportunity?
Sabrage – How to Slice the Top off Champagne
Sabrage is the name given to the art of slicing open Champagne with a sabre. In this article Peter F May explains how anyone can do sabrage and that a sword is not needed.
Same label but different wine
Wineries sometimes produce different batches of wine under the same label. If you read a review of a wine that impresses you enough to go out and buy it and you are disappointed when you taste the wine it may be because you have tasted a different wine. Peter F May explains why this happens.
Sancerre's Sauvignon Blanc
Sancerre is a town on the River Loire and the name of a wine region famous for some of France's best Sauvignon Blanc. Peter F May starts his Loire visit in the town of Sancerre and visits winemaker Henri Bourgeois.
Scavi and Ray Prosseco Launch
Scavi & Ray is a new Prosecco brand with big ideas. They're targeting fashionable young women with single serving bottles with straws. Peter F May supped with the fashionistas when he attended a Fashion Week launch party in an up-market designer bar.
There are several systems for scoring wine, Peter F May considers them and decides that the scorer matters is the important factor/
Searching Texas for Munson
T V Munson was the Texan who saved the worlds wines. Peter F May travels to Denison, Texas in search of the vineyard planted in his honour.
Seifried Estate - New Zealand
Herman and Agnes Seifried created the first vineyard and winery on the South Island of New Zealand. Peter F May met them at a tasting in his home town and heard how an Austrian boy met a New Zealander girl and made a pioneering winery together.
Shadow Springs Vineyard, North Carolina
Shadow Springs Vineyard in Hamptonville, North Carolina was a tobacco farm until new owners Chuck and Jamey Johnson started planting grapes in 2005. Peter F May visits to taste red wines, but one has a surprise ingredient.
Should you Age Wines?
Should you keep wines for years? Peter F May says that more wines are drunk too old than when they are too young.
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