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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.
Secrets of Jacquez, Black Spanish and Lenoir
MJacquez is an old grape variety that few have heard of, but it has played an important role in at least three areas. Now DNA testing has revealed new information about its origins that may have a great impact on today's viticulture.
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.
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