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Australian Wine Walkabout - Book Review
Australian Wine Walkabout is a charming readable account of Australian wine personalities and their wines, says Peter F May. Written by David Copp who has been in the wine business for fifty years, this is no text book but a conversational account based on Copp's visits downunder.
Attitudes to Closures
What your wine is closed with and what you think of corks, screwcaps and synthetics depends a lot on where you are. Peter F May has been looking at some recent surveys of American, Australian and British wine drinkers.
Apothic Red Blend
Why are we fixated on single varietal wines, ponders Peter F May and he samples Apothic Red, a new California blend.
American Wine Society
The American Wine Society was started 45 years ago. Peter F May looks at this non-profit wine enthusiasts organisation and reveals he will be speaking at its November annual conference.
Alcohol Content of Wine
How do you determine the alcohol content of wine, and what is the label telling you??
Adonis - a sophisticated sherry based cocktail
The historic Adonis cocktail is made from sherry and vermouth, and is lower in alcohol than most.
About Wine Labels
How would you choose wine if bottles didn't have labels? Surprisingly wine labels are fairly new. Peter F May looks at how they came about and why wineries started bottling their own wines and how we seem to be going back to old ways.
A Dozen French Wines
If you could drink wines from only one country which place would you choose? Peter F May suggests twelve from France
1855 Classification of Medoc and Sauternes
You cannot talk about Bordeaux wines for long before there is a reference to the 1855 Classification. Peter F May lists the wines of the Medoc and Sauternes whose prices today are affected by a rating more than 150 years ago
Vin de Constance - From Dickens to Fifty Shades
Visitors to Klein Constantia are asking for ‘the Fifty Shades wine’. The Fifty Shades trilogy isn't the first to mention Constantia's sweet wine. Dicken and Jane Austin also sang its praises, and it was a favourite of Kings and Emperors. Peter F May visited the winery to taste Vin de Constance.
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