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What is Petite Sirah Wine
A traditional California grape variety fell out of fashion and almost vanished, then its fans went in to bat for it and showed it was of noble birth. Today Petite Sirah is riding high. Peter F May tells its story.
What is Phylloxera?
Phylloxera destroyed the words vineyards just over a hundred years ago. They all had to be replanted. The pest is as active today. Peter F May looks at the 'devastator' and how America gifted the world both the disease and its cure.
What is Pinot Grigio?
Pinot Grigio is a wine that has become very popular in recent years. Peter F May looks deeper into this grape variety
What is Tannin in Red Wine?
Tannin is naturally produced in red wines as a result of fermentation and more is added during barrel aging. Peter F May considers tannins and why they are desirable.
What is the dimple in wine bottles for?
At some time, when talking about wine, the question of why there is a depression in the bottom of a wine bottle will be asked and there will someone who is certain they knows the answer Ė but do they?
What is Wild Fermentation?
Combine more competition among wine makers, abundant harvests, lower consumption, and you have an enophiles dream--quality wine at lower prices!
What Would Jesus Drink? - Book Review
In 'Would Jesus Drink?' Joel McDurmon takes to task those who interpret the bible as forbidding alcohol. Using bible references he demolishes the arguments of the prohibitionists and shows God wants man to enjoy wine, beer and strong spirits in moderation.
When helicopters make wine
Helicopters can sometimes make the difference between a great wine and disaster. Peter F May explains why and when the whirlybirds are called into action.
When the Rivers Ran Red - Book Review
Can you imagine living in a country where you canít buy a beer or get a glass of wine with your restaurant dinner? Peter F May reads Vivienne Sosnowski's fascinating tales of how California's grape growers and wineries survived during the fourteen terrible years of Prohibition.
Where Wine Yeast Comes From
We rarely acknowledge the part yeast plays in the taste of our wines, but it is a vital tool in the winemakers armoury. Peter F May follows scientists tracking down wild yeasts and taming them.
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