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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.
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.
Back Label Turn-Offs
Some common descriptive words on wine back labels are a no-no it seems, and why are food suggestions getting so weird, asks Peter F May
Banned Wine Labels
Wine labels are strictly regulated but sometimes wineries fall foul of authorities who ban labels for artistic reasons. Peter F May discusses banned labels.
Bar Harbor Cellars Blueberry Wine
Bar Harbor Cellars are growing wine grapes in the extreme cold of Mt Desert Island, Maine but their biggest success so far has been with local wild blueberries.
The sun is shining and there's an invitation to a barbecue. But what wines best accompany meats cooked over an open fire? Peter F May has some suggestions.
Bargain French Wines
A trip to the wine shop provides a surprise to Peter F May and he ponders on his purchases and the bargains available in French wines
Barrel Fermentation and Barrel Aging Wine
When buying wine you may be told that this wine was barrel fermented and that wine was barrel aged. Peter F May explains the difference and tells how cheap wines can get similar effects and what are giveaway words on the label.
Barrels - Why are they used?
Wooden barrels were once the standard goods container. Nowadays you'll only likely to see them in a winery. Peter F May asked today's winemakers why they still used this archaic reminder of the past.
Barrels, Bottles and how the Butler got his name
Only the best wines will be served when world famous opera diva Dame Nellie Melba comes to sing at Downton Abbey. But Peter F May is not convinced by the wine’s labels.
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