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Cognac is one of the greatest brandies in the world, says Peter F May. But it starts life as basic wine made from unfashionable varieties.
The launch of a cola flavoured red wine in France took the world by surprise, but Peter F May says that diluting and flavouring wine is nothing new.
Collecting Wine Labels
Collecting wine labels can help you remember wines, meals and events you've enjoyed, says Peter F May.
Concord is a native American grape that is used for juices, jellies and wine. The wines are rarely seen outside their home but Peter F May was able to taste one in London.
Confusing Wine Names
Wine can be confusing and when names look alike even the expert can be stumped. Here are some that are not exactly homonyms but they are wines and wine terms that sound alike and cause confusion, says Peter F May, so if you want to know Barbera from Barbaresco, Muscat from Muscadet, or Montepulciano
Cooking with Grapes
A New York grape pie started Peter F May pondering why we don't use this fruit more in cooking.
Cork or Screwcap?
Does the way the wine bottle is closed affect your purchasing habits? No closure is ideal, all have strengths and weaknesses. Peter F May lists them here.
Faced with a shelf of wines a bright label and picture attracts attention. Peter F May looks at labels with animal pictures - the so called 'critter wines'.
Death at Chateau Bremont - Book Review
Death at the Chateau Bremont, by M. L. Longworth is a mystery set in the south of France, land of good food and wines. Peter F May investigates.
The hows and whys of decanting wine at home or in a restaurant.
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