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En Primeur or Wine Futures
Every year in April wine buyers and critics head to Bordeaux in France to taste and bid for wine that has not been made and will not be in bottle for another 18 – 24 months. Peter F May considers buying wine futures.
It is not common but wines at all price levels have been faked. Peter F May considers some recent cases.
Farewell to Pontac
Pontac is a rare ancient grape variety whose unusual red juice was used to deter baboons in South Africa. Peter F May opens his last bottle and regrets there is no more to buy.
Finger Lakes Rieslings
New York's Finger Lakes wine region sees Riesling as the white grape with which it will have the greatest success. Peter F May visited the region and tasted them.
Will Florida be the next fashionable wine producing area? Peter F May doesn't think so. Florida has a lot going for it but is struggling to make great wines.
Food for Wine Tastings
If you are wondering what kinds of food to serve at a wine tasting, Peter F May has some ideas.
French Red Wine Decoder
Will you be travelling to France? Few French wines name a grape variety on the label, and restaurants list wines by region rather than varietal. Peter F May's handy chart helps you find the red varieties you want when in France
French Wine Odyssey - DVD review
An unusual gift for the winelover, Peter F May views Mick Rock's DVD of stunning photographs of French winelands and wineries.
Frithsden Vineyard - England
There are more that 100 wineries and 400 vineyards in England. Peter F May visits a small boutique winery in Frithsden, close to London, and learned that mediaeval farmers knew what the owner discovered the hard way.
Gifts for Wine Lovers
Finding gifts for a wine lover is easy: there are many gadgets and an almost limitless choice of wines. But choosing a gift that the recipient will appreciate is a lot more difficult. Peter F May has some ideas.
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