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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.
Defeating the Leaf Destroyer
Vines were dying throughout France and the malady called Phylloxera had spread across borders. Unless a remedy could be found there would be no more wine. The French Government advertised a large cash prize for solutions, and they received thousands. But how many were any use?
Definition of Terroir
Terroir is one of those wine terms that you come across as you get interested in the subject But getting a clear explanation of what it really means has been difficult -- until now. Peter F May has the official definition.
Delheim Winery, South Africa
Delheim is a pioneering family owned winery in Stellenbosch, South Africa. For many years they have had a well deserved reputation for quality wines but sixty years ago they would have gone bust had not a complaint led to its most famous wine which saved the winery.
Dessert, Pudding and Sticky Wines
Golden unctious sweet wines, sweet brown Ports and Sherries, ice and noble rot wine, Peter F May loves them all.
DeToren Winery, South Africa
De Toren is a cult artisan wine estate near Stellenbosch, South Africa, that specialises in Bordeaux style blends. Peter F May tasted and took a vineyard and cellar tour.
Do Sulphites in Wine Cause Headaches?
Sulphur has been used in winemaking for thousands of years but it is only recently that it has been blamed for causing headaches. Peter F May considers whether it is guilty and ponders on why it is only now that it is getting a bad reputation.
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