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?
Invasion of the Leaf Destroyer
When M. Borty planted some vines he's received as a gift he set in motion a disaster that completely changed how grapes had been grown for the previoius 10,000 years.
Matching Wine and Spice
With parsley behind his ear and an empty glass on his head Peter F May is taking the matter of matching wine with spicy foods seriously.
7 Wine Facts
Here are seven facts about wine, says Peter F May.
All About Rioja
Rioja's classic elegant wines are currently out of fashion and are thus well-priced. Peter F May looks at Spain's most famout wine region, one of the few in the world where the word 'reserve' means something.
Oak Doesn't Always Mean Barrels
Aging red wines on oak barrels is a sign of quality, says Peter F May, but a wine boasting of ‘well integrated oak’ or ‘oak treatment’ probably hasn't even seen a barrel.
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