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Visiting Chrysalis Vineyards, Virginia
Peter F May visits the world's largest Norton plantings at Chrysalis Vineyards in Virginia and meets its charismatic owner, Jenni McCloud. Jenni has a new tasting room and shares her vision for developing a complemenatry farm around the winery
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
Open those Bottles
Do you save wines for special occasions and then find you've got wines which are aging past their best? Peter F May does and he says that it's time to drink up!
Vigno is the name for Chile Old Vine Carignan
Chilean winemakers passionate about old dry-farmed Carignan are promoting their wines under the name VIGNO. Peter F May meets one of Vigno's winemakers and learns more.
Rioja Wine Region
Rioja is the classic Spanish wine region producing subtle complex red wines that are aged before sale. Peter F May recently visited the region.
The best way to learn about wine is to taste as much as you can, says Peter F May. And the best way to do this is to join a tasting group
Vin de Francois - A Remarkable Wine
Vin de Francois is a remarkable wine. It's a blend of wines from the best barrels chosen from several top wineries. Peter F May was lucky enough to get his hands on one.
Wihy is Wine Being Made Everywhere?
Wine is being made in unexpected places. Peter F May ponders why regions not traditionally associated with wine growing are now enthusiastically planting grape vines.
Alternative Woods to Oak Barrels
Oak is the standard wood used for wine barrels, but winemakers are experimenting with alternatives, says Peter F May. Two wineries have discovered that by using certain woods they can avoid having to add sulphites to their wine.
Chateauneuf-du-Pape is on Rhone river in the south of France, near the historic town of Avignon. Peter F May visited and was charmed by winemakers' shops in the old city. Luckily he had his credit card to hand.
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