Its been a while since my last newsletter. That is because I have been staying in South Africa's winelands where internet access has been difficult. But I managed to post a weekly article on the Wine pages at BellaOnline.com.
As you'd expect there was a South African bias but also articles on subjects as wide as keeping tasting notes, breeding grape vines and secret ingredients in wines.
Here are the most recent articles from the Wine site at BellaOnline.com.
Keep Notes to Learn About Wine
The best way to learn about wine is to experience as much as you can and to keep notes. Peter F May considers the ways and reviews The Wine Journal, a book in which to record your impressions of wines.
Wine's Secret Ingredient
The label may say Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay but legally the bottle doesn’t have to contain 100% of that variety. Peter F May looks into why there’s often a secret ingredient.
Visiting Neethlingshof Estate
Neethlingshof Estate is a 320 year old wine farm situated in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Peter F May went for lunch and met the winemaker.
Wine and Goats at Fairview
Fairview wine farm,near Cape Town, South Africa, is popular with visitors and not just for its wines which include the famous Goats do Roam
Wine Sustainability World First for South Africa
Look out for a new sticker appearing on South African wines that certify the wine has been grown and made sustainably
Spier Wine Farm
A day isn't enough to see all the attractions at Spier Wine farm, near Cape Town, South Africa. Peter F May tries to count them all.
Grapes and Vines
Eating seedless grapes gets Peter F May thinking about where wine grapes come from
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