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Quarterly Editorial Reviews of content on http://www.bellaonline.com/site/wine. Also, wine ramblings by the editor.

About Wine Labels star
How would you choose wine if bottles didn't have labels? Surprisingly wine labels are fairly new. Peter F May looks at how they came about and why wineries started bottling their own wines and how we seem to be going back to old ways.

American Theme Wine Quiz star
Fun wine quiz with an American Theme. No pressure, no prizes, just the glory, and maybe some factoids you can use to impress friends.

American Wine Society star
The American Wine Society was started 45 years ago. Peter F May looks at this non-profit wine enthusiasts organisation and reveals he will be speaking at its November annual conference.

Apothic Red Blend star
Why are we fixated on single varietal wines, ponders Peter F May and he samples Apothic Red, a new California blend.

Are You a Wine Snob? star
Why do people buy a successful business and then try to change it? It was successful for a reason and the new people will try unproven methods because it is easier for them and not for the customer. I wonder why sales are down?

Banned Wine Labels star
Wine labels are strictly regulated but sometimes wineries fall foul of authorities who ban labels for artistic reasons. Peter F May discusses banned labels.

Barrels, Bottles and how the Butler got his name star
Only the best wines will be served when world famous opera diva Dame Nellie Melba comes to sing at Downton Abbey. But Peter F May is not convinced by the wine’s labels.

Can you tell Cheap Wine from Expensive? star
A recent experiment has led researchers to claim that people cannot tell the difference between expensive and cheap wines, but it is not so easy, says Peter F May

Ch Latour Quits Futures Market star
There is excitement in the fine wine business after Chateau Latour announced it was pulling out of the long-established ‘En Primeur’ (or ‘futures’) system of selling wine, says Peter F May.

Choosing a Corkscrew star
When choosing a corkscrew the screw is the most important component. Peter F May compares them

Cola Wine star
The launch of a cola flavoured red wine in France took the world by surprise, but Peter F May says that diluting and flavouring wine is nothing new.

Collecting Wine Labels star
Collecting wine labels can help you remember wines, meals and events you've enjoyed, says Peter F May.

Cooking with Grapes star
A New York grape pie started Peter F May pondering why we don't use this fruit more in cooking.

Critter Wines star
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'.

Delheim Winery, South Africa star
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.

Fake Wines star
It is not common but wines at all price levels have been faked. Peter F May considers some recent cases.

Gifts for Wine Lovers star
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.

Historic Rootstock Vineyard Discovered star
A tangle of canes in a forgotten South African field turned out to be a long-lost historic rootstock vineyard. Peter F May visited Anton Nel who discovered its history and has plans for its future.

How to Remove Wine Labels star
A collection of wine labels can be a reminder of past wines and times. But how do you get them off the bottle? Peter F May give some suggestions.

La Flute Corkscrew Review star
Where do you keep your corkscrew? Chances are that it is tucked away in a drawer in the kitchen. La Flute is a new corkscrew designed with aesthetics in mind and it is meant to be put on display when not in use. But Peter F May queries whether looks are more important than function.

Mimosa, Kir, Bellini and Bucks Fizz star
Wine is delicious on its own, but sometimes it is great to make a longer drink by adding orange juice or to sweeten with liqueur or peach puree. Peter F May looks at some wine based cocktails that have become world famous.

Mix Your Own Wine star
It is now fashionable to mix your wines at dinner parties. And why not? It's what winemakers do, says Peter F May.

Old Wine - How much is that bottle worth? star
How much is an bottle of old wine worth? Peter F May explains what factors affect an old bottle's worth.

Parker's Godforsaken Grapes star
Famous and influential wine critic Robert Parker, the influential has blasted those who plant, grow and promote grape varieties that aren't already popular. Needless to say, Peter F May doesn't agree.

Recession Wine List star
Imagine my surprise a couple of weeks ago, when on the nightly national news, the newscaster tells his audience that the government issued a news release that said we are in a recession. Without further ado, here is my Recession Wine List!

Should you Age Wines? star
Should you keep wines for years? Peter F May says that more wines are drunk too old than when they are too young.

Spice Route Winery, South Africa star
Spice Route is a new winery attraction near Cape Town, and there is much more to see and taste than wines. Peter F May enjoyed tasting artisan chocolates and the breathtaking views.

Storing Wine at Home star
You don't need to worry about storing wine at home. Peter F May answers your question on the subject.

Tackling a Football Wine star
For years Peter F May has advised that cheap supermarket wines are not worth keeping. Then TV proved him wrong.

Temptation of a Wine Lover star
Château Lafite-Rothschild is one of the world’s greatest wines. Peter F May was offered a bottle of the 1986 vintage with lunch, so why did he resist temptation?

Valuing Old Wine star
How do you find the value of an old wine? Peter F May gives some tips.

Vineyards Sweet Surprise star
An old book alerts Peter F May to a caring French tradition and then he speaks to modern winemakers and finds it seems the French were not alone.

When helicopters make wine star
Helicopters can sometimes make the difference between a great wine and disaster. Peter F May explains why and when the whirlybirds are called into action.

Which Wine Glass Do I Use? star
Does the glass you use to drink wine affect its taste? Peter F May ponders the implications.

Wine De-Mystified - Course Review star
Master Sommelier Keith Goldston has a new online course 'Wine De-mystified: A Practical Guide'. Peter F May enrols to see if he can tell Claret from Bordeaux. There is a 40% discount on the cost of the course for readers of this article.

Wine Newsletter star
Enjoy articles and reviews about one of our favorite things...Wine!

Wine Quiz star
Five wine related questions. No pressure, no prizes but can you answer them? Peter F May dons his question master's hat.

Wine Sustainability World First for South Africa star
Look out for a new sticker appearing on South African wines that certify the wine has been grown and made sustainably, says Peter F May

Wine's Supporting Acts star
They’re the unappreciated wines ignored by most, they’re the varieties you’ve not heard of & those known only when grown elsewhere. Peter F May looks at the Chablis that isn’t Chardonnay, Burgundy’s other white grape, and California’s 5th most grown black wine grape that you’ve never ever heard of.

Wines for a Fifty Shades Dinner star
Fifty Shades Freed brings a happy ending to the Trilogy. After looking at wines in the book, Peter F May considers wine choices throughout the Trilogy and suggests a menu for those wanting to host a Fifty Shades Dinner matching wines and foods most frequently enjoyed by Anastasia and Christian.

Wines in Fifty Shades of Grey star
Fifty Shades of Grey is a publishing sensation and wines mentioned in it are getting attention from fans who want to eat and drink as well as read. Peter F May looks at wines and food featured in the book and proposes candidates where the author has not named the exact wine.

Wines of Fifty Shades Darker star
Fifty Shades Darker by E L James is her sequel to her world-wide best selling Fifty Shades of Grey. Peter F May looks at the foods and wines consumed by the unconventional young lovers.

Writing About Wine star
There is a lot of misinformation about wine on the web so how do you know who to trust? Peter F May explains why he thinks he is qualified for the position of BellaOnline’s Wine Editor

YellowTail and Social Media star
Yellow Tail's new wine used social media to choose its name and for marketing. But what's in it for us?

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