Editorial Review & Wine Ramblings
Quarterly Editorial Reviews of content on http://www.bellaonline.com/site/wine. Also, wine ramblings by the editor.
About Wine Labels
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 Wine Society
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
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?
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
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
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.
Bella Wine - Quarterly Editorial Review
It's been three months since I started as the Bella Online Wine Guy. I thought it might be a good idea to do a short review of the Bella Online Wine Web, where it was when I started and where we are going.
Can you tell Cheap Wine from Expensive?
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
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
When choosing a corkscrew the screw is the most important component. Peter F May compares them
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
Collecting wine labels can help you remember wines, meals and events you've enjoyed, says Peter F May.
Cooking with Grapes
A New York grape pie started Peter F May pondering why we don't use this fruit more in cooking.
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'.
It is not common but wines at all price levels have been faked. Peter F May considers some recent cases.
How to Remove Wine Labels
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
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
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
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?
How much is an bottle of old wine worth? Peter F May explains what factors affect an old bottle's worth.
Recession Wine List
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?
Should you keep wines for years? Peter F May says that more wines are drunk too old than when they are too young.
Storing Wine at Home
You don't need to worry about storing wine at home. Peter F May answers your question on the subject.
Tackling a Football Wine
For years Peter F May has advised that cheap supermarket wines are not worth keeping. Then TV proved him wrong.
Top 10 Reasons Why Wine is Your Best Friend!
Have you ever had one of "those" weeks? You know who King Midas was, correct? Everything he touched turned to gold. That is where they get the expression, "She (or he's) got the touch!" Since I had one of "those" weeks, can you imagine what happened when I touched something?
Valuing Old Wine
How do you find the value of an old wine? Peter F May gives some tips.
Vineyards Sweet Surprise
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
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?
Does the glass you use to drink wine affect its taste? Peter F May ponders the implications.
Wine De-Mystified - Course Review
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.
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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, says Peter F May
Wine's Supporting Acts
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
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
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
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
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
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