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June 21 2010 Wine Newsletter

Hi from Peter F May at the wine site.

As June heads to its end and July beckons it is time to break out cold white wines. Popular brand Australian Yellow Tail is launching its new un-oaked Chardonnay and inviting everyone tomorrow 22 June to share their thoughts using Twitter and their website, as I report in the latest article.

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

New York State is known for the quality of their white wines, especially Riesling but a lot of other interesting white wines are made there, including Rkatsiteli which isn't as difficult to pronounce as it looks -- just say are-kat-see-telly emphasising the first syllable. Wine newcomers find much to enjoy in New York's semi sweet wines made from locally bred hybrids and there are almost 50 different varieties grown around those lakes so you are sure to find something that delight.

I will be visiting New York's Finger Lakes wineries during the week of 12 July as a guest of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation so if there is anything you want to know about New York wines and Finger Lakes in particular please ask me either via the forum or directly by email. And if you have any suggestions for me please do say. I won't be returning home straight away but will remain for a couple of weeks sightseeing and hope to go to Bar Harbor in Maine where we spent happy days more than 30 years ago.

I haven't sent out one of these newsletters for a few weeks because I worry about overloading your email inboxes. Below are details of articles posted in the past month, and in the next few weeks I will be writing about a device called the WineDiaper which promises to prevent leakages when you travel with wine, plus a series on air travel when carrying wine and I'll be looking at why there are 12 bottles in a case of wine.

If you have a subject you'd like covered please just ask.

Enjoy your summer

Peter F May, Wine Editor

A Dozen French Wines
If you could drink wines from only one country which place would you choose? Peter F May suggests twelve from France

Burgundy, France
Burgundy is both the easiest wine region to understand and the hardest and its wines are both the world’s most sublime and the most disappointing.

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


“This is my Bordeaux blend,” said a Virginia winery owner as she poured me a sample last week. “It contains Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc, Merlot and Tannat.” “Tasty, but it’s not a Bordeaux blend,” I replied. She looked blankly at me. Why wasn’t it a Bordeaux blend, and what is Bordeaux anyway? Peter F May explains.

Wine Fairs
Wine Fairs are great learning experiences but to get the best out of them consider the three 'P's, says Peter F May.
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