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July 6 2015 Wine Newsletter

Hi All

In July I'll be cruising with Viking down the Rhone visiting Beaune in Burgundy and Chateauneuf du Pape, and later in the year I'll be visiting wineries in Rioja. Ask if you have any questions you want answered about these regions and please email with your suggestions and tips.

Some weeks have passed since the last update on new articles but hopefully you've been keeping up-to-date on the site

The most recent article is about the advantages of blending varieties; this was inspired by a question I was asked at a wine presentation I gave recently.

Blending Wine Varieties Makes Sense
There are several advantages to making wines from a blend of varieties, says Peter F May

If you have a question about wine, please ask on the forum or email me.

Recent articles are:

Marvellous Montepulciano
Montepulciano is a red grape grown in the Abruzzo region of Italy. It's Peter May's 'go to' wine for pasta and pizza.

Cabernet labrusco - Making a New Grape Variety
After twenty years Jerry Rodrigues drank the fruits of his long project. In his glass was the worlds first vintage of a brand new grape variety he named Cabernet Labrusco. He talked about his work to to Peter F May.

The Grape Detective - Tracing Danugue
When Jerry Rodrigues created a completely new grape variety named Cabernet Labrusco he took the pollen from an old vine planted in 1960. But discovering what variety it was turned out to be complicated so Jerry turned detective.

Syrah, Shiraz, Gruner Veltliner and family
Austria's white GrĂ¼ner Veltliner is becoming increaingly popular and Syrah-Shiraz has many fans. Peter F May was surprised to find they are related, learns about their parents, and tastes the very first varietal Dureza at a Masterclass presentd by the authors of Wine Grapes

Invasion of the Leaf Destroyer
When M. Borty planted some vines he's received as a gift he set in motion a disaster that completely changed how grapes had been grown for the previoius 10,000 years.

Defeating the Leaf Destroyer
Vines were dying throughout France and the malady called Phylloxera had spread across borders. Unless a remedy could be found there would be no more wine. The French Government advertised a large cash prize for solutions, and they received thousands. But how many were any use?

Beating the Leaf Destroyer
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Vineyards across the world were being destroyed by Phylloxera but a remedy had been discovered. But could farmers be persuaded to change the ways grapes had been grown for 10,000 years?

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