Articles

photo 17.10.14 Read Full Article

Chenin Star

By Debra Meiburg MW

Like a good actor, chenin blanc, is an elusive grape to define. Chenin’s classic theater is France’s Loire Valley where this versatile grape is produced into crisp whites, lively sparklers or honeyed sweet wines. Chenin blanc pairs so impeccably with Cantonese cuisine that it should get top billing on every wine list in town. Two […]

( 1 Comment )
photo 3.10.14 Read Full Article

Not So Primitive

By Debra Meiburg MW

Zinfandel is the Arnold Schwarzenegger of the wine world: full of muscle and striving to be taken seriously. And, like Arnie, Zinfandel is of European heritage, but now a California resident. Because of its ease in shouldering powerhouse alcohol levels, Zinfandel was a popular drink with miners during California’s gold rush. Prolific and good-natured, Zinfandel […]

( 4 Comments )
photo 19.9.14 Read Full Article

Jelly Belly

By Debra Meiburg MW

Despite having been gone for years, the Krispy Krème outlet that once occupied the Chek Lap Kok arrivals hall still haunts my every time I arrive home. But in the wine world, donuts are more than just Homer’s favorite food (and I don’t mean the man responsible for the Odyssey). It seems even wine connoisseurs […]

( 0 Comments )
photo 5.9.14 Read Full Article

Mooncakes, by Jove!

By Debra Meiburg MW

Looking for a wine to accompany this week’s moon festival celebrations? Consider Sangiovese. An indigenous Italian variety, Sangiovese (San-jo-vey-see) shares its etymology with a planet that has an astounding 63 moons circumnavigating its round body, which is just about the number of moon cake varieties touted in bakeries this week. Sangiovese’s name is derived from […]

( 0 Comments )
photo 22.8.14 Read Full Article

Navarra Navarra Land

By Debra Meiburg MW

Years ago my friend and I backpacked to Navarra for Spain’s Festival of San Fermín and the running of the bulls. On arrival, we promptly splurged our hotel funds on cheap local wine that, well, resulted in our sleeping through the festival and the run. Wine is not new to Navarra; it has been produced […]

( 1 Comment )
photo 8.8.14 Read Full Article

A Wild One

By Debra Meiburg MW

Vibrant, zingy and bracing, the adjectives describing sauvignon blanc are anything but shy. It’s name alone, which is derived from the word “wild,” is a fair clue this is an in-your-face wine, make no mistake about it. The classic home for this green-hued grape is in northwestern France, where the Loire River lazily snakes across […]

( 0 Comments )