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How Asia’s wine culture is thriving in different ways

By Debra Meiburg MW

PUBLISHED in the South China Morning Post: Thursday, 29 October, 2015   Asian wine markets share many similarities; but do we really all look alike? To find out, I took advantage of the prestigious talent that was in Hong Kong recently to judge the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition. I posed the […]

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Tasting and judging wine is more difficult than it might appear

By Debra Meiburg MW

PUBLISHED in the South China Morning Post: Thursday, 24 September, 2015   These days, it seems everyone wants to be a wine judge. I get it. Who can resist the lure of plucking a leggy red from the crowd, or dating a vivacious blond? Alas, being a wine enthusiast does not automatically make one an […]

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Hong Kong drinkers visiting Macau now spoilt for choice of world wines

By Debra Meiburg MW

PUBLISHED in the South China Morning Post: Thursday, 21 January, 2016   Macau’s wine scene has been shaped by centuries of Portuguese culture and tradition. When Portuguese sailors first dropped anchor in the enclave, no doubt there were a few oak barrels on board. Today, Macau is a different beast – less yo-ho and a […]

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Chinese wine culture goes mainstream

By Debra Meiburg MW

PUBLISHED in the South China Morning Post: Thursday, 03 December, 2015 The death-knell for expensive wine gifts clangs loudly and clearly during Beijing’s age of austerity. But China’s wine market is riding a wave of positive (although perhaps unintended) consequences. Gone are the days of seeking guanxi with a bottle of Hennessy XO. Wine culture has […]

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Boot Camp

By Debra Meiburg MW

After completing your annual marathon – of holiday eating, not running – it’s time to enrol in boot camp. And after a good stint kicking it up at boot camp, reward yourself with wine from the boot – Italy’s boot. Wines of the toe, heel and ankle of the Italian boot were once so admired […]

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In High Spirits

By Debra Meiburg MW

In some wine regions it is said ghostly spirits wander through their barrel rooms. When tools mysteriously disappear or cool breezes suddenly blow inside In Napa Valley’s Beaulieu Vineyard, it is attributed to the ghost of Count Agoston Haraszthy – the “father” of the California wine region who met his end in the jaws of […]

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