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Body of Evidence

By Debra Meiburg MW

Fat, round or lean, we’re all obsessed with body image. Even wine hasn’t escaped the mania. With wine, body is the term used to describe its weight or perceived thickness. Many components of wine contribute to the sensation of body, including fruitiness, sweetness and alcohol. Hold a swallow of wine in your mouth and balance […]

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Have you been living in a cave?

By Debra Meiburg MW

The world has turned upside down when the finest bullfighter in the world is French and the highest selling sparkling wine in the world (over 200 million bottles) is Spanish. Sparkling wine made its first debut in Spain about 150 years ago when Don Jose Raventós became fascinated by the Champagne region’s bubbly wines while […]

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She’s an Asti Girl

By Debra Meiburg MW

Effervescent, sweet and charismatic, who could resist this friendly sparkler? However, since the explosion of Moscato (also from Asti, lest you’ve forgotten) mainly through the influence of hiphop culture, the question is whether this slightly higher-fizz style is loveably bubbly, or whether she’s a bit of an-Asti girl. Formerly known as Asti Spumante, the winemakers […]

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A Tale of Two Chardy’s

By Debra Meiburg MW

Chardonnay is the consummate politician. Comfortable in many guises, ready to change its platform to suit its constituency. Chardonnay’s royalist home is France’s Burgundy region, where it is bottled under famed geographic district names, such as Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet and Corton-Charlemagne or the more populist district, Meursault. Simpler, more plebeian wines are produced in the Mâconnais […]

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Deep South

By Debra Meiburg MW

Tasmania is often the butt of antipodean humour, but their wine culture is no laughing matter. Many Australians would agree this tiny wine region produces some of the most exciting wines in the country. Wine production is not new to Tasmania – bottles of sparkling wine dating from 1827 were recently unearthed in a Hobart […]

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Early Bird

By Debra Meiburg MW

Some people are never on time, but you can count on tempranillo – it always arrives on schedule. Tempranillo is such an early ripening grape that its name was coined from the Spanish word for early: temprano. Closely identified with Spain’s Rioja region, tempranillo is so ubiquitous in the Spanish landscape that one is hard-pressed […]

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