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An Interview with PIWOSA

By Debra Meiburg MW

  Rollo Gabb Chairman, PIWOSA Alex Dale Treasurer, PIWOSA Debra: South African wine has made wonderful progress in the last 5 years. What has the change been in the Premium sector? Rollo: South Africa’s premium wine sector has really taken-off and is one today’s most dynamic and exciting global regions. This stems from growing recognition […]

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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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