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Dirty Dirty

By Debra Meiburg MW

It is difficult to imagine how Hong Kongers will celebrate World Earth Day next week. Other than few keen hikers, most of us show little interest in our dirt. Ask about soil around Central and you’ll get a blank stare – even though heaps of it is poised just up the hill. And that’s why […]

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Good Mornington

By Debra Meiburg MW

Nestled on an east-west peninsula somewhat along the lines of Shek-O, Australia’s Mornington Peninsula is a popular summer playground for visitors and residents of Australia’s state Victoria. The peninsula as much beloved by families for its bay beaches as it is for its wines. The brisk ocean air draws lively holiday-makers, but it is also […]

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Gross Yield

By Debra Meiburg MW

As Hong Kong’s fiscal year end draws to a close, platoons of smartly-clad analysts will turn their attention to investment yields. The quest for high yield is unequivocal in financial circles, but the role of yield in the wine sector is far more contentious. There are a variety of methods to calculate vineyards yields. Yields […]

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Think Green

By Debra Meiburg MW

With Saint Patrick’s Day around the corner, thousands of wanna-be Irish are donned in green gear or sporting a shamrock while wetting their whistles with green beer in a misty-eyed celebration of Irish culture. In the misty far north of Portugal, the emerald amphitheatre-shaped landscape of the Minho region could easily be mistaken for ye […]

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The Little Rascal

By Debra Meiburg MW

In the 1960’s there was a grainy black and white television program featuring a motley band of children stirring up mischief in their neighborhood. In 1994, Alfalfa, Spanky, Buckwheat and Darla reappeared in the Universal Pictures film The Little Rascals. Many grapes could be considered little rascals, but only one variety has been honored with […]

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Hunting Down Hunter

By Debra Meiburg MW

Plunk a grape vine into soil near a fun-loving metropolis and your vineyard is sure to prosper. It worked for Napa (San Francisco), Stellenbosch (Cape Town), Champagne (Paris), Cava (Barcelona), Chianti (Florence) and the Hunter Valley (Sydney). A swift seventy-five miles north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley is home to Australia’s earliest vineyard sites, with […]

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