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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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