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The “Camino” Less Travelled

By Debra Meiburg MW

In light of this year’s MOU between Vinitaly and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, our region is poised to speed-date the great and multifarious wines of Italy. While Hong Kong wine lovers have long been aware of Chianti, Barolo and the Super Tuscans, few of us have much knowledge of the culturally and viticulturally […]

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Falling in Love with Italian Wine

By Debra Meiburg MW

In wine as in romance, it is usually first relationships that set the patterns for all those that follow. In Hong Kong, most drinkers come to wine through France; many will never move past this first love. This is not uncommon worldwide, with many infatuates firmly equating the word “wine” with “French wine”; all the […]

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Terroir of the Deep

By Debra Meiburg MW

In at least one respect, wine is the opposite of religion. A religious proselytiser’s goal is to spread the word, so all might be saved along with him. A wine geek, on the other hand, secretly hopes the hordes won’t find the path to his jealously guarded private nirvana. Sadly for China’s Burgundy lovers, the […]

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What is a Hong Kong Wine Importer?

By Debra Meiburg MW

Perhaps it’s a good time to clear up a couple of facts about how Hong Kong’s wine trade actually works. For one thing, unlike wine businesses in more heavily regulated markets (nearly every other wine market in the world), Hong Kong importers, distributors and retailers are often one and the same company. This is a […]

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Conterno’s death a milestone in Barolo history

By Debra Meiburg MW

If you know any fans of fine Barolo, you may have noticed they’ve seemed off-colour in recent months. Indeed, for those who worship this finest of Piedmont wines, the passing of Aldo Conterno, 81, one of Barolo’s greatest lights, marks the end of an era. However, for those of us less familiar with the brothers […]

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Where is China’s fake lake?

By Debra Meiburg MW

We’ve all heard the rumours: the hypodermic needles used to empty and refill bottles, the wines exported from China only to return with a new national identity, and the one about three times the total annual production of Lafite being consumed monthly at a single Dongguan hotel. We’ve started to question the empty trophy bottles […]

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