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All About Alcohol

By Debra Meiburg MW

Wine would be downright dull without alcohol. Too much alcohol, however, can overpower a wine’s beauty, not to mention our own. A wine’s alcohol level is dictated by grape maturity. As grapes ripen, their sweetness levels increase making them irresistible confectionary treats for birds and animals. Fermentation yeasts also have a sweet-tooth, and after the […]

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Live Fast, Drink Young

By Debra Meiburg MW

Other than the clever folks marketing Champagne brands, the PR teams in Beaujolais must be the finest in the wine world. Each November, press releases announce that a wine soon will race by helicopter, motorcycle and even by elephant to be the first to hit the international markets—Beaujolais Nouveau. And each November, wine journalists around […]

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A Whiter Shade of Pale

By Debra Meiburg MW

In the same way that black coffee isn’t truly black and green thumbs aren’t green, white wine certainly isn’t white. Hold a glass of white wine against a white background, such as a napkin or linen tablecloth, and the colour of the liquid will range from pale yellow-green to deep amber. Surprisingly, most grape juice […]

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Wine on the Rocks

By Debra Meiburg MW

The winemakers in Roussillon (Roo-see-yohn) are determined to rock you. If there’s a region where ancient rock plays a leading role, it is in this isolated wine region clinging to the eastern side of the Pyrenees Mountains in southwest France. In Roussillon growers don’t speak about soil; they rock. Wine character is ascribed to differences […]

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Nobody Likes Rejection

By Debra Meiburg MW

The sommelier hands you a glass. Nervously you swirl the wine, sniff deeply, take a swallow, nod uneasily and pronounce, “Yes, the wine is fine. Thank you.” Is it? There are myriad wine faults, but fortunately only two are likely to intrude on your dinner: oxidation and corkiness. Oxidation occurs when wine has been over-exposed […]

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Vote 1: Pinot Grigio

By Debra Meiburg MW

The world is abuzz with elections at the moment, so I am sure many a glass of wine is being consumed on both the winning and losing sides. When it comes to wine and politics, Pinot Grigio is the consummate politician. Politically savvy, it reinvents itself to win over its geographic constituency. By turns neutral […]

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