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The Nose Knows

By Debra Meiburg MW

Don’t be cowed by experienced wine tasters who seem to discern every scent on the planet in a glass of wine. While you can let your imagination run wild with such descriptions as “sweaty gym socks” or “Angelina in a Jacuzzi,” most wine aromas fall into a modest number of categories. When fumbling to comment […]

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Vino Chameleon

By Debra Meiburg MW

If Captain & Tenille had only eliminated the letter ‘’r’’ from their 1972 hit single, muscat might have had more love. Like the bubbly muskrats featured in the pop song Muskrat Love, the muscat grape variety whirls, twirls and tangoes. In fact muscat is one of the few varieties that can be served throughout a […]

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Ships Ahoy

By Debra Meiburg MW

As Goddess of the sea, Tin Hau is venerated for the protection she offers to fishermen and sailors. Boats have long had a love-hate relationship with the gentle sex. Women are either the source of all bad luck or they bring seafarers the best of fortune. There is a time-honoured tradition for ladies to launch […]

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Black Bubbles

By Debra Meiburg MW

Anyone nurtured on the 1960s sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies will remember the deeply intoned lyrics in the show’s jingle, “black gold, Texas tea.” Though not as lucrative as Jed Clampett’s black gold (slang for oil, for those of you who missed the show), when it comes to sparkling red wines one could intone, “black bubbles, […]

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Oh My Godfather

By Debra Meiburg MW

For some the name Sicily evokes images of James Gandolfini-like figures conducting mafiosa affairs worthy of a Sopranos episode (although yes, Sopranos geeks, T. Soprano is actually from Campania). If Sicily has developed a reputation for survivalist business techniques, it’s no wonder. One of the Mediterranean’s largest islands – and certainly one of its most […]

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Dundee, Damn It!

By Debra Meiburg MW

California’s Santa Barbara wine region might have captured Hollywood’s attention for its Pinot Noir wines in the film “Sideways”, but Oregon State is producing the finest Pinot Noir in America. Oregon, pronounced ory-gun (not oruh-gone) is coming into its own. And as is the case with all maturing wine regions, the state is being divvied […]

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