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Rioja – Poor Man’s Bordeaux?

By Debra Meiburg MW

With the exception of Sherry, Rioja is the most famous wine district in Spain. Rioja has been dubbed the “poor man’s” Bordeaux, but there is nothing poor about Riojan quality. Rioja quietly offers ready-to-drink good value wines that are excellent with food. Rioja’s heyday was in the late 1800’s when its northern neighbor, Bordeaux, found […]

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Hooray for Y2K!

By Debra Meiburg MW

“We all waited for the three zeros to come up,” said Sotheby’s Serena Sutcliffe MW a few weeks ago at a 2000 vintage tasting of nine pristine wines from top Bordeaux chateau. “The 1900’s were absolutely stunning, so we had great hopes that with 2000, the same thing would happen. Instead, we were holding our […]

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Greece Your Glass

By Debra Meiburg MW

People who study wine call the field oenology. Others call it fun. We owe the word oenology, or enology, to the ancient Greeks. Wine was so important to the Greeks that one of their twelve classical gods is Dionysus, god of wine. Much of our knowledge about ancient drinking habits is due to shapely clay […]

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All Screwed Up

By Debra Meiburg MW

What do beer, perfume, medicine and cosmetics have in common? All have been known to use a corkscrew. Originally known as bottle-screws, corkscrews were invented in England in the mid-1600’s to wrest open bottles of beer and cider. Because bubble-pressure required a tight-seal, corks were forced deep into bottle necks and it was all but […]

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Swill Bill: Corkage Uncorked

By Debra Meiburg MW

With Hong Kong’s fine wine auction market rocketing to global prominence and private collections bursting at the seams, where-oh-where are we going to drink these fabulous wines? For the culinary-challenged, brown bagging wine into a restaurant is the only way to do your wine cellar justice. But just what is the modern corkage etiquette? Is […]

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Wedding Wine & Food

By Debra Meiburg MW

The rule of law might prevail in Hong Kong, but when it comes to matching food and wine, we have to rely on rule of thumb. That wine enhances food – and food enhances wine – is a truism, but even that rule has exceptions. Artichokes, asparagus, eggs and salads all pose difficulties in wine […]

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