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Barolo Modern or Traditional?

By Debra Meiburg MW

Are you a traditionalist or a modernist? Whichever you are, you’ll find satisfaction in Italy’s famed Barolo wine region. Both traditional and modern-styled “1st Growths” are produced in Barolo, with three key winemaking factors accounting for the disparity in styles. Modern-styled Barolo is produced much the same way as most contemporary international red wines, with […]

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The Kiddush Cup Runneth Over

By Debra Meiburg MW

For 2000 years wine has featured prominently in the Judeo-Christian faiths. In Jewish tradition, wine is a symbol of joy and plays an integral role at wedding ceremonies, weekly Shabbat and the upcoming Seder dinner at Passover. In Judaism, wine symbolizes God’s creation and his provision of life. The old testament Psalms declare, “wine maketh […]

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The Dirt on Organic Wine

By Debra Meiburg MW

We know that drinking wine is widely considered good for your health, but how about good for the environment? Stop by La Cabane a Vin, Hong Kong’s first natural wine shop on Hollywood Road in Sheung Wan to see what the fuss is all about. Only organic and biodynamic wines are on offer and every […]

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Tuscan Drips

By Debra Meiburg MW

While we celebrate 150 years of Italian culture in Hong Kong this month, I can’t help but think back to thirty years ago when my most prized possession was a Chianti bottle decorated with candle drippings. My straw wrapped bottle, called a fiasco, was a fiasco for the Italian wine industry. The flasks sold like […]

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Rosés to Make You Blush

By Debra Meiburg MW

Ranging in color from salmon to strawberry, rosé is the perfect summer drink. Don’t confuse rosé and blush. Blushes are pink, but the resemblance stops there. Blushes are deliberately sweet, whereas rosés are dry and offer the aromas and flavors of red wine without the heaviness. Pink wines are made from red grapes. All grapes, […]

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Playing the Auction Game

By Debra Meiburg MW

Looking for a little extra boost to your exercise program? Try vigorous sets of paddle-lifting. Not a week goes by without hearing the latest flashy headline about Hong Kong wine auctions. And it seems Asian buyers are becoming more and more diversified in their collecting tastes and buying habits. The spring wine auction season kicked […]

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