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Spit or Swallow

By Debra Meiburg MW

It’s always a tough decision for a girl – whether to spit or swallow. After years of imposing fines and espousing propaganda to eradicate spitting, if Hong Kong is to become Asia’s wine hub, then spitting is back in fashion. There are no clear cut guidelines when it comes to spitting, but as a general […]

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Sing your heart out, Babs

By Debra Meiburg MW

Barbera is a dark-purple grape variety from Italy’s Piemonte region. Once scorned as a simple, backstage grape, it has made a comeback worthy of a Hollywood diva. Barbera was formerly the most widely planted variety in Italy, but about twenty years ago, a younger, more attractive star – Sangiovese – stole barbera’s show. Perhaps barbera […]

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Beat the Banana

By Debra Meiburg MW

While reading this column, warmly clad in your flannel pajamas with mug of coffee in hand, have a thought for the hundreds of us shivering in our running gear while waiting for the great yellow banana to appear in Kowloon. This whacky charity race, organized to support the World Wine Cancer Research Fund, involves chasing […]

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Fat and Flabby

By Debra Meiburg MW

In spite of our well-intended summer resolutions, by August the words fat and flabby hang in the air as heavily our seasonal humidity. In the petite sub-saharan country Mauritania, fatness is a cherished sign of beauty, an enticing display of family wealth. Fatness is so prized in Mauritania that girls as young as five and […]

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The Night Before Christmas

By Debra Meiburg MW

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the cellar Not a bottle was stirring, not even Latour The stockings were hung by the wine racks with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas would leave a Branaire The bottles were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of decanters danced in their heads; And […]

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Juicing up the in-laws

By Debra Meiburg MW

If there is ever a time to shell out on good wine, it is during the holidays. In-laws aside, you are surrounded by the people you love most in the world, so treat them well. When it comes to wine strategy, think WMD. That’s not weapons of mass destruction, but wines for welcome, meal and […]

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