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Turkey Meets Its Match

By Debra Meiburg MW

Teetering cans of cranberries, puffed bags of stuffing and bushels of knobby yams at the supermarkets announce this Thursday is the American holiday, Thanksgiving. Affectionately known as T-Day or Turkey Day in the States, more wine is sold for Thanksgiving dinner than any other meal of the year. This is not to be confused with […]

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From Our Lips To Our Hips

By Debra Meiburg MW

Sun-soaked days of mojito cocktails, glistening water and hedonistic Michelin-starred meals are drawing to a close; it’s time to squeeze back into last season’s jeans. It doesn’t take long to decide the first dietary casualty has to be the liquid calories. No more sugar-laden cocktails or frothy pints of lager, that’s easy, but do we […]

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Double, Double, Toil and Trouble

By Debra Meiburg MW

Wine can be spooky. Bubbling vats of fermenting grape juice emit heat, froth and mysterious gases and seemingly innocent cellars are mysteriously called caves in France. With the spooky American holiday, Halloween, just around the corner, why not tuck a bottle of wine in your trick-or-treat bag to celebrate? It is not clear how orange […]

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Chile Above Ground

By Debra Meiburg MW

While the world turns its thoughts and good wishes to Chile as we wait anxiously for the safe rescue of the trapped miners, we thought it would be a good time to discuss Chilean wine and give you a glimpse into what these men and their families might be celebrating with! Chile has some of […]

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Flight

By Debra Meiburg MW

Last week I was a wine judge at California’s Sonoma County Harvest Fair. At 8:00 o’clock on a foggy Santa Rosa morning, I duly donned my white lab coat, introduced myself to my judging panel and waited for the pouring team to bring in our first flight of wines. Flight isn’t a word one instinctively […]

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Just a Spoonful of Sugar

By Debra Meiburg MW

While Mary Poppins cheerfully proposed that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, European wine producers would contend that a spoonful of sugar helps the alcohol levels go up.  In some cases, too far up.  There are times when nature needs a hand – at the hair salon, for example – and in […]

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