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Get a Clue!

By Debra Meiburg MW

Color reveals heaps about wine. Looking at a glass of wine is like looking at a photograph of a stranger. Wine color gives you clues as to the wine’s weight, grape variety, age and maturity. Grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz are known for their deep, rich colors. In fact, some Shiraz wines […]

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Swiss Wines Read Full Article

Banking on Swiss Wines

By Debra Meiburg MW

Even with Swiss National Day celebrations just behind us (1st August), it isn’t easy to find Swiss wine in Hong Kong. Swiss cheese, chocolate and art, yes, but finding Swiss wine in Hong Kong is about as easy as finding a chatty Swiss banker. One of the reasons Swiss wines are so rare on our […]

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“Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.” Mark Twain

By Debra Meiburg MW

No one likes a rainy day, especially a grape vine. Not equipped with a pair of rubber wellies, vines do not cope well with getting their feet wet. Like all plants, vines need water to survive, but rain fall immediately before harvest can ruin a winemaker’s happy-hour. Rains cause grapes to swell with liquid, somewhat […]

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Bottles shapes and colours, wine origin, bordeaux bottles, burgundy, mosel, Read Full Article

Message in a Bottle

By Debra Meiburg MW

The romantic notion of finding a message in a bottle is ever green. Bottle messages were featured in a 1999 film starring Kevin Costner, in a popular StarTrek: Voyager episode and in various novels, but most of us identify the phrase with the 1979 pop-hit by the Police. While the world’s creative talent focuses on […]

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Mind your Madeira: Exploring America's Fortified Wine Read Full Article

Mind your Madeira: Exploring “America’s Fortified Wine”

By Debra Meiburg MW

By Debra Meiburg MW Madeira is often touted as America’s Fortified Wine, but ask an American to describe Madeira and the most likely response is a blank stare. This toffee-flavored wine has fallen out of fashion in recent decades, but it was once the toast of the town. America’s founding fathers clinked glasses of Madeira […]

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Sensual Relations: The funny business of wine intensity Read Full Article

Sensual Relations: The funny business of wine intensity

By Debra Meiburg MW

By Debra Meiburg MW As any Sex & The City fan will tell you, intensity is a relationship-killer. Luckily, when it comes to wine, intensity is a relationship-winner. Intensity is a term loosely used to describe the strength and power of wine’s aroma. A wine can be described as low-, medium- or high-intensity based on […]

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