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Chateau d’Yquem: a Perfect Score, a Pretty Price!

By Debra Meiburg MW

by Debra Meiburg MW Oh my! This was the collective gasp around the wine industry when Chateau d’Yquem 2001 hit the market in 2005! Having received a whopping 100-point rating by both Wine Spectator and Robert Parker, the two most influential point-giver-outers in the world, the mad scramble for the newly released bottles was messier […]

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Outnumbered in Alsace

By Debra Meiburg MW

by Debra Meiburg MW It’s no easy task tasting wines in Alsace, France. The winemakers are so generous that a ‘’standard’’ winery visit involves about twenty wines. If you are a note-taking taster like me, that means a hand-cramping three or four pages in the notebook – per winery visit. And almost always the hospitable […]

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Brunello, the Grand Duke of Italy

By Debra Meiburg MW

by Debra Meiburg MW If Barolo is Italy’s undisputed king of wine, then Brunello is the grand duke. Produced in the outskirts of the remote Tuscan village, Brunello di Montalcino is considered by many to be Italy’s second finest wine. For decades Montalcino was an inaccessible, isolated wine district in central Italy, with the first […]

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Bluff your way through a wine dinner

By Debra Meiburg MW

By Debra Meiburg MW If mutely listening to a table of wine lovers dissect a wine is as painful as a dental visit (sorry, Dr. Cheung), bluff your way through a wine dinner with this kit of secret tools. Launch your wine bluff by dividing the red wines of the world into two classes: light-bodied […]

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Tannins

By Debra Meiburg MW

By Debra Meiburg MW Red wine is a shocker. Very few people actually like red wine at first sip; its astringent, tannic character thrashes our delicate mouths. But don’t give up on red wine, just learn to manage its impish tannins. Tannins, which are found in grape skins, eagerly soak up the saliva in our […]

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What’s in a glass?

By Debra Meiburg MW

by Debra Meiburg MW Glasses—and I don’t mean Hong Kong’s ubiquitous reading glasses—alter our perception of sight, aroma and taste. The finest wine glasses are clear and smooth, showing off a wine’s colour spectrum, so reserve those pretty green or blue glasses for serving water. Glass shape influences our reception of wine aromas. Large bowls […]

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