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A Tale of Two Chardy’s

By Debra Meiburg MW

Chardonnay is the consummate politician. Comfortable in many guises, ready to change its platform to suit its constituency. Chardonnay’s royalist home is France’s Burgundy region, where it is bottled under famed geographic district names, such as Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet and Corton-Charlemagne or the more populist district, Meursault. Simpler, more plebeian wines are produced in the Mâconnais […]

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Deep South

By Debra Meiburg MW

Tasmania is often the butt of antipodean humour, but their wine culture is no laughing matter. Many Australians would agree this tiny wine region produces some of the most exciting wines in the country. Wine production is not new to Tasmania – bottles of sparkling wine dating from 1827 were recently unearthed in a Hobart […]

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Early Bird

By Debra Meiburg MW

Some people are never on time, but you can count on tempranillo – it always arrives on schedule. Tempranillo is such an early ripening grape that its name was coined from the Spanish word for early: temprano. Closely identified with Spain’s Rioja region, tempranillo is so ubiquitous in the Spanish landscape that one is hard-pressed […]

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Atlantic Place

By Debra Meiburg MW

Though the Loire Valley produces many styles and colours of wine – red, white, rose, sparkling and sweet – it’s most well-known specialty is fresh white wines as appropriate for summer as a pair of crisp white pants. Similar to Pacific Place, the Loire Valley comprises three phases, with the eastern most phase slightly detached […]

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Dirty Dirty

By Debra Meiburg MW

It is difficult to imagine how Hong Kongers will celebrate World Earth Day next week. Other than few keen hikers, most of us show little interest in our dirt. Ask about soil around Central and you’ll get a blank stare – even though heaps of it is poised just up the hill. And that’s why […]

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Good Mornington

By Debra Meiburg MW

Nestled on an east-west peninsula somewhat along the lines of Shek-O, Australia’s Mornington Peninsula is a popular summer playground for visitors and residents of Australia’s state Victoria. The peninsula as much beloved by families for its bay beaches as it is for its wines. The brisk ocean air draws lively holiday-makers, but it is also […]

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