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A Mixed Bag

By Debra Meiburg MW

When the first Portuguese trading ships arrived in Macau, there is no doubt wine was on board. Even today more than half of the wine in Macau is Portuguese. In days past, the mention of the words wine and Portugal and most people would go into raptures about Port, arguably the world’s finest fortified, sweet […]

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50 Shades of Gamay

By Debra Meiburg MW

This Thursday the Beaujolais Nouveau public relations circus begins. Each year journalists enthusiastically recycle stories about this simple red wine allegedly transported by every means possible – including elephant and helicopter – to reach its global fans by the third Thursday of November. Through encouraging these unorthodox distribution techniques, the Beaujolais public relations teams have […]

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Foiled Again

By Debra Meiburg MW

Wine capsules or foils are protective shields placed over the neck and cork of a wine bottle. Like the latex prophylactic sheaths sold in mini-marts, wine capsules protect against unplanned reproduction and disease transmission. Wine sheaths prevent bacterial conception and deter weevils, rodents and other little nippers from gnawing away at the cork. Though the […]

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Sip/Tuck

By Debra Meiburg MW

Humans aren’t the only ones struggling with age. Have a little sympathy for a wine bottle, which has to contend with sediment visibly announcing its mature age to the world. And while humans can sanguinely book a visit to a Thai nip’n’tuck spa, an aging wine bottle has only one option: decanting. Like our laugh […]

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Flush with Pride

By Debra Meiburg MW

With the lantern festival just behind us and today marking the start of the much-anticipated Chinese National Week, many of us in this part of the world are probably getting into the mood with a little red of our own, maybe even popping the cork on a bottle of Chairman Mao (the local nickname for […]

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Rough Around the Edges

By Debra Meiburg MW

Red wine is a shocker. Very few people actually like red wine at first sip; its astringent, tannic character trounces 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 mouths, resulting in a […]

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