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Dust to Must

By Debra Meiburg MW

Hong Kong families employ some 300,000 domestic helpers in the hope of eliminating dust. Conversely, in the heart of the Napa Valley there is a group of winemakers who treasure their dust so much that they formed a society to honor it: the Rutherford Dust Society. The Rutherford name isn’t to be confused with Rutherglen, […]

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Victor-Victoria

By Debra Meiburg MW

Chablis is a hotbed of sexual confusion. “This entire area,” Matthieu Mangenot of Domaine Long-Depaquit informed me with a sweeping arm, “is sexually confused.” Not only Chablis but all of Burgundy, much of nearby Champagne and many other vineyards scattered around the world. Vineyards often inspire romance and this is certainly the case with moths. […]

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Diamonds Aren’t Forever

By Debra Meiburg MW

A certain platinum blond would have you believe that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and many wine connoisseurs would agree. However, due to an unfortunate public misperception of these little gems, wine diamonds are increasingly rare these days. Wine diamonds or weinstein – wine stones in German – are the small, mostly-clear crystals sometimes […]

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Living on the Edge

By Debra Meiburg MW

Extreme sports. Extreme vineyards. No one can explain extreme passion, but the extreme endurance award must go to Australia’s Rutherglen stickies. These dark brown, sweet, highly evolved wines can take some 80 years to produce. Or, give the award to the late harvest Riesling from Nussforf in Germany. It had such high sweetness levels that […]

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Shine on, Chinon

By Debra Meiburg MW

Feeling the pocketbook squeeze on your Bordeaux collection? Opt for a Loire Valley red instead. The Loire’s three most renowned red wine appellations are in the warm, sunny Touraine region, which is smack-dab in the middle of the Loire Valley. Touraine’s vineyards surround the city of Tours, on sites known as the “Garden of France” […]

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It’s all Greek to me

By Debra Meiburg MW

People who study wine call the field oenology. Others call it fun. We owe the word oenology, or enology, to the ancient Greeks. Wine was so important to the Greeks that one of their twelve classical gods is Dionysus, god of wine. Much of our knowledge about ancient drinking habits is due to shapely clay […]

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