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Gru Vee, Baby

By Debra Meiburg MW

Grϋner Veltliner needs a stage name. Difficult to find, let alone pronounce, this grape variety is saddled with an unwieldly name for a racy white wine. Grϋner Veltliner (pronounced GROO-ner VELT-leaner) is one of the most exciting white wines in the world, but it is relatively unknown outside its Austrian homeland. Over the last 5 […]

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Land of the V

By Debra Meiburg MW

In the middle ages, Veneto dominated the Italian wine trade. Even today, Veneto produces the largest amount of wine in Northern Italy, eclipsing the more famous Tuscany and Piemonte in terms of volume. It’s also extremely varied as a region: from its steep mountains that border Austria to the swampy canals of Venice, Veneto offers […]

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Santa’s Little Helper

By Debra Meiburg MW

For those of you who thought Santa’s Littler Helper is a young lass dressed in a flared red skirt and a snowball-tufted hat, think again. Apparently Santa’s Littler Helper is Homer Simpson’s dog, a greyhound he inherited due its remarkable losing streak in the races. Or, Santa’s littler helper could be the Cabernet Franc grape, […]

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Never a Mull Moment

By Debra Meiburg MW

“I’ll mull it over” my mother used to say when she really meant, “No, you may not go to the party.” You can mull over problems, wear a dress trimmed in mull, visit the island of Mull or disastrously mull something up. Better still, you can dispose of your cheap over-the-hill wine by mulling it […]

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Terroir from Above

By Debra Meiburg MW

Any keen observer of the global food and wine scene will have noticed that over the past 10 years it has become, if anything, less global. Gone are the days when a restaurant would be praised for its daily shipments of foreign seafood; “local” is in. Even agriculturally bereft Hong Kong is getting in on […]

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Bitter the Devil You Know

By Debra Meiburg MW

There is a reason why we describe life’s painful disappointments as bitter pills. If you have fumbled your way to the medicine cabinet in a pre-hangover state, odds are you know about the bitterness of pills: an aspirin stubbornly lodged in the back of your dry mouth is the textbook example of bitterness. With wine, […]

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