Debra Meiburg

Wine Opinion: Trade expos

Wine Opinion: Trade expos

To those of us who don't attend them for a living, the concept of a wine fair must seem like the impossible dream - an entire hall full of people encouraging you to visit their booths and imbibe at your leisure (gratis, no less).

Thursday, 20 September, 2012, 10:49am

ACID test

Can spicy Chinese food be successfully paired with wine? Taking this challenge by the scruff of its bottleneck, Good Eating meets up with four wine connoisseurs to see how four wines selected by chef Mak Tsz-kin and the management team at Hunan Garden restaurant in Times Square fare with fiery food.

17 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Old reds make a killing among connoisseurs, but whites are to dine for

Today's opening of the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair throws the spotlight on what the city is drinking as opposed to buying.

About 930 exhibitors from more than 37 countries are expected, but will they have much success in shifting Hongkongers' drinking habits?

3 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Raise a glass to the victors

Judgment has already been passed, but the results will not be announced until tonight, and with 37 trophies to contend for, a lot of people will be waiting with bated breath.

Now in its third year, the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition is widely recognised as the premier wine contest in Asia, and is certainly the largest.

3 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Varietal has its day in the sun

Tomorrow wine lovers across the world will have the chance to celebrate an apparently underrated grape. The second International Grenache Day will see winemakers, importers and lovers of the variety taking part in various events to bring it wider publicity.

22 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


Did you say buxom? 'Yes,' laughs Debra Meiburg. 'Too full-figured.' She has entertaining ways of talking about wine for great clarity. And it turns out that JC Viens also does. One wine had him walking down the aisle and dreaming of the first night.

22 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

VINTAGE flavours

A three-strong Annabel Jackson women's tasting panel arrive at WHISK, at The Mira hotel, eager to see what sommelier Jordi Chan is proposing to go with some of the restaurant's beautifully conceived vegetarian dishes.

22 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Wine guru toasts family time

Debra Meiburg travels all the time, regionally and internationally. It's all in a day's work for the celebrated wine journalist and educator, who regularly frequents picturesque wine-producing regions such as Tuscany and Bordeaux.

Despite having grown used to her itinerant lifestyle, Meiburg concedes she has yet to achieve the right balance between her work and personal life.

9 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Toast of the town

It's been called one of the toughest exams in the world. Over three days, candidates are presented with 12 unidentified glasses of wine every morning, and are given about 2 hours to determine the grape each wine is made with, the region it comes from, quality and vintage, and to write a page or two on why they think so.

11 Jan 2008 - 12:00am


Much like nose-diving for a Frisbee on a beach, tannins can leave your mouth raspy, dry and sandy - but apparently we like the sensation. Tannins are a natural substance found in many fruits, leaves and woods. Some fruits, such as pomegranates and persimmons, and most berries, including strawberries, blueberries and cranberries, have tannins.

5 Aug 2007 - 12:00am


You can tell the world has turned upside-down when the finest bullfighter in the world is French and the best-selling sparkling wine in the world (shifting more than 200 million bottles a year) is Spanish.

29 Jul 2007 - 12:00am


If your summer travel budget is tight, put away the suitcase and pack a wine carrier instead. Ditch the crowds on the Mid-Levels escalator. Instead, mentally stroll through Alsace's enchanting half-timbered villages (right) by opening a bottle of Hugel Alsace gwurztraminer (Rare & Fine Wines, half-bottle $92).

19 Jun 2005 - 12:00am