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WineFairy chats with Jim Collins about Frei Brothers and EJ Gallo; and with Hong Kong Wine Personality Debra Meiburg

Segment-1: Wine Regions - Sonoma Frei Brothers Reserve... Better Choices Better Wine... Today and For Generations to Come - Jim Collins
 
01: When you spend a lifetime working in the vineyard, as Jim Collins has, you learn that the quality of the wine begins with the land it comes from. As the man in charge of Frei Brothers Reserve's vineyards, Jim is a passionate steward whose reverence for the land has always been a part of his personal values. At Frei Brothers Reserve Jim leads a team of farmers and works hand-in-hand with winemakers dedicated to sustainable farming and winemaking to realize the exceptional quality and authentic flavors of the wine. Frei Brothers Reserve wines express the best of Sonoma County's most famous AVAs, including the Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley. Jim Collins is Chief Viticulturist for Frei Brothers Reserve vineyards and wines.

 

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Segment-2: Wine History - E. & J. Gallo Winery Innovative Land Conservation "50/50 Give Back" - Jim Collins
 
02: "Decades ago, E. & J. Gallo Winery co-founder Julio Gallo introduced an innovative approach to land conservation known as the "50/50 Give Back" plan. For every acre of land planted in vineyard, Julio Gallo set aside one acre of property to help protect and enhance wildlife habitat. Today, that philosophy still guides the winery, and has resulted in thousands of acres set aside for conversation easements for wildlife habitat." (CSWA, Summer 2011 Sustainable Winegrowing Highlights) "Our wines are made from premium grapes carefully grown in some of the best wine-growing regions in the world," Jim Collins says, "You simply can't recreate the unique climate and soil combinations naturally found in our Sonoma vineyards, which is why it's imperative that we preserve and protect the integrity of the land.".

 

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Segment-3: Wine Education - Debra Meiburg Master of Wine Is Most Influential Wine Journalist in Hong Kong - Debra Meiburg
 
03: Based in Hong Kong, Debra Meiburg is a celebrated wine journalist, TV personality, wine educator and in-demand speaker who is pleasing palates across Asia with her fresh take on the world of wine. Awarded Master of Wine, the highest wine industry honour, Debra has a serious tongue for wine, but her approach is a little tongue in cheek. Through her numerous wine-related pursuits, she is taking the everyday wine lover beyond the bottle to discover the intricacies of their own taste buds and thoroughly enjoy the pleasures of wine. A weekly wine columnist for the South China Morning Post and a contributing editor to the Asian Tatler magazines, Debra was voted "Most Influential Wine Journalist in Hong Kong" in 2007.

 

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Segment-4: Wine Regions - Hong Kong's Love Affair With Wine is Growing Steamier Than It's Weather - Debra Meiburg
 
04: Originally from Sonoma County California, long-time Hong Kong resident Debra Meiburg is a celebrated wine journalist, TV personality, wine educator and in-demand speaker who is one of only 273 people worldwide to hold the top honour in the wine world, Master of Wine. A former wine professor who is not afraid to get dirt under her fingernails, Debra has worked harvest in Chile, pruned vines in Bordeaux and was a cellar-hand in New York. A widely respected wine judge, she recently founded and is director of the world's first truly Asian wine competition, the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition, the largest pan-Asian wine competition and firstly authentically Asian competition in the world. Debra's latest venture, an online video series named Meet the Winemakers, is a charming access-all-areas exploration of the wine industry, where she reveals the personal side of the industry's top dogs and rising stars.

 

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lynn krielow is an independent wine and food journalist, and the premier host of the "Wine and Dine" radio show heard on VinVillageRadio broadcast on wsRadio, the world-wide leader in internet talk-radio with over 4-million listeners a month!


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