Debra Meiburg

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Debra Meiburg MW is an award-winning multi-media wine journalist, wine educator, wine judge and a first recipient of the Master of Wine title in Asia.[1][2][3] Meiburg is also founding director, along with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, of the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition.[4] Now in its 7th year, it is the largest pan-Asian wine competition. Having passed the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exams, Debra was formerly an accountant at Price Waterhouse Coopers Hong Kong. Meiburg’s career change into wine saw her focus on wine education[5] and journalism, but she has worked in vineyards and wineries in Chile, Bordeaux, South Africa and New York. Born in Sonoma County, she is a long-time and permanent resident of Hong Kong.

Education[edit]

In 2008, Meiburg was awarded the Master of Wine qualification by the Institute of Masters of Wine in the United Kingdom. Generally regarded in the wine industry as one of the highest standards of professional knowledge,[6][7][8] Meiburg was awarded the title following her dissertation on the topic of “Wine Education and Training in Hong Kong and China: What Are the Wine Knowledge and Education Needs of the Wine Trade?”.

Meiburg also has a Master’s degree in Hospitality and Service Management, Certified Wine Educator, Society of Wine Educators, Certificate of Advanced Wine Sensory Assessment, Australian Wine Research Institute, Higher Certificate with Distinction, Wine and Spirit Education Trust, UK, among others.

Awards and recognitions[edit]

• 7th of Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Wine by The Drinks Business[9]
• Il Premio Internazionale (Vinitaly International Award 2012) [10]
• Decanter's list of seven names to watch in 2013 [11]
• China Power List by WINE Magazine 2012[12]
• Wine Business International - Most Influential Wine Journalist in Hong Kong [13]
• Entrepreneur of the Year, South China Morning Post and AmCham, Women of Influence Awards 2013[14]
• Gente Dame d'Honneur de l'Ordre des Hospitaliers de Pomerol
• "Best of the Best" Speakers' Award Young Presidents' Organization

Wine educator[edit]

Debra Meiburg was a Professor of Wine at the School of Hospitality and Service Management, Rochester Institute of Technology.[15] Current wine education positions in Hong Kong include External Examiner of the Professional Diploma in Wine Assessment and Service at the Open University of Hong Kong (traditional Chinese: 香港公開大學) and Assistant Training Consultant, Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE)(traditional Chinese: 香港專業教育學院). Meiburg is a Certified Wine Educator,[5] Society of Wine Educators.[16]

Wine journalism[edit]

Meiburg is author of "Debra Meiburg's Guide to the Hong Kong Wine Trade", "Debra Meiburg's Guide to the Shanghai Wine Trade", "Debra Meiburg's Guide to the Singapore Wine Trade" and the award winning "Tasting Wine with Debra"[17] and creator of Grape Cues, a wine industry study card series.

She is a columnist for the South China Morning Post and was a contributing editor to the Asian Tatler Magazine group.[18] Other publications Meiburg has contributed to include: WINE Magazine (Guangzhou, China), Jetsetter Magazine, Journal of American Wine Society, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle and the Rochester Magazine

Broadcast media[edit]

Meiburg is producer and host of "Taste the Wine" a wine travel television show. She is also creator and host of a weekly online video interview series Meet the Winemaker,[19] launched in December 2009. Taped in Hong Kong, Meiburg interviews winemakers, winery owners and other key figures in the wine world. Episodes have featured wine personalities Ernst Loosen, Sam Neill, Emmanuel Cruse (Grand Maitre of the Commanderie de Bordeaux), Philippe Magrez (son of French wine magnet Bernard Magrez), among others. Meet the Winemaker is hosted on YouTube on the Meet the Winemaker channel.[20] Meiburg is also host of a series of short wine education videos broadcast in approximately 20,000 taxis in China and Hong Kong and is presenter in numerous wine documentaries, such as The New Wines of Greece.[21]

Wine judging[edit]

Meiburg is a Certified Wine Judge by the American Wine Society. Some of the international competitions she has judged include: Sydney International Wine Competition,[15] Argentina Wine Awards,[22] McLaren Vale Wineshow,[23] Royal Melbourne Wine Awards,[24] Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition,[25] SOPEXA: Everyday Bordeaux,[26] Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition,[27] International Wine & Spirit Competition, Wines of Chile Awards,[28] Qantas Wine Show of Western Australia,[29] Finger Lakes International Wine Competition,[30] WinPac Hong Kong,[31] International Eastern Wine Competition,[32] Decanter Hungary, International Wine Challenge and the New York State Fair.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 23, 2010. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Hong Kong-based Jeannie Cho Lee, Debra Meiburg earn MWs – Grape Wall of China". Grapewallofchina.com. Retrieved 2016-05-06. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Organisers | HKIWSC". Asiasbestwinesandspirits.com. Retrieved 2016-05-06. 
  5. ^ a b "Debra Meiburg MW Extended Profiles – - Association of Wine Educators". Wineeducators.com. Retrieved 2016-05-06. 
  6. ^ Robinson, Jancis, ed. (2006). "Masters of Wine". Oxford Companion to Wine (Third ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 430. ISBN 0-19-860990-6. Archived from the original on 2008-08-08. 
  7. ^ "Noses Seek Wine Geekdom's Biggest Prize". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-05-06. 
  8. ^ Fletcher, Janet (2006-09-22). "THE ULTIMATE TEST / Notoriously difficult and outrageously expensive to earn, the Master of Wine title is the wine professional's grail - SFGate". Articles.sfgate.com. Retrieved 2016-05-06. 
  9. ^ "Top 50 most powerful women in wine: 10-1". Thedrinksbusiness.com. 2012-12-19. Retrieved 2016-05-06. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 19, 2013. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Wine News". Decanter.com. Retrieved 2016-05-06. 
  12. ^ [2][dead link]
  13. ^ Who’s Who in Hong Kong, Wine Business International, March 2007
  14. ^ "Women of Influence Conference - AmCham HK". Amcham.org.hk. Retrieved 2016-05-06. 
  15. ^ a b "Sydney International Wine Competition". Top100wines.com. Retrieved 2016-05-06. 
  16. ^ "Society of Wine Educators". Society of Wine Educators. Retrieved 2016-05-06. 
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Luxury Lifestyle in Hong Kong | Hong Kong Tatler". Asiatatler.com. Retrieved 2016-05-06. 
  19. ^ "Master of Wine Debra Meiburg's "Meet the Winemaker" Video Series". Winebuzz.hk. 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2016-05-06. 
  20. ^ Tasmania, Brand. "Debra Meiburg MW". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-05-06. 
  21. ^ "Debra Meiburg". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2016-05-06. 
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  23. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 15, 2009. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  24. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 5, 2010. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 26, 2011. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  26. ^ Wine Style, 2010 Issue 004
  27. ^ "Debra E Meiburg MW (Judging Panel Chair) | HKIWSC". Asiasbestwinesandspirits.com. Retrieved 2016-05-06. 
  28. ^ [3][dead link]
  29. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 20, 2012. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  30. ^ "Finger Lakes International Wine Competition". Fliwc.com. Retrieved 2016-05-06. 
  31. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  32. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 21, 2010. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 

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