Top 50 most powerful women in wine: 10-119th December, 2012 by Lucy Shaw
7. DEBRA MEIBURG MW
Californian-born wine journalist, educator and judge Debra Meiburg MW became the first person based in Asia to become a Master of Wine in 2008. With the help of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, in the same year she founded the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition, the largest wine competition in Asia.
A long-time Hong Kong resident, her wine students have included finance ministers, cabinet members and key political figures in Asia. Having trained as an accountant, Meiburg worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Hong Kong before entering the wine world. Named the Most Influential Wine Journalist in Hong Kong in 2007, she nurtures consumer palates via a popular weekly wine column in the South China Morning Post, articles in Asian Tatler magazine, and video clips in the back of Hong Kong taxis. She has authored a number of books on wine, including Debra Meiburg’s Guide to the Hong Kong Wine Trade.