The Shiraz Cabernet blend of home

September 20, 2018By Georges MeekersGrapes, Malta
what are the characteristics of shiraz Cabernet blend of wine? Wonderful things happen when great varieties collide. Shiraz (or Syrah to francophile wine lovers) and Cabernet Sauvignon are two grapes that go hand in glove and fit perfectly together as a red wine blend. Just take the wine in my glass. Its palate is strapping [...]

Malta’s little-known Sangiovese

August 2, 2018By Georges MeekersGrapes, Malta
Malta is thirsting for more wine made from locally-grown varieties. Of the many dark-skinned possibilities, Sangiovese is one of the least explored grapes and yet it has a lot to offer. Sangiovese was shyly introduced to the archipelago’s vineyards at the turn of the century together with other international varieties. But, as far as red [...]

World-class Syrah wine from Malta

August 2, 2018By Georges MeekersGrapes, Malta
I know I’ve mentioned wine awards before. Forgive me for bringing this up once more. Though, word has it that, yet again, a Maltese wine has been granted another two noteworthy medals. Awards may not matter that much anymore. But, you see, it was not all that long ago that loving local wasn’t that cool. [...]

A toast to darling-grape Chardonnay

May 18, 2018By Georges MeekersGrapes, Malta
If there’s one grape variety that deserves to be celebrated, it’s got to be Chardonnay. Not only is it the ingredient of white burgundy and an important part of the blend of most champagnes, Chardonnay is responsible for a disproportionate amount of the world’s finest whites and simply the number-one selling white wine varietal in [...]

Contemporary Cabernet Sauvignon

March 9, 2018By Georges MeekersGrapes, Malta
While vino-fashionistas have thrown it off like an old winter coat, to most wine drinkers Cabernet Sauvignon is still that classic black dress that never goes out of style. Labels draped with names of other trendy, rare grape varieties get all the hype now. Yet let’s not forget: Cabernet Sauvignon is the world’s most planted [...]