Gorgeous Garrigue in My Glass

February 10, 2017By Georges MeekersMalta, News

Alas, land is far from sacred in Malta and even linguistically it’s sometimes referred to harshly and contemptuously. Through the use of the word xagħri, which derives from the Arabic sahra for desert, we demote our garrigue, those few untouched patches of literally hundreds of different low-growing shrubs and rare indigenous plants, to useless land … Read More

Growing Fond of Grenache Noir

December 8, 2016By Georges MeekersGrapes, Malta

If I could, I would fly this grape on a flagstaff. Of course, it’s impractical: Grenache is so juicy it would goo and glop away. Lately, I’ve grown fond of this dark-skinned grape variety that comes in a vast variety of different wine styles and which has also found local favour. Grenache Noir is its … Read More

Good ol’ Chardonnay

October 29, 2016By Georges MeekersGrapes, Malta

Chardonnay has received quite a bit of flak in recent years for not being the most exciting of white wine varieties. Truth be told, there are other thrilling grapes and wines around that are capable of tasting more pronounced, and which often have a more fascinating story to tell. However, some of all this ‘chard-bashing’ … Read More

Ġbejna friendly wines

October 15, 2016By Georges MeekersGastronomy, Malta

Ġbejna, the cheeselet of the Maltese Islands, traditionally made from sheep or goat milk, salt and rennet, is staple diet in Malta and Gozo. However, because of its special personality, it’s often left unpaired with a nice glass of wine. But if the great Italian and French cheeses go so well with their native wines, … Read More

You say varietal, I say variety

September 30, 2016By Georges MeekersGrapes, Malta

Rummaging through the pages of a keepsake wine list of a long-forgotten Maltese restaurant with a three-colour charcoal drawing on the cover of a bottle of Pommard next to a pair of vermouth glasses, I realise how wine preferences have changed. Judging by the vintages and prices, the faded list must be about 50 years … Read More