Beurre d'Anjou

January 7, 2013By Georges MeekersWine

“Short, squat, and plump” like the pear called Beurre d’Anjou is an appropriate summary of today’s accompaniment to my cheese board. It’s a nice wine if this particular sweet style suits you. It shows how the basic sweet wines of Anjou, France, have improved over the last ten years or so. But this wine is … Read More

Si, si pour Carignan

January 5, 2013By Georges MeekersWine

The reek of concentrated Carignan is so peculiar. It just intrusively prickles my nose each time and I love it. I am not shy for my affection for the grape when grown on gnarled old vines. I particularly like it in blends. Carignan has been much-maligned in the past because is was and often still … Read More

ol' and new Sauvignon & Chardonnay

January 3, 2013By Georges MeekersWine

I have always liked good blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay and even suggested Maltese winemakers try their hand at making some. When done well, a cohesive blend of genuinely characterful grape varieties is more than the sum of its parts. In the New World the combination has found a following. But many South-African, Californian … Read More