Our Wine’s Niceties and Its Scarcities

May 10, 2017By Georges MeekersMalta, News

Once a winemaker found himself in the awkward position of being reproved while dining out by the chef- patron because his winery had run out of stock of one of the bestselling wines on the restaurant’s carefully curated list. To this, the winemaker graciously replied with the question why the catch of the day didn’t … Read More

Maltese Heroism in a Bottle

February 24, 2017By Georges MeekersMalta, News

The adjective ‘heroic’ has, of course, been used before in the world of wine, namely to describe the efforts of vignerons and winemakers that work in steep, precipitous places inhospitable to man. Malta may not qualify as a mountainous island. But what else would you call local winegrowing if not audacious, brave and courageous? In … Read More

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

Nothing But The Whole Wine

January 21, 2017By Georges MeekersJudging

So many people have been made to believe by the virtues of noses and egos of famous wine critics and other characters in the wine trade that the only way to appreciate wine is through a reductionist search for certain distinct characteristics. If you’re a wine enthusiast who’s attended the odd wine tasting session, you … Read More

The ‘Magic Flute’ for Fizz

December 9, 2016By Georges MeekersGastronomy, Judging

What glass shape is best to enjoy celebratory bubbly this festive season or on any other day of the year for that matter? While the wide and shallow coupe has been written off ages ago because it allows effervescence and aromas to dissipate quickly in favour of the slender and tall flute, a few experts … Read More