Wine Tasting at Goodwood, Thursday 7/16

Just a reminder to stop by Goodwood, 1428 U St., NW from 5:30-8 tomorrow evening to taste some of our new and old selections — all fabulous, of course. We’re also helping to host the event as a benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Christina Russell is participating in The Nation’s Triathlon to raise money for the society, and we’re going to help by donating 10% of the proceeds of any wine ordered that evening. If you can’t make it but would still like to donate to the cause, check out Christina’s training page.

Meridiana Wine Estate, on the site of the former Royal Air Force Base in Malta

Meridiana Wine Estate, on the site of the former Royal Air Force Base in Malta

The tasting will also mark the official introduction of our wines from Malta.  Malta?  Yes, absolutely!  Meridiana Wine Estate is the first winery on the island to use real wine grapes, as opposed to table grapes and sugar.  Meridiana is owned by Mark Miceli-Farrugia, a long-time wine expert and trader, and Marchese Piero Antinori — the same Antinori famous for wines throughout Italy.  Together, they determined the best varietals that would show the character of the soil and climate of Malta, and produced their first vintages in 1995.  We’re the first U.S. importer to present Meridiana’s wines in the U.S., and they’re really something.  The Isis is 100% Chardonnay, crisp, medium- to full-bodied, and loaded with apricot flavors.  The Melqart is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, aged in oak, a substantial wine that pairs well with food or makes a great stand-alone glass.

Hope to see you there!

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2 Responses to Wine Tasting at Goodwood, Thursday 7/16

  1. Steve Holmes says:

    It is great to see the wines of Malta going world wide at last.. well done Meridiana.

    • firstvine says:

      Hi Steve,

      Thanks for writing — I liked Meridiana wines from the first tasting. The Micelis also live here in DC and were looking for an importer. We may decide to bring over some of Meridiana’s other wines in the future, for now we’re looking to see how the Isis and Melqart are received.


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