The Unsung Heroes of Wine Service

The Unsung Heroes of Wine Service

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in The Winemaker's Journal | No Comments

I remember how about ten years ago the hospitality sector in Malta lamented the lack of sommeliers for hire. Back then, the feeling was that more certified wine professionals with the aptitude to look after wine service lock, stock and barrel needed to join the ranks. Pessimists will say that wine service is still not…

Manners Maketh the Wine

Manners Maketh the Wine

Posted by on Dec 21, 2017 in The Winemaker's Journal | No Comments

The festive season is that time of year when some people get to try wine for the first time, especially when dining out. That’s when they come to realise that wine drunk at the restaurant table is a unique beverage having a set of manners all of its own. Take the ritual of approval. Once…

10 Years of Wine Appellations in Malta

10 Years of Wine Appellations in Malta

Posted by on Dec 21, 2017 in The Winemaker's Journal | No Comments

Since 2007, Malta’s quality wines are subject to an appellation system controlled by the national regulator in accordance with EU law which nowadays categorises wines in two rungs, namely PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) and PGI (Protected Geographical Indication), replacing the QWPSR (Quality Wine Produced in a Specified Region) framework. Each EU country may use…

Gold for Delicata’s 2016 Gran Cavalier Merlot

Gold for Delicata’s 2016 Gran Cavalier Merlot

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in The Winemaker's Journal | No Comments

The outstanding 2016 vintage of Gran Cavalier Merlot, D.O.K. Malta, Superior, has been awarded a Gold medal as well as the Premio Della Stampa at the 2017 Emozioni dal Mondo Merlot e Cabernet Insieme international wine competition, which was recently held in Bergamo, Italy. This red wine of distinction is skilfully created by Delicata, Malta’s…

Wine Lists by Soil Type, Seriously?

Wine Lists by Soil Type, Seriously?

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in The Winemaker's Journal | No Comments

Listing bottles on wine lists according to the soil type the grapevines grow in instead of by wine style, grape variety or winemaking region is the latest fad. I’m all for novelty but is this really a helpful way? It’s easy to see where this trend is coming from. Wine professionals and aficionados alike are…