Maltese Sausage and Wine Feasts

Maltese Sausage and Wine Feasts

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

Zalzett Malti, the traditional fresh Maltese sausage, made from ground pork, sea salt, crushed black peppercorns and coriander seeds, garlic and sometimes parsley, is staple diet in Malta and Gozo. Regardless of the method of preparation, the nation has an unbridled gusto for Maltese bangers, which are eaten raw, plainly boiled, pan-fried and grilled, on…

Heroism in a bottle

Heroism in a bottle

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in The Winemaker's Journal | No Comments

Of course, the adjective ‘heroic’ has 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…

Gorgeous Garrigue in My Glass

Gorgeous Garrigue in My Glass

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in The Winemaker's Journal | No Comments

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 xaghri, 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…

World Masters of Grape Vine Pruning

World Masters of Grape Vine Pruning

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in The Winemaker's Journal | No Comments

Close to the ancient village of Suvereto, on the hills of the Val di Cornia in west Tuscany in vineyards planted to Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon varieties, delegates of Delicata’s viticultural team met up with the world masters of grape vine pruning. Winemaker and head of viticulture, Matthew Delicata accompanied the winery’s viticulturist Jonathan…

Nothing but the Whole Wine

Nothing but the Whole Wine

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

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…