Anticipation for Gran Cavalier Sauvignon Blanc

Anticipation for Gran Cavalier Sauvignon Blanc

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

Anticipation for the market release of Delicata’s Gran Cavalier Sauvignon Blanc D.O.K. Malta of the latest 2016 vintage is heightening. This quality Maltese wine has found a steady following locally by lovers of aromatic white wines and become sought-after by our restaurateurs. Especially discerning foreign scouting organisers of hospitality events seem to want to secure…

Our Wine’s Niceties & Scarcities

Our Wine’s Niceties & Scarcities

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in The Winemaker's Journal | No Comments

Once a winemaker found himself in the awkward position of being reproved whilst dining out by the patron-chef because his winery had run out of stock of one of the best-selling 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 include…

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…