Delicata Releases the First 2017 Vintage Medina Wines

Delicata Releases the First 2017 Vintage Medina Wines

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

The latest 2017 vintage of the Medina range of award-winning, boutique Malta-grown wines by the Delicata winery has been bottled for distribution on the domestic market in Malta and Gozo. Medina is a collection of ten unoaked, fruity wines made from hand-picked grapes. The range consists of four blends and six mono-varietals. The blends comprise…

Malta and the Pink Wine Revolution

Malta and the Pink Wine Revolution

Posted by on Feb 12, 2018 in The Winemaker's Journal | No Comments

The tiny Maltese archipelago boasts two commercially viable native grape varieties. Thankfully one of them is dark-skinned so that, besides wonderfully fresh white wines, wineries can also craft interesting reds and inimitable rosés, a category that’s gaining in popularity. The grape I’m referring to is, of course, Ġellewża, Malta’s very own red cultivar, which apropos…

Wine and Praline Extravaganza

Wine and Praline Extravaganza

Posted by on Jan 29, 2018 in The Winemaker's Journal | No Comments

It might be a strange-sounding combination at first. But, whereas a bar of chocolate would play havoc with a wine drinker’s palate, flavoured truffles and pralines can make for a very nice accompaniment to the divine nectar. The handcrafted chocolates from the Malta Chocolate Factory in Bugibba, for example, are excellent fare. Their little bonbons…

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…