Defining vegan-friendly wine

Defining vegan-friendly wine

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Gourmet, The Winemaker's Journal, Winery | No Comments

Choosing a bottle of wine is great fun but not easy if you are following a vegan diet that not only excludes all nourishment that is animal-derived but even other food and drink because it has been processed making use of animal substances. The reason that not all wines are vegan-friendly has to do with…

Wine and Vitello Tonnato Revisited

If you were to take a culinary snapshot of Malta, apart from wine, tuna and capers would be some of the most likely local ingredients centred in the crosshairs of your viewfinder. Prepared together with fresh veal, they would make for a vanguard Maltese surf-and-turf dish local fishermen and farmers, chefs and sommeliers, and all…

The Big Wine Chill

The Big Wine Chill

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Gourmet, The Winemaker's Journal | No Comments

I catch myself often fretting over being served wines too warm for my liking, particularly in summer when dining open-air. Now don’t go thinking I’m an absolute wine purist, though. I readily admit that charts which give a degree by degree, wine by wine list of precise serving temperatures running to dozens of wines can…

Wine To Go With Truck Food

Wine To Go With Truck Food

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Gourmet, The Winemaker's Journal | No Comments

  The democratisation of wine? We’re not quite there yet – wine is still more difficult to buy, and consume than it needs to be. My nose gets rubbed in it each time I take out lunch from one of the trendy mobile food trucks that park along the Ta’ Xbiex seafront. Burger & chips…

Lampuki and Wine Suggestions

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Gourmet, The Winemaker's Journal | No Comments

The fish of many names, known as mahi-mahi, dorado, lampuga, rakingo, calitos, maverikos or dolphin fish, is fondly known in Malta as lampuka; and with the lampuki season well under way, we are entering that time of the month when the fish start to get bigger and traditional dishes like lampuki pie and aljotta will…