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  • African cocoa a golden ticket for Tanzania chocolate factory

    African cocoa a golden ticket for Tanzania chocolate factory

    Jaki Kweka is that rare breed of gourmet chocolatier. She makes fine chocolate in Africa using local African ingredients. Other African companies such as Ghana’s Golden Tree use local cocoa but import milk powder and sugar. Multinationals such as...

  • Italian honour for Delicata’s Viognier

    Italian honour for Delicata’s Viognier

    Delicata’s premium 2014 vintage white Grand Vin de Hauteville Viognier DOK Malta Superior has been awarded a Diploma di Gran Menzione at the 2015 Vinitaly Wine Competition held recently in Verona, Italy. This latest award comes fast on the heels...

  • Viral warning for UK vines

    Viral warning for UK vines

    The UK’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has identified new plant viruses with the potential to cause widespread damage to the English wine industry. The viruses that have been recognised for the first time are capable of reducing grape yields,...

  • I’ve got nose for you

    I’ve got nose for you

    Australia and New Zealand More than half of Australian wines are reds and Shiraz is the most important grape here, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon. White wines make up some 40 per cent of the wines and are produced from Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc,...

  • Let the moon shine

    Let the moon shine

    Cow horns buried in the soil, lunar cycles and cosmic rhythms. It all sounds like some sort of ancient ritual. In reality though, these are some of the ingredients that go into producing biodynamic wine. But let’s start from the very beginning.

  • Divine valley

    Divine valley

    Dievole is one of the oldest wine estates in Tuscany. Its first vintage dates back to 1090 when two farmers, Vinizio del Fu Sichelmi and Rodolfino del Fu Ardimanno paid two chickens, three loaves of bread and six Lucchesi pure silver sovereign...

  • Look me in the ice

    Look me in the ice

    There’s a kind of joy in watching vintage Hollywood films or reading classic Black Mask writers such as Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. It’s not nostalgia, because you probably haven’t lived those years. It’s more of a fascination bordering...

  • Elegant and well-structured

    Dieulele Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG is a very limited production wine by Dievole. It’s a blend of 100 per cent Sangiovese grapes and is harvested by hand in mid-October. The wine is first aged in new French and American barriques for about 12...

  • Harmonious notes

    Vendemmia Chianti Classico DOCG is Dievole’s very own take on the classic Chianti Classico genre and consists of 80 per cent Sangiovese and 20 per cent red autoctone grapes. The berries are harvested by hand at the end of September and early...

  • From dram to plate

    From dram to plate

    There are things that were made just for each other. Ice cream and a comfortable sofa, popcorn and films, a cold beer on a sunny day, convertibles and spring, wine and food, sand and picnics, a light and fragrant whisky with bread and butter...

  • What’s brewing?

    What’s brewing?

    Fermented with local microflora, has a delicate mouth feel, aged for a year in French oak barrels, ends with a dry finish: nowadays, the tasting notes for beer read like those for wine. But then again, it’s not just beer: it’s craft beer. But what...

  • Venturing beyond the menu

    Venturing beyond the menu

    Ed eats 717 Bar and GrillĠorġ Borg Olivier StreetMellieħaTel: 2157 2048 Food: 8/10Service: 8/10Ambience: 6/10Value: 7/10Overall: 7.5/10 If you’re reading this column, chances are that food matters to you. You’re not one of those to whom food is...

  • Different sides

    Different sides

    When it comes to dinner, we Brits have always been very much in favour of ‘meat and two veg’. The veg part was usually potatoes and something green – cabbage or sprouts in winter, peas or runner beans in summer – with carrots, cauliflower,...

  • P. Cutajar launches premium wines

    P. Cutajar launches premium wines

    P. Cutajar & Co. Ltd launched its new Wine and Dine series of events earlier this month where it unveiled its most prestigious selection of wines from Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite). Guests were treated to a sumptuous dinner at the...

  • New Chivas Regal Extra takes luxury whisky to the next level

    New Chivas Regal Extra takes luxury whisky to the next level

    Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky, has introduced Chivas Regal Extra. The whisky continues the legacy of founding brothers James and John Chivas, who pioneered the art of blending whiskies in the 19th century. Chivas Regal master...

  • Tal-Kaptan restaurant in Qawra reopens after refurbishment

    Tal-Kaptan restaurant in Qawra reopens after refurbishment

    The family-friendly Tal-Kaptan restaurant in Qawra is back in business after a refurbishment of the restaurant and the surrounding area. This follows the modernisation project of the brand last November. The restaurant now includes an area where...

  • EU proposes GM opt-out for members

    The European Commission last week proposed a new law allowing individual EU countries to restrict or prohibit imported genetically modified crops even if they have been approved by the bloc as a whole. The proposal covering GM crops in human food...

  • McDonald’s pledges to end deforestation in supply chain

    McDonald’s pledges to end deforestation in supply chain

    Global fast food giant McDonald’s Corp. has pledged to end deforestation caused by production of commodities in its supply chain, focusing on beef, coffee, palm oil, poultry and packaging. A US-based scientific advocacy group welcomed the pledge,...

  • Frontier between food and drug companies blurring

    Frontier between food and drug companies blurring

    Global market of ‘nutraceuticals’ – food and drinks with potential health benefits – seen at €261bn by 2018 as focus on wellness helps drive growth A boom in ‘nutraceuticals’ – food and drinks with potential health benefits – is paving the way for...

  • Holland & Barrett targets ‘free from’ food market

    Holland & Barrett targets ‘free from’ food market

    Holland & Barrett has launched Britain’s first ‘free from’ concept store, seeking to tap in to the fast-growing market serving people who suffer from food intolerance or allergies. The new store in Chester, northwest England, is the first of 50...

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