Joseph V Micallef
Contributor|Spirits

ABOUT
I have been writing and speaking about wines and spirits for 20 years. Along the way I became a winemaker, Oregon Pinot Noir; a judge for various international competitions, among them the Irish Whisky Awards and the International Wine...
I have been writing and speaking about wines and spirits for 20 years. Along the way I became a winemaker, Oregon Pinot Noir; a judge for various international competitions, among them the Irish Whisky Awards and the International Wine and Spirits Competition; wrote a book on Scotch Whisky: Its History, Production and Appreciation and working on one on Tequila. I also earned the Diploma in Wines and Spirits from the WSET. Have tasted a lot of wines and spirits, from 200-year-old ports to centuries old Cognacs to many of the world’s oldest whiskies. I also write about the dusty, forgotten places of the world, the ones that reek of history and whose stories still resonate in the 21st century. The rest of the time I cover international politics. An eclectic combination to be sure, then again, the state of the world would drive anyone to drink. Sláinte
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Oct 17, 2019

Announcing The Winners Of The 2019 Irish Whiskey Awards

the number of whiskey distillers exceeded 35—the largest number of Irish whiskey distilleries since the late 19th century. Yearly shipments are now over 20 million cases and US sales at wholesale, for the first time in the industry’s history, now exceed one billion dollars.
Oct 6, 2019

True To Its Roots: Benromach Unveils Rare 50 Years Old Single Cask

Benromach’s style has been described as a classic expression of Speyside malts from the 1950s and 60s, offering up a robust, weighty single malt, with a layered, nuanced complexity that features slight smoky notes and the fresh and dried fruit notes that Speyside whiskies are typically known for.
Oct 5, 2019

Why You Should Explore The World Of Sicilian White Wines

Notwithstanding its reputation for sun drenched vineyards, over two-thirds of Sicily’s wine production is devoted to white wines. In addition, to international white grape varietals like Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, Sicily also cultivates more than a dozen indigenous white grape varieties.
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