Oddly, Air Malta seem to have a scarcity of real wine glasses, even in business class. You may get them occasionally, but normally the wine is served in huge great big tumblers. Not that many passengers complain.
All wine in economy and business class comes in 187ml bottles.
The Emmanuel winery makes this on the Maltese islands, An elegant robust medium bodied red wine made entirely from Cab-Sav. This is a firm fruity red with ample flavours of cassis and red berrys.
The Malta based wine producer have worked to keep two indigenous grape varieties, Gellewza and Girgentina, from extinction, although some of Delicata's wine brands are made from grapes imported from Sicily and mainland Italy.
This is a very distinctive, heavy red wine, with a mahogany colour with a lightly alcoholic nose. The palate does have an edge of sweetness but far from being 'sticky' it has a nutty, sherry-like, almost dry finish. Hints of caramel and coffee permeate the burnt fig flavour. Alas, it is almost too full bodied for me.
It is also notoriously high in alcohol, and the hangovers from this stuff have to be tried to be believed. Frequent Malta passengers know this one as the skull splitter. Curiosuly, you can also get it in the UK in Waitrose, where it is a mere seven quid a bottle
Also from the Emmanuel Delicata Winemaker in Paola, just south of the Grand Harbour, this is a decent crisp fruity dry white wine with plenty of flavour which has been produced from grapes harvested in Friuli, a North-East region of Italy.
As a typical Chardonnay it is creamy although with slightly less colouring than most, and goes well with the usual Air Malta chicken dishes in Business Class.
The recipe has not been changed since 1928, when it was called Cisk Pilsner, and it continues to be made by Simonds Farsons Cisk PLC on the Maltese Islands.
It is a bottom-fermented, golden coloured, lager with a delightful creamy taste. It is very rich in hops, but it has a mild bitterness, rather like Victoria Bitter (or VB) that some passengers dislike.
Brewed in St Julian's, Malta, Hopleaf is one of those perfect holiday beers: best drunk cold, it has a crisp, hoppy bite.
There are Chocolate and orange notes, some citrus and spice on the nose and a full, fruity, citrusy and spicy palate, with sherry notes to finish.
One slight warning: if you ask for a small glass of this stuff, you'll end up with a vast tumbler of it, full to the brim. This will either make the flight go very fast indeed, or put you straight to sleep, depending on your preference.