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Mad About Madeira Goes Spotify

  Music is a big part of our lives, essential even. Don’t think anyone will question that. However, if music is able to influence how you perceive a wine is another chapter. Guess it all comes down to how much…

1811 Malvasia Candida

1811 Malvasia Candida – Or?

  A friend of mine came with this sample, an 1811 Malvasia Candida. Unknown producer though. Bought in Portugal. Yeah, I know, I have great friends but that is the wine world. So many fantastic people out there, sharing. In…

H M Borges 10 Years Old Verdelho

A Wine To Improve Conversation

  One of my all time favorite books on Madeira was released 54 years ago; Rupert Croft-Cooke’s Madeira. The English author, sadly little known to many, had a most productive writing career. He basically did it all; fiction, non-fiction, poetry,…

Blandy's Harvest Malmsey 2008

New Release: Blandy’s 2008 Harvest Malmsey

  Nowadays, when tasting a new Madeira release, I’m almost always impressed. Madeira wine has never been better but what perhaps should be emphasized even more is that this doesn’t seem to be enough for some of the producers. It…

1980 Terrantez Artur Barros e Sousa

1980 Terrantez From The Olím Brothers

  Wine is supposed to be consumed, not kept, although some bottles come with a certain psychological barrier. Like the 1980 Terrantez from the Olím brothers Artur and Edmundo, a k a Artur Barros e Sousa Lda. Now history as…

Blandy's Madeira

Beautiful Blandy’s

  When words are not needed. A tour around the canteiros and premises of Blandy’s, at Avenida Arriaga in the city center of Funchal. Magical…               Visit the wine lodge, meet the great people…

1977 Terrantez d'Oliveiras

D’Oliveiras: 1977 Terrantez

  By now, I’ve had the d’Oliveiras 1977 Terrantez on numerous occasions and feel it’s a wine worthy of yet a posting. Why? It’s just getting better and better! There’s something about Terrantez. I know it, you know it, every…

2012 Primeira Paixão Merlot

2012 Primeira Paixão Merlot

  I’m a supporter of the table wines of Madeira. They’re much needed for the inseperable travel and gastronomy industry and won’t oppose a threat to the island’s fortified wine industry. Sure, they’re both aiming at the desirable Verdelho grape…

VB Reserva Lote 3, Vinhos Barbeito

Barbeito – VB Reserva Lote 3

  The third version of the VB Reserva from Vinhos Barbeito – and also by far my favorite in the trilogy. Blending Verdelho and Bual isn’t something you just do like that; finding the right proportions is essential. That is, if…

Blandy's 1996 Malmsey Colheita

Blandy’s 1996 Malmsey Colheita

  The 1996 Malmsey from Blandy’s is a perfect example why I just love the colheitas. 15 years in cask really shows and although it isn’t a Frasqueira, the wine is not that far away. Today the vintage wines aren’t…

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