Vine growers in São Vicente, Madeira

2014; An Odyssey From A-Z

  Hello? Anyone? Wine blog to reader, Roger, out. 2014 were, by far, the most inactive year in the history of Wine Virtuosity. The focus was put on Mad about Madeira although the activity hardly impressed there as well. But I…

Vinhos Barbeito Ribeiro Real Lote 1 Boal

Ribeiro Real Lote 1 Boal – Blended Perfection

  Funny actually; I’m not that much into sweets, chocolate or desserts for that matter. Never really been. Guess it comes with the nut allergy I’ve had since childhood. Although it turned milder with age, it’s still there: the avoiding…

Vinhos Barbeito Single Harvest

Tinta Negra – A Potential Game Changer?

The 1999 and 2000 Single Harvest Tinta Negra from Vinhos Barbeito are both wines I love for several reasons. I know I’m not having all with me on the praising of good Tinta Negra. That’s fine. Or perhaps not? You…

Madeira Vintners Tinta Negra samples

DNA Analyzing Tinta Negra, Listrão & Caracol

  At my most recent visit to Madeira, Paulo Mendes told me about a project he had started together with Foundation Plant Services at UC Davis in California; to have Listrão scientifically confirmed to be the same (or not) as…

São Vicente - Madeira

Photo Of The Day – The North Side

  Are they still popular, those sound machines that brought ocean waves to our bedrooms? Well, don’t put too much effort in it, trying to sell one to the owner of this house. A visit to Madeira isn’t complete if…

Blandy's 1976 Terrantez

Blandy’s 1976 Terrantez at Dutch Dertien

  I’m in The Netherlands to attend an epic Port Wine tasting arranged by Moritz Peeters who runs Wijnhandel Peeters. Great stuff ranging from 1945 to the very latest extra-ordinary year of 2011. And yet I end up with a…

Blandy's 5 Years Old Verdelho

Blandy’s 5 Years Old Verdelho

  Young Madeira and a classic grape. In my world there’s no doubt; Verdelho and Malvasia are the ones that offer most of their respective grape typicity. Perhaps because they have a quite clear, defined style from the beginning? The…


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