Gone Fishin’ – Veramar Reserva

  ‘I often mix among ordinary people. I have taken the tube and I love to meet poor people. And I talk to them occasionally too, and sometimes give my autograph for free.’  No. It’s not me. The quote belongs…

A Benchmark Boal

  Last year, d’Oliveiras released the following quintet; 1929 Tinta Negra, 1986 Boal, 1990 Sercial, 1994 Malvasia and 2003 Verdelho Colheita. As has become the case with the company’s new releases, the quality of the wines all impressed. But one…

2016 – A Madeira Odyssey From A To Z

  My first thought when I decided to do an A to Z on Madeira, summing up 2016? I must be mad. Is there enough stuff to write about? Then I started going through my notes and photos. And ended…

Tinta Negra 2016

  It’s early November. The harvest ended over a month ago and the wines are now fermented and fortified. 2016 saw a smaller harvest than the previous year but with a generally high quality of the grapes. Above all, healthy…

New Colheita from Justino’s – The 1997 Verdelho

  “The easiest vintage I’ve worked with since I started 15 years ago. Smaller crop but most of all, healthy grapes.” The words are Juan Teixeira’s, winemaker and general manager at Justino’s. He pours a bunch of samples from the…

Vinhos Barbeito – Turning 70 & 25 Years

  In times when most producers were giving up, Mário Barbeito de Vasconcelos thought differently and founded Vinhos Barbeito in 1946. He started buying old stocks of Madeira wine as he believed these could only continue going up in value,…

Exciting News For Friends Of Artur Barros

  When Artur and Edmundo Olím finally sold Artur de Barros e Sousa, Lda (ABSL) a few years ago, it didn’t come as a huge surprise that the neighbors were the buying part. After all, d’Oliveiras is a popular destination…

A Memorable Night In Funchal

  An autumn rainstorm is passing by outside. Some thundering as well and for a short moment I can’t help but to think it’s kind of fitting the occasion. Around me are people in long velvety capes, jackets in a…

Curral Das Freiras – Valley Of The Nuns

  It feels strange to talk about remote places in Madeira, especially nowadays when the infrastructure is top-notch. But there was a time when the parish of Curral das Freiras was pretty isolated – or perhaps rather, protected. It is…

A New Table Wine; Atlantis Verdelho

  Is there a future for the table wines of Madeira? 10 years ago that question was fully legitimate. Today it’s a no brainer. Like asking if the pope is catholic. And I’m pretty sure we’ve just seen the start…

Quinta do Bispo

  One option is of course to just hope business will continue as usual. That the next generation of wine growers considers it natural delivering grapes to the producers. But what if not? What if they want to do something…

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