Do the respective Madeira wine producers have their specialities? Depends on who you ask of course but I must confess I have my preferences when it comes to certain grapes. For example I have a weak spot for Sercial when it comes from Blandy’s. The same goes for Malvasia when the label says Vinhos Barbeito.
Vintage variation and vintage expectation; does this matter when it comes to Madeira wine? The doubtful might question if it gives any meaning to talk about it, considering it’s only microscopic amounts of Vintage Madeira produced every year. Furthermore, most of the grape juice is used for blending and although one year might be of [...]
Charleston has one. Savannah as well. Boston too. And New York. New Orleans got a rare Special reserve. Baltimore has Rainwater. Now there’s also one dedicated to a Virginia family; the Lees at Stratford Hall.
History was my favorite subject back in school. The past fascinated. Still does. Furthermore, as [...]
Every wine region has it; a property, a single vineyard, a specific wine or vintage that enjoys a particular repute. Madeira is no exception. There’s this one, small but historically famous vineyard, called Fajã dos Padres which for centuries was impossible to visit without coming by boat. Today one can visit by taking [...]
Madeira rocks my world. There’s nothing like it. But what makes it even more awesome, is it’s ability to pair with food. Here’s to Madeira and food. Thanks for following and sharing my site. Did you know Mad about Madeira is on Facebook as well?
One of the main reasons why Madeira isn’t as appreciated as [...]
Madeira wine nuts need to stick together. So why not follow Mad About Madeira on Facebook besides hanging out here? To all of you reading, commenting and contacting me; please continue doing so. I love it and Madeira wine deserves it! Let’s make 2012 our best Madeira wine year ever!
Saturday morning. The autumn [...]
There’s something about Rua dos Ferreiros 109. An entry to a world not existing anymore. Walking the Canteiro of Artur Barros e Sousa (ABSL) is such a unique experience in a wine world filled with stainless steel and impeccably cleaned floors. No sir, not here. Artur and Edmundo Olim seem to share the same belief [...]
Unknown bottles is the thing currently. Next in line for consumption; the second bottle of the 1880 Malvasia I bought a few years ago. The first bottle of this didn’t really meet expectations, but already at decanting I know….this will.
We’re visiting friends in the Stockholm archipelago and the 1880 is brought along, decanted almost [...]
I’ve said it before; I’m a huge fan of Ricardo’s Colheita wines and amongst all of them there’s one particular that’s just stunning – the 2000 Malvasia Single cask 44a. You just can’t ask for more grape character than this! Having in mind this wasn’t meant to be from the first place, Ricardo had [...]
Stuck on the repeat button you think? How many times will he write about the 2000 Malvasia Cask 44a?
I know, I should keep my hands off the Malvasia for a while and save some of those precious [...]
“A fall of water, of one shallow, and two deep stages, descends the whole depth of the western end of the cliff, which adjoins the Fazenda dos Padres (sic), perhaps the finest malmsey plantation in the island, and created entirely by an avalanche of tufa, which, falling from a height of upwards of 1200 [...]
-There are more modern instruments, but we like this old one, Americo says when explaining for me how they measure the alcohol content in the wines.
We’re standing in the laboratory of Vinhos Barbeito together with Americo Pereira who’s guiding us around in the top modern facilities of the [...]
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