A week has passed since the winners in the Wine Blog Awards were announced. One week. Time to put an end to the mourning period, wipe off the tears and accept the fact the world wasn’t fully ready yet to be conquered by a guy mad about Madeira.
The 1927 Bastardo, the 1969 Sercial and the 1958 Boal from d’Oliveiras all three have one thing in common; they originally come from the cellar of Adega do Torreão. When sold in the beginning of the millenum Pereira d’Oliveira bought the Torreão business and all its remaining stocks. Besides originating from this canteiro and further aged [...]
1885. That’s 128 years ago. The Danish physicist Niels Bohr’s birth year. And the Verdelho of Vinhos Barbeito.
How’s it possible that a wine is at its best more more than a century after production? Can you explain it for me? Yes, I’m aware of the unique structure a Madeira wine possesses but still; 128 [...]
Over the years I’ve conducted a lot of tastings. Those I most clearly remember are not the ones involving the great names and vintages, but the occasions where the participants has left the tasting in a vision like mode. When Madeira’s been the topic – which is the main wine tasting I try to sell [...]
3, 5, 10, 15 and 20 years old. Occasionally you will also bump into the 30 and 40 years old blends – the latter being the oldest stated blend allowed in the Madeira wine regulation. But are they all needed; is there a demand for the different ages or are the Madeira producers just making [...]
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 [...]
There’s something about a newly released Terrantez as is the case with the 1971 Terrantez Vintage from d’Oliveiras. Anticipation and worry at the same time. Due to its extreme rarity one can’t help but to think that this is it; this is the last one. In the case of the Olím brothers who runs the [...]
Wine is fermented grape juice. True. A majority of the world’s wine consumers settle with knowing this and that’s just fine; we can’t expect all to share a love for wine considering that most of us don’t get others passions in life. Sometimes I just wish though, that people would give it a few moments and [...]
Somebody smart once said that wine is bottled poetry. Let’s call this intelligent dude Robert Louis Stevenson. Robert was born in 1850, the same year as Wagner’s opera Lohengrin premieres. I think he was a little bit too generous there, the author behind Long John Silver. Not all wine is bottled poetry. A majority of the [...]
I’m delighted to see that the number of visitors keeps moving upwards. In the last 30 days the site has had visitors from 47 different countries (spambots and other evil not included)! A new record. The biggest of thanks to all of you, for showing interest in Madeira wine!
Sometimes when there are too many [...]
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600 photographs later, lots of new impressions, knowledge and wines tasted, Mad about Madeira have all the prerequisites to continue yet a year. Regular visits is a must and I can’t thank the producers enough for their time and generosity. Please continue liking and sharing my site; for that I can’t thank YOU enough!
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