Category: Grape varieties

Eastwell Madeira

  In the 19th century it was, especially in the United States, common to see Madeira wine named after the ship that transported the wine to America. Back then, Madeira wines traded in casks and hence were stenciled after ship…

HM Borges Releases A Tinta Negra Colheita

  It’s still a bit of a novelty although two years has already passed since Tinta Negra was upgraded to a recommended grape – and allowed to be written on the front label. But perhaps it’s due to the fact that…

Blandy’s 1979 Verdelho

  Last year the Swedish Wine Magazine I write for, Livets Goda, published an in-depth article about the latest news from the Madeira wine scene. Among many things mentioned, I highlighted the brilliant quartet of Vintage wines released by Blandy’s….

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…

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…

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…

Blandy’s 30 Years Old Bual – A Great Debut

  There’s a first time for everything. Like producing a 30 Years Old Bual. But hopefully not a last time because Blandy’s initial attempt at the mentioned age level is nothing but brilliant. Many sequels please. No, it’s actually not…

HM Borges 1877 Terrantez – A Storyteller

  I probably should focus totally on what’s in the glass, the 1877 Terrantez, a monumental wine and a memory for life. A wine bought by the company’s founder Henrique Menezes Borges shortly after he started the partidista business of…

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