Category: Sercial

Drinking history; 1969 Sercial from Pereira d’Oliveira

  Madeira wine nuts should stick together. Follow Mad about Madeira on Facebook! While there, give my other wine site a like as well, Wine Virtuosity. I’m also on Twitter, like anyone else. Let’s tweet! Let’s continue to discuss Sercial but take a huge…

Drinking history; 1862 Sercial from Pereira d’Oliveira

  Madeira wine nuts should stick together. Follow Mad about Madeira on Facebook! While there, give my other wine site a like as well, Wine Virtuosity. I’m also on Twitter, like anyone else. Let’s tweet! Do you know anyone turning 150 this year? Then…

Pereira d’Oliveira – 1937 Vintage Sercial

1937 was a special year for Pereira d’Oliveira. It was the year when the Estado Novo government, under the authoritarian rule of Salazar, expropriated the land in São Martinho on the south coast of Madeira. D’Oliveiras lost their own vineyards…

Pereira d’Oliveira 1971 Sercial Vintage

  The late Clare Valley wine producer Jim Barry said: “Sometimes it takes longer than a lifetime to do a lifetime’s work… it’s now up to my children.” I can’t help but think how right he was and when giving…

Contempt of death – anyone?

  At Seixal up north – halfway between São Vicente and Porto Moniz, where it seemed to rain every time we visited, there are some vineyards you have to see before you believe they actually exist! It takes a lot…

Vinhos Barbeito: A grande finale

-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…

Big is beautiful: presenting Madeira Wine Company

  – Please, may I hold her? There’s no doubt about our two daughter’s popularity amongst the lovely employee’s at the Blandy’s Lodge in Avendia Arriaga. Nor is there any questions concerning our own urge to visit the lodge again,…

It’s old. It’s divine. It’s d’Oliveiras!

– People are afraid, Luís says, when we’re standing in the entrance. Outside the rain is pouring down and has done so for several hours. Our taxi is delayed not only due to the weather but just as well because…

Sercial at Blandy’s Wine Lodge

A sudden quick shower surprised us – thankfully just a hundred meters from the Blandy’s Lodge on Avenida Arriaga – can one ask for a better shelter? The Vintage Room at the lodge is heaven for a Madeira wine freak…

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