Photo Of The Day – The North Side

  Are they still popular, those sound machines that brought ocean waves to our bedrooms? Well, don’t put too much effort in it, trying to sell one to the owner of this house. A visit to Madeira isn’t complete if…

Blandy’s 1976 Terrantez at Dutch Dertien

  I’m in The Netherlands to attend an epic Port Wine tasting arranged by Moritz Peeters who runs Wijnhandel Peeters. Great stuff ranging from 1945 to the very latest extra-ordinary year of 2011. And yet I end up with a…

Blandy’s 5 Years Old Verdelho

  Young Madeira and a classic grape. In my world there’s no doubt; Verdelho and Malvasia are the ones that offer most of their respective grape typicity. Perhaps because they have a quite clear, defined style from the beginning? The…

Justino’s – 10 Years Old Wines

  In the search for the unique expressions that Madeira wines offer, we tend to focus too much on vintage stuff and forget about the more available blends. I’ve been quite critical when it comes to younger Madeira wines, finding…

What Is Elegance? Blandy’s 1984 Verdelho

  The 1984 Vintage Verdelho from Blandy’s made me thinking. How come wines like this, shaped in a subtle and elegant way, rarely gets the attention they deserves? Is it a must that vintage Madeira needs intensity, everlasting length and…

Photo Of The Day – Being Green

There are almost 1,500 registered vine growers on the island of Madeira and around half of them don’t deliver more than 2,500 kilos of grapes each year. What few perhaps didn’t know is that a lot of these are quite…

Arresting the fermentation – When, How & Why

  A Sercial is dry, a Verdelho semi-dry, the Bual semi-sweet and the Malvasia is sweet. That’s the general definition of the Madeira styles and it’s so well established that even the not so often Madeira consumers knows about it….

Photo Of The Day: Enter The World Of Madeira

Be warned. Once you’ve entered the gate there’s no turning back; you’re stuck for the rest of your life. Stuck in the amazing world of Madeira wines. And yes, I know what you’re thinking; “Why didn’t I enter before?” Photo…

Photo Of The Day; Tinta Negra Table Wine

  Straight from the barrel. No filtration. A pour offered at a grower’s house in Estreito de Camara de Lobos, on the south side of the island – Tinta Negra for home consumption only. High acidity, relatively low alcohol but…

Garrafão 22 – Straight from mother’s house

  The point of writing about a wine few will ever taste? No, it’s not about bragging. Not at all. It’s just that when a wine reaches such heights as the Vinhos Barbeito 1875 Malvasia Garrafão no. 22, I feel…

Photos Of The Day – Bastardo vines

  Bastardo is back! No, we’re not talking about any considerable volumes. Just a few rows here and there. But the re-planting of the grape which is supported by the institute of IVBAM, is slightly increasing. Whether or not there’s…

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