Category: Madeira

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…

A Madeira scent: sugar cane!

  Have you ever wondered about the wine vocabulary used to describe bouquet and palate; expressions that makes you curious how on earth the taster acquired that specific reference? Cultural differences and your geographical location probably contributes to differing tasting…

When a bottle is old….

  it’s like this – the three part moulded bottle! According to the Madeira Wine Guide it was produced  in the period of 1830-1870 by blowing the molten glass into a mold and thereby shaping the outside of the glass…

H.M. Borges 10 Years Old Malmsey

  How often haven’t you noticed that the wine you had on your vacation tasted much better than the ones you carried with you home? Sure, we have to add the vacation factor which seems to blur our minds but…

Cask 44a – again, again and again!

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 bottles for…

Fajã dos Padres

  “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…

Welcome to Madeira!

  Don’t ask me why I bought it. I have no idea even though I suspect some fascination concerning the label saying Vintage 1940 was involved. It was the Sercial from Justino’s and the amount I paid was way over…

A great day and an even greater finale!

A glass of the most charming 10 years old Malmsey from H.M. Borges – what better way can one enjoy the sunset over Funchal with Cabo Girão in the background! A truly beautiful day, again, and I thank our luck…

Funchal – the 27th of February

A lovely and warm day in Funchal gave us the opportunity to walk the city and have a more thorough look at the damage the flooding brought. It’s a strange feeling entering a city walking a car tunnel but this…

Funchal: Finding its way back.

I saw a woman downtown Funchal crying today. It was obvious why. But life goes on. Life must go on. Even when hit by a catastrophe. The Madeiran’s are walking the streets again, taking the bus to work and sending…

Tinta Negra Mole – Give the grape a break!

Bemocked and minimized in importance for years – it is now time to give Tinta Negra Mole, or just Tinta Negra, some credit. Not only for the fact it can provide great varietal wines but also for in some extent…

Bottle number 475 out of 1026!

The coolest thing about the 2000 Malvasia Cask 44a from Vinhos Barbeito? It was not ment to be! In March 2007 Ricardo Diogo V. Freitas decided that amongst the 32 casks of their 2000 Malvasia, cask 40a were to be…

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