Madeira – 2012 Vintage Report

Vintage variation and vintage expectation; does this matter when it comes to Madeira wine? The doubtful might question if it gives any meaning to talk about it, considering it’s only microscopic amounts of Vintage Madeira produced every year. Furthermore, most…

Mad About Madeira – Not Entirely About Wine

Mad about Madeira is exactly what it indicates and not entirely a Madeira wine love affaire. Madeira is so much more; it’s for example: Beautiful sunsets Architecture (Oscar Niemeyer, Pestana Casino) Colors of the season Fresh caught fish Espetada –…

1958 Vintage Boal Bottled By Pereira d’Oliveira

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…

Wine Writing – Who Can You Trust?

There was this magazine on the flight when I flew home the other day. You know, the kind of paper that every airline today offers. Travel tips, what to see when here or there, what’s trendy or not and so…

Terrantez – Save The Grape!

The global economic situation has haunted Portugal for quite some time now. Madeira is no exception. And when it rains it pours meaning Madeira has suffered more than one can imagine. But in my world you take the difficult decisions during…

Vinhos Barbeito – 1885 Verdelho

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…

H.M. Borges – A Sercial Quartet

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…

20 Years Old Madeira – A Most welcome Trend

Twenty years old Madeira. For the initiated Madeira consumer this has primarily been equal to Vintage wines which by regulation needs to spend two decades in cask. Most of these however, are allowed to evolve much longer than that, knowing…

Complexa; Authorized but any good?

The legislation separates the grape varieties in two sections; the recommended and the authorized. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist in order to understand that the advocated grapes are the only ones wanted, but then again, why also…

2012; An Odyssey from A-Z

Published on Wine Virtuosity but since Madeira is mentioned more than once, I want to have it here as well. Wine is fermented grape juice. Nothing new or sensational there. A majority of the world’s wine consumers settle with knowing…

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