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…

Blandy’s; 1826 Boal Solera

“Amber brown; bouquet like horses’ pee – fabulous!; full, rich, tangy.” April 1993 **** In princip, I find tasting notes quite boring. A wine is so much more than a stereotype note telling you how it smells and tastes. But…

Vinhos Barbeito; Robotic Lagar Trodden Wines

There’s nothing like a human treading team. Foot treading guarantees that the grapes are crushed gently and doesn’t release any bitter substances in the must. A human foot is not likely to crush the pips in other words. But what if…

Fajã dos Padres; 1986 Malvasia

Every wine region has it; a property, a single vineyard, a specific wine or vintage that enjoys a particular repute. Madeira is no exception. There’s this one, small but historically famous vineyard, called Fajã dos Padres which for centuries was…

Maderized Wine

What does it mean, to connote? Basically, you have a word and in addition to its primary meaning you add or suggest an associated or secondary meaning of a word or expression. A connotation can be both positive and negative….

Terrantez talk

There’s something about a newly released Terrantez as is the case with the 1971 Terrantez Vintage from d’Oliveiras. Anticipation and worry at the same time. Due to its extreme rarity one can’t help but to think that this is it;…

Blandy’s: 10 Years Old Dry Sercial

Most Madeira wines sold are three years old. Nothing spectacular in that. It’s the same in basically all wine regions. But when people upgrade, to a ten years old for example, then they notice the huge difference in quality and…

Henriques & Henriques – 1954 Terrantez

I’m delighted to see that the number of visitors keeps moving upwards. In the last 30 days the site has had visitors from 47 different countries (spambots and other evil not included)! A new record. The biggest of thanks to…

Henriques & Henriques; Quinta Grande

Thanks to the work of Humberto Jardim, the Quinta Grande will become more accessible for visitors in the future. And believe me, you really want to visit this amazing vineyard, to get a glimpse of the breathtaking view and to…

Madeira 2012; A Photographic Report – Part 4

Mad about Madeira continues promoting the island in a broader perspective. Here’s the last one of four photographic reports. If you like the content, I invite you to visit and like the site’s Facebook page as well. Again, it is…

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