Blandy’s: 20 years old Terrantez

  The grapes keeps coming in and a new truck has just arrived. Tinta Negra and Verdelho. Plastic cases filled with grapes are lined up. Around 35 kilos in each. Forget about the romanticized idea of winemaking; this is hard…

Pereira d’Oliveira: 1932 Verdelho [vehr-DEH-lyoh]

  “It’s actually the first time we’ve bottled it,” says Luís d’Oliveira. “Around 78 years in cask. It was showing really well so we bottled it earlier this year.” It’s good to be back again. At the old warehouse in…

Madeira; A travel in time.

  When I look back I actually have a hard time understanding how I made it all. Leaving for Funchal Tuesday – heading back home again on Sunday. All producers visited, some twice. The incoming of the grapes, picking grapes…

Pereira d’Oliveira – 15 Years Old Doce

  Doce. That is Portuguese for sweet. The labeling of the non-vintage wines at Pereira d’Oliveiras are easy to follow. Dry, medium dry, semi sweet and sweet. Add the age to that; 5 years old, 10 years old or 15…

O brothers, I miss you!

  There’s something about Rua dos Ferreiros 109. An entry to a world not existing anymore. Walking the Canteiro of Artur Barros e Sousa (ABSL) is such a unique experience in a wine world filled with stainless steel and impeccably…

The joy of sharing – Unknown 1880 Malvasia

  Unknown bottles is the thing currently. Next in line for consumption; the second bottle of the 1880 Malvasia I bought a few years ago. The first bottle of this didn’t really meet expectations, but already at decanting I know….this…

Pereira d’Oliveira – 1907 Malvazia

  While Pereira d’Oliveira’s 1907 Malvazia (bottled in 2003) started its life 1907, Grieg’s ended. Few composers has attained such popularity as Edvard Grieg and I wonder if there’s any classic composer whose music has seen so many covers by modern…

Mystery Madeira bottle; 1920 Vinho Velho

  The detective awakens in me. Time to solve a mystery. An unknown bottle of Madeira wine just craving for identification.  Or is it? Madeira that is…. Unknown bottles are a gambling game. They can either be pure crap that…

Rainwater – a diluted Madeira?

  Some wines it is only logical you approach with great suspicion or caution. It may be an odd looking bottle where your initial thought probably is something like: “Ok, so they couldn’t sell it based on the content.” Or…

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