Madeira for Survivors

  Three times our deal had been restructured.  Three times we’d had people break down in tears that our deal would endure another month. But that all seemed in the past at the celebration dinner in late February at a…

Vinhos Barbeito: 2002.85.110.1035

  Funny actually. Tinta Negra stands for around 85 per cent of the viticultural landscape on the island and yet I’m about to praise a limited edition version with only 1,035 bottles produced. The initiated already knows what’s on my…

The Rare Wine Co.; Historic Series – Boston Bual

  There’s this little thing I haven’t mentioned in the two previous postings on the Historic Series. It’s spelled old wine. Really, really old wine! In each of the wines, the winemaker Ricardo Diogo Freitas includes 15 per cent Tinta…

Reid’s – 120 years of saluting Madeira

  Have you been to Madeira? Not? Still, I bet there’s one hotel on the island you can name. A hotel that has reached that level when the name almost gets synonymous with Madeira. Reid’s. Or Reid’s Palace Hotel. The…

Rita Maria G G Marques; master of Bolo de Mel

Madeira wine, honey, walnuts, almonds, Sugar cane, spices…. Correct. That’s some of the ingredients in a Bolo de mel, Madeira’s pride. Just as the wine it smells divine but I’m one of those that needs to settle with the seductive…

Vinhos Barbeito Malvasia Cask 40a vs Cask 44a

  I’ve said it before; I’m a huge fan of Ricardo’s Colheita wines and amongst all of them there’s one particular that’s just stunning – the 2000 Malvasia Single cask 44a.  You just can’t ask for more grape character than…

Pereira d’Oliveira – 1937 Vintage Sercial

1937 was a special year for Pereira d’Oliveira. It was the year when the Estado Novo government, under the authoritarian rule of Salazar, expropriated the land in São Martinho on the south coast of Madeira. D’Oliveiras lost their own vineyards…

Henriques & Henriques: 15 Years Old Sercial

  The bouquet is an invitation to a world of associations. I’m thrown between Denmark and Indonesia, Christmas and summertime, before I have that sip and land in Madeira. There’s such complexity in aged Madeira just grabbing you while saying:…

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